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Five-year-old Satono Crown claimed this year's Takarazuka Kinen to capture his second G1 title, his first in Japan. Debuting as a two-year-old, the son of Marju won his first three starts but fell short of expectations thereafter, finishing sixth in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas), third in the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) and 17th in the Tenno Sho (Autumn). His sixth-place finish in last year's Takarazuka Kinen was his best performance in all his G1 starts as a four-year-old until claiming his first G1 title in the Hong Kong Vase last December. He then won his first start of this season, marking back-to-back wins in the G2 Kyoto Kinen, and was sixth in his previous start, the G1 Osaka Hai where he was posted third favorite. He is the 18th horse to capture both JRA and overseas G1 titles—third for trainer Noriyuki Hori following Real Impact and Maurice. This marked trainer Hori's 11th JRA-G1 win following last year's Tenno Sho (Autumn) with Maurice and jockey Mirco Demuro's 20th following this year's February Stakes with Gold Dream.

Breaking smoothly from the outermost draw of the track that was somewhat soft due to the rain that stopped before the race, third favorite Satono Crown traveled wide in midfield, around eighth from the front, while eyeing Kitasan Black racing before him. Rounding the last two corners right behind the race favorite, the son of Marju accelerated powerfully at the homestretch, easily overtaking the frontrunners, and dueled strongly with Gold Actor that surged out from the inside route but further accelerated before the wire to pull away for his second G1 win.

“We were able to race well while eyeing the strong Kitasan Black. He felt really good turning the fourth corner and exerted a remarkable kick in the straight. He's really a G1 horse. I think this type of ground suits him. I always had confidence in him,” commented Mirco Demuro.

Fifth favorite Gold Actor raced two wide around 6-7th from the front, found space between two horses racing near the rails after entering the homestretch and unleashed an impressive late drive in the last 200 meters but was 3/4 length short in second.

Fourth pick Mikki Queen, the only mare in the field, settled third from the rear and, though briefly caught between horses at the top of the stretch, produced a remarkable speed in the stretch in pursuit of the top two finishers to seize third place.

Overwhelming race favorite Kitasan Black raced in good striking position but failed to respond in the stretch to finish a disappointing ninth. “It didn't rain much so it didn't have much influence on the ground. He was in good form and there was no disadvantage either. He just didn't respond as he usually does. To be honest, I really don't know why,” commented Yutaka Take.

Other Horses:
4th: (6) Sciacchetra―chased leader in 2nd, led at early stretch, overtaken by winner at 200m marker, weakened
5th: (7) Rainbow Line―traveled in 9-10th, advanced after 3rd corner while turning wide, unable to reach contention
6th: (1) Mikki Rocket―raced in 4-5th, showed brief effort at stretch, never threatened top finishers
7th: (3) Spirits Minoru―hugged rails around 7th, made headway after 3rd corner, failed to respond at stretch
8th: (5) Cheval Grand―set moderate pace, outrun by rivals rounding final corner, nothing left at stretch
10th: (4) Clarity City―stalked leaders along rails in 3rd to 5th, sustained bid until 200m marker
11th: (9) Hit the Target―ran in rear throughout, no factor

TAKARAZUKA KINEN 2017 - Preview 20 Jun 5:48 pm

The last Grade 1 action of the year's first half will be the 58th running of the Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin Racecourse just west of Osaka. The winner's share for the 2,200-meter event over turf is a heady 150 million yen and competition is especially stiff this year, which may account for the uncharacteristic small field.

The Takarazuka Kinen, run with a full gate of 18 horses since 2007, sees only 11 nominees set to leave the gate on Sunday, June 25. Small, but powerful, the field boasts four Grade 1 champions and it's the Grade 1 champs that have won six of the past 10 runnings of the race.

Headlining this year's big names is 2016 JRA Horse of the Year Kitasan Black, who is looking for his sixth Grade 1 victory overall, his third Grade 1 victory for the first half of this year alone. The other big names are 2015 Arima Kinen (Grand Prix) winner Gold Actor, 2016 Hong Kong Vase champ Satono Crown and Shuka Sho and Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) winner Mikki Queen.

