Sunday, January 27, 2019

Favorite wins Silk Road S


Danon Smash, the favorite in a field of 18, crushed into the line switching to the middle in the stretch to win the Silk Road Stakes at Kyoto on Sunday. Estitato was, a 1 1/4-length behind, second with another neck away Teehaff third. The winning time for the 1,200-meter race is 1:08.3. The winning rider was Yuichi Kitamura.
Danon Smash, who has now won five in 11 starts, is a 4-year-old bay colt by Lord Kanaloa out of Spinning Wildcat, by Hard Spun.

Copano Kicking(USA) wins Negishi Stakes


It was the fourth straight victory for Copano Kicking(USA) as he won the Negishi Stakes at Tokyo on Sunday. A 3/4-length behind, Yuranoto was second with another 1 3/4-length back Queen's Saturn third. Oisin Murphy rode his first JRA grade winner to cover the 1,400-meter in 1:23.5 on dirt surface.
Copano Kicking(USA), bred in US by Reiley McDonald, has now won seven of his nine races. The 4-year-old dark bay gelding is a son of Spring At Last and the Gold Halo mare Celadon.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

One Breath Away takes Aichi Hai


One Breath Away held a good position behind the leading pack to win the grade three handicap Aichi Hai at Chukyo on Saturday. Normcore came from far behind to finish a 1/2-length behind the winner in second. Another neck away, Randonnee(USA) was third. Akihide Tsumura rode the winner to complete the 2,000-meter distance in 2 minutes flat.
One Breath Away, who has now won six of her 22 races, is a 6-year-old dark bay mare by Stay Gold out of Stray Cat, by Storm Cat.

Friday, January 25, 2019

2019 Aichi Hai


Saturday's main event at Chukyo will be the grade three Aichi Hai for 4yo+ fillies and mares to which 14 horses have been entered.
The leading horses could be: Red Genova, Randonnee(USA), Uranus Charm and Normcore.

The field for the 2,000-meter turf event is:

1-Red Genova, Mirco Demuro
2-Reiho Romance, Kota Fujioka
3-T S Cry, Ikuya Kowata
4-Corcovado, Genki Maruyama
5-One Breath Away, Akihide Tsumura
6-Raise a Veil, Shinichiro Akiyama
7-Scarlet Color, Katsuma Sameshima
8-Randonnee(USA), Keita Tosaki
9-Uranus Charm, Yuichi Kitamura
10-Yamanin Elfin, Ken Tanaka
11-Normcore, Christophe Lemaire
12-Eterna Minoru, Hirofumi Shii
13-Usubenino Kimi, Fuma Matsuwaka
14-Kinsho Yukihime, Hayato Yoshida


2019 Silk Road Stakes


Kyoto hosts the grade three Silk Road Stakes, one of the major preps for the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, on Sunday, January 27.
The possible leading horses among 18 entrants are: Danon Smash, who won the Keihan Hai last outing; Daimei Princess, fourth in last year's Sprinters Stakes; Love Kampf, a neck second in the Sprinters Stakes and Aonbharr.

The post position with riders for the 1,200-meter race is:

1-Nine Tails, Yuichi Fukunaga
2-Danon Smash, Yuichi Kitamura
3-Fumino Moon, Yusaku Kokubun
4-King Heart, Yuta Nakatani
5-Vip Lively, Ryo Takakura
6-Rhein Spirit, Kazuma Mori
7-Ryono Tesoro(USA), Ryusei Sakai
8-Estitato, Suguru Hamanaka
9-Peisha Felicita, Kosei Miura
10-Love Kampf, Mirco Demuro
11-Saita Three Red, Ken Tanaka
12-Light Fairy, Haruhiko Kawasu
13-Daimei Princess, Shinichiro Akiyama
14-Seiun Kosei, Kenichi Ikezoe
15-Tosho Piste, Yoshihiro Furukawa
16-Aonbharr, Kohei Matsuyama
17-Ares Barows, Yuga Kawada
18-Teehaff, Kyosuke Kokubun

2019 Negishi Stakes


16 horses have been entered to the Negishi Stakes, one of the major preps for the February Stakes, at Tokyo on Sunday, January 27. 
The leading conteders could be: Yuranoto, Copano Kicking(USA), Sunrise Nova and Matera Sky(USA).

