Sunday, May 19, 2019

Loves Only You late charge in Japanese Oaks


Loves Only You produced a sensational late run to win the Japanese Oaks at Tokyo on Sunday. Mirco Demuro-driven Loves Only You got flied on the outside before getting up to the winning post in the Oaks record time of 2:22.8 for 2,400 meters on firm ground.
Curren Bouquetd'or was not able to hang on, finishing a neck behind the winner in second.
Another 2 1/2-length behind, Chrono Genesis finished third with Victoria fourth and Danon Fantasy fifth.
Loves Only You, who has now won four as many starts with more than 172 million jpn yen in career earnings, has raced under the train of Y. Yahagi and the color of DMM Dream Club Co. Ltd.
Northern Farm was the breeder of Loves Only You, a 3-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Loves Only Me, by Storm Cat.
 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Exciting finish in Heian Stakes


The Heian Stakes was won in an exciting finish at Kyoto on Saturday by Chuwa Wizard, who beat Mozu Attraction by a nose with another 1 1/4-length back Omega Perfume third.
The winner completed the 1,900-meter race under Yuga Kawada in 1:58.9 on fast track.
Chuwa Wizard, who has now won seven of his 11 races, is a 4-year-old brown colt by King Kamahameha out of Chuwa Blossom, by Durandal.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Field of 2019 Japanese Oaks


A field of 18 fillies is set to run in the Japanese Oaks(known as the Yushun Himba) at Tokyo over 2,400 meters on Sunday, May 19.
Chrono Genesis, winner of the g3 Queen Cup, who finished third in the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) last outing, drew post 2.
Contra Check, a strong front runner who won the g3 Flower Cup on her last race, drew post 3.
Juvenile filly champion Danon Fantasy, finishing fourth in the Oka Sho as favorite last outing, drew post 8.
Shigeru Pink Dia, runner-up in the Oka Sho, drew post 11.
Loves Only You, who won three as many starts with victory in the Wasurenagusa Sho last outing, drew post 14.

The post position with jockeys for the wide-open Oaks is:

1-Jodie, Miyabi Muto
2-Chrono Genesis, Yuichi Kitamura
3-Contra Check, Damian Lane
4-Schon Glanz, Yutaka Take
5-Aile Voix, Kohei Matsuyama
6-Aqua Mirabilis, Yusuke Fujioka
7-Shadow Diva, Yasunari Iwata
8-Danon Fantasy, Yuga Kawada
9-Win Zenobia, Masami Matsuoka
10-Curren Bouquetd'or, Akihide Tsumura
11-Shigeru Pink Dia, Ryuji Wada
12-Victoria, Keita Tosaki
13-Loves Only You, Mirco Demuro
14-Fairy Polka, Hideaki Miyuki
15-No One, Ryusei Sakai
16-Beach Samba, Yuichi Fukunaga
17-Meisho Shobu, Kenichi Ikezoe
18-Figlia Pura, Genki Maruyama

2019 Heian Stakes


A main event at Kyoto on Saturday, May 18 is the Heian Stakes for 4-year-olds and upwards over 1,900 meters on dirt.
The leading contenders are likely: Omega Perfume, Another Truth, Chuwa Wizard and Sunrise Soar.

The post position with jokcyes for the grade three race is:

1-Omega Perfume, Mirco Demuro
2-Sammaru Duke, Tomoharu Bushizawa
3-Glanzend, Hideaki Miyuki
4-Torakichi Shacho, Yuya Mizuguchi
5-Another Truth, Takuya Ono
6-Mozu Attraction, Kota Fujioka
7-Chuwa Wizard, Yuga Kawada
8-Sunrise Soar, Hironobu Tanabe
9-Jordan King, Yasunari Iwata
10-Highland Peak, Yutaka Take
11-Queen Mambo, Yuichi Kitamura
12-Meiner Ophir, Kyosuke Kokubun
13-Meisho Sumitomo, Futoshi Komaki
14-Meiner Yukitsubaki, Ryuji Wada
15-Satono Titan, Shu Ishibashi
16-London Town, Yusuke Fujioka



Sunday, May 12, 2019

Normcore wins Victoria Mile in record time


The grade one Victoria Mile was won in a thrilling finish at Tokyo on Sunday by Normcore, who got up to the line in the course record of 1:30.5 for 1,600 meters on firm ground. A neck behind, Primo Scene was second with another 1/2-length back Crocosmia third. Lucky Lilac was fourth, another nose behind. Damian Lane rode the winner to achieve his first JRA grade one victory.
Normcorre, trained by K. Hagiwara and owned by S. Iketani, has now won four in nine starts with more than 208 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Racing was the breeder of Normcore, a 4-year-old grey filly by Harbinger out of Chronologist, by Kurofune.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Favorite wins Keio Hai Spring C in record time


Race favorite Tower of London finished strongly to win the grade two Keio Hai Spring Cup under Damian Lane in the 1,400-meter course record time of 1:19.4 at Tokyo on Saturday. A 3/4-length behind, Linate finished second with another nose back Logi Cry third.
Tower of London, who has now won five of his 10 races, is a 4-year-old bay colt by Raven's Pass out of Snow Pine, by Dalakhani.

Friday, May 10, 2019

2019 Keio Hai Spring C


A main event at Tokyo on Saturday, May 11 is the grade two Keio Hai Spring Cup for 4-year-olds and upwards.
The leading contenders among 16 entrants could be: Satono Ares, To the Crown, Logi Cry, Tower of London and Smart Odin.

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

1-Reliable Ace, Ryusei Sakai
2-Dover, Kosei Miura
3-Satono Ares, Yuichi Shibayama
4-To the Crown, Yuichi Fukunaga
5-Stormy Sea, Takuya Ono
6-Logi Cry, Keita Tosaki
7-Linate, Yutaka Take
8-Canal Street, Shu Ishibashi
9-Tower of London, Damian Lane
10-Time Trip, Katsuharu Tanaka
11-Entscheiden, Hironobu Tanabe
12-Lord Quest, Mirco Demuro
13-Blois, Makoto Sugihara
14-Star of Persia, Masayoshi Ebina
15-Daimei Fuji, Masami Matsuoka
16-Smart Odin, Kenichi Ikezoe


Field of 2019 Victoria Mile


A field of 18 fillies and mare is set to run in the grade one Victoria Mile at Tokyo on Sunday, May 12. It looks like a wide-open contest.
The notable runners are: Red Olga, Lucky Lilac, Mikki Charm, Denko Ange, Primo Scene and Soul Stirring.

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

1-Amalfi Coast, Ryusei Sakai
2-Red Olga, Yuichi Kitamura
3-Crocosmia, Keita Tosaki
4-Normcore, Damian Lane
5-Meisho Owara, Shinichiro Akiyama
6-Lucky Lilac, Shu Ishibashi
7-Mikki Charm, Yuga Kawada
8-Denko Ange, Yoshitomi Shibata
9-Primo Scene, Yuichi Fukunaga
10-Mieno Succeed, Shinji Kawashima
11-Aerolithe, Norihiro Yokoyama
12-One to One, Yuta Nakatani
13-Satono Walkure, Hiroyuki Uchida
14-Let's Go Donki, Yasunari Iwata
15-Cantabile, Mirco Demuro
16-Soul Stirring, Yutaka Take
17-Sound Chiara, Hironobu Tanabe
18-Frontier Queen, Kosei Miura

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Admire Mars wins NHK Mile Cup in thrilling finish


Admire Mars went into front in the very final stage in winning the NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo on Sunday. Mirco Demuro-driven Admire Mars reached the wire in 1:32.4 over 1,600 meters on firm ground. A 1/2-length behind, Cadence Call was second with another nose back Catedral third.
Race favorite Gran Alegria finished fourth, but demoted to fifth for interference. Danon Chaser promoted to fourth from fifth.

