Saturday, December 29, 2018

Omega Perfume takes Tokyo Daishoten

Omega Perfume got into front near the finish line to win the NAR grade one Tokyo Daishoten at Ohi Saturday afternoon. Gold Dream challenged in the very final stage, but was a 3/4-length short of winning to finish second. Another 1 1/2-length behind, K T Brave was third.
Omega Perfume, trained at JRA Ritto by S. Yasuda, who has now five of his nine races, is a 3-year-old grey colt by Swept Overboard out of Omega Fragrance, by Gold Allure.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Favorite wins Hopeful S

Race favorite Saturnalia took a good position to win the grade one Hopeful Stakes under Mirco Demuro at Nakayama Friday afternoon.
The colt squeezed between horses in the deep stretch on his way to getting up to the wire in 2:01.6 over 2,000 meters on turf.
A 1 1/2-length behind, Admire Justa came second with another 3/4-length back Nishino Daisy third.
Saturnalia, trained by K. Nakatake and owned by Carrot Farm, has now won three as many starts with more than 94 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Farm was the breeder of Saturnalia, a 2-year-old dark bay colt by Lord Kanaloa out of Cesario, by Special Week.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Field of 2018 Hopeful Stakes

A field of 13 two-year-old colts is set to run in the Hopeful Stakes at Nakayama on Friday, December 28.
Nishino Daisy, who comes here from a two-straight grade victory with Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes in latest effort, drew post 1.
Breaking Dawn, finishing second in the Kyoto Nisai Stakes last out, drew post 2.
Saturnalia, undefeated in two starts, who comes off victory in the non-graded Hagi Stakes, drew post 5.
Admire Justa, winning the non-graded Shigiku Sho in good style to make two for three, drew post 8.

The post position with jockeys for the grade one 2,000-meter event is:

1-Nishino Daisy(by Harbinger) Masaki Katsuura
2-Breaking Dawn(by Victoire Pisa) Yuichi Fukunaga
3-King Listeia(by Belshazzar) Hiroyuki Uchida
4-Hiruno Dakar(by Victoire Pisa) Daisaku Matsuda
5-Saturnalia(by Lrd Kanaloa) Mirco Demuro
6-Hakusan Taiyo(by Black Tide) Masami Matsuoka
7-Mikki Black(by Black Tide) Oisin Murphy
8-Admire Justa(by Just a Way) Christophe Lemaire
9-Just a Gigolo(by Novellist) Hironobu Tanabe
10-Madre Voice(by Daiwa Major) Kosei Miura
11-Vin de Garde(by Deep Impact) Cristian Demuro
12-Tanino Drama(by Tanino Gimlet) Kenichi Ikezoe
13-Cosmo Calendula(by Novellist) Keita Tosaki

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

2018 Tokyo Daishoten

A total of 16 horses have been entered to the Tokyo Daishoten, the biggest  season-ending race in NAR racing, at Ohi on Saturday, December 29.
JRA entries are K T Brave, Omega Perfume, Acorn, Regent Rock, Chrysolite, Gold Dream and Apollo Kentuckey(USA). 

The post position with jockeys for the 2,000-meter dirt race is:

1-Meiner Reborn, Masayoshi Aoyagi
2-K T Brave Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Superstition, Ryu Abe
4-Mogiana Flavor, Kenichi Shigeta
5-Omega Perfume, Mirco Demuro
6-Acorn, Yasunari Iwata
7-Sound True, Norifumi Mikamoto
8-Yamami Dance, Tatsuya Nakajima
9-Flaring Dia, Kanta Inoue
10-Regent Rock, Masami Matsuoka
11-Chrysolite, Keita Tosaki
12-Work and Love, Daisuke Mashima
13-Gold Dream, Christophe Lemaire
14-Cosmo Placidez, Hiroshi Chida
15-Groom Island, Takayuki Yano
16-Apollo Kentucky(USA), Oisin Murphy

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Blast Onepiece triumphs Akima Kinen

Blast Onepiece produced a sensational run down the stretch in winning the Arima Kinen under Kenichi Ikezoe at Nakayama on Sunday. 
In the last 100 meters, Blast One piece got flew on the outside with Rey de Oro challenging on his left, but Blast One piece never gave way to get up to the post in 2:32.2. A neck behind, Rey de Oro finished second with another 1 1/4-length back Cheval Grand third.
Blast One piece, trained by M. Otake and owned by Silk Racing Co. Ltd., has now won five of his seven races with more than 438 million jpn yen in career earnings. Northern Farm was the breeder of Blast Onepiece, a 3-year-old bay colt by Harvinger out of Tsurumaru Onepiece, by King Kamehameha.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Diana Halo leads all the way in Hanshin Cup

Diana Halo set the pace to win the grade two Hanshin Cup at Hanshin on Saturday. Mr Melody(USA) came second, a 1/2-length behind the winner. Another 1 3/4-length away, Star of Persia was third.
Yuji Hishida rode Diana Halo to complete the 1,400-meter race in 1:21.1.
Diana Halo, who returned 3,830 jpn yen as 11th favorite, is a 5-year-old dark bay mare by King Halo out of Yamakatsu Seiren, by Grass Wonder.

