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Sat,27 May
8 Madrid Cafe 1.6
10 Le Pere Noel 5.1
2 Azuma Takkun 9.1
Sun,28 May
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18 Admirable 3.6
4 Suave Richard 4.9
7 Al Ain 6.0
Sun,28 May
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2 Volsheb 2.6
1 Mondo Intero 4.5
3 Saratoga Spirit 11.1

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14 Mentor Mode 1.5
9 Tesoro 7.9
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2 Hitonowa Dream 1.7
3 Reconquista 3.3
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4 Campo di Fiori 1.4
6 Rapid Ship 7.6

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Racing News

Hidetaka Otonashi, trainer
“He has had three races in fairly quick succession, and while it could be said that that’s asking too much of him, he’s made the adjustment each time and won his races. Coming into this race, everything’s been fine with him and as I’ve expected, with the jockey working him well. I think the horse is able to put in a good showing in any kind of race, and all being well, he’ll get a good start from the gate.”

Mirco Demuro, jockey
“There is no change with him since his last race, and I’ve come to understand the horse well, which is good. Of course, it’s a tough race, but I’m looking forward to what he can do here.”

Al Ain
Yasutoshi Ikee, trainer
“He has come on nicely since his last race, where he had to work pretty hard for the win. His footwork’s good, and he’s showing similar qualities to Orfevre before he ran in the Derby. Al Ain has run well so far, and regarding the 2,400 meters, I don’t think he needs to be pushed too hard, but I’d rather he just take up a good position and see what he can do, ridden to his full potential.”

Kohei Matsuyama, jockey
“I think the horse is in top condition, and stronger than he was for the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas). He’s a horse that always tries, and I get the feeling riding him, the distance won’t be a problem. He’s been relaxed in training, and that’s how I’d like to see him on the day. The Derby’s different from other races and it’s everybody’s goal. Fine weather would be good, and looking at last week’s racing, the inside is good, but I’ll decide things on the day.”

America's Cup
Hidetaka Otonashi, trainer
“Before the Satsuki Sho and the transportation to the track, his weight was 454kg, and that’s about what I’d like to see this time too. The horse needs to run with a good action, as when he takes the bit he goes well, and the key over the 2,400 meters will be for him to run smoothly.”

Fuma Matsuwaka, jockey
“He is relaxed and in good shape after his last race. I want to ride him in the best way possible to get a result.”

Best Approach
Nobuyuki Tashiro, assistant trainer
“All has gone as expected with him in training. In his last two races, ability-wise, there hasn’t been much difference between him and the winner, and the last race was over the Derby distance, so I think we can take a lot from that. He can be a little unruly in the paddock, but when he gets to the race, he’s fine. I want him to show his best in the big race.”

Hideaki Fujiwara, trainer
“To some extent, the interval since his last run is short, so options have been limited, but he’s trained well, and hopefully he’ll give his best effort.”

Kazuya Nakatake, trainer
“This is the big target for him. We’ve had him training on the woodchip course with this race in mind, and over longer distances. I’ve been satisfied with him in training, and his movement’s good. I think last time was just unfortunate, but I want him to show the potential he has here, as he did in the Yayoi Sho.”

Koichi Shirakura, assistant trainer
“He has had experience at Tokyo, and I think the distance is fine. He has done well leading up to the race, so I want him to show his true strength and ability here.”

Hiroshi Miyamoto, trainer
“He has been training well on the woodchip course, his movement’s been good, and we’ve been concentrating on his finish. He disappointed on his debut and we don’t know why, but he has run well over 2,200 meters to prove his stamina. He is a horse that can get to the front and keep going, if things go in his favor.”

Daiwa Cagney
Takanori Kikuzawa, trainer
“He has recovered quickly from his last race. There is no tiredness about him, and we’ve just kept him ticking over to keep his condition. I think he’ll be fine with the 2,400 meters, and I have a slight worry about the start in front of the stands, but if he gets to run his best race, I’m looking forward to what he can do.”