Admire Mars, trained by Y. Tomomichi and owned by R. Kondo, has now won 5 for 5 in the 1,600-meter race with totally five wins in seven starts. His career earnings brought to more than 273 million jpn yen.
Northern Farm was the breeder of the 3-year-old chestnut colt, by Daiwa Major out of Via Medici, by Medicean.

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Red Genial come-from-behind victory in Kyoto Shimbun


The Kyoto Shimbun Hai for 3-year-olds was won in a come-from-behind fashion at Kyoto on Saturday by Red Genial, who beat Roger Barows by a neck with another 2 1/2-length back Satono Solomon third.
Manabu Sakai rode the winner to complete the 2,200-meter distance in 2:11.9 on firm ground.
Red Genial, who has now won two of his five races, is a 3-year-old dark bay colt by King Kamehameha out of Red Agate, by Manhattan Cafe.

Friday, May 03, 2019

2019 Kyoto Shimbun Hai


Saturday, May 4 sees the grade two Kyoto Shimbun Hai for 3-year-olds at Kyoto.
The leading horses could be: Roger Barows, Breaking Dawn, Tagano Diamante and Tosen Sky.

The post position with jockeys for the 2,200-meter race is:

1-All Is Well, Yusuke Fujioka
2-Vin Quet Domingo, Kota Fujioka
3-Roger Barows, Suguru Hamanaka
4-Breaking Dawn, Yuichi Fukunaga
5-Naimama, Daichi Shibata
6-Satono Solomon, Brenton Avdulla
7-Tagano Diamante, Kohei Matsuyama
8-Havana Wind, Yasunari Iwata
9-Franklin, Yuichi Kitamura
10-Yamakatsu Sisimaru, Hideaki Miyuki
11-Tosen Sky, Yutaka Take
12-Red Genial, Manabu Sakai
13-Healing Mind(IRE), Kenichi Ikezoe
14-Mozu Bello, Kanichiro Fujii

Field of 2019 NHK Mile Cup


A field of 18 three-year-old horses have been entered to the NHK Mile Cup for 3-year-olds at Tokyo on Sunday, May 5.
Gran Alegria, who romped home when winning the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) last outing, could be the one to keep an eye on. 
Other leading horses could be: Danon Chaser, winner of the g3 Kisaragi Sho; the New Zealand Trophy winner Wide Pharaoh; Fantasist and Admire multiple grade winner Mars.

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

1-Kurino Gaudi, Yusuke Fujioka
2-Pourville, Shinichiro Akiyama
3-Danon Chaser, Yuga Kawada
4-Iberis, Suguru Hamanaka 
5-Meiner Flap, Masami Matsuoka
6-Groove It, Damian Lane
7-Gran Alegria, Christophe Lemaire
8-Val d'Isere, Yuichi Kitamura
9-Mikki Black, Yasunari Iwata
10-Catedral, Brenton Avdulla
11-Lord Gladio, Takuya Ono
12-Wide Pharaoh, Hiroyuki Uchida
13-Fantasist, Yutaka Take
14-Happy Hour, Hayato Yoshida
15-Wittelsbach, Keita Tosaki
16-Toya Rito Seito, Yuichi Fukunaga
17-Admire Mars, Mirco Demuro
18-Cadence Call, Shu Ishibashi

Monday, April 29, 2019

Mel de Glace finishes strongly in Niigata Daishoten


Mel de Glace produced a great late charge to win the Niigata Daishoten at Niigata on Monday. He won it by a 3/4-length from Mikki Swallow with another nose back Rochefort third. Damian Lane  guided the winner to complete the 2,000-meter distance in 1:58.6 on firm ground.
Mel de Glace, who has now won five of his 15 races, is a 4-year-old dark bay by Rulership out of Glacier Blue, by Sunday Silence.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Thrilling finish of Tenno Sho Spring


The Tenno Sho Spring was won in a thrilling finish at Kyoto on Sunday by race favorite Fierement, who beat Glory Vase by a neck with another 6-length back Perform a Promise third.
An Exciting dual was seen through the final stretch as Fierement and Glory Vase performed a neck-to-neck battle. The best run of the two went to Fierement, trained by T. Tezuka and owned by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd., who grained his second grade one victory in  only sixth start. The winner's final time was 3 minutes 15 seconds flat. The winning ride was Christophe Lemaire.
Fierement's career earning improved to more than 356 million jpn yen with four wins of his six races. Bred by Northern Racing, the 4-year-old bay colt is by Deep Impact out of Lune d'Or, by Green Tune.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

2019 Niigata Daishoten


The Niigata Daishoten will be run on Monday, April 29 at Niigata Racecourse.
The leading horses among 16 entrants for the grade three 2,000-meter race are likely: Mikki Swallow, Maitres d'Art, Rochefort, Astra Emblem and Look Twice.

The field is:

1-Mikki Swallow, Norihiro Yokoyama
2-Shonan Bach, Hironobu Tanabe
3-Langadhia, Keita Tosaki
4-Suzuka Devious, Kota Fujioka
5-Maitres d'Art, Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Rochefort, Christophe Lemaire
7-Astra Emblem, Kenichi Ikezoe
8-Black Spinel, Kosei Miura
9-Sunday Wizard, Akihide Tsumura
10-Air Anthem, Hayato Yoshida
11-Dashing Blaze(USA), Suguru Hamanaka
12-Outliers, Kyosuke Maruta
13-Kurino Yamatono O, Ryuji Wada
14-Dreadnoughtus, Ryusei Sakai
15-Mer de Glace, Damian Lane
16-Look Twice, Yuichi Kitamura


Lion Lion wins Aoba Sho in photo finish


Lion Lion, setting the pace, was never behind in the 2,400-meter trip to win the Aoba Sho under Norihiro Yokoyama in photo at Tokyo on Saturday. A nose behind, Run for the Roses was second with another 2-length back Peace One Paradis third. 
Lion Lion's final time was 2 minutes 25 seconds flat on firm ground.
Lion Lion, who has now won three of his eight races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Rulership out of Agehibari, by Kurofune.

Friday, April 26, 2019

2019 Aoba Sho


A total of 16 three-year-old horses have been entered to the grade two TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho, one of the major preps for the Japanese Derby, at Tokyo on Saturday, April 27.
The leading contenders could be: Admire Squall, Lion Lion, Run for the Roses, Ulili and Satono Radius.

The post position with jockeys for the 2,400-meter race is:

1-Admire Squall, Mirco Demuro
2-Lion Lion, Norihiro Yokoyama
3-Run for the Roses, Christophe Lemaire
4-Centaur, Brenton Avdulla
5-Peace One Paradis, Keita Tosaki
6-Ulili, Yuichi Fukunaga
7-Tosen Cambina, Yusuke Fujioka
8-Pinscher, Yutaka Yoshida
9-Taisei Monarch, Andrasch Starke
10-Divine Force, Kohei Matsuyama
11-Caudillo, Shu Ishibashi
12-Arumama, Daichi Shibata
13-Makoto Juzumaru, Damian Lane
14-Barack Palinka, Ryuji Wada
15-Kitasan Vulcan, Takuya Ono
16-Satono Radius, Kosei Miura


Field set for 2019 Tenno Sho Spring


A field has been drawn for the grade one Tenno Sho Spring at Kyoto on Sunday, April 28.
Fierement and Etario, who finished first and second in last year's Kikuka Sho, could be the top contenders. The former comes off second in the g2 American Jockey Club Cup, while the latter was second in the g2 Nikkei Sho last time outing.
Other horses include the Nikkei Sho winner Meisho Tekkon, the g3 Diamond Stakes winner You Can Smile and Clincher, who performed well at the highest level.

