Japan

Japan’s Deirdre Brings ‘Mixed Pedigree’ To Royal Ascot Meeting

As ever, there is a wealth of international flavor to the racing at Royal Ascot with Japanese, Australian, Singapore, American and New Zealand-trained horses all set to run at the meeting. Japanese interest comes from the classy Deirdre who represents trainer Mitsuru Hashida and is an intended runner in the G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes […]

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Belmont Card Generates Record Handle For Non-Triple Crown Year

Saturday’s blockbuster Belmont Stakes Day card, highlighted by Sir Winston’s victory in the 151st running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, generated all-sources handle of $102,163,280, a NYRA record for a non-Triple Crown year. The 2019 all-sources handle figure is an increase of 9.1 percent over 2017, the most […]

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Indy Champ Upsets Almond Eye In Yasuda Kinen, Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth

Indy Champ shocked the world with an upset of favorite Almond Eye in this year’s Yasuda Kinen, renewing the race record to 1:30.9, 0.4 seconds shorter than previously set by Strong Return in 2012. Indy Champ broke well and secured a rail trip in fifth up to the top of the straight. After struggling behind […]

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Anthony Van Dyck Gives O’Brien Seventh, Heffernan First Investec Derby Successes

Aidan O’Brien became the joint winning-most trainer in Investec Derby history after 13/2 shot Anthony Van Dyck provided the master of Ballydoyle with a seventh success in Britain’s premier Classic and richest race. Ridden by Seamie Heffernan, enjoying his first win on his 12th Derby ride, the three-year-old son of Galileo ran on gamely in […]

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Master Fencer ‘Fresh And Energized’ On First Tour Of Belmont Park

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer, a rail-rallying sixth in the Kentucky Derby for trainer Koichi Tsunoda, jogged at Belmont Park for the first time early on Sunday morning. Racing manager Mitsuoki Numamoto, translating on behalf of training assistant Yosuke Kono, said the talented Japanese-bred son of Just a Way enjoyed the experience. “Master Fencer had […]

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Longshot Roger Barows Jumps Up To Win Japanese Derby

Roger Barows, off at greater than 90-1 odds, captured his first grade-race victory in this year’s Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), renewing the race record set by Duramente in 2015 by 0.6 seconds to 2:22.6. The Deep Impact colt won his debut start in August last year and was runner-up in his second start two months […]

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‘Great Effort’ From Japan’s Master Fencer Puts Belmont Stakes On The Table

Katsumi and Yasuyo Yoshizawa’s Japanese-bred Master Fencer, trained by Koichi Tsunoda, exited his adjudged sixth-place Kentucky Derby (GI) finish in top shape, according to his connections. As stated immediately following his eye-catching closing finish from last place, he is pointing toward the Belmont Stakes (GI) in five weeks’ time. “He didn’t break that well, but […]

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2019 Kentucky Derby Sets All-Time Handle Records; $4.1 Million Wagered In Japan

Derby fans weathered a steady late-afternoon rain as Country House captured the 145th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve over a sloppy track. Wagering from all-sources was the highest all-time on both the Kentucky Derby Day program and on the Kentucky Derby race. Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby Day program totaled $250.9 million, […]

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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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