Like the Arima Kinen, the Takarazuka Kinen field is formed in part by the fans, who place their votes for the horses they would most likely see run. Kitasan Black has won the top number of ballots for the second year in a row. Last year he garnered top spot in the fan voting with over 82,000 votes. This year, he topped that number by nearly 20,000 votes with a total 101,621 votes, some 83 percent of all votes. The race record is held by Earnestly, who clocked 2 minutes, 10.1 seconds in winning the race in 2011. But even before he goes to the gate, Kitasan Black has already set a new record. His share of the total votes rewrites the record held since the Takarazuka became a graded race in 1984. The previous record was set 27 years ago by racing icon Oguri Cap, when he won 82 percent of the ballots.

The Takarazuka Kinen is the 11th race on the Hanshin card of 12 on June 25. Post time is 15:40 local time.

Here is a look at the likely top picks:

Kitasan Black: Considered by most to be the overwhelming favorite for the Takarazuka Kinen winner's circle is, of course, Kitasan Black. But it will be his second bid in the race and he didn't make it the first time. Last year, he ran third in the Takarazuka after a third, second and first in the Arima Kinen (Grand Prix), Osaka Hai and Tenno Sho (Spring), respectively. This year, his form has improved, with a second and two firsts in those same races following his win of the Japan Cup. And, his back-to-back win of the Tenno Sho (Spring) this year was run in record time. A literal heavyweight that aced the 3,200 meters of the Tenno Sho (Spring) running at 536 kg, this son of Black Tide showed he could handle a jump from 2,000 meters to 3,200 meters when he took both the Osaka Hai and the Tenno Sho (Spring). Whether he can do it the other way around will be seen on Sunday. Kitasan Black is to be partnered with Yutaka Take, whose four wins of the Takarazuka Kinen gives him the record. Take last won 11 years ago aboard Triple Crown champion Deep Impact.

Cheval Grand: The Heart's Cry-sired Cheval Grand has not made the winner's circle in his last four races, but he has come close, with seconds in the Grade 2 Hanshin Daishoten and the Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Spring). Cheval Grand is gunning for his first win of a top-level race and came very close last out in the Tenno Sho (Spring) when he finished in second, 1 1/4 lengths off Kitasan Black. For two consecutive years, Kitasan Black and Cheval Grand finished only 0.2 seconds apart in the Tenno Sho (Spring), but this year their overall times were nearly a full 3 seconds faster. The 2,200 meters of the Takarazuka though may prove a bit short for Cheval Grand, who has not notched a win at less than 2,400 meters since breaking his maiden in October of 2014. He did draw wide in both the Japan Cup and the Arima Kinen (Grand Prix), and the smaller field of this year's Takarazuka Kinen will be a plus even if he draws wide again. Cheval Grand is a consistent runner and will also have the prowess of Yuichi Fukunaga on his side. Fukunaga, currently No. 6 in the JRA jockey rankings, has taken the reins in Cheval Grand's last eight starts, from which he has gained two wins, two seconds and two thirds. This will be Fukunaga's 16th bid in the Takarazuka and he has yet to bag it. His father, Yoichi, captured the race in 1978 and if son Yuichi were to win, it would be only the third time both father and son can boast the Takarazuka feather in their caps.

Sciacchetra: Expected to be paired with French rider Christophe Lemaire is the 4-year-old black colt Sciacchetra, named after the sweet wine from northern Italy. The son of Manhattan Cafe has only had seven starts in his young career, but he brought home winning wagers in all but his last start, when he finished ninth in the Tenno Sho (Spring). Four wins, a second and a third decorated this colt's rise since his debut a year ago. Trainer Katsuhiko Sumii stepped him up in class with nearly each race and the colt took on his first Grade 1 after winning the Grade 2 Nikkei Sho in March at Nakayama. Raced successfully over 2,000-2,500 meters up until the Tenno Sho (Spring) over 3,200 meters, the extra distance was likely more a factor in finishing some 7 lengths off the winner than a lack of ability. And thus, the colt is gaining quite a bit of attention for Sunday's spring finale.