The post position with jockeys for the traditional 3,200-meter race is:

1-Chestnut Coat, Ryusei Sakai
2-Etario, Mirco Demuro
3-Ridge Man, Masayoshi Ebina
4-Vosges, Ryuji Wada
5-Meisho Tekkon, Yuichi Fukunaga
6-Kafuji Prince, Yuta Nakatani
7-Glory Vase, Keita Tosaki
8-Perform a Promise, Yuichi Kitamura
9-You Can Smile, Yasunari Iwata
10-Fierement, Christophe Lemaire
11-Kento O, Hideaki Miyuki
12-Clincher, Kosei Miura
13-Lord Vent d'Or, Norihiro Yokoyama


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Exciting finish of Flora Stakes


The Flora Stakes was won in an exciting finish at Tokyo on Sunday by Victoria, who beat Shadow Diva by a nose in photo finish with another 1/2-length away Jodie third.
The winning rider was Keita Tosaki. Victoria's winning time was 1:59.5 for the 2,000-meter distance on firm ground.
Victoria, who has now won three in five starts, is a 3-year-old bay filly by Victoire Pisa out of Black Emblem, by War Emblem.

Danon Premium takes Milers Cup


Race favorite Danon Premium, holding a sole second place, drew out at 200 meters from home to win the Yomiuri Milers Cup at Kyoto on Sunday. He won the 1,600-meter race under Yuga Kawada in 1:32.6. A 1 1/4-length behind, Guanciale was second with another head back Pax Americana third.
Danon Premium, who has now won six of his seven races, is a 4-year-old brown colt by Deep Impact out of Indiana Gal, by Intikhab.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Denko Ange romps Fukushima Himba S


Denko Ange, running off the pace, produced a superb finishing kick to win the Fukushima Himba Stakes under Yoshitomi Shiba at Fukushima on Saturday.
She won it by a 2 1/2-length from Flawless Magic with another 1 1/4-length back Danon Grace third. The winner's final time for the 1,800-meter race was 1:48.1.
Denko Ange, who has now won three of her 27 races, is a 6-year-old dark bay mare by Meisho Samson out of Denko Lucky, by Marienbard.

Friday, April 19, 2019

2019 Fukushima Himba S


Saturday's main event at Fukushima Raceouse is the grade three Fukushima Himba Stakes for 4-year-olds and upwards fillies and mares. The 1,800-meter event looks like a wide-open race.

The field of 10 fillies and mare is:

1-Viscaria, Atsuya Nishimura
2-Curren Ciliegio, Shinichiro Akiyama
3-Randonnee(USA), Keita Tosaki
4-Kawakita Enka, Katsuma Sameshima
5-Denko Ange, Yoshitomi Shibata
6-Flawless Magic, Shu Ishibashi
7-Personnalite, Yuji Tannai
8-Win Fabulous, Masami Matsuoka
9-Missing Link, Genki Maruyama
10-Danon Grace, Masayoshi Ebina



2019 Milers Cup


Danon Premium, who made a good start this season with an impressive 1 1/4-length victory in the g2 Kinko Sho, could top in the 10-horse field of the grade two Yomiuri Milers Cup at Kyoto on Sunday, April 21. The main opponents to Danon Premium could be: Pax American, winner of the g3 Kyoto Kimpai earlier this season; Indy Champ, winner of the g3 Tokyo Shimbun Hai, and Mozu Ascot(USA).

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

1-Stormy Sea, Yuichi Kitamura
2-Pax Americana, Yusuke Fujioka
3-Indy Champ, Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Mozu Ascot(USA), Christophe Lemaire
5-Koei Takeru, Futoshi Komaki
6-Danon Premium, Yuga Kawada
7-Toa Raijin, Kohei Matsuyama
8-Guanciale, Kenichi Ikezoe
9-Keiai Nautique, Andrasch Starke
10-Meisho Owara, Yutaka Take


2019 Flora Stakes


The grade two Sankei Sports Sho Flora Stakes,  one of the major preps for the Japanese Oaks, will be run on Sunday, April 21 at Tokyo Racecourse. 
The possible leading horses among 18 entrants are: Shadow Diva, Victoria, Air Gene and Fairy Polka.

The field for the 2,000-meter filly race is:

1-Rose Tesoro, Hiroto Mayuzumi
2-Shadow Diva, Yasunari Iwata
3-Etoile, Hiroyuki Uchida
4-Victoria, Keita Tosaki
5-Pele, Takuya Ono
6-Win Zenobia, Masami Matsuoka
7-Amoretta, Kosei Miura
8-Passing Through, Shu Ishibashi
9-Jodie, Miyabi Muto
10-Therapeia, Kota Fujioka
11-Nerissa, Yukito Ishikawa
12-Air Gene, Mirco Demuro
13-Folktale, Hironobu Tanabe
14-Innocent Muse, Masayoshi Ebina
15-Wienerbrod, Nanako Fujita
16-Krasavitsa, Shinichiro Akiyama
17-Leone d'Oro, Daichi Shibata
18-Fairy Polka, Ryuji Wada

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Another Truth wins Antres S


Another Truth drew away from the crowd in the stretch to win the grade three Antares Stakes under Takuya Ono at Hanshin on Sunday. Grimm finished second, a 1/2-length behind. Another neck back, London Town was third. Another Truth's final time was 1:50.8 for the 1,800 meters on dirt surface.
Another Truth, who has now won six in 14 starts, is a 5-year-old chestnut gelding by I'll Have Another out of Kyoei Truth, by Fuji Kiseki.

Saturnalis takes exciting Satsuki Sho


In the hands of Christophe Lemaire, Saturnalia won the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) in an thrilling fashion at Nakayama on Sunday. A head behind, Velox was second with another nose back Danon Kingly third. The winner's final time was 1:58.1 for the 2,000-meter distance on firm ground.
The first three drew away from the rest in the mid-stretch, and the best finishing run of the three was Saturnalis, who had made the first race this season. 

Trained by T. Sumii and owned by Carrot Farm, Saturnalis has now won four as many starts with more than 227 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Northern Farm was the breeder of Saturnalis, a 3-year-old dark bay colt by Lord Kanaloa out of Cesario, by Special Week.

Note: Right after an exciting finish in the Satsuki Sho, a stewards's inquiry was on the board for possible interference.   Saturnalis interfered with Velox as they came down the final stretch, but the result was as it was.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Iberis surprises in Arlington C


Iberis, the 12th favorite at odds of 35.9(349/10), led a field of 18 and went all the way to win the grade three Arlington Cup at Hanshin on Saturday.
A neck behind, Catedral was second with another head away Toya Rito Seito third.
Suguru Hamanaka was aboard the winner to complete the 1,600-meter trip in 1:34.2 on firm ground.
Iberis, who has now won three of her six races, is a 3-year-old bay filly by Lord Kanaloa out of Celebrar, by Boston Harbor.

