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The 2018 Yasuda Kinen will be joined by Western Express (AUS, G6, by Encosta De Lago; 117M) from Hong Kong. Western Express is one of the top milers in Hong Kong and second only to Beauty Generation (NZ, by Road To Rock) who completed a sweep of Hong Kong’s two leading mile races this season and predicted to be a strong candidate for the season’s Horse of the Year title. Runner-up in the both the Hong Kong Mile (G1, 1,600m) last December and his latest start in the Champions Mile (G1, 1,600m) in April, the Encosta De Lago (AUS, by Fairy King) gelding aims to become the first foreign contender since Bullish Luck in 2006 to claim the Yasuda Kinen title.

Meanwhile, neither the 2017 Yasuda Kinen champion, Satono Aladdin (JPN, by Deep Impact) nor proven miler Isla Bonita (JPN, by Fuji Kiseki), both retired to stud as of the end of last year, will be included among the Japanese field to face the challenge from Hong Kong. Air Spinel (JPN, H5, by King Kamehameha), a close runner-up in the Mile Championship (G1, 1,600m) last November, is also unavailable after being given a rest after just one start this spring but the 2018 Yasuada Kinen, with many other proven milers as well as some promising young runners and those seeking challenges from other categories in distance, is anticipated to be another exciting battle between the proven and the emerging new power. Here are some of the key runners that will be making their bid for this year’s title.

2017 Mile Championship victor Persian Knight (JPN, C4, by Harbinger) made great progress after his first grade-race win in the Arlington Cup (G3, 1,600m) early last year and was regarded as a promising three-year-old with a runner-up effort in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1, 2,000m) followed by a close seventh in the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, G1, 2,400m). Focusing on mile distances in the fall, he faced top older milers in the Mile Championship in which the Harbinger (GB, by Dansili) colt won impressively from behind to pin down the leader just before the wire for his first G1 victory. Stepping up in distance (1,800-2,000m) in his first two starts this spring, he did not fail to demonstrate his charge from behind in the Osaka Hai (G1, 2,000m) but was short by 3/4-lengths in second. He has a good chance to claim another big title over a mile, his best distance, in the Yasuda Kinen. He is rated 119I as of his runner-up effort in his previous start, the Osaka Hai.

Sungrazer (JPN, C3, by Deep Impact) came off a four-race winning streak since May last year which included his first grade-race victory in the Swan Stakes (G2, 1,400m), his fourth win, for the Mile Championship in which he finished half length behind the winner in third. He kicked off this season following a four-month break with another impressive performance in his latest start, the Milers Cup (G2, 1,600m), while renewing the race record. He is rated 116M as of his third-place finish in the Mile Championship and his victory in the Milers Cup.

Red Falx (JPN, H7, by Swept Overboard), a champion sprinter with back-to-back Sprinters Stakes (G1, 1,200m) titles in 2016 and 2017, barely manages when stepping up to a mile but his unfailing late charge proved effective over the homestretch at Tokyo Racecourse and carried the son of Swept Overboard (USA, by End Sweep) to third place in the Yasuda Kinen last year. He is winless in two starts this season while rated 116S,M as of his third-place finish in the Yasuda Kinen and his victory in the Sprinters Stakes.

Lys Gracieux (JPN, F4, by Heart’s Cry) has been recognized as a top class filly ever since her debut while yet to claim a G1 title although turning in runner-up efforts in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1, 1,600m) as a two-year-old and second again in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m) and the Shuka Sho (G1, 2,000m) during her three-year-old campaign. Kicking off her four-year-old season with a win against boys in the Tokyo Shimbun Hai (G3, 1,600m), then a close third in the Hanshin Himba Stakes (G2, 1,600m), she came with a good late charge from behind in the Victoria Mile (G1, 1,600m) but missed again, this time by a mere nose, for second. Her racing style could benefit from a faster early pace seen more often in a mixed-field race. She is rated 111M,I as of her runner-up effort in the Shuka Sho, her victory in the Tokyo Shimbun Hai and another second in her latest start in the Victoria Mile.

