Just a Way

Japan’s Master Fencer ‘Refreshed And Energetic’ In Turf Gallop For Belmont Derby

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer, trained by Koichi Tsunoda, competed in the two-thirds of the Triple Crown with a rail-rallying sixth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and a wide-rallying fifth in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, just a head shy of Tax for fourth. The Japanese-bred son of […]

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Master Fencer ‘Fresh And Energized’ On First Tour Of Belmont Park

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer, a rail-rallying sixth in the Kentucky Derby for trainer Koichi Tsunoda, jogged at Belmont Park for the first time early on Sunday morning. Racing manager Mitsuoki Numamoto, translating on behalf of training assistant Yosuke Kono, said the talented Japanese-bred son of Just a Way enjoyed the experience. “Master Fencer had […]

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Japan-Based Master Fencer To Accept Kentucky Derby Invitation

Katsumi and Yasuyo Yoshizawa’s Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby competitor Master Fencer (Jpn) has accepted an invitation to participate in the 145th running of the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve on Saturday, May 5, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Trained by 48-year-old former jockey Koichi Tsunoda, Master Fencer […]

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Longines World’s Best Racehorse Ceremony Jan. 19; American Pharoah Leads Current Rankings

Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) have announced that the 2015 Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Longines World’s Best Horse Race Ceremony will be held on 19 January 2016 in London, England, once again at the iconic hotel Claridge’s. The ceremony will honor the top highest rated horses in the Longines World’s […]

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Just A Way Honored as Longines World’s Best Racehorse of 2014

2014 will be remembered as the year when the Longines World’s Best Racehorse was trained in Japan for the first time. Following on from the high ranking duo of Orfevre (JPN)[129] and crack sprinter Lord Kanaloa (JPN)[128] in 2013, Japan secured the top two rankings in the world courtesy of the wide margin Dubai Duty […]

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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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Longines World’s Best Racehorse Ceremony Set for Jan. 20

The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Ceremony, where final international Thoroughbred rankings for 2014 are revealed, will be on Jan. 20 in London, according to The Blood-Horse. Japan’s Just a Way has sat atop the rankings for most of the year, with Australia, Kingman, The Grey Gatsby, and Variety Club tied for second. Last year’s winners […]

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Gentildonna Aims for Third Japan Cup Victory

Sunday Racing’s Gentildonna will look for an unprecedented third consecutive victory in the Japan Cup when she squares off against 17 others at Tokyo Racecourse Sunday afternoon. The 5-year-old daughter of Deep Impact won the 2012 rendition over reigning Horse of the Year Orfevre, and captured last year’s race in a thrilling finish over Denim […]

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Field Taking Shape for Japan Cup

Over the past 33 years, the Japan Cup has enjoyed the participation of 66 runners from North America, 132 from Europe, 25 from Oceania and five from Asia since its inaugural running as JRA’s first international G1 event in 1981. This year’s 34th running will feature three foreign entrants, including last year’s Irish Derby (G1, […]

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Bayern Top-Ranked U.S.-Based Horse in World

The last month has seen some exciting racing around the world with a number of impressive performances. The Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot saw two new additions to the horses included in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings at 120 and above. The Breeders’ Cup meeting at Santa Anita provided three new horses, while […]

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