Friday, December 21, 2018

2018 Hanshin Cup

This Saturday's main event at Hanshin will be the grade two Hanshin Cup at Hanshin.
The possible main contenders among 16 entrants are: Satono Ares, Red Falx, Keiai Nautique, One to One and Jour Polaire.

The post position with jockeys for the 1,400-meter turf race is:

1-Daimei Fuji, Manabu Sakai
2-Mr Melody(USA), Cristian Demuro
3-Diana Halo, Yuji Hishida
4-Hiruno Devaro, Hirofumi Shii
5-Star of Persia, Makoto Sugihara
6-Moonquake, Christophe Lemaire
7-Shuji, Yasunari Iwata
8-Carvalho, Kenichi Ikezoe
9-Rhein Spirit, Yutaka Take
10-Satono Ares, Yuga Kawada
11-Red Falx, Hugh Bowman
12-Reine Minoru, Ryuji Wada
13-Keiai Nautique, Yusuke Fujioka
14-One to One, Yuichi Fukunaga
15-Jour Polaire, Mirco Demuro
16-Besten Dank, Kohei Matsuyama

Field set for 2018 Arima Kinen

A field has been drawn for the Arima Kinen to which 16 horses have been entered.
Rey de Oro,  winner of the 2017 Japanese Derby, who won a couple of grade races this fall campaign with Tenno Sho Autumn victory on his latest effort, drew post 12.
Kiseki, a strong front runner who finished an impressive second in the Japan Cup behind Almond Eye, drew post 14.
Oju Chosan, multiple grade one winner at jump racing, who returned to flat racing and recorded two for two since then, drew post 1.
Mozu Katchan, one of the top females, and Blast Onepiece, one of the top 3-year-old colts, drew post 3 and 8.

The Arima Kinen will be run on Sunday, December 23 at Nakayama.

The post position with jockeys for the 2,500-meter race is:

1-Oju Chosan, Yutaka Take
2-Clincher, Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Mozu Katchan, Mirco Demuro
4-Makahiki, Yasunari Iwata
5-Perform a Promise, Cristian Demuro
6-Satono Diamond, Brenton Avdulla
7-Sounds of Earth, Yusuke Fujioka
8-Blast Onepiece, Kenichi Ikezoe
9-Ridge Man, Masayoshi Ebina
10-Mikki Swallow, Norihiro Yokoyama
11-Mikki Rocket, Oisin Murphy
12-Rey de Oro, Christophe Lemaire
13-Smart Layer, Keita Tosaki
14-Kiseki, Yuga Kawada
15-Cheval Grand, Hugh Bowman
16-Sakura Empereur, Hironobu Tanabe

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Nominations for 2018 Arima Kinen

19 horses have been entered to the Arima Kinen. The nominations include Blast Onepiece, Kiseki, Mozu Katchan, Oju Chosan and Rey de Oro.
The Arima Kinen will be run on Sunday, December 23 at Nakayama over 2,500 meters on turf.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Admire Mars takes Asahi Hai Futurity S

Admire Mars took a good position, third place, and then went into front in the top stretch to win the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes under Mirco Demuro at Hanshin on Sunday. A 2-length behind, Kurino Gaudi was second with another 1/2-length back Gran Alegria third. The 1,600-meter truf race was run in 1:33.9.
Admire Mars, trained by Y. Tomomichi and owned by R. Kondo, has now won four as many starts with more than 132 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Bred by Northern Farm, the 2-year-old chestnut colt is a son of Daiwa Major and Via Medici, by Medicean.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Miss Panthere wins Turquoise S

Having well-beaten in the QE 2 Cup last outing, Miss Panthere won the grade three Turquoise Stakes under Norihiro Yokoyama at Nakayama on Saturday.
She took into front in the very final stage to win the 1,600-meter race in 1:32.7 on firm ground. A 1/2-length behind, Liberty Heights came second with another neck away Denko Ange third.
Miss Panthere, who has now won six of her 13 races, is a 4-year-old bay filly by Daiwa Major out of Aile de Courage, by Symboli Kris S.

Friday, December 14, 2018

2018 Turquoise Stakes

A total of 16 fillies and mare will contest in the grade three Turquoise Stakes at Nakayama on Saturday.
The main contenders could be: Flawless Magic, Primo Scene, Frontier Queen and Kawakita Enka.