Satono Crown: A 5-year-old by Marju, Satono Crown looks to notch his first Grade 1 race at home, after six failed attempts. He found success at the top, however, on his first overseas jaunt last December, when he captured the Hong Kong Vase and beat out Breeders' Cup Turf champion Highland Reel. Sixth in last year's Takarazuka Kinen, Satono Crown followed the Hong Kong Vase victory with a win of the Grade 2 2,200-meter Kyoto Kinen, before running sixth in the 2,000-meter Osaka Hai last start. He finished 0.4 seconds behind Kitasan Black in that race and the extra furlong this time is seen as a plus. Satono Crown is bred by Northern Farm, which has bred six of this year's Takarazuka Kinen nominees and has already nabbed six Grade 1 events this year. Mirco Demuro is pegged for the ride.

Gold Actor: Looking to win his first Grade 1 event in a year and a half is Gold Actor, a 6-year-old son of Screen Hero. His seventh-place finish last out in the Tenno Sho (Spring) showed improvement over last year's12th-place finish and Gold Actor ran third in the Grade 2 Nikkei Sho prior to that coming off a layoff. In last year's Arima Kinen (Grand Prix), Gold Actor finished half a length behind Kitasan Black in third place. The year before that, Gold Actor topped the Arima Kinen (Grand Prix) field and Kitasan Black finished in third place, almost a length behind Gold Actor, setting the scene for a fine bit of revenge if Gold Actor can top Kitasan Black on Sunday. This will be Gold Actor's third race following a 3-month spell and it is over a distance he is more comfortable with. Three of Gold Actor's previous nine wins have come at distances in the 2,000-2,400 meter range. Partnered with Gold Actor for his second time in the horse's career will be Norihiro Yokoyama, who has ridden winners in the Takarazuka twice before.

Mikki Queen: Last out, the 5-year-old Deep Impact-sired Mikki Queen ran seventh in the Victoria Mile, a race she was runnerup in 2016. The mile was a bit busy, however, and Mikki Queen was unable to handle the blistering late speed that clinched the race this year. An extra 3 furlongs this time may stand her well. Mikki Queen took three of her five career wins at distances in the 2,000-2,400 meter range. Also, she has proven her mettle against the males, including in the Arima Kinen (Grand Prix) last year, when her fifth-place finish was only 0.4 seconds behind runnerup Kitasan Black. She has three wins and three seconds at Hanshin. If Mikki Queen were to pull off a victory on Sunday, she would become only the fourth female in the Takarazuka Kinen to do so. Last year the 5-year-old mare Marialite won the race.

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YASUDA KINEN 2017 - Satono Aladdin Pins Defending  05 Jun 12:25 pm

Satono Aladdin landed his first G1 title by capturing this year's Yasuda Kinen as seventh favorite in a full field of 18 runners. Following several acclaimed results at the graded level, the six-year-old bay notched his first grade-race win last year in the Keio Hai Spring Cup (G2, 1,400m) and after finishing fourth in his next Yasuda Kinen start, he successfully captured the Swan Stakes (G2, 1,400m) that autumn but was fifth in the G1 Mile Championship. He has been tested overseas twice, turning in an 11th and a seventh in the 2015 Hong Kong Cup and 2016 Hong Kong Mile, respectively. Lightly raced this season, he finished ninth in his only start, the Keio Hai Spring Cup over a yielding track. His latest triumph being the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) this season with Al Ain, trainer Yasutoshi Ikee has now 18 JRA-G1 titles under his belt, while jockey Yuga Kawada claimed his ninth, his latest the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) last year with Makahiki. This is also Kawada's second Yasuda Kinen title following his 2015 victory with Maurice.

After the field broke with Logotype spurting to the front, Kawada kept Satono Aladdin in a rearward position traveling outside Red Falx and swung wide into the straight fourth from last. While the defending champion found another gear to expand his lead to three to four lengths climbing the Tokyo stretch hill, Satono Aladdin surged out of the rallying group at the furlong pole and showcased a spectacular and fastest stretch drive to catch Logotype at the wire for a neck victory.

Sent off lightly regarded as eighth pick, Logotype was deprived of a back-to-back Yasuda Kinen title although he reenacted his powerful gate-to-wire run putting in a good runner-up effort.

Well reserved fourth from the rear on the rails, third favorite Red Falx found himself behind a wall of horses in early stretch, steered to the outside then found running room 300 meters out and furiously threatened the winner on his outside but was a neck short from Logotype for third.

After traveling in seventh and three-wide, race favorite Isla Bonita struggled to find room and was never given the chance to unleash his anticipated stretch charge finishing eighth.