Other proven grade-race winners include Moonquake (JPN, G5, by Admire Moon) who comes off his victory in the Keio Hai Spring Cup (G2, 1,400m) and rated 112M. Satono Ares (JPN, C4, by Deep Impact), winner of the 2016 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1, 1,600m), is rated 113M. Real Steel (JPN, H6, by Deep Impact), who won the Dubai Turf (G1, 1,800m) in 2016 and third this year, has proved useful over the turf course at Tokyo Racecourse when winning the Mainichi Okan (G2, 1,800m) last year and rated 117M. Aerolithe (JPN, F4, by Kurofune) is also a three-year-old champion miler last year in the 2017 NHK Mile Cup (G1, 1,600m) and rated 112M.

The eye-catcher of this year’s field, however, is Suave Richard (JPN, C4, by Heart’s Cry) who has been raced at 1,800 meters or beyond ever since his debut as a two-year-old, claimed his first grade-race title in the Kyodo News Service Hai (G3, 1,800m) as a three-year-old prior to his runner-up effort in the Tokyo Yushun and landed another victory in the Copa Republica Argentina (G2, 2,500m) against his seniors followed by a fourth in the all-star Arima Kinen (Grand Prix, G1, 2,500m) in December. Focusing on middle-distance races from the beginning of this year, he came off his third career grade-race victory in the Kinko Sho (G2, 2,000m) and captured his first G1 title in the following Osaka Hai, brushing aside worries of handling right-handed tracks. While it will be his first step down to a mile, he is especially reliable over the course at Tokyo and is considered as the biggest threat among this year’s field. He is rated 121I as of his previous victory in the Osaka Hai which is the highest among racehorses trained in Japan as of May 23.

Another intriguing starter is Tower of London (JPN, C3, by Raven’s Pass). Winner of the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes (G2, 1,400m) and third in the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes as a two-year-old, the Raven’s Pass (USA, by Elusive Quality) colt kicked off his three-year-old season with his second grade-race win in the Arlington Cup (G3, 1,600m) and headed for the NHK Mile Cup but his unfortunate 12th-place finish in the race after stumbling at the gate and bumped by a rival from the outside at the stretch can be disregarded. The Yasuda Kinen has not had a three-year-old starter in the past three years but Tower of London has good potentials to compete against his seniors in the coming race and to become the next three-year-old winner after Real Impact (JPN, by Deep Impact) in 2011. He is rated 110M as of his victory in the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes, his third-place finish in the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes and his latest victory in the Arlington Cup.

Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (G1) - Preview24 May 10:08 am

Top flight horseracing action in Japan comes thick and fast at this time of year, and things will reach fever pitch on Sunday, May 27, when Tokyo Racecourse stages the Grade 1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), one of the truly great races on the Japanese racing calendar. It will be the 85th running of the race, which was first held at the Meguro Racecourse in Tokyo in 1932. The race draws crowds of 100,000 or more, and last year saw just over 123,000 racing fans pass through the gates to witness Rey de Oro’s Derby victory.

This year sees the race attract 21 nominations, all colts, and a number of them will be clashing again after meeting earlier this year in the Grade 1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas). Twenty three winners of the Satsuki Sho have gone on to win the Derby, and there have just been seven Triple Crown winners in Japanese racing history, the last one being Orfevre in 2011.

Lead up races to the Derby have included the Grade 3 Mainichi Hai over 1,800 meters at Hanshin in March, the Grade 2 Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho over 2,000 meters at Nakayama in March, and the Grade 2 TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho (Derby trial) over 2,400 meters at Tokyo in April. The record time for the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Deby) is held by Duramente, who stopped the clock in a time of 2 minutes, 23.2 seconds in 2015. Four first favorites have won in the past decade, and this year Danon Premium looks like he will go off a pretty strong favorite.

The race will be run over 2,400 meters on the turf track, and all runners carry a set weight of 57kg. There’s a 200 million yen check awaiting the winner. The Grade 1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) will be Race 10 on the card on Sunday, with a post time of 15:40 local time. Final declarations and the barrier draw will come out later in the week, but here’s a look at some of the top colts expected to be in the line-up:

Danon Premium: The colt by Deep Impact is unbeaten in four career starts, and although he won well in the Grade 2 Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho in March, he had to miss the Grade 1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) with a slight hoof injury. He looks like the one they have to beat, carrying over his top form as a 2-year-old into this year as well. Assistant trainer Teruhiko Saruhashi commented on the colt’s progress: “He had to miss the Satsuki Sho because of the stone bruise, so his target then became the Derby. We’ve concentrated on getting him back into top condition, and there’s no issue at all with the injury he sustained.” Trainer Mitsumasa Nakauchida will be looking for just his second Grade 1 title, his first was also attained by Danon Premium.