The field for the 1,600-meter handicap race is:

1-Encore Plus, Kota Fujioka
2-Linate, Kosei Miura
3-Miss Panthere, Norihiro Yokoyama
4-Harlem Line, Takuya Ono
5-Flawless Magic, Christophe Lemaire
6-Denko Ange, Yoshitomi Shibata
7-Liberty Heights, Yuichi Kitamura
8-Kyowa Zenobia, Katsuharu Tanaka
9-Red Olga, Cristian Demuro
10-Primo Scene, William Buick
11-Dimension, Yuichi Fukunaga
12-Mieno Succeed, Shinji Kawashima
13-Frontier Queen, Oisin Murphy
14-Kaiserball, Hirofumi Shii
15-Kawakita Enka, Kenichi Ikezoe
16-Rieno Tesoro(USA), Hironobu Tanabe

Field set for 2018 Asahi Hai Futurity S

A field is set to run in Sunday's Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes for 2-year-olds at Hanshin.
Gran Alegria, the only filly in the field of 15, who romped the g3 Saudi Arabia Royal Cup last time out, could get a lot of supports. She drew post 2.
The main opponents to Gran Alegria are likely: Admire Mars, winner of the g2 Daily Hai Nisai Stakes; Cadence Call, winner of the g3 Niigata Nisai Stakes and multiple grade winner Fantasist.

The post position with jockeys for the 1,600-meter turf race is:

1-Kurino Gaudi(by Screen Hero) Yusuke Fujioka
2-Gran Alegria(by Deep Impact) Christophe Lemaire
3-Aster Pegasus(USA)(by Giant's Causeway) Yuichi Fukunaga
4-De Gaulle(by Sakura President) Akihide Tsumura
5-Meiner Surpass(by I'll Have Another) Yuji Tannai
6-Admire Mars(by Daiwa Major) Mirco Demuro
7-Salt Ibuki(by Belshazzar) Hirofumi Shii
8-Deep Diver(by Black Tide) Yuga Kawada
9-It's Cool(by Aldebaran) Daisaku Matsuda
10-Girasol(by Matsurida Gogh) Yasunari Iwata
11-Cadence Call(by Lard Kanaloa) Cristian Demuro
12-Copano Martin(by Screen Hero) Ryusei Sakai
13-Nihonpiro Henson(by Rulership) Suguru Hamanaka
14-Fantasist(by Lord Kanaloa) Yutaka Take
15-Emeral Fight(by Kurofune) William Buick

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Copano Kicking(USA) gets up in Capella Stakes

Copano Kicking(USA) got up in the final stride to win the 1,200-meter Capella Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday.  Saita Three Red was, a 3/4-length behind, second with another neck away Kitasan Mikazuki third. Daichi Shibata was aboard the winning to stop the clock in 1:10.2.
Copano Kicking(USA), whose record has now improved to six wins in eight starts, is a 3-year-old dark bay gelding by Spring At Last out of Celadon, by Gold Halo.

Danon Fantasy gains Juvenile Fillies victory

In the hands of Cristian Demuro, Danon Fantasy won the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies in 1:34.1 over 1,600 meters on firm ground at Hanshin on Sunday.
Danon Fantasy, far off the pace in the early stage, produced a great turn of foot in the stretch. Chrono Genesis ran right next to Danon Fantasy through the stretch, but was a 1/2-length short of winning to finish second. Another neck away, Beach Samba was third.
M. Nakauchida-trained and Danox Co. Ltd.-owned Danon Fantasy has now won three of her four races with more than 103 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Danon Fantasy, bred by Northern Racing, is a 2-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Life For Sale, by Nor For Sale.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Gibeon wins Chunichi Shimbun Hai by a nose

Gibeon drew away from the rest with 200 meters to go, winning the Chunichi Shimbun Hai at Chukyo on Saturday. Before a nose victory, Gibeon denied challenge by Shonan Bach. The two fought out in the last 100 meters.
Strong Titan(USA) was, another 4-length behind, third.
Cristian Demuro rode the winner to complete the 2,000-meter distance in 1:59
Giveon, who has now won three of his six races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Contested, by Ghostzapper.

Friday, December 07, 2018

2018 Chunichi Shimbun Hai

The grade three Chunichi Shimbun Hai will be run on Saturday, December 8 at Chukyo.
The possible main contenders among 14 entrants are: Grail, Gibeon, Dreadnoughtus, Maitres d'Art and My Style.

The field for the grade three 2,000-meter handicap race is:

1-Engineer, Hiroshi Kitamura
2-America's Cup, Kohei Matsuyama
3-Grail, Akihide Tsumura
4-Eterna Minoru, Hirofumi Shii
5-Masahaya Dream, Yuichi Kitamura
6-Hakusan Rudolf, Kota Fujioka
7-Gibeon, Cristian Demuro
8-Dreadnoughtus, Yuta Nakatani
9-Reiho Romance, Genki Maruyama
10-Shonan Bach, Katsuma Sameshima
11-Maitres d'Art, Yuichi Fukunaga
12-Strong Titan(USA), Brenton Avdulla
13-Suzuka Deep, Tsubasa Iwasaki
14-My Style, Katsuharu Tanaka

2018 Capella Stakes

The Capella Stakes has 16 contestants to be run on Sunday at Nakayama.
The main contenders could be:  Kitasan Mikazuki, Copano Kicking(USA), 
Old Bailey(USA) and Nero.

