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On Jan. 9, Kitasan Black was announced as the Japan Racing Association’s Horse of the Year for the second consecutive year. Kitasan Black was also awarded the Best Older Colt or Horse award. In the voting for the Horse of the Year award, Kitasan Black received 287 votes out of 290.

The Horse of the Year title is the highest honor given to JRA-registered race horses and is selected by the Horse of the Year Selection Committee represented by journalists of various dailies and magazines.

The JRA Awards ceremony will be held on January 29.

Copano Rickey ends career on high note with Tokyo 09 Jan 12:21 pm

Third pick Copano Rickey went wire to wire and finished his career by winning the Grade 1 Tokyo Daishoten on Dec. 29 at Oi Racecourse. The Gold Allure-sired Copano Rickey won the race in 2:04.2, three lengths ahead of the late-charging Sound True, the 2015 champion of the year-ending 2,000 meter dirt race.

The fan’s top pick K T Brave kept pace with Copano Rickey throughout the trip, but lost momentum in the final stretch to finish 2 1/2 lengths behind Sound True for third. Apollo Kentucky, last year's winner, made a late charge to finish fourth, with London Town, winner of the Korea Cup, rounding out the first five. The top five finishers were all JRA-trained horses.

Since a shocking win of the 2014 February Stakes as the least favorite horse in a field of 16, Copano Rickey went on to win 10 more races before the Tokyo Daishoten, mainly in the mile to 2,000 meter range, at the top level – both in JRA and NAR racing. However, the connections aimed him for the JBC Sprint (1,200 meters) in November, in which he missed the start to finish second, leaving some doubts that he may be past his peak.

In the following Grade 1 Champions Cup, Copano Rickey hit the front in his usual style, hung on to finish third, and was one of the favorites heading into the Daishoten but was not the overwhelming pick. JRA jockey Hironobu Tanabe, who rode the horse in the 2014 February Stakes victory for his first Grade 1 title, knew which horse would be his rival and made sure Copano Rickey would end his brilliant career on a high note.

“I’m just relieved,” Tanabe said after the race. “K T Brave made an early charge for the lead and that was a bit unexpected, but my horse settled nicely and adjusted to the pace of the race. The latter half of the race unfolded just as I had imagined. This horse gave me my first Grade 1, as the least-favorite in the field, and left an impact on many fans’ hearts with his all-or-nothing style. I'm already looking forward to riding winners with his crops.”
Copany Rickey ended his career with 16 wins – 3 seconds and 3 thirds – from 33 starts, collecting about 990 million yen in prize money.

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Time Flyer Shines in G1 Hopeful Stakes29 Dec 11:26 am

Race favorite Time Flyer claimed the newly upgraded G1 Hopeful Stakes this year and improved his record to three wins and two seconds in five career starts. After debuting in August, the Heart’s Cry colt marked two consecutive wins, the latter in the open-class Hagi Stakes, and is coming off a runner-up effort in the G3 Kyoto Nisai Stakes. Trainer Kunihide Matsuda marked his 14th JRA-G1 win, his first since claiming the Japan Cup Dirt with Belshazzar in 2013, while jockey Cristian Demuro, who is racing under a short-term license since October and has rode Time Flyer in his last two starts, celebrates his second JRA-G1 victory since claiming the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) with Ayusan in 2013.

After a modest break, Time Flyer was off slow making the first two turns near the rear while Trine, Sans Rival and Jun Valerot fought up front for the lead. The bay colt steadily made progress chasing Stay Foolish rounding the third corner and then drifting to the outside of Gendarme at the top of the lane for a clear path. Unleashing a spectacular fastest stretch drive, Time Flyer quickly pinned Gendarme and the tiring Sans Rival at the furlong marker and although encountered a stubborn rally by Gendarme, finally shook off the runner-up in the last 50 meters for a 1-1/4-length victory.

“Today we went very fast so I waited a little bit because I tried to stay behind. I had confidence that he could catch the front but we were tight and couldn’t find the space, so I followed Yutaka (Take) who was in front of me and after we went out, he was just a very good horse. He will improve for the classics because he’s still young and has a good turn of foot, and I think the distance will not be a problem,” commented jockey Cristian Demuro after the race.

