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Cox Plate Winner Lys Gracieux Dominates Arima Kinen; Almond Eye Ninth

Second pick Lys Gracieux claimed this year’s Arima Kinen following the Takarazuka Kinen in spring to become the 14th horse and the first mare to dominate both Grand Prix races (10th horse to win both races in the same year). The Heart’s Cry mare, who registered her first G1 title in last year’s Queen Elizabeth […]

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Almond Eye, Anthony Van Dyck Expected To Headline Hong Kong International Races On Dec. 8

Almond Eye is among a stellar line-up of 50 horses – including 26 G1 winners – selected for the US$12 million Longines Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin on Dec. 8. Japan’s superstar is the headliner among a contingent of 24 overseas raiders aiming at this year’s ‘Turf World Championships’. The Longines HKIR is […]

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Almond Eye Returns From Layoff To Capture Tenno Sho In Near-Record Time

Heavily favored Almond Eye won this year’s Tenno Sho (Autumn) in dominating fashion once again in a run which was just short by 0.1 second to renew the race record while easily conquering a formidable field which included nine other G1 winners. The 2018 Horse of the Year claimed last year’s fillies’ Triple Crown—the Oka […]

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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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Japanese Star Filly Almond Eye Proves Best In Dubai Turf

She arrived in Dubai with a huge reputation and Japan’s super filly Almond Eye proved herself on a world stage at Meydan when showing brilliant acceleration to win the US$6 million Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World. The Lord Kanaloa filly, trained by Sakae Kunieda to win all three legs of the Filly Triple Crown […]

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U.S. Dubai World Cup Contingent Must Handle Thunder Snow, ‘Ruthless’ Striding North America

In front of the gigantic futuristic Meydan grandstand the Dubai World Cup will be the spectacular conclusion to the richest race meeting in the world on Saturday (30 March). The 2000m G1 dirt battle has delivered a few shock results over the years. However, two established stars have been attracting most attention this year, namely […]

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Almond Eye Unanimously Voted To Horse Of The Year Title In Japan

The Japan Racing Association will present its 2018 Horse of the Year title to Almond Eye, who was the unanimous selection on all 276 ballots after an outstanding year in which she dominated the fillies’ Triple Crown and the Japan Cup against older male rivals. Winning all five of her starts in 2018, the star […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Japan Racing And Breeding A Global Force For Years To Come

A recent visit to Tokyo marked the 25th anniversary of my first Japan Cup experience in 1993, when Japanese-bred Legacy World claimed the top prize by defeating Kotashaan, a five-time Grade 1 winner in the U.S. who would be voted that year’s North American Horse of the Year. Legacy World became only the fourth Japanese-trained horse […]

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Filly Superstar Almond Eye Takes Japan Cup In Record Time

Getting a perfect trip under jockey Christophe Lemaire, Japanese filly Triple Crown winner Almond Eye dominated her male rivals in the 38th Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse as the 2-5 favorite on Sunday, winning the Group 1 race in record-setting time of 2:20.60 for 2,400 meters (about 1 1/2 miles) on firm turf. Pacesetter Kiseki […]

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