Hiroshi Kitamura, jockey
“He is a horse that always tries, and while he’s a bit highly strung, once out of the gate, he gets on with the race itself. I’d like a smooth run throughout the race, conserving him for the long home straight.”

Hidetaka Otonashi, trainer
“He has posted a couple of fast runs in training, so in his last workout this week, he took it easy. He can get a little tense before the race, but it’s something to be expected, and in his races he’s shown how well he can do. He has further to race this time, but his bloodlines say it shouldn’t be a problem. I’ll leave things down to the jockey, Yutaka Take.”

Yutaka Take, jockey
“He was a bit unlucky last time. He shouldn’t have a problem finding his rhythm, and adjusting to the distance looks fine for him. I’d like an inside draw.”

Jo Strictly
Hisashi Shimizu, trainer
“He has trained well with a horse in front, and him finishing on the outside, and his movement’s been good, so I have no complaints in the lead up to the race. It’s 2,400 meters this time, and while I think he can adjust to this, because he hasn’t done it before, there’s no telling what he might do. I’m not worried about the other horses, I just want my horse to run well in the condition we’ve got him in.”

Hiroshi Miyamoto, trainer
“He has been doing steady work on the woodchip course, with the 2,400 meter distance in mind. Looking at his last race, going further might be better for him. On his breeding, the distance shouldn’t be too much of a worry. The key is really for him to have a smooth race, and if the ground comes up soft, he can handle that perhaps a lot better than some of the other runners.”

Meiner Sphene
Takahisa Tezuka, trainer
“The week before, he did his hard work, so this week he’s done light training, which I think is sufficient. I think he’ll come on for his last race, and while I’m not worried about the distance or the track, we’ll have to see just what he can do against his strong opponents here.”

My Style
Mitsugu Kon, trainer
“The jockey (Norihiro Yokoyama) rode him recently, and put him through his paces on the woodchip course, with this race in mind. The horse is developing, as many of the 3-year-olds now are, and after the experience of his last race, with the adjustments in training, hopefully he’ll be able to put in a better race by being in a more forward position.”

Persian Knight
Yasutoshi Ikee, trainer
“He has taken some time to recover from his last run, and he’s not the type to suddenly come good. He now looks to be in good shape, looks better in his coat, and I’m pleased with his condition, by getting him back to where I want him to be. I think the distance will be fine, according to his breeding. I think it’s OK to start slow in the Derby, and race further back or midfield, which is his style of racing.”

Rey de Oro
Kazuo Fujisawa, trainer
“I was successful last week in the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks), so I’d like to win this time too. Even on his debut at Tokyo, this colt ran well, and I’ve been careful with him, turning him into a good 3-year-old, hopefully. He might have been just a little heavy for the Satsuki Sho, but he still ran on well to finish fifth. It’s better if he gets a good start. He has a lighter feel to him now, and he’s relaxed.”

Christophe Lemaire, jockey
“Since his debut, he’s shown plenty of ability, and we saw that when he won the Hopeful Stakes, showing a good turn of foot. Over 2,400 meters, I think he can demonstrate that again. He is a horse that can certainly run, and I have confidence in him in the Derby. He can start slowly, so I need to be careful about that.”

Satono Arthur
Yasutoshi Ikee, trainer
“He is a horse with a lot of ability, and I now think he’s developed well for this particular time in his career. He will have no problem after going a short while without a race. Of course, it’s his first time to tackle 2,400 meters, but I think the Tokyo course will suit him, and he’ll be all right with the transportation to the track. I’m looking forward to it, and I really hope the owner (Mr. Hajime Satomi) can win the Derby.”

Yuga Kawada, jockey
“He has improved in training, and in getting him this far without any problem, all looks to be good.”

Suave Richard
Yasushi Shono, trainer
“He has come back to himself quickly after the Satsuki Sho, and his legs and back are fine after just a couple of weeks since that last run. His times in training have been good, and he’s moving well. I think switching back to Tokyo, the wide course, and also going left-handed, are big pluses for him. Given these factors, he can do well here.”