The field for the grade three 1,400-meter dirt event is:

1-Queen's Saturn, Hirofumi Shii
2-Yuranoto, Christophe Lemaire
3-Satono Phantasy, Yasunari Iwata
4-Keiai Nautique, Yusuke Fujioka
5-Love Bullet, Takuya Ono
6-Moanin(USA), Ryuji Wada
7-Kurosuke, Hironobu Tanabe
8-Yamanin Imprime, Hiroyuki Uchida
9-Wonder Lider, Daichi Shibata
10-Red Guernica, Masayoshi Ebina
11-Copano Kicking(USA), Oisin Murphy
12-Sunrise Nova, Keita Tosaki
13-Meisho Utage, Manabu Sakai
14-Nobo Baccara, Filip Minarik
15-Kitasan Mikazuki, Taito Mori
16-Matera Sky(USA), Yutaka Take

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Inti romps home in Tokai S


Inti gained a 6-straight victory as he won the grade two Tokai Stakes under Yutaka Take at Chukyo on Sunday. The 5-year-old horse set the pace and went all the way to cross the line in 1:49.80 over 1,800 meters on dirt.
A 2-length behind, Chuwa Wizard finished second with another 7-length Sumahama third.
Inti, who has now won six of his seven races, is a chestnut son of Came Home and Kitty, by Northern Afleet.

Sciacchetra takes AJCC


Sciacchetra drew away from the rest in the mid-stretch to win the American Jockey Club Cup at Nakayama on Sunday. Fierement challenged in the very final stage, but finished a neck short to finish second. Another 3/4-length behind, Maitres d'Art was third. Shu Ishibashi rode the winner to complete the 2,200-meter trip in 2:13.7 on firm ground.
Sciacchetra, who has now won five of his 12 races, is a 6-year-old brown horse by Manhattan Cafe out of Samaaha, by Singspiel.

Friday, January 18, 2019

2019 Tokai Stakes


Chukyo hosts the grade two Tokai TV Hai Tokai Stakes for 4yo+ on Sunday, January 20.
The leading contenders are likely: Chuwa Wizard, Inti, Sumahama and Ange Desir.

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

1-Glanzend, Filip Minarik
2-Asukano Roman, Keisuke Dazai
3-Chuwa Wizard, Yuga Kawada
4-Inti, Yutaka Take
5-Sumahama, Yusuke Fujioka
6-Angreifen, Katsuma Sameshima
7-Ange Desir, Norihiro Yokoyama
8-Molto Bene, Kota Fujioka
9-Shiny Beam, Takashi Fujikake
10-Cosmo Canadian, Genki Maruyama
11-Meiner Basara, Hayato Yoshida
12-Meisho Sumitomo, Yoshihiro Furukawa
13-Kazenoko, Ryoya Kozaki

2019 American Jockey Club Cup


Fierement, who won the Kikuka Sho(Japanese St.Leger) in his only four starts last outing, makes his 2019 debut when he faces 10 rivals in Sunday's American Jockey Club Cup at Nakayama.
The main opponents to Fierement could be: Generae Uno and Danburite.

The post positio with riders for the grade two 2,200-meter AJC Cup is:

1-Generale Uno, Hironobu Tanabe
2-Action Star, Takuya Ono
3-Meiner Milano, Daichi Shibata
4-Fierement, Christophe Lemaire
5-Danburite, Yuichi Kitamura
6-Miraieno Tsubasa, Hiroshi Kitamura
7-Stay in Seattle, Hiroyuki Uchida
8-Sciacchetra, Keita Tosaki
9-Shonan Bach, Kosei Miura
10-Maitres d'Art, Oisin Murphy
11-Sakura Empereur, Masayoshi Ebina

Monday, January 14, 2019

Last Draft remains undefeated with Keisei Hai victory


Last Draft chased the pace at second spot to win the grade three Keisei Hai at Nakayama on Monday. A 1 1/4-length behind, Run for the Roses was second with another neck away Hindu Times third. Christophe Lemaire rode the winner to cover the 2,000-meter distance in 2:01.2 on firm ground.
Last Draft, who remains undefeated in two starts, is a 3-year-old dark bay colt by Novellist out of Marcellina, by Deep Impact.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Favorite wins Nikkei Shinshun Hai


