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Bloodlines Presented By Mill Ridge Farm: The Global Reach Of Contrail’s Japanese Pedigree

When Contrail accelerated to the lead early in the stretch at Nakayama Racecourse in Japan to win the Group 1 Satsuki Sho by a half-length over the determined chestnut Salios (by the Sunday Silence stallion Heart’s Cry), this was the third winner of the first Japanese colts’ classic for Contrail’s sire, Deep Impact, an exceptional […]

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Deep Impact Colt Contrail Lives Up To Top Billing In Satsuki Sho

Expectations were high for Contrail, Japan’s champion 2-year-old male of 2019, when he made his 3-year-old debut on Sunday in the Grade 1 Satsuki Sho at Nakayama Race Course near Tokyo.  The Satsuki Sho is considered the Japanese equivalent of England’s Two Thousand Guineas as the first race in the Triple Crown. The Deep Impact […]

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Japanese 2,000 Guineas On Sunday Features Pair Of Undefeated 3-Year-Old Colts

It’s the turn of the colts this coming Sunday (April 19), when Nakayama Racecourse stages the first leg of the Triple Crown here in Japan. It will be the 80th running of the first colts’ Classic, and as is usual at this time of year, there’s a lot of excitement as to whether there’s another […]

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Tower Of London Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth In Japan’s Sprinters Stakes

Godolphin’s 4-year-old Tower of London (JPN), ridden by Christophe Lemaire, caught pacesetter Mozu Superflare in the final yards to win Sunday’s 53rd running of the six-furlong US$2,075,000 Sprinters Stakes (G1) at Nakayama Racecourse, and gained an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge. The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is […]

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Sophomore Blast Onepiece Surprises Elder Rivals In Japan’s ‘All-Star’ Arima Kinen

Blast Onepiece, the only 3-year-old in the field, beat his senior rivals in Sunday’s Arima Kinen to claim his first G1 title before a cheering crowd of over 100,000 fans at Nakayama Racecourse. Those fans wagered over $393 million on just the Arima Kinen race. Established in 1956 under the name “Nakayama Grand Prix,” the race […]

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Fans’ Choice Arima Kinen Led By Cheval Grand, Satono Diamond, Rey De Oro

This Sunday, Dec. 23, showcases Japan’s last Grade 1 of the year for older horses – the Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) — and it’s a doozy, with the country’s top three money earners in the lineup – Cheval Grand, Satono Diamond, and Rey de Oro (who was also the fans’ top pick). This year, […]

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Godolphin’s Fine Needle Storms To Breeders’ Cup Berth In Sprinters Stakes

Godolphin’s 5-year-old, 2.8-1 favorite Fine Needle (JPN) closed powerfully in the last 100 yards under jockey Yuga Kawada to collar 3-year-old filly Love Kampf (JPN) at the wire to win Sunday’s six furlong, $2,169,091 Sprinters Stakes (G1) at Nakayama Racecourse by a neck, and earned an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint through […]

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Win And You’re In: Red Falx, Fine Needle Top Chances In Sunday’s Japanese Sprinters Stakes

Led by Godolphin’s multiple-group stakes winner Fine Needle (JPN) and defending two-time champion Red Falx (JPN), a field of 16 has been entered for Sunday’s six furlong, $2,169,091 Sprinters Stakes (G1) at Nakayama Racecourse, with the winner receiving an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint through the international Breeders’ Cup Clallenge. The Breeders’ […]

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Third Time’s The Charm: Kitasan Black Earns Swan Song Victory In Arima Kinen

Race favorite Kitasan Black turned the tables this time in his third Arima Kinen challenge after finishing third and second in his last two. Coming off a third-place finish in the Japan Cup, the son of Black Tide capped off his stellar career with his seventh G1 title, tying the record of most JRA-G1 wins […]

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