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



2019 Nakayama Kinen


The grade two Nakayama Kinen will be run on Sunday, February 24 at Nakayama.
The leading contenders are likely: Win Bright, winner of the Nakayama Kimpai; Deirdre, runner-up in the Hong Kong Cup; last year's Mile Championship winner Stelvio; Epoca d'Oro, runner-up in last year's Japanese Derby and Suave Richard, third in the Japan Cup.

The post position with jockeys for the 1,800-meter turf event is:

1-Win Bright, Masami Matsuoka
2-Maltese Apogee, Tomoharu Bushizawa
3-Lucky Lilac, Shu Ishibashi
4-Siberian Superb, Katsuharu Tanaka
5-Deirdre, Christophe Lemaire
6-Toruk Makto, Takuya Ono
7-Stelvio, Genki Maruyama
8-Happy Grin, Filip Minarik
9-Epoca d'Oro, Keita Tosaki
10-Suave Richard, Mirco Demuro
11-Meiner Sage, Akihide Tsumura

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Kokura Daishoten won by Stiffelio


The Kokura Daishoten was won at Kokuru on Sunday by Stiffelio, who beat Tanino Frankel(IRE) by a neck. Saimon Ramesses finished third, a 1 1/2-length behind the runner-up. Genki Maruyama steered the winner to complete the 1,800-meter race in 1:46.7 on firm ground.
Stiffelio, who has now won seven in 20 starts, is a 5-year-old bay horse by Stay Gold out of Serious Attitude, by Mtoto.

Inti goes all the way in February Stakes


Inti set the pace and went all the way to win the February Stakes at Tokyo on Sunday.  Gold Dream chased the winner in the final stage, but finished a neck short in second. Another 4-length behind, Yuranoto finished third. Yutaka Take rode the winner to reach the post in 1:35.6 over 1,600 meters on fast track.
It was the seven straight wins for Inti, who has now won seven in eight starts with more than 207 million jpn yen in career earnings. Bred and owned by S. Takeda and trained by K. Nonaka, Inti is a 5-year-old chestnut horse by Came Home out of Kitty, by Northern Afleet.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

You Can Smile romps Diamond S


You Can Smile squeezed between Cafe Blitz and Sunday Moutiers on his way to winning the Diamond Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday. Sunday Moutiers finished a 2 1/2-length behind in second. Another 1 1/4-length back, Cafe Blitz was third.
Yasunari Iwata rode the winner to travel the 3,400-meter trip in 3:31.5.
It was the fourth win in 10 starts for You Can Smile, a 4-year-old bay colt by King Kamehameha out of Mood Indigo, by Dance in the Dark.

Dea Regalo storms home in Kyoto Himba S


Dea Regalo came out with a strong finishing kick on the middle to win the grade three Kyoto Himba Stakes at Kyoto on Saturday. A 1/2-length behind, Linate was second with another neck away Amalfi Coast third. Kenichi Ikezoe was aboard the winner to complete the 1,400-meter race in 1 minute 21 seconds flat on firm ground.
Dea Regalo, who has now won six of her 14 races, is a 5-year-old bay mare by Manhattan Cafe out of Souvenir Gift, by Souvenir Copy.

Friday, February 15, 2019

2019 Kyoto Himba Stakes


The grade three Kyoto Himba Stakes for 4-year-olds and upwards fillies and mares will be run on Saturday, February 16 at Kyoto.
The main players among 18 horses could be: Liberty Heights, One to One, Arusha and Miss Panthere.

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

1-Dimension, Yuichi Fukunaga
2-Beluga, Yuga Kawada
3-Harlem Line, Yoshitomi Shibata
4-Liberty Heights, Yuichi Kitamura
5-Reine Minoru, Daisaku Matsuda
6-All Possible, Kiwamu Ogino
7-Kyowa Zenobia, Katsuharu Tanaka
8-Light Fairy, Manabu Sakai
9-A Shin Twinkle, Ryuji Wada
10-Dea Regalo, Kenichi Ikezoe
11-One to One, Mirco Demuro
12-Arusha, Christophe Lemaire
13-Amalfi Coast, Ryusei Sakai
14-Miss Panthere, Norihiro Yokoyama
15-Linate, Yutaka Take
16-Clean Funky, Yusuke Fujioka
17-Karakurenai, Kohei Matsuyama
18-Kaiserball, Hirofumi Shii

2019 Diamond Stakes


10 horses will compete in the Diamond Stakes at Tokyo on Saturday.
The main horses are likely: Cafe Blitz, Sole Impact, Globe Theatre and You Can Smile.