Beauty Only broke well from stall 12 and raced mid-field two wide around 10th up to the last turn. Angling out slightly, he launched a mild rally between horses but was unable to sustain his bid once reaching the top of the uphill stretch while holding on well for a close sixth, about 1-3/4 length behind the winner.

“He didn't really kick home strong this time. He flattened out and leaning a bit to the left. It's his first time going left-handed and I think he needs a bit more experience to do this one, because I see at the straight he didn't change his gear - he usually changes to his near-fore kick where he's got more power but he didn't change because he was going opposite to what he's used to, so to me, he didn't kick home strong enough,” commented Beauty Only trainer Anthony Cruz.

“He traveled smoothly but didn't have any left at the end. He was a bit nervous prior to the race and it was his first time out on this course so maybe that was what affected him,” said jockey Zachary Purton of Beauty Only.

In his second challenge, Hong Kong raider Contentment was raced close to the pace, met traffic at the top of the stretch and driven from the 400-meter marker but weakened after sustaining his bid up to the furlong pole and finished 10th.

“He put himself in a good position, in fourth or fifth where we thought or hoped he would be. He traveled nicely in the first half of the race, but on straightening up, he got a little bit of pressure from the outside, then from the inside, and what I heard from the jockey, he continued to fight but he wasn't strong enough for these horses on this track but said he could have finished a length closer. So unlike last year, at least I was able to see how he fared in the race and I'm satisfied,” commented Contentment trainer John Size.
“He didn't disappoint me. He was trying his very best, but unfortunately he had these little issues that really could have changed the result of this race - I think he would have finished a little closer,” said jockey Joao Moreira of Contentment.

Other Horses:
4th: (7) Greater London―broke poorly, made headway to 11th, quickened between horses
5th: (8) Air Spinel―eased back to 3rd from last, failed to find clear path along rails, quickened after 200 marker
7th: (18) Staphanos―raced 3-wide around 10th, showed some effort but never a threat
9th: (10) Clarente―ran around 9th, found little room at early stretch, showed brief effort, weakened in last 100m
11th: (9) Longing Dancer―trailed in rear, angled out, passed tired rivals at stretch
12th: (3) Sunrise Major―pressed pace in 2nd, showed tenacity until 200m marker, fell back
13th: (2) Decipher―chased leaders in 4-5th, showed effort until 300m out, weakened thereafter
14th: (13) Logi Chalice―traveled 3-wide in 12th, unable to reach contention
15th: (4) Ambitious―raced 2nd from last, switched to outside after entering to stretch, never fired
16th: (17) Young Man Power―sat 3-wide in 5-6th from stall 17, weakened in last 200m
17th: (1) Talking Drum―hugged rails in 8th, ran willingly until 300m out, outrun thereaft

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YASUDA KINEN 2017 - Preview 31 May 11:03 am

The Grade 1 Yasuda Kinen, to be held on Sunday, June 4, wraps up six straight weeks of top-level racing, five of them at Tokyo Racecourse. A mile event open to 3-year-olds and up, the Yasuda Kinen was named after the JRA's first president, Izaemon Yasuda, and caps Grade 1 action at Tokyo, though racing at the venue continues until month end. This year marks the 67th running of the race, which has also become a favorite target for runners from Hong Kong. Sunday will see two of Hong Kong's top milers - the geldings Contentment and Beauty Only - leave the gate at 15:40 local time to seek their share in the 228 million yen-plus prize money, including a first-place bounty of 103 million yen. Contentment is back for a second shot after finishing 12th last year, and Beauty Only takes on the race for his first time.

Contentment and Beauty Only were the top two finishers, respectively, in the Grade 1 Champions Mile, run at Sha Tin Racecourse on May 7. Beauty Only aced the Hong Kong Mile last December. Hong Kong runners have captured the Yasuda Kinen twice before since the race opened to international competitors in 1993; Fairy King Prawn won it in 2000 and Bullish Luck in 2006. Foreign-based horses have made 53 appearances in the Yasuda Kinen gate since 1993, but only one other than the two Hong Kong horses have won. That was the UAE-based Heart Lake in 1995.