Hirofumi Shii, jockey
“He is a strong horse, and the type to improve race by race. He hasn’t won since the Kyodo News Service Hai, but that was a good win, and although we won’t know about the extra distance this time until we try, the plan is to run with a good rhythm to the final corner, and then get him to finish strongly down the home straight.”

Hiroshi Nakamura, trainer
“He is a horse that doesn’t give up easily. His training’s been fine in the short interval since his last run, and his appetite remains good. In the Satsuki Sho, he had to go forward from a wide gate, but thinking of this, the longer trip could be better for a horse that likes to get to the front and try and stay there.”

Win Bright
Yoshihiro Hatakeyama
“He recovered well from his last race, and quickly got back to 470kg, and that made it good to prepare him for this race, and everything’s gone well in that respect. It will be his first time at the distance, so ideally he can produce a run where he can conserve his stamina. I think the draw and the ground will also play a part.”

Masami Matsuoka, jockey
“He is in good condition after getting rid of some stiffness. Last time he started slowly and didn’t handle the ground so well, so a tighter run this time would be good.”

YASUDA KINEN 2017 - Hong Kong duo, Contentment and 23 May 6:30 pm

Contentment and Beauty Only, the one-two finishers of the Grade 1 Champions Mile held earlier this month at Sha Tin and the two foreign contenders in this year's Grade 1 Yasuda Kinen, arrived safely at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture early Tuesday morning. The pair were then transported to the quarantine facilities at the JRA Horseracing School Quarantine Center, where they arrived at 09:40 a.m., completing about a ten-hour journey from their home base at Sha Tin.

“Drawing on last year's experience, he looks this time to be in better condition upon arrival than he had been last year,” said Sing Hon Pang, assistant trainer to John Size, of Contentment. “The trainer has instructed me to carry on training the same as we would do back home. We plan to give him a fast gallop on Friday (May 26).”

“It's his first overseas trip and he does seem a bit nervous, but after a few days I think he'll get used to things,” said Wai Kit Mo, assistant trainer to Anthony Cruz, of Beauty Only. “While we're in quarantine, the trainer gave us instructions to keep the horse nice and relaxed. While we're at the horseracing school, the plan is for him to have a fast gallop on Thursday. (May 25).”

In the Champions Mile, Contentment held off Beauty Only by a neck to clinch his first win since winning the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (1,400m) in February 2016. A 7-year-old gelding by Hussonet out of the Commands mare Jemison, Contentment has an overall record of 10 wins from 29 starts (with four seconds and two thirds) and will look to avenge his 12th place finish in the Yasuda Kinen last year. Trainer John Size is no stranger to JRA racing, having raced Contentment in last year's Yasuda Kinen as well as Glorious Days in the Yasuda Kinen for three consecutive years from 2012, but has yet to find the winner's circle on Japanese soil.

This will be the first trip to Japan for the 6-year-old Beauty Only, which defeated the Japanese trio of Neorealism, Logotype and Satono Aladdin to win the Grade 1 Hong Kong Mile last December. Consistency has been the key for the Holy Roman Emperor-sired gelding, with an overall record of 10 wins from 32 starts and not missing the board since finishing eighth in the Hong Kong Cup in December 2015. His trainer, Anthony Cruz, is the last Hong Kong trainer to take the Yasuda Kinen title, winning with Bullish Luck in 2006.

The Hong Kong duo will not have to challenge the overwhelming champion in Maurice this time, however, will have a testing field of Japanese local runners. Among the nominated horses for the Yasuda Kinen field are last year's winner of the race Logotype, as well as the fourth-place finisher Satono Aladdin and fifth-place Isla Bonita. Last year's Sprinters Stakes winner Red Falx, fresh off a win in the Grade 2 Keio Hai Spring Cup, is also among the nominated horses for the Yasuda Kinen.

The Yasuda Kinen will be run on Sunday, June 4 at Tokyo Racecourse, with a scheduled post time of 15:40 local time.

