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Unbeaten Contrail Seeking To Add To His Resume In Second Leg Of Japan’s Triple Crown

The 87th running of the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) will take place this coming week (May 31) at Tokyo Racecourse once again. The second colts’ Classic of the year is run over 2,400 meters (about 1 1/2 miles) on the turf. There have been 23 nominations, including Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) winner Contrail, as […]

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Churchill Adds Pair Of Races To Japan Road To The Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced that two races would be added to the “Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve,” the series of races that could produce a starter in America’s greatest race. The extended Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby, which carves out a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting gate […]

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Champion Forty Niner Dies In Japan At Age 35

Forty Niner, the champion 2-year-old of 1987 whose precocity passed on through his runners in the U.S. and Japan, died on May 18 at age 35. Out of the stakes-winning Tom Rolfe mare File, the son of Mr. Prospector raced as a homebred for Claiborne Farm, and made an immediate impact, winning on debut, then […]

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Fierement To Defend His Title In Sunday’s Tenno Sho

This week’s big race in Japan will be the Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Spring) or Emperor’s Cup, as it is known in English. The race this coming Sunday will be run at Kyoto Racecourse, and will see some of the country’s more experienced horses take on the ultimate stamina test over the 3,200 meters on […]

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Bloodlines Presented By Mill Ridge Farm: The Global Reach Of Contrail’s Japanese Pedigree

When Contrail accelerated to the lead early in the stretch at Nakayama Racecourse in Japan to win the Group 1 Satsuki Sho by a half-length over the determined chestnut Salios (by the Sunday Silence stallion Heart’s Cry), this was the third winner of the first Japanese colts’ classic for Contrail’s sire, Deep Impact, an exceptional […]

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‘He Will Cover At Least 150 Mares’: California Chrome Poised For Big Splash At Stud In Japan

California Chrome’s sale to Japan last fall might have come as a surprise to some, but Thoroughbred Racing Commentary explained why the Japanese racing and breeding industries made bringing him to the country a priority. Writer Nancy Sexton points out that Japanese interests were high on the two-time Horse of the Year from early on, […]

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Sky Racing World To Launch Japan NAR Simulcasting On April 5

Sky Racing World, the Louisville, Ky.-based distributor of international horse racing content and subsidiary of Australian wagering operator Tabcorp, has announced the launch of a new simulcasting product that will make Japan National Association of Racing (NAR) horse racing available to North American audiences. The service will officially launch on Sunday night, April 5th, with […]

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Herrschaft Impresses In Final Scheduled Leg Of Japan Road To The Kentucky Derby

Kanayama Holdings’ Herrschaft upset the final scheduled leg of the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at 26-1, posting a front-running victory in the nine-furlong Fukuryu Stakes at Nakayama Racecourse. The 3-year-old son of Will Take Charge stopped the clock in 1:53.4, and with his win took over the top spot and berth […]

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‘He Was One Of The Very Special Ones’: Dual Classic Winner War Emblem Dies At Age 21

War Emblem, the 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, has died. The dual classic winner, who had been pensioned at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky., since 2015, was found deceased early Wednesday morning. The cause of death is perceived to be a fatal paddock accident, but exact details are unknown. However, […]

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