Important races leading into the Yasuda Kinen for the Japanese runners include the Grade 2 Keio Hai Spring Cup, Grade 3 Lord Derby Challenge Trophy, Grade 2 Yomiuri Milers Cup, and Grade 3 Tokyo Shimbun Hai. The winners of those races - Red Falx, Logi Chalice, Isla Bonita and Black Spinel, respectively - have all been nominated for the race and are expected to start, as well as Grade 2 Nakayama Kinen third-place finisher and the defending champion of this race Logotype, Keio Hai Spring Cup runnerup Clarente and Yomiuri Milers Cup runnerup Air Spinel.

Five and 6-year-olds have figured most predominately in the Yasuda Kinen winner's circle over the last decade. Four 6-year-olds won the race and three 5-year-olds, with one victory each going to a 3-year-old and 4-year-old. Only one female horse has won in the past 10 runnings. That was Vodka, in 2008 as a 4-year-old and again the following year. The favorite has done well too, having won four times in the past 10 races and finished in second once. The longshots are not to be ignored however. Though no horse that went to the gate a double-digit pick has won in the past decade, six of them have figured in the top three spots.

Strong Return holds the race record of 1 minute, 31.3 seconds set in 2012.

Here's a look at the expected top picks.

Isla Bonita: Despite winning the 2,000-meter Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) in 2014, the Fuji Kiseki-sired Isla Bonita has gone on to establish himself clearly as a miler in recent months. Though he finished in the top three spots seven times in the 12 starts since his last win in the autumn of 2014, it wasn't until his most recent start that he finally made the winner's circle. Isla Bonita had posted second in three races straight before that - Grade 3 Fuji Stakes, Grade 1 Mile Championship and Grade 2 Hanshin Cup. His victory came last out in the Yomiuri Milers Cup, in which he topped Air Spinel by half a length. His last four races were also ridden by Christophe Lemaire, following a switch from his previous regular rider Masayoshi Ebina from last year's Yasuda Kinen, in which Isla Bonita finished fifth. Isla Bonita is expected to see improvement following his recent win, and, if he can pull off a win, would give Lemaire his fourth Grade 1 victory in four weeks and would be the horse's first Grade 1 win in three years and two months.

Staphanos: A 6-year-old by Deep Impact, Staphonos finished 3/4 lengths behind Kitasan Black for second last out in the 2,000-meter Osaka Hai, a race promoted to Grade 1 status this year. Staphanos finished third last year at Tokyo in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) over the same distance before going on to finish in third in the Hong Kong Cup. Raced predominately over 1,800-2,000 meters, this will be Staphanos' first start at the mile since the fall of 2014, when he won the Grade 3 Fuji Stakes under the same conditions as the Yasuda Kinen. Having performed well amid highly competitive fields, the highly consistent Staphanos (only off the board three times in his career 22 starts) is seen as having a good chance in the Yasuda Kinen this year. Slated for the ride is Keita Tosaki, who tops the record for most wins over the Tokyo 1,600 meters for the past five years with a total of 32 wins.

Ambitious: Also taking on the mile for the first time in quite the spell is another son of Deep Impact, the 5-year-old Ambitious. After debuting his first two career races at the mile, Ambitious was given more distance. He captured the Grade 2 Sankei Osaka Hai last spring, then failed to settle in the Grade 1 Takarazuka Kinen and finished just one off the rear. Since then he has made the board four times in as many starts and last finished in fifth place in the Osaka Hai, with a fourth before that in the Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Autumn). Though he has proven he can race well from any position, it is always his late speed that gets Ambitious close to the top in the final stages. If Ambitious, expected to be ridden by Norihiro Yokoyama, can settle, he has proven himself competitive at the highest level.

Air Spinel: Still trying to clinch his first big race, the 4-year-old Air Spinel, by King Kamehameha, has finished in the top three spots in all of his six starts over the mile. After three finishes out of the top three last year, Air Spinel has figured back in wagers yielding a return for his past four starts, three of them run over the mile. They included a third in the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger), a third and first in two Grade 3 races and a second last out in the Grade 2 Yomiuri Milers Cup. That race was his first in nearly three months and it is expected to have him sharp for the Yasuda. In the saddle will be Yutaka Take, who has been paired with Air Spinel for all his races thus far. “He is calmer now and more mature,” trainer Kazuhide Sasada said. “This has been our goal for the spring and I'm expecting to see good things from him.”