Fourth favorite Gendarme took a wide trip in mid-division after breaking from stall 15 and while the front runner was running out of steam on the rails, the colt was tagged 200 meters out after making a wide turn into the straight, and in spite of a tenacious pursuit, succumbed to the speed of the eventual winner to finish second.

Sent off eighth favorite in a field of 17, Stay Foolish traveled two wide in lower mid-pack right behind Gendarme and in front of Time Flyer. Following the runner-up at the last corner, the Stay Gold colt chased the battling leaders down the straight with a good turn of foot and closed well threatening Gendarme in the final strides but was a neck short for third.

Other Horses:
4th: (9) Sans Rival―pressed pace in 2nd, took lead at early stretch, outrun by top 3 finishers in last 100m
5th: (17) Nasuno Symphony―broke poorly, ran 2nd from rear, showed belated charge at stretch
6th: (10) Lucas―traveled 3-wide in mid-group, accelerated briefly at early stretch, even paced in last 200m
7th: (6) My Heartbeat―took economic trip in mid-division, turned wide, passed tired rivals at stretch
8th: (3) Water Parfait―sat near pace in 4th, ran gamely until 200m out, failed to sustain bid
9th: (4) Lord Axis―settled in mid-pack, showed brief response, weakened in last 200m
10th: (16) Shaft of Light―raced 3-wide towards rear, unable to reach contention
11th: (1) Lune Rouge―hugged rails in mid-group, turned wide, lacked needed kick at stretch
12th: (8) Charlemagne―sat in 6th, showed little at stretch
13th: (11) Flatley―traveled in mid-division, driven after 3rd corner, failed to respond
14th: (12) Jun Valerot―chased leaders in 3rd, led at 3rd corner, ran out of steam at early stretch
15th: (2) Tosen Krieger―stalked leaders in 5th, fell back after 3rd corner, faded
16th: (14) Work and Love―trailed in far rear, no factor
Fail to Finish: (5) Trine―set pace, weakened before 3rd corner, pulled up before wire

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Hopeful Stakes (G1) - Preview25 Dec 12:51 pm

There’s just one more present to be opened before the year ends, and with a great Arima Kinen (Grand Prix) something to be witnessed at Nakayama Racecourse last Sunday, the now Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes will bring the curtain down on the year’s racing in Japan, when it will be run, also at Nakayama, on Thursday, Dec. 28. The 34th running of the Hopeful Stakes will be the second newly promoted to Grade 1 status race this year, after the Osaka Hai in the spring. The race for 2-year-olds is over 2,000 meters on the turf course, and after the mile races (Hanshin Juvenile Fillies and Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes) held earlier this month, the race gives other youngsters the chance to run over the longer distance, with an eye on next year’s Classics no doubt being thought of for some who will go to post on Thursday.

The race was formerly known as the Radio Nikkei Hai Nisai Stakes, but has had its current name since 2014, the year it also switched venues to Nakayama. The race has attracted 18 nominations for a maximum field of 18, and there are two fillies among the nominations. Recent big name winners of the race include Epiphaneia in 2012 (2014 Japan Cup winner), One and Only in 2013 (2014 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) winner), and Rey de Oro in 2016 (this year’s Tokyo Yushun winner). Rey de Oro also set the race record time last year, since the race has been held at Nakayama, winning in a time of 2 minutes, 1.3 seconds.

Lead up races to this year’s Hopeful Stakes have included the Grade 3 Kyoto Nisai Stakes run over 2,000 meters in November, Grade 2 Daily Hai Nisai Stakes run over 1,600 meters at Kyoto in November, and Fuyo Stakes, run over 2,000 meters at Nakayama in September. Total prize money runs to approximately 152 million yen, with 70 million yen going to the winner. With a Young Jockeys Series of races also being held on the same day, the Hopeful Stakes will be Race 11 on the card at Nakayama, with a post time of 15:30 local time.

