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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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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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Field Of Fifteen Set For Sunday’s Japan Cup At Tokyo

Fifteen horses, including only two raiders from abroad and one from local-government-sponsored NAR racing, will take on the 2,400-meter Japan Cut at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday, Nov. 25. The foreign hopefuls are both grays, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish-bred Capri, a 4-year-old Galileo colt who captured the Irish Derby and the St. Leger last year and […]

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Fan-Favorite Field Of 16 Will Line Up On Christmas Eve In Japan’s Arima Kinen

Nakayama Racecourse east of Tokyo hosts the year’s grand finale this Sunday on Christmas Eve. No longer the last day of racing, the day of the Grade 1 Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) is still the yearend’s biggest event, with much of its field chosen by fan ballot and a first-place prize that matches the […]

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International Campaign Being Considered For Japan Cup Hero Cheval Grand

Japan Cup winner Cheval Grand may take his Group 1-winning act on the road as part of an international campaign in 2018. The Racing Post reports that the 5-year-old son of Heart’s Cry may start next season in the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan. Trainer Yasuo Tomomichi also indicated that Cheval Grand may stay home and […]

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Japan Cup Victory, Winx Help Hugh Bowman Earn Longines World’s Best Jockey Award

After leading most of the year, and thanks in part to his remarkable success with Winx, Hugh Bowman has taken the title of 2017 Longines World’s Best Jockey. It is the first time the Australian jockey has won the award, which he secured with his victory in Sunday’s Japan Cup in association with Longines. Bowman […]

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Cheval Grand Upsets Japan Cup Under Australian Hugh Bowman

Fifth choice in the wagering, Cheval Grand captured his first G1 victory in this year’s Japan Cup where he deprived race favorite Kitasan Black from a back-to-back win. Debuting at the age of two, the slow developer was foreign to Triple Crown starts but began to show potential from the latter half of his three-year-old […]

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Moore Enjoys Six-Win Day In Tokyo Ahead Of Japan Cup

Top jockey Ryan Moore is in Japan this weekend for the Group 1 Japan Cup, and will ride Aidan O’Brien trainee Idaho in Sunday’s main event. Moore warmed up for Sunday with six victories on Saturday’s card at Tokyo Racecourse; according to racingpost.com the jockey only had eight mounts from 12 total races. “I’ve been lucky to […]

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Bloodlines: Sunday Silence Progeny Still Speak Volumes

Perhaps you’ve read praise of Sunday Silence, champion racer in the US and Horse of the Year. Perhaps the gentle reader has even perused my comments on the degree to which the black son of Halo changed the breed and changed breeding in Japan. The saga of Sunday Silence began 30 years ago in Bourbon […]

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