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Top Japanese Sire Stay Gold Dies At 21

Leading Japanese stallion Stay Gold, sire of such standouts as Orfevre and Gold Ship, has died at age 21, the Racing Post reports. The son of Sunday Silence stood at Big Red Farm. During his racing career, Stay Gold won the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase and the Group 2 Dubai Sheema Classic for Shadai […]

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Dubai Duty Free Winner Just A Way To Stand at Shadai Stallion Station

Multiple Group 1 winner Just A Way, who was crowned the best older colt or horse at the Japan Racing Association Awards, will stand the 2015 breeding season at Shadai Stallion Station, according to a report in the Racing Post. The 6-year-old, who captured the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free and Group 1 Yasuda Kinen, […]

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Gentildonna Named Japan’s Horse of the Year

Gentildonna, who ended her brilliant career with victory in the Grade 1 Arima Kinen last month, has been crowned Japanese Horse of the Year. It is the second time the now 6-year-old mare has won the title; she earned the title previously after her achievements in winning Japan’s filly Triple Crown in 2012. Her trainer […]

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Commentary: ‘Upright’ System Makes Japan Horse Racing ‘World’s Best’

The Group 1 Japan Cup is considered one of the most prestigious races in the world. With a purse of over $5 million, it attracts some of the world’s best horses, trainers, and jockeys each year. Two weeks ago, Eclipse Award-winning turf writer Ryan Goldberg traveled to Japan to cover the race for Deadspin. Horse racing […]

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Yearlings by Deep Impact Top JRHA Select Sale

Two-time Japanese Horse of the Year Deep Impact had a huge impact on the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale July 14, with six of the top 10 highest-priced yearlings sold being offspring of the stallion. The sale-topper was Hip 53, a colt by Deep Impact out of British Group 1 winner, Listen, which sold […]

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One and Only Denies Favored Isla Bonita in Japanese Derby

Third favorite One and Only, partnered with jockey Norihiro Yokoyama, captured the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) before a crowd of nearly 140,000 people on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse, winning a stretch duel with Isla Bonita, who was aiming to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown following his win in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese […]

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JRA Adds New Group 1 Champions Cup to Schedule for 2014

The Japan Racing Association announced Tuesday that it has added the new Group 1 Champions Cup to the racing calendar. The Champions Cup, a nine-furlong contest, will be run on the main dirt track at Chukyo Race Course Dec. 7. The race is for 3-year-olds and up, and will have an estimated purse of $1.9 […]

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Lord Kanaloa, Orfevre Earn 2013 JRA Awards

On January 7, Lord Kanaloa was announced as a double winner for the JRA Awards for 2013. Lord Kanaloa won both the Japan Racing Association’s Horse of the Year for 2013 and Best Sprinter or Miler award. Lord Kanaloa dominated the voting for the Horse of the Year award with 209 votes out of 280. […]

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Pants On Fire Lone Foreign Challenger in Japan Cup Dirt

Trainer Kelly Breen said George and Lori Hall’s Pants On Fire “has never looked better” as he prepared for Sunday’s 14th and final Japan Cup Dirt at Hanshin Racecourse in Japan. The Grade 1 race with a purse in excess of $3 million (U.S.)  is being transformed into the Champions Cup and will be moved […]

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Paulick Report NCAA Pool: We promise, the fix wasn’t in!

Trust me. The fix wasn’t in. For one thing, the prizes weren’t all that great. But I’m sure some people will find it peculiar that Ray Paulick and Brad Cummings finished one-two in the NCAA brackets pool they organized to benefit the Red Cross and earthquake/tsunami victims in Japan. So as the clock approached midnight […]

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