Friday, April 12, 2019

2019 Arlington Cup


A total of 18 three-year-old horses have been entered to the grade three Arlington Cup at Hanshin on Saturday, April 13.
The possible leading horses are: Val d'Isere, Vin de Garde, Fossamagna(USA) and Mikki Brillante.

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

1-Mikki Spirit, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Lord Gladio, Yusuke Fujioka
3-Val d'Isere, Yuichi Kitamura
4-Azuma Heritage, Yoshitsugu Okada
5-San Jose Tesoro(USA), Akihide Tsumura
6-Nishino Katsunari, Miyabi Muto
7-Jigoro, Hideaki Miyuki
8-Au Pas Camarade, Fuma Matsuwaka
9-Iberis, Suguru Hamanaka
10-Catedral, Andrasch Starke
11-Toya Rito Seito, Yuichi Fukunaga
12-Vin de Garde, Mirco Demuro
13-Love Me Fine, Kota Fujioka
14-Fossamagna(USA), Christophe Lemaire
15-Unicorn Lion(IRE), Yasunari Iwata
16-Yamanin Magia, Yutaka Take
17-Mikki Brillante, Ryusei Sakai
18-Jamil Fuerte, Kenichi Ikezoe




2019 Antares Stakes


The grade three Antares Stakes for 4-year-olds and upwards will be run on Sunday, April 14 at Hanshin.
The leading contenders among 16 entratns are likely: T O Energy, London Town, Grimm, Westerlund and Hiraboku la Tache.

The field for the 1,800-meter dirt race is:

1-Pionero, Kiwamu Ogino
2-T O Energy, Kota Fujioka
3-London Town, Hayato Yoshida
4-Grimm, Suguru Hamanaka
5-Namura Arashi, Hideaki Miyuki
6-Copano Charlie, Yoshihiro Furukawa
7-Orna, Manabu Sakai
8-Regent Rock, Ryusei Sakai
9-Another Truth, Takuya Ono
10-Westerlund, Yuichi Kitamura
11-Meiner Ophir, Ryuji Wada
12-Torakichi Shacho, Yuya Mizuguchi
13-Drive Knight, Tadashi Kosaka
14-Hiraboku la Tache, Hirofumi Shii
15-Meisho Sumitomo, Futoshi Komaki
16-Kurosuke, Miyabi Muto

Field of 2019 Satsuki Sho


A field of 18 three-year-old horses has been drawn for the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) at Nakayama on Sunday, April 14.
Admire Mars, who came at his first loss in the Kyodo News Hai where he finished second, drew post 1. Danon Kingly, who beat Admire Mars in the Kyodo News Hai to remain undefeated in three strats, drew post 4. Velox, coming into this event off a two-straight- victory in great fashion, drew post 7. Multiple grade winner Nishino Daisy drew post 8. Saturnalia, a undefeated colt who makes his first start since winning the grade on Hopeful Stakes last December, drew post 12.

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

1-Admire Mars, Mirco Demuro
2-Satono Lux, Kenichi Ikezoe
3-Fantasist, Yutaka Take
4-Danon Kingly, Keita Tosaki
5-Lance of Puraana, Kohei Matsuyama
6-Courageux Guerrier, Norihiro Yokoyama
7-Velox, Yuga Kawada
8-Nishino Daisy, Masaki Katsuura
9-Meisho Tengen, Kosei Miura
10-Schwarz Riese, Shu Ishibashi
11-Last Draft, Andrasch Starke
12-Saturnalia, Christophe Lemaire
13-Breaking Dawn, Yuichi Fukunaga
14-Daddy's Mind, Hokuto Miyazaki
15-Kurino Gaudi, Yusuke Fujioka
16-Tagano Diamante, Hironobu Tanabe
17-Admire Justa, Yasunari Iwata
18-Naimama, Daichi Shibata

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Gran Alegria romps home in Oka Sho


Having taken a good position, Gran Alegria grabbed a lead on the final turn en route to winning the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) at Hanshin on Sunday, April 7.
A 2 1/2-length behind, Shigeru Pink Dia was second with anther neck back Chrono Genesis. Danon Fantasy finished another neck back in fourth.
Christophe Lemaire rode the winner to complete the 1,600-meter trip in 1:32.7 for the Oka Sho record.
Gran Alegria, trained by Fujisawa and owned by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd., has now won three of her four races with more than 188 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Bred by Northern Farm, the 3-year-old bay filly is by Deep Impact out of Tapitsfly, by Tapit.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Wide Pharaoh set the pace for NZ Trophy victory


Wide Pahraoh broke well and set the pace on his way to winning the grade two New Zealand Trophy for 3-year-olds at Nakayama on Saturday. Before a neck victory, he had to deny challege by Meisho Shon. Another 1 1/4-length back, Wittelsbach was third.
Hiroyuki Uchida was aboard the winner to cover the 1,600-meter distance in 1:34.2 on firm ground.
Wide Pharaoh, who has now recorded the second win in four stars, is a 3-year-old chestnut colt by Henny Hughes out of Wide Sapphire, by Agnes Tachyon.

Mikki Charm wins Hanshin Himba S


Mikki Charm, taking a good position, took over a lead in the mid-stretch to win the grade two Hanshin Himba  Stakes for fillies and mares under Yuga Kawada at Hanshin on Saturday. Amalfi Coast was, a 1/2-length behind, third with another neck away Mieno Succeed third. Final time of the 1,600-meter turf race was 1:33.6.
Mikki Charm, who has now won four in nine starts, is a 4-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Ripples Maid, by Dansili.

Friday, April 05, 2019

2019 Hanshin Himba Stakes


Hanshin's main event on Saturday is the grade two Sankei Sports Hai Hanshin Himba Stakes for 4-year-olds and upwards fillies and mares.
The leading contenders among 14 entrants could be: Lucky Lilac, Cantabile and Mikki Charm.

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

1-Salacia, Kenichi Ikezoe
2-One to One, Andrasch Starke
3-Satono Walkure, Suguru Hamanaka
4-Lucky Lilac, Shu Ishibashi
5-Crocosmia, Yasunari Iwata
6-Cantabile, Mirco Demuro
7-Liberty Heights, Yuichi Fukunaga
8-Mikki Charm, Yuga Kawada
9-Meisho Owara, Shinichiro Akiyama
10-Red Olga, Yuichi Kitamura
11-Diana Halo, Yutaka Take
12-Mieno Succeed, Shinji Kawashima
13-Beluga, Yuji Nakai
14-Amalfi Coast, Ryusei Sakai

2019 New Zealand Trophy


Nakayama hosts the grade two New Zealand Trophy on Saturday, April 6.
A total of 15 three-year-old horses have been entered to the 1,600-meter race.
The leading horses could be: Meisho Shobu, Wittelsbach, Agulhas, Mikki Black and Granatus.

The post position order with jockeys is:

1-Wide Pharaoh, Hiroyuki Uchida
2-Affranchir, Hironobu Tanabe
3-Meisho Shobu, Norihiro Yokoyama
4-Wittelsbach, Keita Tosaki
5-Hopeful Sign, Teruo Eda
6-Show Hide Kira, Yutaro Nonaka
7-Koko Fille, Takuya Ono
8-Eri Ballad, Tomoharu Bushizawa
9-Uncle Teio, Hirofumi Shii
10-Daishin Indi, Miyabi Muto
11-Agulhas, Christophe Lemaire
12-Mikki Black, Masami Matsuoka
13-Carlino, Yukito Ishikawa
14-Granatus, Kosei Miura
15-Cosmo Calendula, Yuji Tannai




Danon Fantasy tops field of 2019 Oka Sho


Danon Fantasy tops a field of 18 in the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) at Hanshin on Sunday, April 7.
Danon Fantasy, the possible favorite, who won last four starts with victory in the Tulip Sho last outing, drew post 15.
The main oppositions to her are likely: Chrono Genesis and Beach Samba, who finished first and second in the Queen Cup; Gran Alegria, third in the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes and Artemis Stakes winner Schon Glanz.

