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Cox Plate Winner Lys Gracieux Named Japan’s 2019 Horse Of The Year

On Jan. 7, Lys Gracieux was announced as a double winner for the JRA Awards for 2019. Lys Gracieux won both the Japan Racing Association’s Horse of the Year for 2019 and Best Older Filly or Mare award. In the voting for the Horse of the Year award, Lys Gracieux received 271 votes out of […]

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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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Japan’s Third Retired Racehorse Clinic Resounding Success

Boyd Martin, a Olympic competitor for the United States in the eventing discipline, returned to Japan last week to help with the Retired Racehorse Clinic. Eventing Nation reports the clinic offers participants the opportunity to lesson with world-class horseback riders who ride and train off-track Thoroughbreds. Hosted by the National Riding Club Association of Japan […]

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Manes of Two Japanese Racehorses Chopped Off, No Suspects In Vandalism Case

Retired Japanese racehorses Taiki Shuttle, a Hall of Famer in Japan, and Rose Kingdom had their manes unceremoniously cut off on Sept. 15. Police were called to investigate the case at Kimura Farm in Hidaka, Hokkaido after being alerted to the horses’ unusual appearance by their caretaker. A sharp tool was used to remove the […]

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Test Event To Provide Guidelines For Olympic Equine Athletes

The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo pose a unique challenge to equestrian sport: the climate. Notoriously hot and humid, the welfare of the competing equine athletes is of great concern to the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI), the governing body of international horse sport. To help anticipate potential issues and to ensure the safety of the horses […]

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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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