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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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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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Capri, Thundering Blue Lead International Contingent In Sunday’s Japan Cup

The two foreign contenders for this year’s Grade 1 Japan Cup, Capri (Ireland) and Thundering Blue (UK), arrived safely at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture late Wednesday. Both horses were then transported to the quarantine facilities at the JRA Horseracing School Quarantine Center, where they arrived at 7:43 p.m., completing about a 24-hour journey […]

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Buick Pilots First Japanese G1 Winner With Stelvio In Mile Championship

Fifth pick Stelvio captured his first G1 victory in this year’s Mile Championship at Kyoto Racecourse, defeating the defending champion Persian Knight by a head. Scoring two consecutive wins in his first two starts as a 2-year-old, the son of Lord Kanaloa was runner-up in the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup (G3) and the Asahi Hai […]

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Horse In Japan Likely Contracted MRSA From Veterinarian

Recently a Thoroughbred in a Japanese veterinary hospital was diagnosed with MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a bacterium that causes infection in various parts of the body. The question soon arose – how did the horse contract the deadly and difficult-to-treat disease? The attending veterinarians, who work for the Japan Racing Association (JRA), conducted an investigation […]

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Japan: Gold Dream Claims Victory In G1 Champions Cup

Four-year-old Gold Dream won this year’s Champions Cup in record-tying speed of 1:50.1, which was set by Sound True last year, to claim his second G1 title following this year’s February Stakes. He is the third horse to capture JRA’s two dirt G1 races in the same year following Wing Arrow in 2000 and Transcend […]

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Belmont Stakes Racing Festival Handles $124 Million Over Three Days Of Racing

All-source handle for the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Belmont Park was $124,740,193, eclipsing 2016’s all-source handle of $122,816,359. All-source total on Saturday, which saw Tapwrit win the 149th edition of the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, was $93,666,832. Saturday’s on-track handle was $11,594,599, virtually unchanged from 2016’s on-track handle of $11,694,897. All-source […]

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Epicharis Fails Pre-Race Veterinary Exam; Japanese Contender Scratched From Belmont

The standard pre-race examination of Carrot Farm’s Japanese stakes winner Epicharis Saturday morning by NYRA Chief Examing Veterinarian Dr. Anthony Verderosa, revealed continued inflammation in the horse’s right front. As a result, the runner-up in the UAE Derby was scratched from the 149th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, presented by NYRA Bets. “This […]

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NYRA Again Extends $1 Million Bonus For Japan-Based 2018 Belmont Winner

In 2018, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will again offer a $1 million bonus to the connections of any Japan-based horse who wins the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets. NYRA officials made the announcement Friday. The $1 million bonus is being offered for the first time in 2017 […]

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Could Belmont Run By Epicharis Be Start Of Something Big For NYRA?

The New York Racing Association hopes Epicharis’ participation in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday will help to usher in a new era of regular appearances by Japan-based horses in its major races. NYRA officials persuaded Epicharis’ connections to make the long journey from Japan by offering a $1-million bonus if their quest should […]

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