Leading Japanese Sire Deep Impact Euthanized At 17

Deep Impact, a two-time Japanese Horse of the Year and seven-time champion sire in Japan, died July 30 at age 17, Racing Post reports. The son of breed-shaping Japanese sire Sunday Silence stood an abbreviated 2019 breeding season due to neck pain, and he underwent surgery on July 28. The following day, the stallion had […]

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Hong Kong International Races Have A Deepening Impact On Japanese Bloodstock

The 1990s was a defining period for the Japanese thoroughbred. It was the decade in which imported stallions like Sunday Silence, Tony Bin, and Northern Taste set Japan’s horses on the path to international prominence on the race track and in the breeding shed. As the progeny of these three stallions, especially the offspring of […]

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Moore Enjoys Six-Win Day In Tokyo Ahead Of Japan Cup

Top jockey Ryan Moore is in Japan this weekend for the Group 1 Japan Cup, and will ride Aidan O’Brien trainee Idaho in Sunday’s main event. Moore warmed up for Sunday with six victories on Saturday’s card at Tokyo Racecourse; according to¬†¬†the jockey only had eight mounts from 12 total races. “I’ve been lucky to […]

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Japanese Horse Of The Year Maurice Will Shuttle To Australia In 2017

Named the Horse of the Year by the Japan Racing Association in 2015, Maurice has already been booked full for his first northern hemisphere season at Shadai Stallion Station in Japan. Owner Katsumi Yoshida said that he will send Maurice the best mare in his band, Gentildonna, two-time Horse of the Year and seven-time Group […]

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Gentildonna Named Japan’s Horse of the Year

Gentildonna, who ended her brilliant career with victory in the Grade 1 Arima Kinen last month, has been crowned Japanese Horse of the Year. It is the second time the now 6-year-old mare has won the title; she earned the title previously after her achievements in winning Japan’s filly Triple Crown in 2012. Her trainer […]

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Gentildonna Wins Arima Kinen in Career Finale

Japanese champion Gentildonna made the final race of her career a winning one with a bold score in the G1 Arima Kinen Sunday at Nakayama Racecourse. The 5-year-old mare tracked a pace set by Verxina and ranged up on the far turn, battling Japan Cup winner Epiphaneia through the stretch and eventually pulling away to […]

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Gentildonna Aims for Third Japan Cup Victory

Sunday Racing’s Gentildonna will look for an unprecedented third consecutive victory in the Japan Cup when she squares off against 17 others at Tokyo Racecourse Sunday afternoon. The 5-year-old daughter of Deep Impact won the 2012 rendition over reigning Horse of the Year Orfevre, and captured last year’s race in a thrilling finish over Denim […]

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Field Taking Shape for Japan Cup

Over the past 33 years, the Japan Cup has enjoyed the participation of 66 runners from North America, 132 from Europe, 25 from Oceania and five from Asia since its inaugural running as JRA’s first international G1 event in 1981. This year’s 34th running will feature three foreign entrants, including last year’s Irish Derby (G1, […]

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Japan’s July Sale Features First Frankel Foal Offered at Public Auction

The Japan Racing Horse Association (JHRA) has announced that 260 yearlings and 231 foals will be offered at the annual July Select Sale on Monday, July 14 and Tuesday, July 15th at the Northern Horse Park near New Chitose Airport. The index is already available for access on the JHRA website, and the black-type catalogues […]

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