Makahiki Wins Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho G2

TOKYO (TR) – Makahiki and Christophe Lemaire beat favorite Leontes and Mirco Demuro by a neck in the 2,000-meter Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho G2 at Nakayama Racecourse on Sunday. Leontes, by King Kamehameha and Cesario, was favored at 1.8 and is considered one of Japan’s top 3-year-olds. Support among punters and the press was strong […]

JRA Weekend Wrap: Feb. 20-21

TOKYO (TR) – Highlighting Japan Racing Association action over the weekend was USA-bred Moanin’s victory at the G1 February Stakes in 1:34.0, a track record, on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse. Just over 53,000 fans filled the stands to catch Japan’s best dirt runners in the first G1 race of the year. On Saturday the track […]

JRA weekend preview: Feb. 20-21

TOKTO (TR) – The Japan Racing Association is holding it’s first G-fest of the year: Three tracks across Japan will host three G3 races and the G1 February Stakes over Saturday and Sunday. February Stakes G1 The main event on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse, the 1,600-meter dirt February Stakes, comes with some added drama as the race’s […]

JRA Weekend Wrap: Feb. 13-14

TOKYO (TR) – The Japan Racing Association’s 2015 2-year-old of the year, Major Emblem, won the Daily Hai Queen Cup G3 on Saturday at Tokyo Racecourse by five lengths. The filly by Daiwa Major confirmed her billing as the best 3-year-old filly in Japan by cruising wire-to-wire for the win and earning 35.5 million yen for […]

JRA weekend preview: Feb. 13-14

TOKYO (TR) – The Japan Racing Association will hold three graded races this weekend (including two Grade 3 races) in a showcase of some of Japan’s best 3-year-olds. The headliner is the Kyoto Kinen G2 for 4-year-olds and up on Sunday at Kyoto Racecourse, but the excitement is on the three-year-olds in the Daily Hai Queen […]

JRA Weekend Wrap: Feb. 6-7

TOKYO (TR) – Smart Layer stunned the boys in a race described as ugly, all wrong, and masterful. The 6-year-old closer, and lone mare on the filed, changed tactics and led wire to wire to win the 1,600-meter Tokyo Shimbun Hai G3 by two lengths on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse, earning 39.5 million yen of […]

JRA weekend preview: Feb. 6-7

TOKYO (TR) – With unfamiliar names included in a few of the Japan Racing Association Grade 2 and 3 races last month, it’s understandable if you can’t remember what exactly happened. But February is here, and people are talking about this weekend’s races with new energy. We’ve got a gang of 4-year-olds out to take the […]

JRA Weekend Wrap: Jan. 30-31

TOKYO (TR) – Dance Director and Suguru Hamanaka got the fast race they wanted to win the Silk Road Stakes in 1:07.9 on Sunday at Kyoto Racecourse. The 6-year-old son of Aldebaran covered the last three furlongs in 33.3 to win by a length and a half and picked up 39.5 million yen for owner Suzuko […]

JRA weekend preview: Jan. 30-31

TOKYO (TR) – While the Japan Racing Association is focused on two G3 sprints this weekend with the 1400-meter dirt Negishi Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse and the 1,200-meter turf Silk Road Stakes at Kyoto Racecourse, the rest of the nation will be mesmerized with Buchiko, the 4-year-old queen of cute, in the Kitayama Stakes on […]

JRA Weekend Wrap: Jan. 23-24

TOKYO (TR) – Topping Japan Racing Association action over the weekend was Decipher, which won the American Jockey Club Cup G2 on Sunday at Nakayama Racecourse. From paddock to ride out, the 7-year-old by Deep Impact looked composed. Riding most of the 2,200-meter race in the sixth position, jockey Yutaka Take began a steady assault […]