Epoca d’Oro: The son of Orfevre took a few people by surprise when he won the Grade 1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) in April. He ran out a two-length winner and started as the seventh favorite. Jockey Keita Tosaki has ridden him the last three times, and he will be hoping the colt can give him victory in the Derby. It’ll be the first time for Epoca d’Oro to run at Tokyo, and the first time for him to race left-handed. He hails from the stable of leading trainer Hideaki Fujiwara. “In his last race, there was a lot of pace up front, but he was content to sit off the pace and just run at his own rhythm,” assistant trainer Nobuyuki Tashiro said. “This paid off in the end, when he was produced well and went on to win, proving that it was a successful trial race for him.”

Blast Onepiece: The interestingly named colt by Harbinger is unbeaten in three starts, two as a 3-year-old, and the latest when he won the Grade 3 Mainichi Hai as favorite, over 1,800 meters at Hanshin in March. The horse runs in the Silk Racing Co. Ltd. colors, and is looking to give his trainer, Masahiro Otake, his first Grade 1 win. “He drew Gate No. 1 and started favorite last time, and the jockey decided to get him forward early in the race, and this worked out well,” Otake said. “Even though he hit the running rail, there was no problem. He’s had his usual break at Northern Farm Tenei, and came back to the stable on May 3.”

Go for the Summit: Trainer Kazuo Fujisawa looks to have another good horse on his hands in the form of Go for the Summit. The Heart’s Cry colt claimed the Grade 2 TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho over the Derby course and distance in April, and what’s more he did it in a time of 2 minutes, 24.4 seconds. “He was different for his last race in the Aoba Sho, where he took up a good position and was produced late in the home straight to go on and win,” assistant trainer Daisuke Tsumagari said. “He seems well suited to the Tokyo track.”

Stelvio: The colt by Lord Kanaloa will get a boost from the sire’s Oaks’ win last week. Stelvio was second in last year’s Grade 1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes in December, and fourth most recently in the Grade 1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas), when finishing strongly. He’s three wins and two seconds in six starts in all. An assistant training staff at the stable of trainer Tetsuya Kimura said: “It was a bit unfortunate in the Satsuki Sho, where the jockey said he was in a good position to run on at the end, but the ground wasn’t so good and the horse found no extra. He’s since had a break at Northern Farm Tenei, and came back on May 11. He seems to be his usual self.”

Kitano Commandeur: Trainer Yasutoshi Ikee won the Derby with Orfevre in 2011, and his hope this time around is Kitano Commandeur. The Deep Impact colt finished fifth in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas), having won his previous two races. The horse will be jockey Mirco Demuro’s big race ride. The trainer recently said: “He didn’t particularly like the condition of the course last time, but he still tried his best. His result was a good thing for getting into the Derby, and I do think of him as a Derby horse.”

Generale Uno: The Hokkaido Select Sale purchase looks to have been a good one when considering Generale Uno’s third place finish in the Grade 1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) most recently. The colt by Screen Hero has won at Tokyo over 2,000 meters, and the way he stayed on last time suggests 2,400 meters should not be a problem. “It was a difficult race last time with the three runners going on ahead early, but the jockey did a good job and was able to get the best out of the horse,” trainer Eiichi Yano said. “He’s had a break at Northern Farm Tenei and came back to the stable on May 8.”

Sans Rival: The Rulership colt boasts solid form with a fourth-place finish to Danon Premium in the Grade 2 Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho over 2,000 meters at Nakayama, and subsequently when second to Epoca d’Oro in the Grade 1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) also over 2,000 meters at Nakayama. It will be his first run at Tokyo this time. “He got into a good position last time, but the winner took off quickly, and things might have been different had he been able to challenge,” trainer Kenichi Fujioka said. “It was a tough race, and we’ve since been careful with him to get over some muscle damage he sustained in the race.”
Wagnerian: Jockey Yuichi Fukunaga has ridden Wagnerian in all of his five starts, which have included three victories. The top jockey will be hoping the colt can give him his first ever Derby victory. Trainer Yasuo Tomomichi recently said, “In training, we’re concentrating on getting him to run smoothly and keeping him relaxed, not worrying about times so much.”