While a couple of big names (Wagnerian and Go for the Summit) are keeping their powder dry until races next year, here’s a look at some of the expected top picks for this year’s Hopeful Stakes:

Gendarme: The American bred Gendarme is an exciting prospect, having won both his starts so far, although they have been over 1,600 meters. He’s by Kitten’s Joy out of Believe, the latter a two-time Grade 1 winner in Japan, claiming the Takamatsunomiya Kinen and the Sprinters Stakes. He’s raced well forward in his runs and is coming off a win in the Grade 2 Daily Hai Nisai Stakes over 1,600 meters. Jockey Yutaka Take will likely team up with trainer Yasutoshi Ikee here, and the trainer commented on Gendarme recently: “He’s come out of his last race well, and is developing nicely. He’s a thin horse, but looks more muscular now.”

Time Flyer: Running in the Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. colors, Time Flyer is a big hope for trainer Kunihide Matsuda. The Heart’s Cry colt is two wins and two seconds from four career starts, and just got pipped at the post last time in the Grade 3 Radio Nikkei Hai Kyoto Nisai Stakes over 2,000 meters, his first race at the distance. He’s been working solo recently on the woodchip course, with his big race jockey Christian Demuro. The trainer said, “He ran well last time and got into a good position early. On the run to the line, he just didn’t have enough, but it was a great run overall.”

Lucas: A full brother to 2015 JRA Horse of the Year, Maurice, on that fact alone, big things will be expected from Lucas. He won on his debut at Sapporo over 1,800 meters in August, and then finished second to Wagnerian in the Grade 3 Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai Stakes over 1,800 meters at Tokyo in November. Running in the Silk Racing Co. Ltd., colors, Lucas has the great backing of trainer Noriyuki Hori – also the trainer for Maurice – and jockey Mirco Demuro. The jockey reported him to be “relaxed and in good shape” in recent training.

Jun Valerot: The colt by New Approach has only had two races to date, but has defeated his opposition away both times in 2,000 meter races, getting to the front and never looking back or looking threatened by his opponents. Both runs were at Kyoto, and the latest was a 3/4 length win in the Kigiku Sho in November. He’s something trainer Yasuo Tomomichi is really looking forward to.

Flatley: Bred at Northern Farm, the Heart’s Cry colt is one win from two starts, winning on his debut over 1,800 meters at Sapporo in August, and then finishing fifth most recently over 1,800 meters on a heavy track in the Ivy Stakes at Tokyo in October. Jockey Christophe Lemaire has partnered the colt both times and looks set for the ride again here. The jockey has a real soft spot for Heart’s Cry, the horse that gave him his first Grade 1 victory in Japan, and is more than happy to get aboard the stallion’s offspring. In what has been an incredible year, Lemaire will be looking for his fifth Grade 1 in Japan this year and his 15th top level JRA win overall. Of Flatley, trainer Kazuo Fujisawa said: “I think he can be forgiven last time as a young horse tackling the soft ground.”
Sans Rival: The well-bred Sans Rival is by Rulership out of the Agnes Tachyon (winner of the Hopeful Stakes in 2000) mare Un Fil Rouge and has won both his races so far. Usually well up with the pace, he won on his debut over 1,800 meters at Niigata in September, and then won the Fuyo Stakes over course and distance at Nakayama also in September. This could be the key to him running a big race here, as well as coming into the race fresh. He’s trained by Kenichi Fujioka, and jockey Hironobu Tanabe will most likely take the ride, looking to score his first Grade 1 victory of the year.

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Kitasan Black Retires with Seventh G1 Win in the A25 Dec 12:50 pm

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 with Symboli Rudolf, T.M. Opera O, Deep Impact and Vodka while surpassing T.M. Opera O in career earnings with 1,876,843,000 yen. He will retire to stud and stand at Shadai Stallion Station beginning next season. The last G1 victory being the Tenno Sho (Autumn) for both Trainer Hisashi Shimizu and jockey Yutaka Take, Shimizu is now a winner of seven G1 titles, all with Kitasan Black, while Take who has previously won the Arima Kinen with Oguri Cap and Deep Impact in 1990 and 2006, respectively, celebrated his 75th G1 victory with his third Arima Kinen win, which ties with Yukio Okabe, Seiki Tabara, Olivier Peslier and Kenichi Ikezoe.