The post position with jockeys for the 1,600-meter filly classic is:

1-Schon Glanz, Yutaka Take
2-Aile Voix, Kohei Matsuyama
3-Noble Score, Yasunari Iwata
4-Chrono Genesis, Yuichi Kitamura
5-Regard Calme, Kosei Miura
6-Ho O Catherine, Takuya Ono
7-A Will a Way, Shu Ishibashi
8-Gran Alegria, Christophe Lemaire
9-Aqua Mirabilis, Mirco Demuro
10-Figlia Pura, Genki Maruyama
11-Meisho Keimei, Yoshihiro Furukawa
12-No One, Ryusei Sakai
13-Juranville, Fuma Matsuwaka
14-Beach Samba, Yuichi Fukunaga
15-Danon Fantasy, Yuga Kawada
16-Shigeru Pink Dia, Ryuji Wada
17-Red Aster, Keita Tosaki
18-Pourville, Shinichiro Akiyama

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

2019 Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) nominations


A total of 28 fillies have been nominated to the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas).
The nominations include Beach Samba, Chrono Genesis, Danon Fantasy, Gran Alegria and Schon Glanz. The Oka Sho will be run on Sunday, April 7 at Hanshin Racecourse over 1,600 meters on turf.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Al Ain triumphs Osaka Hai


Al Ain broke his losing streak when he won the grade one Osaka Hai at Hanshin on Sunday. It was the first victory for him since winning the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) at Nakayama on April 16 2017.
Al Ain took a good position on the rails early on and went into front at 200 meters from home en route to winning the 2,000-meter Osaka Hai under Yuichi Kitamura in 2:01.0.
Kiseki finished second, a neck behind the winner. Another neck back, Wagnerian was third.
Owned by Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. and trained by Y. Ikee, Al Ain has now earned more than 500 million jpn yen with five wins in 16 starts.
Northern Farm was the breeder of the 5-year-old bay horse, by Deep Impact out of Dubai Majesty, by Essence of Dubai.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Fiano Romano(AUS) wins Lord Derby CH


Fiano Romano(AUS) held a good position and hit into a lead in the top stretch on his way to winning the Lord Derby Challenge Trophy at Nakayama on Saturday. 
Primo Scene and My Style challenged, but they were not able to catch Fiano Romano. 
A neck behind the winner, Primo Scene was second with another nose back My Style third.
Yuga Kawada was aboard the winner to reach the finish in 1:31.7 for 1,600-meter distance on firm ground.
Bred by Kia Ora Stud, Fiano Romano has now won six of his 11 races. The 5-year-old bay horse is by Fastnet Rock out of Heart Ashley, by Lion Heart.

Friday, March 29, 2019

2019 Lord Derby Challenge Trophy


The main event at Nakayama on Saturday, March 30 is the grade three Lord Derby Challenge Trophy.
The possible leading contenders among 16 entrants are: Gibeon, Daiwa Cagney, Lord Quest, Katsuji and Primo Scene.

The field for the grade three 1,600-meter turf race is:

1-Jo Strictly, Yoshitomi Shibata
2-Fiano Romano(AUS), Yuga Kawada
3-Maltese Apogee, Tomoharu Bushizawa
4-Dover, Hironobu Tanabe
5-Gibeon, Masayoshi Ebina
6-He's in Love, Filip Minarik
7-Hakusan Rudolf, Hiroyuki Uchida
8-Daiwa Cagney, Shu Ishibashi
9-Young Man Power, Keita Tosaki
10-Lord Quest, Kosei Miura
11-Katsuji, Kohei Matsuyama
12-Primo Scene, Yuichi Fukunaga
13-My Style, Norihiro Yokoyama
14-Diatonic, Yuichi Kitamura
15-A Shin Twinkle, Ryuji Wada
16-Captain Perry, Takuya Ono




Field set for 2019 Osaka Hai


A strong field of 14 is set for the grade one Osaka Hai at Hanshin on Sunday, March 31.
Wagnerian, the 2018 Japanese Derby winner who makes his first start since winning the Kobe Shimbun Hai, drew post 2.
Epoca d'Oro, winner of the 2018 Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), drew post 4.
Kiseki, a strong front individual who finished second in the Japan Cup last year, drew post 6.
Bast Onepiece, one of the best horses in his generation, coming off a sensational victory in the Arima Kinen, drew post 7.
Stelvio, winner of the Mile Champion ship, and Kyoto Kinen winner Danburite drew post 12 and 14 respectively.

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

1-Makahiki, Yasunari Iwata
2-Wagnerian, Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Al Ain, Yuichi Kitamura
4-Epoca d'Oro, Keita Tosaki
5-Muito Obrigado, Norihiro Yokoyama
6-Kiseki, Yuga Kawada
7-Blast Onepiece, Kenichi Ikezoe
8-Sungrazer, Filip Minarik
9-Air Windsor, Suguru Hamanaka
10-Stay Foolish, Kota Fujioka
11-Persian Knight, Mirco Demuro
12-Stelvio, Genki Maruyama
13-Stiffelio, Hironobu Tanabe
14-Danburite, Fuma Matsuwaka

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Satono Titan storms home in March S


Satono Titan, running far off the pace, showed a very strong finishing kick to win the grade three March Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday.
A 1 1/4-length behind, London Town finished second with another neck back Regent Rock third. Shu Ishibashi steered the winner to travel the 1,800-meter distance in 1:52.3 on dirt  surface.
Satono Titan, who has now recorded five wins in nine starts, is a 6-year-old dark bay horse by Symboli Kris S out of Machikanechikoyore, by Deputy Minister.

Mr Melody(USA) captures Takamatsunomiya Kinen


Mr Melody(USA), chasing the leading group, went into front less than 200 meters from home to win the grade one Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo on Sunday.
He won it by a 1/2-length from Seiun Kosei with another head back Shonan Anthem third.
With Yuichi Fukunaga up, the winner came cross the wire in 1:07.3 over 1,200 meters on firm ground.
Mr Melody, trained by H. Fujiwara and owned by Green Fields Co. Ltd., has now won four of his 10 races with more than 220 million jpn yen in career earnings.
Bred by Bell Tower Thoroughbreds, the 4-year-old bay colt is a son of Scat Daddy and Trusty Lady, by Deputy Minister.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Lance of Puraana is never behind in Mainichi Hai


Lance of Puraana led a field of 13-horse field and went all the way to win the Mainichi Hai at Hanshin on Saturday. He won the 1,800-meter race in 1:47.2 under Kohei Matsuyama over 1,800 meters on firm ground. A neck behind, Ulili was second with another 1 1/4-length back Vin de Garde third.
Lance of Puraana, who has now recorded the third win in six starts, is a 3-year-old dark bay colt by Cape Blanco out of My Puraana, by Manhattan Cafe.

Wire-to-wire win for Meisho Tekkon in Nikkei Sho


The Nikkei Sho was won at Hanshin on Saturday in a strong front action by Meisho Tekkon, who beat Etario by a 1 1/4-length with another 1 1/4-length back Sakura Empereur third.
Yutaka Take rode the winner to cover the 2,500-meter distance in 2:34.2 on firm ground.
Meisho Tekkon, who has now won five of his 11 races, is a 4-year-old brown colt by Manhattan Cafe out of A Shin Velocity, by Lemon Drop Kid.