Logotype: A 7-year-old by Lohengrin, Logotype went wire to wire to capture the 2016 Yasuda Kinen and returned to the top for the first time since his 2013 win of the Satsuki Sho. The Satsuki Sho was won under Mirco Demuro, but it was Hironobu Tanabe who brought Logotype home a winner in last year's Yasuda Kinen. Tanabe has ridden all but one of his last seven starts - all but the Hong Kong Mile run last year, which went to Demuro. Last year's Yasuda Kinen was Logotype's first bid and before that he had been given the Grade 3 Lord Derby Trophy Challenge after the Nakayama Kinen. This year, though he had been slated to run in the Lord Derby Trophy Challenge, it was decided to withdraw him and go straight to this race. If he and Tanabe, who suffered injuries but no fractures in a fall on May 21, can prove themselves in winning form on Sunday, it will be the first time since Yukio Okabe's successive wins in 1997 and 1998 aboard Taiki Shuttle for a horse to win the Yasuda Kinen in back-to-back years.

Other contenders worth a mention are Greater London, a 5-year-old by Deep Impact who is rising to the graded-stakes level for the first time in his career. Greater London has won all but one of his seven starts thus far and is making a leap from a win of the open-class Kochi Stakes over the mile at Nakayama to the Grade 1 level. He has four wins over the Tokyo mile, albeit at lower levels. Veteran Yuichi Fukunaga will be in the saddle.

Also of interest are Satono Aladdin, fourth in last year's Yasuda Kinen, and Red Falx. The latter is being given an extra furlong after a win of the Grade 2 Keio Hai Spring Cup over 1,400 meters on May 13, and will be taking on his first mile in over three years. Demuro, who has ridden Red Falx for his last five starts and bagged three wins from them, is set for the ride.

Comment source: Keiba Book

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JAPAN DERBY 2017 - Rey de Oro Tactfully Defeats St 29 May 12:27 pm

Second favorite Rey de Oro partnered with Christophe Lemaire bested his three-year-old opponents in the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) to revenge his fifth-place finish in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) and to capture his first G1 and second graded victory. The son of King Kamehameha debuted in October last year and won his first three starts including his first graded win in the year-end G2 Hopeful Stakes. This marked trainer Kazuo Fujisawa's 26th JRA-G1 victory following last week's Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) title with Soul Stirring and his first classic title for colts. He is the fifth trainer—first in 13 years—to win both the Oaks and Derby in the same year. For jockey Christophe Lemaire, this win marked an impressive three-week G1 winning streak, which includes the Victoria Mile with Admire Lead and Yushun Himba with Soul Stirring. He is the second jockey since Olivier Peslier in 2001 to do so. This was his first Derby win and 13th G1 victory. He is also the fifth jockey—first in 42 years—to win both the Oaks and the Derby in the same year.

Rey de Oro settled toward the rear, around fifth from last, while My Style took the front to set a slow pace. Traveling wide through the first two corners, jockey Christophe Lemaire urged his mount to make an early bid and the King Kamehameha colt responded willingly to forge its way toward the front along the backstretch. Rey de Oro tagged behind the frontrunner in second around the last two corners, nailed the front before the 200-meter pole and fended off the strong challenge by Suave Richard to claim his first G1 victory.

“We had no specific tactic, but we were forced to travel toward the rear after a slow start and the pace was slow, so I decided to move forward in the backstretch. He was very relaxed and was responding well in the homestretch so I knew we will win in the last 100 meters. I'm really happy to be able to win both the French and Japanese Derby,” commented Lemaire.

Third choice Suave Richard remained in good striking position, around seventh from the front by the rails, stirred to the outside after entering the homestretch and pursued Rey de Oro with his powerful late kick for a 3/4-length runner-up effort.

Odds on favorite Admirable, breaking from the outermost stall, traveled wide around second from the rear and though briefly checked at the top of the stretch, dislodged an impressive turn of speed that marked the fastest over the last three furlongs to reach the wire 1-1/4 lengths behind the runner-up.