Kitasan Black did not miss a beat coming out of the starting gate and assumed command uncontested. The son of Black Tide cruised by the cheering crowed who had come to witness his final run and was never in threat as he took it in his stride throughout the 2,500-meter trip, having plenty left as he entered the homestretch and in full gear for a comfortable 1-1/2-length victory.

“He ran a great race. I just concentrated on letting him run his race so there’d be no regrets. I was going to decide on the pace depending on his start but he broke really well so I let him take the front without hesitation,” commented Yutaka Take.

Queens Ring, also retiring after this race, gave a great performance under Christophe Lemaire. Constantly keeping an eye on the eventual winner while sitting in fifth position along the rails, the Manhattan Cafe mare responded well to her jockey as he drove her into full gear along the center lane and, while unable to cause a serious threat on Kitasan Black, out-rallied Japan Cup victor Cheval Grand and derby runner-up Suave Richard for second place.

Cheval Grand broke smoothly and was rated in mid-division, around tenth from the front. Making headway while turning wide around the last two corners with Suave Richard on his outside, the two horses came with great force to challenge the leaders with Japan Cup victor gaining an edge over Suave Richard in the last strides to almost pinning Queens Ring while out-finishing Suave Richard for third.

Other Horses:
4th: (14) Suave Richard―settled near rear, made wide bid, rallied strongly for 2nd, neck short at wire
5th: (11) Rouge Buck―unhurried from start, sat on rails in rear, dug in strongly with fastest last 3f charge
6th: (7) Sciacchetra―pressed pace from outside, slowly weakened in stretch, gave up runner-up seat 150m out
7th: (16) Sounds of Earth―3-wide and 2nd from rear, widest at last corner, good charge but never a threat
8th: (8) Rainbow Line―saved ground on rails near rear, keen early, showed effort in late drive, never a factor
9th: (6) Satono Chronicle―in mid-pack and on rails throughout, mild response, unable to reach contention
10th: (1) Yamakatsu Ace—sat on rails in third behind eventual winner, remained a factor last 100m, weakened
11th: (13) Mikki Queen―reserved in 3rd from rear, mild kick, improved position without reaching contention
12th: (4) Bless Journey—hugged rails in mid-division, gradually weakened in stretch, no factor
13th: (12) Satono Crown―sixth from rear on rails, struggled for room in early stretch, bumped after furlong pole
14th: (5) Tosen Victory―raced in mid-pack, ran gamely until 200m out, soon checked, lost momentum
15th: (15) Curren Mirotic―advanced to 4th from wide draw, outrun by rivals before final corner
16th: (9) Sakura Empereur―traveled in mid-division, met traffic 200m out, lost momentum

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Rank Tipster Race Payoff
1 Ikkun Ikkun
13 Jan Kyoto3R
94,310 471,550
2 Masked Doctor Ei Masked Doctor Ei
14 Jan Kyoto10R
410 386,270
3 Masked Doctor Ei Masked Doctor Ei
13 Jan Nakayama11R
380 377,440
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13 Jan Nakayama10R
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13 Jan Nakayama2R
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1 Okabe Okabe
16R 197% 31% 94,800 38,360
2 Creek Creek
17R 164% 64% 38,210 8,828
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72R 151% 73% 365,170 20,380
4 Mutsuki Mutsuki
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10R 140% 30% 24,800 28,933
6 Joie Joie
40R 133% 45% 47,900 10,616
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65R 121% 27% 83,390 26,032
8 Baken Seikatsu Baken Seikatsu
37R 121% 21% 39,890 28,561
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72R 114% 27% 48,170 18,823
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 Tournament Info:Tournament 137 is currently being held!(6 Jan - 21 Jan)

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648a37e80c 648a37e80c
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