Race Glory Vase drew away from the rest in the final stage to win the grade two Nikkei Shinshun Hai under Mirco Demuro at Kyoto on Sunday.
A 1/2-length behind, Look Twice came second with another 1/2-length back Super Lumiere third. Final time of the 2,400-meter race was 2:26.2 on firm ground.
Glory Vase, who has now won three of his seven races, is a 4-year-old dark bay colt by Deep Impact out of Mejiro Tsubone, by Swept Overboard.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Figlia Pura triumphs Fairy S


Figlia Pura came from far behind to win the grade three Fairy Stakes at Nakayama on Saturday, January 12.
Figlia Pura and Ho O Catherine fought out in the very final stage, and Figlia Pura put her head into front. Grace Un was third, a 1/2-length behind Ho O Catherine. Genki Maruyama was aboard the winner to complete the 1,600-meter trip in 1 minute 36 seconds flat.
Figlia Pura, who has now won two of her three races, is a 3-year-old bay filly by Harbinger out of Princess Camellia, by Sunday Silence.

Friday, January 11, 2019

2019 Nikkei Shinshun Hai


Sunday's main event at Kyoto will be the grade two Nikkei Shinshun Hai for 4yo+. A total of 16 horses have been entered to the 2,400-meter turf event.

The post position with jockies for the Nikkei Shinshun Hai is:

1-Masahaya Dream, Yuichi Kitamura
2-Glory Vase, Mirco Demuro
3-A T Thunder, Manabu Sakai
4-African Gold, Filip Minarik
5-Super Lumiere, Hiroshi Kitamura
6-Solace, Fuma Matsuwaka
7-Ganko, Yusuke Fujioka
8-Win Tenderness, Hiroyuki Uchida
9-Kento O, Ryuji Wada
10-Look Twice, Yasunari Iwata
11-Noble Mars, Ryo Takakura
12-Meisho Tekkon, Yutaka Take
13-Dashing Blaze(USA), Yuichi Fukunaga
14-Aithon, Kyosuke Kokubun
15-Lord Vent d'Or, Norihiro Yokoyama
16-Muito Obrigado, Yuga Kawada



2019 Fairy Stakes


Aqua Mirabilis, an impressive shimba winner at Tokyo, takes on the grade company when she faces 15 rivals in the Fairy Stakes for 3yo fillies at Nakayama on Saturday, January 12.
The chief oppositions to Aqua Mirabilis could be: Figlia Pura, Reve de Kanaloa and  Amati.

The post position with jockies for the grade three 1,600-meter Fairy Stakes is:

1-Figlia Pura, Genki Maruyama
2-Ago Bay, Hiroshi Kitamura
3-F T Iris, Masayoshi Ebina
4-Sky Theater, Takeshi Yokoyama
5-Santander, Takuya Kowata
6-Reve de Kanaloa, Franck Blondel
7-Winter Lily, Yuji Hishida
8-Ho O Catherine, Takuya Ono
9-Premier Amour, Miyabi Muto
10-Saint Cecilia, Yuta Nakatani
11-Aqua Mirabilis, Mirco Demuro
12-Chibiraasan, Hironobu Tanabe
13-Grace Un, Keita Tosaki
14-Lady Dolly, Yoshitomi Shibata
15-Maple Garden, Kyosuke Maruta
16-Amati, Kosei Miura

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

2018 Horse of the Year goes to Almond Eye


Almond Eye, who had won five as many starts last season, was named for Horse of the Year, JRA announced on July 8. The victories she gained include  the Japan Cup, the Oka Sho(Japanese 1000 Guineas), the Japanese Oaks and the Shuka Sho. She was also awarded for Best 3-year-old Filly. Almond Eye, trained by S. Kunieda and owned by Silk Racing Co. Ltd., is a daughter of Lord Kanaloa and Sunday Silence mare Fusaichi Pandora.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Val d'lsere victory in Shinzan Kinen


Having run behind the leading pack early on, Val d'lsere took inside passage through the stretch under Yuichi Kitamura to win the Shinzan Kinen at Kyoto on Sunday. Before a neck victory, he had to deny challenge by Meiner Flap, who finished second. Another 1 1/2-length behind, Mikki Brillante was third.
Val d'lsere, who has now won two as may starts, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Lord Kanaloa out of Fargo, by Heart's Cry.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Pax Americana takes Kyoto Kimpai


Pax Americana moved into a good position turning for home to win the Kyoto Kimpai at Kyoto on Saturday. My Style came second, a 3/4-length behind. Another neck behind, Mieno Suceed was third. Ridden by Yuga Kawada, Pax Americana completed the 1,600-meter trip in 1:34.9.
Pax Americana, who has now won four in eigth starts, is a 4-year-old grey colt by Kurofune out of Global Peace, by Sunday Silence.