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Race Favorite Almond Eye Eyes Fillies' Triple with22 May 11:14 am

Sent to post as an overwhelming favorite after a strong performance in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas), Almond Eye did not disappoint as she never put a foot wrong throughout the 2,400-meter trip and became the first filly since Gentildonna (2012) and 14th overall to claim the Oka Sho-Yushun Himba double with a chance to become the fifth to claim the season’s G1 triple for three-year-old fillies. Her winning time was 2:23.8, just 0.2 seconds short of the record held by Gentildonna. Trainer Sakae Kunieda landed his 13th career JRA-G1 title—the last being the Oka Sho with the Lord Kanaloa filly—and his second Yushun Himba title after saddling subsequent triple-crown (fillies’) winner Apapane to victory in 2010. Jockey Christophe Lemaire had a lot to celebrate, winning his 16th JRA-G1 title on his 39th birthday. Lemaire also claimed his second consecutive Yushun Himba title after his victory last year with Soul Stirring.

Almond Eye was given a perfect ride by Christophe Lemaire, starting from stall 13, coincidentally the same barrier as in the Oka Sho in which they scored their first G1 victory in the race. Nicely rated from a good break among the front group around sixth, Almond Eye traveled smoothly just off the rails with Lily Noble and Lucky Lilac in close view behind Sayakachan who sprinted out for a clear lead while setting a brisk pace over the 2,400 meter course. Already positioned in a good striking distance after not having to angle out too far coming into the homestretch, the Oka Sho victor had plenty of fuel to climb the uphill stretch where she gained command and continued to increase her stride for the remaining 250 meters without a serious threat from behind to score a two-length victory.

“I had every confidence in her and race went perfectly for us. She was a little hyped up but we had a good start and in a good position. From there she settled in well and her turn of foot in the home straight was terrific. The stretch in distance (to 2,400 meters, her first) was absolutely no problem for her. She is one special filly with great potentials and fit to face international competition if she has the chance,” commented Lemaire.

Lily Noble broke sharply from stall one, eventually allowing the more eager rivals to lead the way while saving ground along the rails in third as the field stretched out to form a long line behind the pacesetter who opened the gap to almost ten lengths along the backstretch. As the field closed in on the tired leader, the Rulership filly angled out slightly after the final turn for better footing and assumed command just as the uphill stretch became too much for the early leaders but was caught by Almond Eye when the two fillies hit the top of the hill and was unable to match the increasing stride of the eventual winner while managing to hold off the rest of the field by more than a length.
Lucky Lilac jumped out of the gate and in hand along the rails close behind Lily Noble, positioned less than a length in front of the eventual winner. The Orfevre filly was given the go as Almond Eye passed her on the outside then steered to the inside of Lily Noble for the rally but was a fraction slow to pick up speed to match the front two for third.

Other Horses:
4th: (10) Red Sakuya―took economic trip in 7th, angled out, tied 2nd fastest over last 3 furlongs
5th: (3) Mau Lea―settled in 8th, found little room at early stretch, showed effort thereafter
6th: (8) Satono Walkure―ran wide around 9th, turned final corner behind winner, passed tired rivals
7th: (11) Pioneer Bio―raced around 11th, checked 300m out, failed to respond
8th: (15) Usubenino Kimi―traveled wide around 12th, lacked needed kick to reach contention
9th: (6) All for Love―saved ground around 10th, showed little at stretch
10th: (17) Rosa Glauca―unhurried in 14th, accelerated in last 200m
11th: (14) Randonnee―positioned in 2nd, distant behind pace setter, overtaken by rivals at stretch
12th: (9) Sister Flag―hugged rails in 12th, never a threat
13th: (5) Cantabile―raced in 4th in front of winner, dropped back after 400m marker
14th: (7) Toho Artemis―ran 3rd from rear, even paced at stretch
15th: (16) Win Lanakila―sat 2nd from rear, unable to reach contention
16th: (12) Sayakachan―set fast pace, faded after 300m out
17th: (18) Ohana―trailed in far rear, no factor
scratched: (4) Tosen Bless―due to a stone bruise to her left forefoot

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Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) (G1) - Preview15 May 4:19 pm

Last week, eighth pick Jour Polaire shone brightest in the Victoria Mile and this week, on Sunday, May 20, the spotlight remains on the girls at Tokyo. The 3-year-olds are back for the second filly classic of the year, the Grade 1 Yushun Himba, a 2,400-meter turf event more commonly known as the Japanese Oaks, or simply “the Oaks.”

