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May 24, 2017

Soul Stirring Becomes Frankel's First Classic Winner

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On Sunday, May 21st, post time favorite Soul Stirring won the 78th Japanese Oaks at Tokyo Racecourse. This was the daughter of Frankel's second career G1 win. Capturing the Oaks, her trainer Kazuo Fujisawa claimed his 100th JRA graded stakes and jockey Christophe Lemaire won his second consecutive G1 this month. Lemaire is set to ride Fujisawa's Rey de Oro in the Japanese Derby this coming weekend.

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March 10, 2017

Lani 6th in Dubai Prep

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Lani’s Dubai World Cup prep didn’t go as planned with the temperamental grey colt finishing 6th in the G1 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 on Sunday.

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February 25, 2017

Lani returns to Dubai

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Lani, winner of last year's UAE Derby, has returned to Dubai. He received an invitation to the Godolphin Mile but will take part in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 in hopes of getting a last minute invitation to the Dubai World Cup.

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February 04, 2017

Satono Diamond to join Kitasan Black in Arc Bid

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On January 30th, the JRA hosted the 2016 JRA Awards in Tokyo. Champion 3-year-old Satono Diamond will head to France for the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe this October, prepping with the G2 Prix Foy in September. In April, he will have a rematch with Arima Kinen runner-up and Horse of the Year, Kitasan Black in the G1 Tenno Sho Haru. “I want to win every race,” said owner Hamjie Satomi.

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January 10, 2017

Japanese super stayer, Kitasan Black was named Horse of the Year for 2016

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Here is a complete list of the 2016 JRA Awards winners.

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December 05, 2016

Thoughts on the Japan Cup【Part 3】

This year only three horses turned up for the Japan Cup. Since 2005 we have featured a three-part series called “Thoughts on the Japan Cup,” contemplating the current status of Japan’s flagship international race and the challenges of maintaining its appeal to foreign runners.

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December 04, 2016

Thoughts on the Japan Cup【Part 2】

This year only three horses turned up for the Japan Cup. Since 2005 we have featured a three-part series called “Thoughts on the Japan Cup,” contemplating the current status of Japan’s flagship international race and the challenges of maintaining its appeal to foreign runners.

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December 03, 2016

Thoughts on the Japan Cup【Part 1】

This year only three horses turned up for the Japan Cup. Since 2005 we have featured a three-part series called “Thoughts on the Japan Cup,” contemplating the current status of Japan’s flagship international race and the challenges of maintaining its appeal to foreign runners. 

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December 01, 2016

Kitasan Black Wires the Japan Cup

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On Sunday, favorite Kitasan Black went wire to wire to win the 36th Japan Cup by two lengths. This was jockey Yutaka Take’s 4th Japan Cup win. Sounds of Earth and Cheval Grand closed to finish second and third respectively. The four-year-old Kitasan Black will run next in the G1 Arima Kinen on the 25th of December before planning his 2017 schedule which will likely include some races abroad.

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October 07, 2016

Makahiki Finishes 14th in Arc

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Last weekend was the 95th running of the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, where Japanese Derby winner Makahiki finished 14th. It was the first foreign race that the Japanese were allowed to bet on from the comfort of home. Makahiki was the 20th Japanese horse to take on the Arc and Japan yet again failed to win the title. The winner, Found, was ridden by Ryan Moore and trained by Aidan O’Brien. O’Brien had great results in the Arc with his other trainees Highland Reel finishing second and Order of St. George finishing third.

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