Japan

Blood And Urine Found In 42,000-Year-Old Foal

Russian researchers have found a 42,000-year-old frozen foal carcass in Siberia’s Verkhoyansk region; even more impressive than the preservation of the foal was the liquid blood and urine found inside the animal. The fluids were extracted during the necropsy and it is hoped that scientists may be able to create a clone of the extinct […]

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Kentucky-Bred Mr Melody Scores Grade 1 Win In Japan

Four-year-old Mr Melody captured his first G1 title in this year’s Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Japan’s Chukyo Racecourse. Debuting in November of his 2-year-old season, the Scat Daddy colt marked two wins and two seconds in his first four starts on dirt. Registering his first graded win in his first start on turf in the Falcon […]

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Former Korean Jockey Fujii Earns JRA License On Fifth Try

It’s always nice to see various alumni of Korean racing around the world doing well, and this week began with the news that Kanichiro (Joe) Fujii, who rode full-time at Busan from 2012 to 2014 and has been a frequent return visitor since, has achieved his long-standing ambition of passing the JRA Jockey’s License exams […]

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Derma Louvre, Master Fencer Seek Points On Japan Road To The Kentucky Derby

Triple Crown-nominated Derma Louvre (JPN) and Master Fencer (JPN) are among the 12 horses that were entered for Sunday morning’s Hyacinth at Tokyo Racecourse. The one-mile race for 3-year-olds, which goes at 12:25 a.m. EDT, is the third of four Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races and awards points to the Top 4 […]

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Japanese Filly Aerolithe Plans To Take On Pegasus World Cup Turf

The connections of Aerolithe, a Grade 1-winning filly in Japan, have made travel arrangements to Gulfstream Park to run in the inaugural $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) Saturday Jan. 26, the richest turf race in North America. Aerolithe, winner of the NHK Mile Cup (G1) as a 3-year-old, has placed first or second […]

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Saturnalia Remains Undefeated in Japan’s G1 Hopeful Stakes

On Friday in Japan, heavy favorite Saturnalia won his first G1 title in the Hopeful Stakes at Nakayama Racecourse, remaining undefeated in three career starts since debuting in June and coming off his latest victory in the Hagi Stakes in October. The son of legendary sprinter Lord Kanaloa is out of Cesario, winner of the Yushun Himba […]

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Sophomore Blast Onepiece Surprises Elder Rivals In Japan’s ‘All-Star’ Arima Kinen

Blast Onepiece, the only 3-year-old in the field, beat his senior rivals in Sunday’s Arima Kinen to claim his first G1 title before a cheering crowd of over 100,000 fans at Nakayama Racecourse. Those fans wagered over $393 million on just the Arima Kinen race. Established in 1956 under the name “Nakayama Grand Prix,” the race […]

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Fans’ Choice Arima Kinen Led By Cheval Grand, Satono Diamond, Rey De Oro

This Sunday, Dec. 23, showcases Japan’s last Grade 1 of the year for older horses – the Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) — and it’s a doozy, with the country’s top three money earners in the lineup – Cheval Grand, Satono Diamond, and Rey de Oro (who was also the fans’ top pick). This year, […]

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Admire Mars Remains Undefeated With Dominant Asahi Hai Futurity Win

Second favorite and undefeated Admire Mars claimed this year’s Group 1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes at Hanshin Racecourse by a two-length margin and stretched his winning streak to four. Breaking his maiden in his debut start in June, the colt marked an open-class win in the Chukyo Nisai Stakes a month later and went on to claim […]

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Favored Le Vent Se Leve Ties Track Record In Champions Cup; Pavel Last

Odds-on-favorite Le Vent Se Leve won this year’s Grade 1 Champions Cup in record-tying speed of 1:50.1 and extended his winning streak to four. He is the fourth 3-year-old to claim the race (including the Japan Cup Dirt) following Kurofune (2001), Kane Hekili (2005) and Alondite (2006). Scoring three consecutive wins in his three starts […]

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