The post position with jockeys for the grade three 3,400-meter marathon race is:

1-Luminous Warrior, Yuichi Shibayama
2-Cafe Blitz, Masayoshi Ebina
3-Shiho, Takuya Ono
4-Pittsburgh, Masami Matsuoka
5-Bright Barows, Shu Ishibashi
6-La La Eclater, Keita Tosaki
7-Sole Impact, Hironobu Tanabe
8-Sunday Moutiers, Teruo Eda
9-Globe Theatre, Suguru Hamanaka
10-You Can Smile, Yasunari Iwata

2019 Kokura Daishoten


Kokura's main event on Sunday will be the grade three Kokura Daishoten.
The possible main contenders among 14 entrants are: Air Anthem, Tanino Frankel(IRE), My Style and Stiffelio.

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

1-Saimon Ramesses, Futoshi Komaki
2-Air Anthem, Hayato Yoshida
3-Tanino Frankel(IRE), Yuga Kawada
4-Mount Gold, Suguru Hamanaka
5-Retro Rock, Fuma Matsuwaka
6-Maltese Apogee, Yoshitomi Shibata
7-Black Spinel, Kosei Miura
8-My Style, Katsuharu Tanaka
9-Suzuka Deep, Tsubasa Iwasaki
10-K T Clever, Shinichiro Akiyama
11-Night of Knights, Yoshihiro Furukawa
12-Stiffelio, Genki Maruyama
13-Eterna Minoru, Daisaku Matsuda
14-America's Cup, Hideaki Miyuki

Field set for 2019 February Stakes


A field is set for the February Stakes at Tokyo on Sunday, February 17.
Inti, the strong front runner, who faces the grade one company for the first time, comes here with six straight wins including the g3 Tokai Stakes victory last time out. 
Copano Kicking(USA) has been running well with a couple of grade three victories last two outing for four straight winning streak. Nanako Fujita will be aboard him to bid for becoming the first female rider to win a grade one race. 
Other notable horses are: multiple grade one winner Gold Dream and Omega Perfume, winner of  the grade one Tokyo Daishoten.

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

1-Queen's Saturn, Hirofumi Shii
2-Yuranoto, Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Gold Dream, Christophe Lemaire
4-Meisho Utage, Hiroshi Kitamura
5-Success Energy, Kohei Matsuyama
6-Inti, Yutaka Take
7-Sunrise Nova, Keita Tosaki
8-Moanin(USA), Ryuji Wada
9-Wonder Lider, Daichi Shibata
10-Sunrise Soar, Hironobu Tanabe
11-Copano Kicking(USA), Nanako Fujita
12-Nobo Baccara, Filip Minarik
13-Nonkono Yume, Hiroyuki Uchida
14-Omega Perfume, Mirco Demuro

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

2019 February Stakes nominations


A total of 18 horses have been nominated to the grade one February Stakes. The nominations include Copano Kicking(USA), Gold Dream, Inti, Omega Perfume and Sunrise Nova. The February Stakes will be run on Sunday, February 17 at Tokyo dirt track.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Chrono Genesis takes Queen Cup


Chrono Genesis posted a neck victory in the Daily Hai Queen Cup under Yuichi Kitamura at Tokyo on Monday. She got up to the wire in 1:34.2 over 1,600 meters on firm ground. Beach Samba finished a 1/2-length before Jodie in second.
Chrono Genesis, whose record has now improved to 4-3-1-0, is a 3-year-old grey filly by Bago out of Chronologist, by Kurofune.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Danon Kingly remains undefeated with Kyodo News victory


Danon Kingly remains undefeated when he won the grade three Kyodo News Hai at Tokyo on Sunday. Keita Tasaki-steered Danon Kingly got past Admire Mars inside 200 meters from home to post a 1 1/4-length victory of the 1,800-meter race in 1:46.8.
Admire Mars set the pace from start to finish a 4-length before third-placed Courageux Guerrier in second.
Danon Kingly, who has now won three as many starts, is a 3-year-old dark bay colt by Deep Impact out of My Goodness, by Storm Cat.

Danburite wins Kyoto Kinen


Danburite held a good position to win the grade two Kyoto Kinen at Kyoto on Sunday.  He produced a superb finishing kick under Fuma Matsuwaka with final time of 
2:14.8 over 2,200 meters on firm ground. Stay Foolish was, a neck behind, second with another neck back Makahiki third.
Danburite, who has now won four in 18 starts, is a 5-year-old dark bay horse by Rulership out of Tanzanite, by Sunday Silence.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Saturday's Tokyo Meeting Canceled


Tokyo meeting on Saturday, February 9 has been canceled due to snow and will be rescheduled on Monday, February 11. So, Monday sees the grade three Queen Cup.

Friday, February 08, 2019

2019 Queen Cup


The main event at Saturday's Tokyo meetings will be the grade three Daily Hai Queen Cup for 3-year-old fillies.
Chrono Genesis, a 1/2-length second in the g1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, is likely to be the favorite among 9 horses. Million Dreams and Beach Samba could be the main rivals.

