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Master Fencer Brings Bonus Chance, Japanese Wagering To Belmont Stakes

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer, a Japanese-bred son of Just a Way trained by Koichi Tsunoda, put in a strong training session on the Belmont Park main track on Monday morning. Master Fencer made the 6,600 mile journey from Japan to Kentucky to compete in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, where he rallied up the rail […]

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Master Fencer ‘Culmination Of One Man’s Dream’

When the field goes to the post for the Kentucky Derby, Master Fencer will be the first Japanese-bred horse to make his start in the Run for the Roses. For owner Katsumi Yoshizawa, the event will be a new achievement for a formidable stable. Kate Hunter, the Japan-based representative for Breeders’ Cup, Keeneland, the Kentucky […]

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Came Home’s Son Inti Grabs Breeders’ Cup Classic Berth With February Stakes Triumph

Shigeo Takeda’s 5-year-old homebred Inti (JPN), the 2.6-1 favorite under jockey Yutaka Take, controlled the pace throughout Sunday’s 36th running of the one-mile, $1,879,000 February Stakes (G1) on dirt at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan, winning by a neck over second choice Gold Dream (JPN), and secured the first automatic berth into this year’s $6-million Breeders’ Cup […]

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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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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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‘Good Horse From Day 1’: Yoshida Pointed To Pegasus World Cup Turf

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International, SF Racing and Head of Plains Partners’ Yoshida, a Grade 1 winner on dirt and turf, will be returning to the grass for his 2019 debut in the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park. The 1 3/16-mile Pegasus World Cup Turf, the […]

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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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