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JAPAN DERBY 2017 - Preview 23 May 4:50 pm

After an exciting Oaks win last Sunday for the Frankel filly, Soul Stirring, attention turns to the colts this week, when Tokyo Racecourse stages one of the greatest races on the Japanese racing calendar, namely the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), on Sunday, May 28. Nineteen 3-year-old colts have been nominated for the 84th running of the race, to be run over 2,400 meters on the turf track at Tokyo Racecourse, just outside of central Tokyo.

A race that was first run in 1932 at the Meguro Racecourse, some of Japan's greatest thoroughbreds have left their mark on the race, including seven Triple Crown winners, the latest of which was Orfevre in 2011. There are no fillies nominated this year, so it's all down to the boys, and Al Ain will be bidding to become the 24th horse to go on and win the Derby after securing the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas).

Lead up races to this year's Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) have included the Grade 1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas), Grade 2 TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho, Grade 1 NHK Mile Cup, Grade 2 Kyoto Shimbun Hai, and the open class Principal Stakes. The first two of those races were held in April, while the latter three were held earlier this month. Automatic entry to the Derby is given to the first four home in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas), the first two past the post in the Aoba Sho, and the winner of the Principal Stakes. As things have turned out, the first six horses from the Satsuki Sho will take each other on – or at least have been nominated – for the Derby.

First favorites have won four times in the last 10 years, and the last to do so was Duramente in 2015, who also set a new record for the race that year, winning in a time of 2 minutes, 23.2 seconds. Deep Impact sired colts have won three times in the last decade, proving that the 2005 Derby winner is still influencing the way things have been more recently. The total purse this year is a hefty \432 million, with \200 million going to the winner. The Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) will be Race 10 on the card on Sunday, with a post time of 15:40 local time.

Here's a look at some of the runners the huge crowd on Sunday will be cheering on:

Al Ain: The colt by Deep Impact provided jockey Kohei Matsuyama with his first Grade 1 victory in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas), and is one of a strong hand that trainer Yasutoshi Ikee fields for the race. Of the colt, he said, “A little while ago, his times were not so quick, but his responses were good, as well as the way he moved. The intention is to get him posting faster times in the lead up to the race. While he's showed a lot of class in what he's done so far, the key will really be seeing out the 2,400 meters.” Once again, the 27-year-old Matsuyama, who has ridden in the Derby three times, is scheduled to get the ride.

Persian Knight: The Harbinger colt has never been unplaced in six starts, and he has three wins to his name. He made up good ground late in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas), his last run, to finish second. With a lot of activity in jockeys securing rides, it looks as if Keita Tosaki will ride him this time. The horse is another from Yasutoshi Ikee's yard, and the trainer said, “He's taken a bit of time to come back to himself, and hopefully he'll be in good shape by the time of the race. Pedigree wise, I see no problem with the 2,400 meters.”

Satono Arthur: Another Deep Impact colt that cost owner Hajime Satomi a near king's ransom, the horse has already started to repay some of his heady purchase fee. He is two wins and two seconds from four starts, and he finished second to Al Ain in the Grade 3 Mainichi Hai over 1,800 meters at Hanshin in March, his latest run. A stablemate of Al Ain and Persian Knight, the trainer stated recently: “He looked a little lackluster a while ago and dull in his coat, but as we get nearer to the race, he's looking better. It'll be his first time over 2,400 meters, but I think the long straight will suit him.”

Admirable: This well bred colt by Deep Impact out of the Symboli Kris S mare, Scarlet, is seemingly on the up, and has three wins from four starts, with two of those wins coming over 2,400 meters. He won the Grade 2 TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho most recently, winning by 2 1/2 lengths, while being sent off as the overwhelming favorite at 1.5-1. Jockey Mirco Demuro teams up with Ritto-based trainer Hidetaka Otonashi, and the trainer said, “The horse has raced three times recently with three week intervals in between, but he adjusts every time and just keeps getting better with each race. He started slowly last time in the Aoba Sho, and I was worried, but from the third corner he started to gain momentum and finished off so well to win the race.”