Friday, March 22, 2019

2019 Mainichi Hai


Saturday's main event at Hanshin is the grade three Mainichi Hai for 3-year-olds.
The leading horses look to be: Lance of Puraana, Ulili, Cadence Call, Meiner Flap and Vin de Garde.

The field for the 1,800-meter race is:

1-Lance of Puraana, Kohei Matsuyama
2-Ulili, Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Le Monde, Yuga Kawada
4-King of Koji, Ryuji Wada
5-Cadence Call, Yuichi Kitamura
6-All Is Well, Yusuke Fujioka
7-Danon Teio, Yasunari Iwata
8-Copano Martin, Suguru Hamanaka
9-Intruse, Hironobu Tanabe
10-Centaur, Futoshi Komaki
11-Meiner Flap, Hayato Yoshida
12-Antaeus, Sachio Yamada
13-Vin de Garde, Christophe Lemaire




2019 Nikkei Sho


Etaio, one of the top horses in his generation, makes his 2019 debut when he faces 11 rivals in the grade two Nikkei Sho at Nakayama on Saturday.
Last time on the course we have seen him was the Kikuka Sho where he finished second.
Other notable horses are: Meisho Tekkon, Look Twice and Clincher.

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

1-Meisho Tekkon, Yutaka Take
2-Go for the Summit, Shu Ishibashi
3-Action Star, Takuya Ono
4-Sakura Empereur, Norihiro Yokoyama
5-Black Bago, Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Look Twice, Keita Tosaki
7-Etario, Mirco Demuro
8-Gran Armada, Yukito Ishikawa
9-Cafe Blitz, Masayoshi Ebina
10-Happy Grin, Takafumi Hattori
11-Chestnut Coat, Ryusei Sakai
12-Clincher, Kosei Miura

2019 March Stakes


A total of 16 horses have been entered to the March Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday.
The leading horses are likely: Hiraboku la Tache, T O Energy, Highland Peak and Centurion.

The field for the grade three 1,800-meter dirt race is:

1-Ardore, Yoshihiro Furukawa 
2-Meiner Ophir, Daichi Shibata
3-Jordan King, Masayoshi Ebina
4-Lord Golazo, Yusuke Fujioka
5-Asukano Roman, Keisuke Dazai
6-Hiraboku la Tache, Keita Tosaki
7-Harvest Moon, Kosei Miura
8-T O Energy, Hironobu Tanabe
9-A Shin Cerrado, Akihide Tsumura
10-Satono Titan, Shu Ishibashi
11-Regent Rock, Masami Matsuoka
12-London Town, Hayato Yoshida
13-Highland Peak, Kazuo Yokoyama
14-Glanzend, Filip Minarik
15-Sammaru Duke, Tomoharu Bushizawa
16-Centurion, Hiroyuki Uchida

Field set for 2019 Takamatsunomiya Kinen


A field is set to run in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen.
Danon Smash has run well recently in the grade company with four wins in last five starts. His last outing was the Silk Road Stakes where he gained an impressive victory. 
The main opponents to Danon Smash are likely: Let's Go Donki and Log Cry, who finished second and third in the Hankyu Hai last outing, Ocean Stakes winner Mozu Superflare(USA) and Nac Venus, who finished second in the Ocean Stakes. 

The Takamatsunomiya Kinen will be run on Sunday, March 24 at Chukyo on turf.

The post position with jockeys for the grade one 1,200-meter event is:

1-Snow Dragon, Nanako Fujita
2-Rhein Spirit, Kazuma Mori
3-Mr Melody(USA), Yuichi Fukunaga
4-Seiun Kosei, Hideaki Miyuki
5-Teehaff, Yusaku Kokubun
6-Ares Barows, Yuga Kawada
7-Shonan Anthem, Kota Fujioka
8-Let's Go Donki, Yasunari Iwata
9-Nac Venus, Takuya Ono
10-Love Kampf, Manabu Sakai
11-Hiruno Devaro, Norihiro Yokoyama
12-Logi Cry, Christophe Lemaire
13-Danon Smash, Yuichi Kitamura
14-Peisha Felicita, Daisaku Matsuda
15-Mozu Superflare(USA), Yutaka Take
16-Dea Regalo, Kenichi Ikezoe
17-Daimei Fuji, Genki Maruyama
18-Daimei Princess, Mirco Demuro

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

2019 Takamatsunomiya Kinen Nominations


A total of 22 horses have been nominated to the grade one Takamatsunomiya Kinen for 4-year-olds and upward. The nominations include Danon Smash, Let's Go Donki, Logi Cry, Mozu Superflare(USA) and Nac Venus.
The Takamatsunomiya Kinen will be run on Sunday, March 24 at Chukyo over 1,200 meters on turf.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Emeral Fight takes Spring S


Emeral Fight, sitting behind the leading pack, went into front and denied challenges by Fantasist and Dixie Knight to win the Spring Stakes at Nakayama on Sunday.
A head behind, Fantasist was second with another neck away Dixie Knight third.
Emeral Fight, ridden by Yukito Ishikawa, finished at the wire in 1:47.8 over 1,800 meters on firm ground.
Emeral Fight, who has now won three in six starts, is a 3-year-old grey colt by Kurofune out of Setouchi Solar, by Special Week.

Sciacchetra romps Hanshin Daishoten


Sciacchetra moved up into second on the final bend on his way to winning the Hanshin Daishoten by a decisive 5-length at Hanshin on Sunday. Second was Kafuji Prince, who finished a 2 1/2-length in front of Lord Vent d'Or.
Keita Tosaki was aboard the winner, completing the 3,000-meter distance in 3:06.5.
Sciacchetra, who has now recorded the sixth win in 13 starts, is a 6-year-old brown horse by Manhattan Cafe out of Samaaha, by Singspiel.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Happy Hour produces superb late run in Falcon


Happy Horse came from behind to win the Falcon Stakes at Chukyo on Saturday. He won it by a 3/4-length from Groove It in 1:20.9 over 1,400 meter on firm ground. Rosen Krieger was, a 3-length behind Groove It, third.
Happy Hour, who has now won three in seven starts, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Harbinger out of Success Silhouette, by Deep Impact.

Contra Check goes all the way in Flower Cup


Contra Check was never behind and went all the way to win the Flower Cup at Nakayama on Saturday. She won the 1,800-meter race under Genki Maruyama in 1:47.4. Aile Voix was, a 2 1/2-length behind, second with another nose back Rambling Alley third.
Contra Check, who has now won three of her five races, is a 3-year-old dark bay filly by Deep Impact out of Rich Dancer, by Halling.

Friday, March 15, 2019

2019 Falcon Stakes


A total of 15 three-year-old horses have been entered to the grade three Chunichi Sports Sho Falcon Stakes for 3-year-olds at Chukyo on Saturday.
Rosen Krieger, Danon Justice, Vachement(GB), De Gaulle and Happy Hour are likely to be the leading players.