Twenty-one fillies have been nominated for the classic and four of them are vying for the last two spots. Eighteen will leave the gate at 15:40 local time for the Oaks’ 79th running and a chance at a share of the over ¥238 million purse and the winner’s prize of ¥110 million. In addition, the top three finishers will earn a ticket to the 2,400-meter Prix Vermeille, a Group 1 race run in September at Longchamp Racecourse.

The Oaks was first run in 1938, initially at Hanshin Racecourse, and has been run every year since, except for 1944 and 1945. Since 1943, it has been run over 2,400 meters (a distance shared by the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) and the Japan Cup at Tokyo) and was moved to Tokyo from 1946.

Trials for the Japanese Oaks include the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas), which awards a berth in the classic race to the top five finishers and the Grade 2 Flora Stakes over 2,000 meters, from which the top two finishers earn a ticket to the Oaks. The winner of the open-class Sweetpea Stakes over 1,800 meters also gets a swing at the Oaks over what will most likely be the most grueling race the fillies have yet taken on. The Tokyo course, with a homestretch of 530 meters, is the longest in Japan and includes a hill that starts 400 meters before the finish line and rises 2 meters over the next furlong.

Progeny of new stallions won the first two classics of 2018 and chances look good they’ll make it three in a row. Headlining the Oaks lineup are first-crop daughters of sprint champion Lord Kanaloa and triple crown heavyweight Orfevre. Likely to be the top two picks on Sunday are the Miho-based Oka Sho winner Almond Eye, by Lord Kanaloa and Ritto-based Oka Sho runnerup Lucky Lilac by Orfevre. The Eishin Flash filly Usubenino Kimi (if she makes the cut) will also be in the running to become the first first-crop filly in eight years to win the Yushun Himba.

Deep Impact fillies have won the race three times. Looking to make it four are seven nominees this year, including Flora Stakes winner Satono Walkure and Flower Cup champ Cantabile, who are stablemates and join yet another charge of Katsuhiko Sumii in the lineup – Sweetpea Stakes winner Randonnee. Sumii’s trio, none of whom ran in the Oka Sho, are gunning for the trainer’s third Oaks victory, which would put him out in front of the others, as well as give him his first win of the race in 10 years.

Looking to the past for hints, fillies who have raced in the Oka Sho have won the Oaks eight times over the past decade and six of them had figured in the top three spots of the first filly classic. The race favorite made the Oaks winner’s circle four times over the past 10 years and finished in second place three times and third once. Popular picks tend to do well, though upsets do occur. Ninth pick Meisho Mambo surprised when she won in 2013 and returned more than 28-1 on a ticket to win. The only double-digit pick to finish in the top three in the past 10 runnings was F T Maia, who ran second to Tall Poppy as the 13th choice in 2008.

The race record is held by Gentildonna, who clocked 2 minutes, 23.6 seconds under Yuga Kawada in 2012. All runners carry a set weight of 55 kg. The Oaks is the 11th race on the Sunday card of 12 at Tokyo Racecourse. Post time is 15:40 local time. Here is a look at the expected top picks:

Almond Eye: After running second in her debut, the Miho-based Almond Eye went on to ace all of her starts, three of them, her last being the Oka Sho on April 8, where she was a tad slow out of the gate, raced from behind, and shot down the stretch to win with a final 3-furlong time of 33.2 seconds. Her path to the Oka Sho had been an unusual one. She participated in none of the trials, but instead went from her maiden win to the Grade 3 Shinzan Stakes, competed against colts and topped them by nearly 2 lengths. This will be her first time at the distance (she’s had three miles and a 7-furlong debut), but her second time at Tokyo, where she broke her maiden. It’s a course that suits her with its long stretch. The distance has yet to be conquered by a Lord Kanaloa son or daughter but Almond Eye has support from her dam’s side. Fusaichi Pandora, who finished 14th in her Oka Sho run, went on to run second in the 2006 Oaks, then win the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in the autumn, and go on to finish fifth in the Japan Cup in the same month. All Fusaichi Pandora’s races were ridden by Yuichi Fukunaga, but Christophe Lemaire has held this daughter’s reins in all starts but the Shinzan Kinen and is set to ride her again on Sunday. Lemaire captured his first Oaks last year aboard Soul Stirring, but trainer Sakae Kunieda is looking to win his first Oaks without having to share it as he did in 2010, when his Apapane and Masaaki Koga’s Saint Emilion finished in a dead heat.