Other Horses:
4th: (3) My Style―set slow pace, led until 200m marker, sustained bid, outrun in last 100m
5th: (7) Al Ain―chased leaders in 3rd or 4th, checked at top of stretch, showed effort thereafter
6th: (1) Danburite―took economic trip in 3rd or 4th, quickened after 300m marker
7th: (11) Persian Knight―raced 3-wide in mid-pack, ran willingly outside winner, weakened in last 200m
8th: (8) Trust―stalked leader in 2nd, sustained bid until 100m, outrun thereafter
9th: (10) Best Approach―traveled 3-wide in mid-group, showed effort but never a threat
10th: (6) Satono Arthur―settled in mid-pack, gradually fell back, showed belated charge
11th: (13) Cadenas―sat in rear group, turned wide, responded well at outer stretch but belated
12th: (16) Kyohei―trailed in rear, accelerated in last 300m, was too late
13th: (5) Clincher―positioned around 6th, never fired at stretch
14th: (15) Daiwa Cagney―ran 3-wide around 5th, failed to respond at stretch
15th: (17) Win Bright―raced 4-wide in mid-division, checked at early stretch, lacked needed kick
16th: (9) Meiner Sphene―traveled in mid-pack, unable to reach contention
17th: (2) America's Cup―hugged rails in mid-group, showed little at stretch
18th: (14) Jo Strictly―rated along rails in rear division, no factor throughout

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24 Jun Tokyo6R
3yoMaiden
1,220 355,050
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Over the course of a year, some 5 million racing tips are registered in the Tip Coliseum, Japan's largest and highest-level racing tip event. Different people use it in different ways--from participating in the tournament and competing for rankings, to watching the tips of top rankers.

Just registering as a member (free) allows you to use the functions of the Tip Coliseum for free.

 Tournament Info:Tournament 130 is currently being held!(17 Jun - 9 Jul)

Tournament 130 Latest result

Rank Tipster Level
Class
Deviation Return
Rate
Winnings
(JPY)
1
3.5BILLION 3.5BILLION
Lv.66
80.9 420%
9%
1,471,360
2
7b85c53bfd 7b85c53bfd
Lv.66
80.8 343%
11%
3,489,340
3
e28b4fcb2c e28b4fcb2c
Lv.112
79.7 393%
5%
2,577,200
4
49bfab051f 49bfab051f
Lv.82
79.4 396%
14%
1,033,470
5
bd77e30924 bd77e30924
Lv.71
78.8 569%
2%
1,767,000

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To Beginners
--Smart Ways to Use Umanity--from Racing Tips to Horse Racing Romance--

Umanity offers all kinds of services to meet the different needs of racing fans, but on the other hand, some people feel "there are so many services, I don't know where to begin." For that reason, we introduce ways to use Umanity according to the type of user. We know you'll find a way that fits you perfectly♪

Data Cruncher

You are the type who assembles information useful for making tips, especially on high-stakes races, such as GI races, and refer to them as you make your own racing tips.
Suitable service

Graded race Page
U index

Recommend using!

[High Stakes Strategies] is packed with useful information for making racing tips, such as the latest information, like pre-race training times on the horses scheduled to run in high stakes races, the expected odds in the racing card, the columns of professional tipster, results from the past 10 years, etc. Then there is Umanity's proprietary racehorse performance index, the U-index, which many people pay to use for its accuracy; members can use it free, but just for high-stakes races, so using it in conjunction with the High Stakes Strategies makes for a perfect combo.

Racing Tip
Addict

Likes racing tips better than 3 squares a day! You're the type who makes tips on lots of races per day, not just the main ones!
Suitable service

Tip Coliseum
Race Info

Recommend using!

First off, try registering your tips in the [Tip Coliseum]. Of course there's the fun of competing for rankings and the racing tips bragging rights for all of Japan--but with our auto-tallying tools you can keep track of your results and bump up your racing prediction prowess through objective self-analysis. What's more, Umanity's [Racing Card (for VIP Club members)] is full of tools for increasing the accuracy of your tips, such as our proprietary speed index, the U-index, as well as “Stable Comments” and “Training Evaluation” and so on provided by Horseracing 8.

Horseracing
Investor

You see the horses as a vehicle for investing and you don't hold the your purse strings tight when it comes to high-quality information--you're looking for a high return!
Suitable service

Pro tipster "MAX"
Sugouma Robot

Recommend using!

