Christophe Lemaire

Almond Eye Returns From Layoff To Capture Tenno Sho In Near-Record Time

Heavily favored Almond Eye won this year’s Tenno Sho (Autumn) in dominating fashion once again in a run which was just short by 0.1 second to renew the race record while easily conquering a formidable field which included nine other G1 winners. The 2018 Horse of the Year claimed last year’s fillies’ Triple Crown—the Oka […]

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Tower Of London Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth In Japan’s Sprinters Stakes

Godolphin’s 4-year-old Tower of London (JPN), ridden by Christophe Lemaire, caught pacesetter Mozu Superflare in the final yards to win Sunday’s 53rd running of the six-furlong US$2,075,000 Sprinters Stakes (G1) at Nakayama Racecourse, and gained an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge. The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is […]

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Yuga Kawada Crowned World All Star Jockeys Series Champion In Japan

Yuga Kawada captured his first and much awaited World All Star Jockeys Series champion title this year with a total of 70 points earned at Sapporo Racecourse in Japan. In his fourth challenge for the title, he bettered his personal best of an overall seventh marked in 2011. Kawada was placed fourth at the end […]

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Rey De Oro, Kiseki Chasing Breeders’ Cup Berths in Takarazuka Kinen

Led by U. Carrot Farm’s 5-year-old 2017 Japanese Derby (G1) winner Rey de Oro (JPN) and rival Tatsue Ishikawa’s 5-year-old Kiseki (JPN), runner-up in last year’s Japan Cup (G1), a field of 12 has been entered for Sunday’s 60th running of the 1 3/8-mile, US$2.826 million Takarazuka Kinen (G1) at Hanshin Racecourse. The winner of […]

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Brilliant Filly Almond Eye Tops Sunday’s ‘Win And You’re In’ Yasuda Kinen

Led by the brilliant 4-year-old filly Almond Eye (JPN), a five-time Group 1 winner and 2018 Japanese Horse of the Year, a field of 16 runners has been entered for Sunday’s one-mile, US$1.965 million Yasuda Kinen (G1) on turf at Tokyo Racecourse, with the winner receiving an automatic berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup […]

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Japanese Star Filly Almond Eye Proves Best In Dubai Turf

She arrived in Dubai with a huge reputation and Japan’s super filly Almond Eye proved herself on a world stage at Meydan when showing brilliant acceleration to win the US$6 million Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World. The Lord Kanaloa filly, trained by Sakae Kunieda to win all three legs of the Filly Triple Crown […]

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Filly Superstar Almond Eye Takes Japan Cup In Record Time

Getting a perfect trip under jockey Christophe Lemaire, Japanese filly Triple Crown winner Almond Eye dominated her male rivals in the 38th Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse as the 2-5 favorite on Sunday, winning the Group 1 race in record-setting time of 2:20.60 for 2,400 meters (about 1 1/2 miles) on firm turf. Pacesetter Kiseki […]

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Make Happy Bests The Boys On Japan Road To The Kentucky Derby

California-bred filly Make Happy remained perfect from two starts when bossing the boys in Saturday’s Cattleya Sho at Tokyo, the first scoring race on the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby. Sent off as the heavy 2-5 favorite, the Kazuko Yoshida color-bearer prevailed by 2 ½ lengths from Godolphin’s Kingen. Make Happy was bred by […]

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Kentucky-Bred Mozu Ascot Takes Yasuda Kinen For Breeders’ Cup Berth

Capital System Co. Ltd.’s 4-year-old Mozu Ascot, ridden by Christophe Lemaire, edged past the filly Aerolithe (JPN) in the final yards to win Sunday’s 68th running of the one mile, $2,170,000 Yasuda Kinen (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse by a neck, tying the stakes record, and earning an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) through the international […]

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La Previa Del Belmont: Una Carrera Donde Todo es Posible

Muchos despertaron el miércoles con la inesperada noticia: un abceso en un casco dejaba fuera del Belmont Stakes al campeón dosañero Classic Empire, que muy probablemente hubiese sido el claro favorito en el Morning Line de la carrera de 2400 metros. La deserción del hijo de Pioneerof the Nile redujo la nómina del Belmont número […]

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