Lucky Lilac: After a debut win at Niigata, Lucky Lilac won the Grade 3 Artemis Stakes at Tokyo, then jumped to the top level for a win of the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, which brought her the JRA Best 2-Year-Old Filly award. In March came victory in the Grade 2 Tulip Sho, and then the first loss of her five-start career, in the Oka Sho, where she reached the top with 200 meters to go but was felled by Almond Eye’s swooping attack from the far outside. The extra distance, though it will be her first time over anything but 1,600 meters, should not be a problem and revenge could well be hers. “She has a big stride and I’ve always thought she was more suited to the longer distances,” says Mikio Matsunaga, who is looking for his first win of the Oaks as a trainer. As a jockey, Matsunaga won six Grade 1 races, all aboard fillies or mares, with his first big win the 1991 Oaks aboard Isono Roubles. Shu Ishibashi, who has ridden all Lucky Lilac’s five starts, has this ride.

Satono Walkure: Taking on her first Grade 1 event is the Deep Impact-sired Satono Walkure, who won the Grade 2 Flora Stakes at Tokyo last out, on her fourth start. The Katsuhiko Sumii-trained filly has figured in the money in all her races, with three wins and one third-place finish. Three of her starts have been in the 2,000-2,400 meter range, making her one of the most experienced fillies in this lineup over 2,400 meters. Satono Walkure’s run in the 2,000-meter Flora Stakes was a strong one that saw her miss a beat out of the gate but move powerfully up the stretch from the rear of the field to win in record time. Mirco Demuro, the current leading jockey, is looking to complete a total sweep of the Japanese 3-year-old classics on his fourth Oaks bid.

Lily Noble: The Rulership filly Lily Noble is another one who has finished all her starts thus far in the money, but is still looking for a Grade 1 victory. With a 1-1-2-3-3 record, all over the mile and including a second-place finish in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, Lily Noble gained her Oaks berth with her third-place finish in the Oka Sho. She has finished behind Lucky Lilac in her last three starts and has only allowed three horses to beat her to the finish line thus far. The extra distance should be a plus factor for Lily Noble. Her sire, who had eight wins in the 1,800-2,400 meter range, also ran fifth in the Japanese Derby and third in the Japan Cup.
Others to watch are Mau Lea, who drew wide but managed to finish fifth in the Oka Sho. She will be partnered with three-time Oaks winner Yutaka Take, who was forced to sit out the Tenno Sho (Spring) and the NHK Mile Cup (the horse he was set to ride won) due to a suspension and returned to miss the Victoria Mile by a nose. All for Love is jumping way up in class from victory in the open-class, 2,000-meter Wasurenagusa Sho, winners of which have gone on to win the Oaks twice in the past decade – Erin Court in 2011 and Mikki Queen in 2015.

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Eighth Favorite Jour Polaire Soars to Victory in V14 May 11:21 am

Unfazed by the pouring rain, five-year-old Jour Polaire dominated a heavy contest in this year’s Victoria Mile and captured her first graded win after being sent off eighth favorite in a field of 18. Debuting in April as a three-year-old, she claimed three wins out of seven starts that year and after landing her first four-year-old start last year, went on to face open class competition where she marked a third in both the Hanshin Himba Stakes (G2, 1,600m) and the Victoria Mile. After claiming another win in her autumn campaign, she capped off the season turning in a 16th in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1, 2,200m). Her first and only start this year was in the Hanshin Himba Stakes on April 7 where she finished fifth. With this victory, trainer Masato Nishizono has now four JRA-G1 titles under his belt, his latest with Sadamu Patek in the 2012 Mile Championship, while jockey Hideaki Miyuki celebrates his first since last year’s Takamatsunomiya Kinen with Seiun Kosei, and seventh overall.