With Pro Tipster MAX over 20 well-known professional tipsters provide their racing tips for a fee (from 100 yen/race). And their tips aren't just symbols that indicate the outcome, but proper racing tips that indicate the betting combination and how to allocate funds--racing tips whose wins/losses are completely transparent in this head-to-head world--a totally different critter from other horseracing tip sites, which only post their wins, but not the balance of wins/losses. The racing tips software [Sugouma Robot] is equipped with expected value theory for automatically buying only betting tickets with high expected yields.

Horseracing
Socialite

You love the fun of horseracing with all your friends! You're the type who wants friends to go to the track with!
Suitable service

Horseracing Diary
offline get-togethers

Recommend using!

It's surprising how many people have nothing to say about horseracing on SNS, such as on Facebook. Umanity is a community just for horseracing fans, so don't hold back in talking about horseracing, such as in your Horseracing Diary. What's more, Umanity rents guest rooms at the Tokyo Race Course and holds horseracing offline get-togethers in both Spring and Fall. As these get-togethers are of like-minded horseracing fans, you're sure to make friends. Come along and have fun.

Horseracing
Novice

You're the type who wants to get into horseracing but you don't know where to start!
Suitable service

Graded race Page
Tip Coliseum

Recommend using!

First of all, you should try focusing on high-stakes races because you can get lots of information. [High Stakes Strategies] is packed with useful information for making racing tips, such as the latest information on the horses scheduled to run, the racing card, columns and results from the past 10 years. Next, try registering your tips in the [Tip Coliseum]. Simply registering a tip on a race will double the fun of watching them run. And up to this point it won't even cost you a single penny. You have nothing to lose as it's all free and you can take part in horseracing without betting any money.

Horseracing
Romantic

More than for picking races or investing, you like horseracing because the horses are so beautiful! You're the type who wants to start as a partial owner!
Suitable service

Umanity POG

Recommend using!

[POG] stands for Paper Owner Game. Even though it's a virtual game, the horses are all real--several thousand JRA registered thoroughbreds. You select from among them and if your bid wins the auction, it's registered as your POG horse. You can keep up to 20 POG horses in your stable and the game is in competing for prize money with those horses. Apart from the game, pictures of about 400 race horses have been posted, and appreciating their beautiful bodies is one more pleasure.

FAQ

Q1:
Does it cost anything to use Umanity?
A1:

No, registering with and using Umanity is free. Once you become a member (free), you can participate in the Tip Coliseum, and use functions that are helpful in making tips, such as the U-index (Umanity's proprietary speed index) on high-stakes races, U-Favorites (tip odds ), which show what's popular among Umanity users, register horses to watch, betting ticket purchasing tools, etc.--not to mention enjoying horseracing community functions, such as diaries, messaging and circles--all the basics for free.

Q2:
What do I have to do to register as a member?
A2:

Registering is simple--all it takes is an email address.
Once you register your email address, follow the instructions and you'll be registered as a member in 1 to 2 minutes flat! You can also register as a member via an account, such as your Yahoo! JAPAN ID.

Q3:
Do I have to register to use the site?
A3:

No, some functions (such as news) can be used without registering.
However, most of the functions require becoming a member (free) and then you can use them for free, so we recommend becoming a member.
[Free Functions Available to Umanity Members]
-Participate in the Tip Coliseum (registering tips, rankings and auto tallying of results)
-U-index of high-stakes races (Umanity's proprietary racehorse performance index with some 10,000 regular users)
-U-Favorites (tip odds), which show what's popular among Umanity users
-Plus, functions useful for making tips, such as registering horses to watch and betting ticket purchase support
-Community functions like diaries, messaging and circles

Q4:
Can I see racing tips for free?
A4:

There are both free tips and those you pay for.
You have to pay for the racing tips of professional tipsters.
Doing so requires the Umanity virtual currency, Gold (G).
Gold can be purchased with credit card.
Although you can view the racing tips of non-professional tipsters for "free," in some cases you need to use Umanity points, which you can get for free by being active on the site, such as by logging in, posting tips in the Tip Coliseum, etc.

Q5:
What is the U-index?
A5:

It is an index developed exclusively by Umanity to indicate the performance of a racehorse.
The value is based on the time over the distance of each horse to date, and estimates whether and how well they will perform in this race; as such, the higher the index, the better the race performance is expected to be.
The U-index is provided to Umanity members free for high-stakes races. To use it on all races, you have to become a member of the Umanity VIP Club, which is a paid service.

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