Danburite: Also hailing from the stable of Hidetaka Otonashi, the colt by Rulership has been just a little unlucky, considering his three third-place finishes that accompany his one win and one second from six career starts. Derby winners come as second nature to jockey Yutaka Take, and now in the 30th year of his career, will he make it another great win aboard Danburite? The trainer stated: “He was a bit unlucky last time, taking a slight bump on the final bend, and the eventual winner getting a run on him on the inside. So, bearing those things in mind, there wasn't really much difference between him and the winner. He's had his usual break at the farm, where everything's been satisfactory with him.”

Suave Richard: An expensive buy at the 2014 Select Sale, the colt by Heart's Cry certainly seems no slouch, and has already notched up two wins and two seconds from five races so far. Connections felt his sixth-place finish in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) was down to him not quite handling the tight, right-handed track at Nakayama. Trainer Yasushi Shono has no Grade 1 wins to date, but Suave Richard could change all that. The trainer said, “He's had a two-week break at the farm, which has been good for him, getting rid of any tiredness. He's starting better in his races, and last time he couldn't quite finish so well going right-handed. He's switching back to Tokyo, where he won the Grade 3 Kyodo News Service Hai, and the way he won that time, left-handed at Tokyo would seem best for him.”

Rey de Oro: Trained by Kazuo Fujisawa and ridden by Christophe Lemaire, this dynamic duo were responsible for Soul Stirring's victory in the Oaks last week, and they team up again here in the Derby. The King Kamehameha colt has just had the one run this year, finishing fifth in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas). Daisuke Tsumagari, assistant trainer, said, “He was well back in his last race, and despite a tremendous finish, the winning post came too soon. You would have to say that it was a good run, with what he showed he could do, even though he had to settle for fifth. He's had a break at the farm, and came back to the stable on May 4, and everything's been fine on his return.” With back-to-back Grade 1 wins for Lemaire in the Victoria Mile and Yushun Himba, will it be a hat trick for the French jockey making such a name for himself here in Japan?

Daiwa Cagney: Unbeaten in three races at Tokyo, the Shadai Farm-bred Daiwa Cagney was a 2 1/2 length winner of the Principal Stakes in his last start, an open class race over 2,000 meters at Tokyo early this month. Trainer Takanori Kikuzawa scored his first Grade 1 victory recently with Aerolithe in the NHK Mile Cup, and said of Daiwa Cagney: “The key to him is keeping him relaxed, and he was fine last time in the Principal Stakes, both in the preliminaries and during the race, which he won well. The worries I have are the start in front of the stands, and the fact that it's still early in his career.”

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JAPAN OAKS 2017 - Race Favorite Soul Stirring Come 22 May 12:16 pm

Race favorite Soul Stirring took advantage of the firm track condition and demonstrated her winning ways in dominating the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks). Bouncing back from a third-place finish in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) in which she failed to show her best over soft goings, the 2016 Best Two-Year-Old Filly also gave jockey Christophe Lemaire one memorable victory as the French rider was able to celebrate Oaks victories in two countries—one with Soul Stirring's dam Stacelita with whom he won the 2009 Prix de Diane in France and this time, his first Oaks victory in Japan, with Stacelita's daughter. Trainer Kazuo Fujisawa, whose last G1 victory was in the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes with Satono Ares last December, became the first JRA trainer to reach a milestone of 100 grade-race titles since the graded system was implemented in 1984 while scoring his 25th career G1 win. Christophe Lemaire, who also won the G1 Victoria Mile with Admire Lead only last week, landed his 12th career G1 title.

Soul Stirring was well positioned along the rails among the leaders behind Flawless Magic and edged closer to second position while angling slightly away from the rails after the third corner. Smooth into her stretch drive along the center lane, she assumed command before the furlong pole and drew away to a comfortable victory as Mozu Katchan, looking to have any chance from behind on her inside, failed to pin her down.