The field for the grade three 1,200-meter dirt race is:

1-Kitasan Mikazuki, Taito Mori
2-Copano Kicking(USA), Daichi Shibata
3-Vengeance, Yukito Ishikawa
4-King's Guard, Hiroyuki Uchida
5-Tateyama, Takuya Ono
6-Old Bailey(USA), Yuji Nakai
7-Danon Good, Katsuharu Tanaka
8-Hatto Love, Norihiro Yokoyama
9-Nero, Jukiya Takigawa
10-Nobo Baccara, Masaki Katsuura
11-Saita Three Red, Akihide Tsumura
12-Nanchinnon(USA), Kyosuke Kokubun
13-Oken Believe, Kosei Miura
14-Blason de Lis, Nakako Fujita
15-Win Mut, Kohei Matsuyama
16-Hikari Brandy, Teruo Eda

Field set for 2018 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

A total of 18 fillies have been drawn for the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at Hanshin on Sunday, December 9.
The major player is likely Danon Fantasy, who comes here with a sensational victory in the g3 Fantasy Stakes. She drew post 13.
The main opponents to Danon Fantasy could be: Schon Glanz, winner of the g3  Artemis Stakes; undefeated filly Chrono Genesis and Beach Samba, runner-up in the Artemis Stakes.

The post position with jockeys for the grade one 1,600-meter race is:

1-Belles Soeurs(by Swept Overboard) Brenton Avdulla
2-Jodie(by Daiwa Major) Hirofumi Shii
3-Pourville(by Le Havre) Shinichiro Akiyama
4-Schon Glanz(by Deep Impact) Yutaka Take
5-Meisho Shobu(by Daiwa Major) Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Star Quartz(by Meisho Bowler) Kiwamu Ogino
7-Win Zenobia(by Secreen Hero) Fuma Matsuwaka
8-Love Me Fine(by Just a Way) Genki Maruyama
9-Chrono Genesis(by Bago) Yuichi Kitamura
10-Tanino Mission(IRE)(by Invincible Spirit) Suguru Hamanaka
11-Beach Samba(by Kurifune) Yuichi Fukunaga
12-Red Anemos(by Victoire Pisa) Keita Tosaki
13-Danon Fantasy(by Deep Impact) Cristian Demuro
14-Savoir Aimer(by Daiwa Major) Kota Fujioka
15-Rosen Krieger(by Novellist) Yusuke Fujioka
16-Glacier(by Daiwa Major) Hironobu Tanabe
17-Tolochenaz(by Screen Hero) Hiroshi Kitamura
18-Meisho Keimei(by Workforce) Yoshihiro Furukawa

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Le Vent Se Leve romps Champions C

Race favorite Le Vent Se Leve romped home to win the Champions Cup under Mirco Demuro at Chukyo on Sunday.
Demuro held his horse at second before drawing away from the rest at less than 200 meters from home. 
Westerlund finished a 2 1/2-length behind the winner in second with another neck away Sunrise Soar third. Final time of the 1,800-meter race was 1:50.1 on fast track.
Trained by K. Hagiwara and owned by G1 Racing Co. Ltd., Le Vent Se Leve has now gained the fourth grade one victory, totally 7 wins of 8 starts, with more than 288 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Shadai Corporation Inc.-bred Le Vent Leve is a 3-year-old bay colt by Symboli Kris S out of Maestrale, by Neo Universe.

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Air Windsor extends winning streak in Challenge Cup

Air Windsor extended his winning streak to four as he won the Challenge Cup at Hanshin on Saturday.
Mount Gold finished a 3-length behind in second. Another 1 1/2-length back, Stay Foolish was third.
Mirco Demuro rode the winner to complete the 2,000-meter Challenge Cup in 1:58.3.
Air Windor, who has now won seven in 14 starts, is a 4-year-old dark bay colt by King Kamehameha out of Air Messiah, by Sunday Silence.

Ridge Man takes Stayers S

Ridge Man, holding a position behind the leading pack, produced a superb finishing kick in the stretch to win the 3,600-meter Stayers Stakes under Masayoshi Ebina in 3:45.2.
A 2 1/2-length behind, Admire Eikan was second with another neck back Mondo Intero third.
As Albert was scratched, a field was reduced to 13.
Ridge Man, the ex-NAR horse who has now gained his first grade victory, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Swept Overboard out of Admire Monroe, by Caerleon.