The field for the 1,400-meter race is:

1-New Hope*, Tomonori Sato
2-Shonan Taiga, Yuichi Shibayama
3-Star Quartz, Kenji Kawamata
4-Rosen Krieger, Yuichi Fukunaga
5-Jacaranda City, Kiwamu Ogino
6-Japan Swept, Kota Fujioka
7-Single Up, Yuta Nakatani
8-Seizinger, Kyosuke Kokubun
9-Danon Justice, Ryoya Kozaki
10-Vachement(GB), Hironobu Tanabe
11-De Gaulle, Akihide Tsumura
12-Bring It On, Yuji Tannai
13-Groove It, Yuichi Kitamura
14-It's Cool, Daisaku Matsuda
15-Happy Hour, Hayato Yoshida
*-NAR horse



2019 Flower Cup


Nakayama hosts the grade three Flower Cup for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday.
The leading horses look to be: Contra Check, Aile Voix and Jodie.

The post position with jockeys for the 1,800-meter filly race is:

1-Meisho Hanagushi, Kenichi Ikezoe
2-Shadow Diva, Yasunari Iwata
3-F T Iris, Masayoshi Ebina
4-Contra Check, Genki Maruyama
5-Mimosa Yellow, Hiroyuki Uchida
6-Maroon Bells, Takuya Ono
7-Aile Voix, Mirco Demuro
8-Jodie, Yutaka Yoshida
9-Leone d'Oro, Daichi Shibata
10-Rambling Alley, Suguru Hamanaka
11-Le Timbre, Kosei Miura
12-Iris Feel, Shu Ishibashi
13-Jurar, Filip Minarik

2019 Hanshin Daishoten


11 horses have been entered to the grade two Hanshin Daishoten for 4-year-olds and upwards at Hanshin on Sunday, March 17.
The possible leading horses are Ridge Man, Vosges, Admire Eikan, Sciacchetra and Corcovado.

The field for the 3,000-meter marathon race is:

1-Lord Vent d'Or, Norihiro Yokoyama
2-Ridge Man, Masayoshi Ebina
3-Kento O, Hideaki Miyuki
4-Stay in Seattle, Suguru Hamanaka
5-Saimon Ramesses, Futoshi Komaki
6-Sole Impact, Yuichi Fukunaga
7-Kafuji Prince, Yuta Nakatani
8-Vosges, Ryuji Wada
9-Admire Eikan, Yasunari Iwata
10-Sciacchetra, Keita Tosaki
11-Corcovado, Mirco Demuro

2019 Spring Stakes


The Fuji TV Sho Spring Stakes, one of the major preps for the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas), will be run on Sunday, March 17 at Nakayama.
The leading contenders among 16 entrants are likely: Fantasist, multiple grade winner last season, who finished fourth in the g1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes last outing; Kurino Gaudi, runner-up in the Futurtiy Stakes; Hishi Iguazu, who won last two outings; Secret Run, fourth in the g3 Keisei Hai and Fukujyuso Tokubetsu winner Roger Barows.

The post position order with jockeys for the grade two 1,800-meter race is:

1-Fantasist, Yutaka Take
2-Kurino Gaudi, Yasuke Fujioka
3-Unicorn Lion(IRE), Kohei Matsuyama
4-Nishino Katsunari, Masaki Katsuura
5-Guevara, Yuichi Shibayama
6-Cosmo Calendula, Yuji Tannai
7-Regal Mane, Kosei Miura
8-Hishi Iguazu, Filip Minarik
9-Emeral Fight, Yukito Ishikawa
10-Dixie Knight, Shu Ishibashi
11-Reversible Lane, Takuya Ono
12-Tagano Diamante, Hironobu Tanabe
13-Secret Run, Hiroyuki Uchida
14-Karate, Hiroto Mayuzumi
15-Roger Barows, Yuga Kawada
16-Fidelio Green, Yutaro Nonaka

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Dead heat in Fillies' Revue


The Hochi Hai Fillies' Revue was an exciting dead-heat finish at Hanshin on Sunday when No One with Ryusei Sakai up and Pourville with Shinichiro Akiyama up reached the post at the same time to share first place. It was the first dead heat for nine years in JRA racing.
A 1/2-length behind them, Juranville was third. Final time of the 1,400-meter race was 1 minute 22 seconds flat on good ground.
No One, who has now won two in six starts, is a 3-year-old bay filly by Heart's Cry out of Playgirl, by Caerleon.
Pourville, who has now won three in six starts, is a 3-year-old bay filly by Le Havre out of Kenhope, by Kendargent.

Danon Premium takes Kinko Sho


Danon Premium drew away from the rest at around 200 meters from home to win the Kinko Sho at Chukyo on Sunday. Lys Gracieux was, a 1 1/4-length behind, second with another 3/4-length back Air Windsor third.
Yuga Kawada took the mount on the winner with final time of 2:00.1 over 2,000 meters on good ground.
Danon Premium, who has now won five of his six races, is a 4-year-old brown colt by Deep Impact out of Indiana Gal, by Intikhab.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Frontier Queen wins Nakayama Himba S in exciting finish


The Nakayama Himba Stakes was won in an exciting finish by Frontier Queen, who beat Uranus Charm by a nose with another neck back Affilato third.
Kosei Miura was aboard the winner to complete the 1,800-meter trip in 1:47.7 on firm ground.
Frontier Queen, who has now won three in 25 starts, is a 6-year-old bay mare by Meisho Samson out of Blue Box Bow, by Sunday Silence.

Friday, March 08, 2019

2019 Nakayama Himba Stakes


Saturday's main event at Nakayama will be the grade three Nakayama Himba Stakes for 4-year-olds and upward fillies and mares.
The leading horses among 14 entrants are likely: Admire Lead, Normcore, Crocosmia, Randonnee(USA) and Mikki Charm.

The field for the 1,800-meter event is:

1-Admire Lead, Norihiro Yokoyama
2-Normcore, Hironobu Tanabe
3-Kawakita Enka, Kenichi Ikezoe
4-Affilato, Miyabi Muto
5-Crocosmia, Yasunari Iwata
6-Randonnee(USA), Keita Tosaki
7-Frontier Queen, Kosei Miura
8-Reiho Romance, Hiroyuki Uchida
9-Uranus Charm, Filip Minarik
10-Denko Ange, Masayoshi Ebina
11-Flawless Magic, Shu Ishibashi
12-Win Fabulous, Masami Matsuoka
13-Mikki Charm, Yuga Kawada
14-One Breath Away, Akihide Tsumura




2019 Fillies' Revue


A total of 18 fillies have been entered to the Hochi Hai Fillies' Revue, one of the major preps for the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), at Hanshin on Sunday, March 10.
The leading contenders could be: A Will a Way, Pourville, Ho O Catherine, Coeur et Sakura and Red Anemos.

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

1-No One, Ryusei Sakai
2-Aster Ruby, Futoshi Komaki
3-Coeur et Miyabi, Manabu Sakai
4-Azuma Heritage, Yoshitsugu Okada
5-A Will a Way, Shu Ishibashi
6-Pourville, Shinichiro Akiyama
7-Ramiel, Katsuma Sameshima
8-Eighteen Girl, Kenichi Ikezoe
9-Meisho Keimei, Yoshihiro Furukawa
10-Iberis, Suguru Hamanaka
11-Ho O Catherine, Takuya Ono
12-Coeur et Sakura, Yusuke Fujioka
13-Winter Lily, Yuji Hishida
14-Water Eden, Kyosuke Kokubun
15-Juranville, Fuma Matsuwaka
16-Koko Fille, Kanichiro Fujii
17-Red Anemos, Yasunari Iwata
18-Love Me Fine, Haruhiko Kawasu

2019 Kinko Sho


The Kinko Sho for 4-year-olds and upwards at Chukyo will be run on Sunday, March 10.
Air Windsor, coming into this event off 4-straight win with victory in the g3 Challenge Cup last outing, faces 12 top-classed horses.
Other notable runners are: multiple grade winner Danon Premium; grade one winner Persian Knight; Al Ain, regular customer in the top company and Lys Gracieux, runner-up in the Hong Kong Vase last outing.