Win Bright wins Nakayama Kimpai


Win Bright got past Stay Foolish and Tanino Frankel(IRE) near the line to win the Nakayama Kimpai at Nakayama on Saturday. A 1/2-length behind, Stay Foolish was second with another neck away Tanino Frankel(IRE) third.
Masami Matsuoka rode the winner to cover the 2,000-meter distance in 1:59.2 on firm ground.
Winu Bright, who has now won six of his 16 races, is a 5-year-old grey horse by Stay Gold out of Summer Eternity, by Admire Cozzene.

Friday, January 04, 2019

2019 Shinzan Kinen


Sunday, January 6 sees the Nikkan Sports Sho Shinzan Kinen for 3yo at Kyoto Racecourse.

The leading contenders among 12 entrants are likely: Go Timing, Intruse and Donau Delta.

The post position for the grade three 1,600-meter race is:

1-Meiner Flap, Hayato Yoshida
2-Val d'Isere, Yuichi Kitamura
3-Happy Hour, Shinichiro Akiyama
4-Go Timing, Yutaka Take
5-Intruse, Yuga Kawada
6-Donau Delta*, Yuichi Fukunaga
7-Nihonpiro Henson, Suguru Hamanka
8-Miyake, Kohei Matsuyama
9-Passing Through*, Kenichi Ikezoe
10-Mikki Brillante, Ryusei Sakai
11-Shadow Emperor(IRE), Ryuji Wada
12-Copano Martin, Kota Fujioka
*-filly


2019 Kyoto Kimpai


The Sports Nippon Sho Kyoto Kimpai for 4yo+ will be run on Saturday, January 5 at Kyoto Racecourse. A total of 17 horses have been entered to the grade three 1,600-meter race.
The main contenders could be: Salacia, Katsuji, Guanciale and Pax Americana.

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

1-Stormy Sea, Hayato Yoshida
2-Salacia, Kenichi Ikezoe
3-Katsuji, Kohei Matsuyama
4-Guanciale, Yoshihiro Furukawa
5-Baris, Manabu Sakai
6-Admire Alba, Yasunari Iwata
7-Mieno Succeed, Shinji Kawashima
8-He's in Love, Kota Fujioka
9-Smart Odin, Shinichiro Akiyama
10-Reliable Ace, Ryusei Sakai
11-Travesura, Suguru Hamanaka
12-Pax Americana, Yuga Kawada
13-Asakusa Genki(USA), Fuma Matsuwaka
14-Gold Cerberus, Yuichi Shibayama
15-My Style, Katsuharu Tanaka
16-Two M Meister, Hirofumi Shii
17-Lord Quest, Yuichi Fukunaga

2019 Nakayama Kimpai


Nakayama Racecourse hosts the Nikkan Sports Sho Nakayama Kimpai for 4yo+ as a main event of the opening season on Saturday, January 5.
The possible main contenders among 16 entrants are: Air Anthem, Mount Gold, Time Flyer and Stay Foolish.

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

1-Tanino Frankel(IRE), Hiroyuki Uchida
2-Admire Lead, Norihiro Yokoyama
3-Cosmic Force, Shu Ishibashi
4-Langadhia, Hiroshi Kitamura
5-San Martin, Oisin Murphy
6-Air Anthem, Hironobu Tanabe
7-Meiner Honey, Daichi Shibata
8-Mount Gold, Yutaka Take
9-Strong Titan(USA), Takuya Ono
10-Young Man Power, Genki Maruyama
11-Win Bright, Masami Matsuoka
12-Time Flyer, Ryuji Wada
13-Nasuno Seikan, Franck Blondel
14-Black Bago, Keita Tosaki
15-Stay Foolish, Yusuke Fujioka
16-Meiner Sage, Akihide Tsumura