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 […]

JRA weekend preview: Jan. 23-24

JRA weekend preview: Jan. 23-24

TOKYO (TR) – Highlighting this week’s Japan Racing Association action is the pairing of Deep Impact progenies in the G2 American Jockey Club Cup on Sunday. American Jockey Club Cup (G2) At Nakayama Racecourse 7-year-old Decipher and 4-year-old Satono Rasen will compete for about half of the 1.2-million-dollar purse in the 2,200-meter American Jockey Club […]

JRA Weekend Wrap: Jan. 16-17

TOKYO (TR) – In topping Japan Racing Association action over the weekend, closer Reve Mistral and jockey Yuga Kawada got the slow race they wanted to win the 2,400-meter Nikkei Shinsun Hai for 4-year-olds and up in 2:25.9 at Kyoto Racecourse on Sunday. Yuga Kawada quickly held the 4-year-old colt by King Kamehameha back and […]

JRA weekend preview: Jan. 16-17

TOKYO (TR) – The Grade 3 Aichi Hai will be held today at Chukyo Racecourse. The 68,920,000 yen international handicap race, previously held in December, is open to 4-year-old and up fillies and mares. Currently, 5-year-old Sundarbans by Heart’s Cry and 4-year-old Maximum de Paris by King Kamehameha are vying for favorite status. Of the […]

JRA Weekend Wrap: Jan. 9-11

TOKYO (TR) – Under unseasonably warm weather and dry tracks over the three-day weekend in Japan, the focus was on 3-year-olds at Kyoto and Nakayama racecourses in two Grade 3 events. With much of the field in both races coming in fresh from maiden victories, there was more uncertainty than usual. Let’s get to the […]