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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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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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Favored Le Vent Se Leve Ties Track Record In Champions Cup; Pavel Last

Odds-on-favorite Le Vent Se Leve won this year’s Grade 1 Champions Cup in record-tying speed of 1:50.1 and extended his winning streak to four. He is the fourth 3-year-old to claim the race (including the Japan Cup Dirt) following Kurofune (2001), Kane Hekili (2005) and Alondite (2006). Scoring three consecutive wins in his three starts […]

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Mozu Katchan Gets G1 Score In Japan’s QEII Cup

Fifth pick Mozu Katchan claimed her well-deserved first G1 victory in this year’s Queen Elizabeth II Cup after few misses in her fillies’ Triple earlier in the season. Beating her seniors in this event, she becomes the first three-year-old in four years and the eighth overall to win the distaff G1 title. The Harbinger filly, […]

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Canadian Da Silva Captures Japan’s World All-Star Jockeys Challenge

Eurico Rosa Da Silva from Canada skillfully guided fourth-pick Le Grand Frisson to a close but awesome nose victory in the fourth leg to claim the World All-Star Jockeys Challenge title in Japan with 47 points. Finishing Day One in seventh by accumulating 16 points from a tenth and a third in the first two […]

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Satono Crown Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth In Takarazuka Kinen

Five-year-old Satono Crown claimed this year’s Takarazuka Kinen to capture his second G1 title, his first in Japan. Debuting as a two-year-old, the son of Marju won his first three starts but fell short of expectations thereafter, finishing sixth in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas), third in the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) and 17th […]

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Breeders’ Cup: Gold Dream Takes February Stakes To Qualify For Classic

Katsumi Yoshida 4-year-old Gold Dream (JPN) held off Best Warrior (USA) by a neck to win the one mile, $1,909,000 February Stakes (G1) on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse and became the first horse this year to earn an automatic berth into the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series. The Breeders’ […]

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Geroux Flying To Hong Kong For Longines International Jockeys’ Championship

United States-based reinsman Florent Geroux will head to Hong Kong this week for his first appearance in the Longines International Jockeys’ Championship on Wednesday. The four-race event will pit 12 of the world’s top jockeys against one another for a top prize of HK$500,000 (about US$64,000). “The LONGINES IJC is established as perhaps the world’s […]

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Mirco Demuro Defeats Yutaka Take In Japan’s World All-Star Jockey Competition

Mirco Demuro, after tying with Yutaka Take at the end of Day One with 40 points each, dominated the series with great riding skills, registering two wins and two fifth-place finishes in the four-race World All-Star Jockey Competition, held at Japan’s Sapporo Racecourse. “I am really happy to have won the overall title and contribute […]

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Duramente Cruises To Japanese Derby Triumph

Now just one victory away from becoming Japan’s next Triple Crown winner, Duramente seized the lead in mid-stretch and drew off over 17 rivals to take the G1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) by nearly two lengths. Ridden confidently by Mirco Demuro, the colt sat well back off a pace set by Musee Alien, then angled […]

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