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Kitasan Black drew 287 out of 290 votes to win The Japan Racing Association’s (JRA) Horse of the Year award again with another outstanding season that included victories in the Osaka Hai, the Tenno Sho (Spring), the Tenno Sho (Autumn) and the Arima Kinen. He becomes the ninth horse in JRA history, the first since Gentildonna (2012, 2014) to win two Horse of the Year titles and the seventh to win consecutively—the last being Vodka in 2008 and 2009. The annual JRA Awards, which will be handed out in a ceremony at Prince Park Tower Tokyo on Monday, January 29, recognize horses, trainers, jockeys, and other individuals and organizations for outstanding performances or achievements in the thoroughbred racing season.

Kitasan Black was also named Best Older Colt or Horse for the consecutive year with full votes. Best Two-Year-Old Filly Lucky Lilac was the only other unanimous choice while Best Three-Year-Old Colt Rey de Oro and Best Steeplechase Horse Oju Chosan were each just one vote short. Best Two-Year-Old Colt Danon Premium, Best Sprinter or Miler Red Falx and Best Dirt Horse Gold Dream also collected more than 90% of 290 maximum votes. Vivlos won the Best Older Filly or Mare title with 194 votes while Soul Stirring won the Best Three-Year-Old Filly with 162, 42 votes over the runner-up.

JRA Best Trainer Awards are presented for Races Won, Winning Average, Money Earned and Training Technique based on JRA races and designated NAR and overseas races. Yasutoshi Ikee won his second Best Trainer title for Races Won and fourth for Money Earned. Mitsumasa Nakauchida won his first JRA Award title for Winning Average since opening his yard in 2014. Noriyuki Hori won his second and consecutive title for Training Technique.

Best Jockey Awards are presented for Races Won, Money Earned, Winning Average, Steeplechase and Newcomer based on accomplishments in JRA races alone. Christophe Lemaire claimed his first titles for Races Won and Most Valuable Jockey, the latter determined by points earned for wins, earnings, winning average and rides in JRA, designated-NAR and overseas races combined. The French native also won his second consecutive title for Money Earned. Mirco Demuro won the title for Winning Average while Shinichi Ishigami turned in another stellar season to stamp his claim as the Best Steeplechase Jockey for the second consecutive year. No one was eligible for the Best Jockey (Newcomer) title because no jockey who debuted in 2017 was able to score the required minimum 30 wins.

The Equine Culture Award was presented to Tamsin Pickeral (author), Astrid Harrisson (photographer), Fumi Kawagishi (translator) and X-Knowledge Co., Ltd. (publisher) for their pictorial book “Sekai de Ichiban Utsukushii Uma no Zukan” (The Majesty of the Horse: An Illustrated History).

Notes: All information, including ages and race performances, are as of December 31, 2017, unless otherwise indicated. Wins and earnings include JRA-designated local public races under the National Association of Racing (NAR; local public racing) and overseas starts, except for jockeys. The Season Performances chart shows the horse’s positions in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and final corners, from left to right. “L3F” and “[Horse]” indicate time over the last 3 furlongs (600m) and the horse’s weight, respectively.

Winners of the 2017 JRA Awards announced10 Jan 4:32 pm

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.

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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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