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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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Pavel ‘Very Comfortable’ With Local Surface Ahead Of Japan’s Champions Cup

American trainee Pavel has settled right into the routine at Japan’s Chukyo Racecourse, according to Doug O’Neill’s assistant trainer Leandro Mora. “He kept his weight on, and he hasn’t lost any appetite which is a sign of a horse that’s a great traveler and knows what to do,” Mora said. On Sunday, the 4-year-old son […]

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Shanghai Bobby Sold To Stand In Japan

Shanghai Bobby, the champion 2-year-old male of 2012, has been sold to stand in Japan, BloodHorse reports. The 8-year-old son of Harlan’s Holiday will reside at Arrow Stud in Hokkaido, where he arrived from quarantine on Nov. 24. He stood his first five Northern Hemisphere seasons at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky. Shanghai Bobby has […]

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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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