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

1-Madras Check, Takuya Ono
2-Red Belle Deesse, Franck Blondel
3-Million Dreams, Christophe Lemaire
4-Jodie, Miyabi Muto
5-Arc Vigorous, Jukiya Takigawa
6-Beach Samba, Yuichi Fukunaga
7-Curren Bouquetd'or, Keita Tosaki
8-Magic Realism, Filip Minarik
9-Chrono Genesis, Yuichi Kitamura


2019 Kyodo News Hai


Seven 3-year-old horses have been entered to the grade three Kyodo News Hai at Tokyo on Sunday.
Admire Mars, undefeated in four starts with a 2-length victory in the g1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes last outing, drew post 4.
The main opponents to Admire Mars are likely: Danon Kingly, undefeated in two starts; impressive maiden winner Fossamagna(USA) and Courageux Guerrier, winner of the g3 Kyoto Nisai Stakes.

The post position order with riders for the 1,800-meter race is:

1-Danon Kingly, Keita Tosaki
2-Madre Voice, Kosei Miura
3-Naimama, Daichi Shibata
4-Admire Mars, Mirco Demuro
5-Fossamagna(USA), Christophe Lemaire
6-Courageux Guerrier, Yutaka Take
7-Guevara, Takuya Ono

2019 Kyoto Kinen


12 horses will contend in the grade two Kyoto Kinen at Kyoto on Sunday, February 10.
The leading contenders are likely: Noble Mars, Perform a Promise, Stay Foolish and Makahiki.

The field for the 2,200-meter race is:

1-Hartley, Yuga Kawada
2-Noble Mars, Ryo Takakura
3-Action Star, Kyosuke Kokubun
4-Kento O, Hideaki Miyuki
5-Black Bago, Kenichi Ikezoe
6-Dashing Blaze(USA), Kohei Matsuyama
7-Perform a Promise, Yuichi Fukunaga
8-Danburite, Fuma Matsuwaka
9-Kafuji Prince, Ryusei Sakai
10-Stay Foolish, Yusuke Fujioka
11-Time Flyer, Ryuji Wada
12-Makahiki, Yasunari Iwata

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Indy Champ victorious in Tokyo Shimbun Hai


Indy Champ broke badly, but moved up his position gradually and hit into front at around 200 meters from home to win the grade three Tokyo Shimbun Hai at Tokyo on Sunday. Red Olga took second, a 1/2-length behind the winner. Another head away, Satono Ares was third. Yuichi Fukunaga was aboard Indy Champ to complete the 1,600-meter distance in 1:31.9.
Indy Champ, who has now won five in eight starts, is a 4-year-old bay colt by Stay Gold out of Will Power, by King Kamehameha.

Danon Chaser romps home in Kisaragi Sho


Danon Chaser took a sole second far behind the pace early on and took command in the stretch in winning the grade three Kisaragi Sho at Kyoto on Sunday. A 2-length behind, Tagano Diamante came second with another 1/2-length back Lance of Puraana third. Yuga Kawada rode the winner to complete the 1,800-meter trip in 1 minute 49 seconds flat.
Danon Chaser, who has now won three of his five races, is a 3-year-old bay colt by Deep Impact out of Samitar, by Rock of Gibraltar.

Friday, February 01, 2019

2019 Kisaragi Sho


Sunday's main event at Kyoto on Sunday is the grade three Kisaragi Sho for 3-year-olds.
The leading contenders among 8 entrants could be: Engraver, undeated in two starts; Vin de Garde, who attempts to bouce back from an undesired result in the Hopeful Stakes; two-time winner Danon Chaser and Agulhas, a nose second in the g3 Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes. 

The post position order with riders for the 1,800-meter event is:

1-Tagano Diamante, Yasunari Iwata
2-Engraver, Yusuke Fujioka
3-Vin de Garde, Mirco Demuro
4-Danon Chaser, Yuga Kawada
5-Copano Martin, Ryuji Wada
6-Lance of Puraana, Kohei Matsuyama
7-Agulhas, Keita Tosaki
8-Meisho Tengen, Kenichi Ikezoe



2019 Tokyo Shimbun Hai


A total of 15 horses have been entered to the Tokyo Shimbun Hai at Tokyo.
The possible leading horses among the entrants are: Satono Ares, Indy Champ, Tower of London, Logi Cry and Leyenda.
The grade three 1,600-meter race will be run on Sunday, February 3.

The field with post position order for the Tokyo Shimbun Hai is:

1-Satono Ares, Yuichi Shibayama
2-Indy Champ, Yuichi Fukunaga
3-Tetradrachm, Hironobu Tanabe
4-Stormy Sea, Makoto Sugihara
5-Tower of London, Christophe Lemaire
6-Red Olga, Yuichi Kitamura
7-Gold Cerberus, Takuya Ono
8-Lord Quest, Kosei Miura
9-Young Man Power, Franck Blondel
10-Logi Cry, Norihiro Yokoyama
11-Gendarme(USA), Yutaka Take
12-Shonan Anthem, Filip Minarik
13-Reliable Ace, Ryusei Sakai
14-Realista, Shu Ishibashi
15-Leyenda, Hiroshi Kitamura