Danon Smash Seeks Breeders’ Cup Berth In Japan’s Sprinters Stakes

Danox Co. Ltd.’s 4-year-old Danon Smash (JPN) and Godolphin’s Tower of London (JPN), lead a field of 16 entered for Sunday’s six-furlong, $1,991,659 Sprinters Stakes (G1) at Nakayama Racecourse, with the winner receiving an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge. The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is an international […]

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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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Japanese ‘Dream Race’ Features Fan-Chosen Horses In Dec. 25 Arima Kinen

The countdown has begun, to not only the New Year, but also to one of the biggest days in the Japanese horseracing calendar: the 61st Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) will be staged on Sunday, Dec. 25 at Nakayama Racecourse in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo. Each year, a fan vote decides which horses will enter […]

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Girl Power: Two Young Riders Paving The Way For Asian Women In Racing

Kei Chiong Ka-kei is the first female jockey to be licensed in Hong Kong since 2000, and Nanako Fujita is only the seventh female jockey in the history of the Japanese Racing Association. Both apprentices are making big strides in an Asian horse racing culture that is notoriously anti-female, says Australian journalist Michael Cox. This […]

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Half To Animal Kingdom Wins On Debut In Japan

Animal Kingdom has a half-brother making waves in Japan. The 2-year-old son of Deep Impact, named Satono Kingdom, took his debut victory decisively by 1 1/4 lengths at Nakayama, according to The Racing Post. The colt is conditioned by Sakae Kunieda and was ridden by Keita Tosaki. Dalicia, Animal Kingdom’s dam, was originally owned by […]

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JRA cancels April meets

The Japan Racing Association, after an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, has cancelled April meets at Nakayama and Fukushima, the track closest to the epicenter. The current meeting at Kokura has been extended through April 10 and numerous stakes races have been rescheduled.

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