The post position order with jockeys for the grade two 2,000-meter race is:

1-Danon Premium, Yuga Kawada
2-Shonan Bach, Hideaki Miyuki
3-Satono Walkure, Hirofumi Shii
4-Suzuka Devious, Kota Fujioka
5-Tanino Frankel(IRE), Hayato Yoshida
6-Persian Knight, Mirco Demuro
7-Gibeon, Genki Maruyama
8-Air Windsor, Yutaka Take
9-Muito Obrigado, Norihiro Yokoyama
10-Al Ain, Yuichi Kitamura
11-Lys Gracieux, Andrasch Starke
12-Mozu Katchan, Ryuji Wada
13-Maitres d'Art, Yuichi Fukunaga

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Mozu Superflare(USA) wire-to-wire victory in Ocean S


Mosu Superflare(USA) set the pace to win the grade three Ocean Stakes at Nakayama on Saturday. Nac Venus finished a 1 1/4-length behind the winner in second. Another 2 1/2-length back, Daimei Fuji was third. Christophe Lemaire steered the winner. Final time of the 1,200-meter race was 1:07.1 on firm ground.
Mozu Superflare(USA), bred by Alpha Stables LLC, who has now won six of her 14 races, is a 4-year-old chestnut filly by Speightstorm out of Christies Treasure, by Belong to Me.

Danon Fantasy takes Tulip Sho


Danon Fantasy had a good appeal toward the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) when she won the grade two 1,600-meter Tulip Sho at Hanshin on Saturday. 
Yuga Kawada held Danon Fantasy in a good position and took her to the outside path in the final stretch before getting up to the wire in 1:34.1 on firm ground.
A length behind, Shingeru Pink Dia finished second with another nose back Noble Score.
Danon Fantasy, who has now recorded four straight victories in five starts, is a 3-year-old bay filly by Deep Impact out of Life For Sale, by Not For Sale.

Friday, March 01, 2019

2019 Ocean Stakes


A total of 16 horses have been entered to the grade three Ocean Stakes for 4-year-olds and upwards at Nakayama on Saturday, March 2.
The leading horses are likely to: Daimei Princess, Love Kampf, Nac Venus and Mozu Superflare(USA).
NAR entries are Narita Star One and Star Kuninaga.

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

1-Narita Star One, Norifumi Mikamoto
2-Peisha Felicita, Filip Minarik
3-Snow Dragon, Hiroyuki Uchida
4-Entry Ticket, Daichi Shibata
5-Daimei Princess, Mirco Demuro
6-Daimei Fuji, Masami Matsuoka
7-Kaiser Melange, Hironobu Tanabe
8-Yellow Marimba, Ryo Takakura
9-Shonan Anthem, Akihide Tsumura
10-Nine Tails, Shu Ishibashi
11-Love Kampf, Kosei Miura
12-Nac Venus, Takuya Ono
13-King Heart, Hiroshi Kitamura
14-Mozu Superflare(USA), Christophe Lemaire
15-Star Kuninaga, Fyuki Igarashi
16-Estitato, Suguru Hamanaka

2019 Tulip Sho


13 three-year-old fillies will contend in the grade two Tulip Sho, one of the major preps for the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas) at Hanshin on Sunday, March 2.
Danon Fantasy, winner of the g1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, could get a lot of supports and will break from post 1.
The main oppositions to Danon Fantasy are likely to: Meisho Shobu, Schon Glanz and Noble Score.

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

1-Danon Fantasy, Yuga Kawada
2-Marumo Neo Force, Akatsuki Tomita
3-Blanc Noir, Kanichiro Fujii
4-Honey Will, Kyosuke Kokubun
5-Meisho Shobu, Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Schon Glanz, Yutaka Take
7-Noble Score, Yuichi Fukunaga
8-Blitz Away, Kohei Matsuyama
9-Au Pas Camarade, Fuma Matsuwaka
10-Affranchir, Yasunari Iwata
11-Something Just, Andrasch Starke
12-Donau Delta, Yuichi Kitamura
13-Shigeru Pink Dia, Ryuji Wada

2019 Yayoi Sho


The grade two Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho, one of the major preps for the Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas) will be run on Sunday, March 3 at Nakayama.
The possible leading contenders among 10 three-year-old colts are: Last Draft, undefeated colt in two starts, who won the g3 Keisai Hai; multiple grade winner Nishio Daisay; Cantor, winner of the non-graded Saintpualia Sho and Satono Radius, winner of the non-graded Baika Sho.

The post positio with jockeys for the 2,000-meter Yayoi Sho is:

1-Last Draft, Christophe Lemaire
2-Nishino Daisy, Masaki Katsuura
3-Cantor, Mirco Demuro
4-Satono Radius, Yutaka Take
5-Schwarz Riese, Shu Ishibashi
6-Vin Quet Domingo, Filip Minarik
7-Lava Stone, Teruo Eda
8-Breaking Dawn, Yuichi Fukunaga
9-Naimama, Daichi Shibata
10-Meisho Tengen, Kenichi Ikezoe

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Smart Odin comes far off pace to win Hankyu Hai


Smart Odin finished last to first in winning the grade three Hankyu Hai at Hanshin on Sunday. He beat Let's Go Donki by a length. Logi Cry finished third, another 1 1/4-length behind.  Yusuke Fujioka rode the winner with final time of 1:20.3 for the 1,400-meter distance. 
Smart Odin, who has now won five of his 12 races, is a 6-year-old dark bay horse by Danon Chantilly out of Lady Upstage, by Alzao.

Win Bright wins Nakayama Kinen for second consecutive years


Win Bright got past Lucky Lilac in final stride to win the Nakayama Kinen for two consecutive years under Masami Matsuoka at Nakyama on Sunday. The two separated by a neck. Another head behind, Stelvio was third. Final time of the 1,800-meter race was 1:45:5 on firm ground.
Win Bright, who has now won seven in 17 starts, is a 5-year-old grey horse by Stay Gold out of Summer Eternity, by Admire Cozzene.

Friday, February 22, 2019

2019 Hankyu Hai


Sunday, February 24 sees the grade three Hankyu Hai at Hanshin.
The possible leading horses among 18 entrants are: Let's Go Donki, Logi Cry, Diana Halo and Mr Melody(USA).

The field for the 1,400-meter Hankyu Hai is:

1-Let's Go Donki, Yasunari Iwata
2-Young Man Power, Kenichi Ikezoe
3-Logi Cry, Norihiro Yokoyama
4-Time Trip, Suguru Hamanaka
5-Rhein Spirit, Kazuma Mori
6-Star of Persia, Makoto Sugihara
7-Reliable Ace, Kohei Matsuyama
8-Koei Takeru, Futoshi Komaki
9-Daimei Fuji, Ryuji Wada
10-Admire God, Yuichi Kitamura
11-Lord Quest, Yuga Kawada
12-Ryono Tesoro(USA), Hideaki Miyuki
13-Tosho Piste, Yoshihiro Furukawa
14-Diana Halo, Yutaka Take
15-Hiruno Devaro, Hirofumi Shii
16-Mr Melody(USA), Yuichi Fukunaga
17-Smart Odin, Yusuke Fujioka
18-Entscheiden, Ryusei Sakai