After breaking well, Jour Polaire slightly dropped back to settle two-wide and in mid-division through the backstretch while Kawakita Enka set the early pace. Still seventh to eighth at the top of the straight, the five-year-old bay came down strongly in the middle of the lane, picking off her tired rivals to finally tag Aerolithe and Red Avancer in the final strides while holding off the fast-closing Lys Gracieux right before the wire for the win by a nose.

‟I wasn’t worried about the rain and going getting softer because it was perfect for my mare. I was hoping to race a little more near the pace. She showed a great turn of foot but it was so close, I couldn’t make out if we were beaten by Lys Gracieux from the outside at the end or not,” commented Hideaki Miyuki.

Breaking from a wide stall, race favorite Lys Gracieux was reserved in lower mid-pack, a few lengths behind Jour Polaire in early stretch and, while displaying the fastest late drive, tenaciously chased the eventual winner but had too much ground to make up and finished a nose second, her fourth G1 runner-up effort.

Seventh favorite Red Avancer traveled in fourth to fifth, made most of the clear path that opened at top of the stretch to dig in with full force and inherited the lead from Aerolithe just before the furlong marker, but was caught by the winner and then the favorite just before the line for a close third.

Other Horses:
4th: (10) Aerolithe―advanced to 3rd, rallied for lead at 300m out, outrun in last 100m
5th: (2) Miss Panthere―traveled in 9th, met traffic at early stretch, quickened in last 200m
6th: (1) Let’s Go Donki―took economic trip in 7th, switched outside for clear path 300m out, rallied
7th: (9) Soul Stirring―raced in 10th, turned wide, lacked needed kick
8th: (11) Admire Lead―saved ground in 11th, quickened after 200m marker, was too late
9th: (13) One to One―traveled 3rd from rear, showed belated charge in last 200m
10th: (5) Reine Minoru―hugged rails in 4th, ran gamely until 100m out
11th: (18) Maids of Honour―ran wide around 15th, passed tired rivals in last 200m
12th: (17) Denko Ange―raced wide around 12th, lacked needed kick at stretch
13th: (3) Rabbit Run―settled around 6th, failed to respond at stretch
14th: (7) Kawakita Enka―set pace, sustained bid until 200m out, dropped back
15th: (14) Rieno Tesoro―pressed pace in 2nd or 3rd, weakened after 200m pole
16th: (15) Dea Regalo―sat 2nd from rear, showed brief effort, even paced in last 300m
17th: (12) Eterna Minoru―traveled around 14th, showed little along rails at stretch
18th: (8) Queen’s Milagro―broke poorly, trailed in rear, no factor

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Pro Tipster MAX - provides racing tips in the competitive horseracing world, with completely transparent wins/losses -

Pro Tipster MAX is a service that allows you to buy the racing tips of elite Umanity professional tipsters--starting at just 100 yen/race. The racing tips of Umanity-approved professional tipsters aren't just symbols that indicate the outcome, but a proper racing tip that indicates the betting combination and how to allocate funds--racing tips whose wins/losses are completely transparent in this head-to-head world. That's a clear distinction from the racing tips of other sites, which do not publish their wins/losses.

Simply registering as a member (free) allows you to buy the racing tips of professional tipsters.

Today's in-form tipsters

  • Last Week
Rank Tipster No.of
1 Ikkun Ikkun
36R 221% 4% 866,500 526,667
2 Okabe Okabe
3R 188% 33% 5,300 5,650
18R 141% 25% 131,520 49,824
4 Ace No.2 Ace No.2
29R 138% 15% 219,720 87,191
5 K.Kawachi K.Kawachi
36R 103% 37% 13,110 16,089

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Tip Coliseum --Japan's Biggest Racing Tips Arena! Are you Going to Compete? Or just Watch?

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 142 is currently being held!(19 May - 10 Jun)

Tournament 142 Latest result

Rank Tipster Level
Deviation Return
nyuukon ittuten nyuukon ittuten
83.7 515%
8b94eb7cd3 8b94eb7cd3
83.2 445%
SouthernCross SouthernCross
83.1 319%
82.7 455%
4e687ef5bd 4e687ef5bd
82.5 571%

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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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Does it cost anything to use Umanity?

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.

What do I have to do to register as a member?

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.

Do I have to register to use the site?

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

Can I see racing tips for free?

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.

What is the U-index?

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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