“It's such a thrill for me as I also won the Oaks back home with her mother. Soul Stirring certainly has inherited the power both from her sire (Frankel) and her dam. I was quite confident coming into this race. I wasn't sure yet about the distance as it was her first time (at 2,400m) so I wanted her in a good position which I did because she is quick out of the gate. She also has a good lasting speed so I was able to give her the go from early at the stretch and sustain our bid right up to the finish,” commented Christophe Lemaire.

Mozu Katchan saved ground in mid-division early, a few lengths behind Soul Stirring, followed that foe into the stretch and launched her bid as they overtook the tired pacesetter but was unable to keep up with the winner while well clear of the others in second. Admire Miyabi bounced back to form after struggling over the rain sodden track in the Oka Sho. Unhurried after breaking from an outside stall, jockey Mirco Demuro rated the Heart's Cry filly off the rails and outside a rival, five to six horses from the rear. Making headway approaching the last corner but still well behind as the gray filly swung wide into the lane for a clear run, Admire Miyabi came charging with great force along the uphill stretch with the fastest finish over the last three furlongs and continued to overtake her rivals while unable to threaten the leaders after having to make much ground.

Other Horses:
4th: (7) Deirdre―saved ground 4th from rear, launched bid on the inside, passed by Admire Miyabi before wire
5th: (14) Lys Gracieux―sat 3-wide in mid-group, checked passing 400m marker, quickened in last 300m
6th: (3) Flawless Magic―set pace, outrun by winner before 200m marker, held well but outrun in last 100m
7th: (12) Black Onyx―traveled around 5th outside winner, ran gamely until 200m marker, weakened thereafter
8th: (18) Manarola―raced 2nd or 3rd from rear, turned wide and showed effort, was too late
9th: (10) Black's Beach―hugged rails in mid-division, boxed at early stretch, accelerated in last 200m
10th: (4) Miss Panthere―chased leader outside winner, sustained bid until 200m marker
11th: (17) Caribbean Gold―ran behind winner, met traffic passing 400m marker, quickened thereafter
12th: (5) Mauve Sapphire―sat in mid-pack, found little room 300m out, lacked needed kick
13th: (13) Reine Minoru―settled 3-wide in mid-group, showed brief effort until 200m marker
14th: (6) Hello Unicorn―trailed in rear, passed tired rivals at stretch
15th: (11) Red Cordis―was off slow, positioned 2nd or 3rd from rear, failed to respond at inner stretch
16th: (8) Ho O Perfume―traveled 4-wide in mid-division, showed little at stretch
17th: (9) Dipavamsa―sat toward rear, no impression at stretch, unable to reach contention
18th: (15) Yamakatsu Grace―stalked leaders in 3rd, gradually fell back after wide trip

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JAPAN OAKS 2017 - Preview 17 May 12:43 pm

Tokyo Racecourse hosts the second jewel in the fillies' triple crown, the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks), on Sunday, May 21, with a heady first-place prize of 100 million yen. Twenty-three of Japan's top 3-year-old fillies have been nominated for the race and 18 of them will go to the gate for the 78th running of the classic.

Reine Minoru, winner of the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas), seeks to claim her second victory for the crown, a feat only 13 fillies have done in the past. Lys Gracieux, runnerup in both the Grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies and the Oka Sho, is ripe for revenge, as is Soul Stirring, who failed to come up a winner for the first time in her career last out in the Oka Sho.

The Oaks is run over 2,400 meters of turf, a distance new to many of the runners and one shared by the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) and the Japan Cup at the same venue. The Tokyo course is known for its long homestretch of just under 530 meters and for the hill that starts 400 meters to the finish line, rises 2 meters over the next furlong and tests runners to the utmost.

The favorite has won the Oaks three times over the past 10 runnings, run second three times and third once. The race does tend to favor the top five choices, though upsets are not unknown. Ninth pick Meisho Mambo surprised when she won in 2013 and a double-digit underdog, 13th pick F T Maia ran second to Tall Poppy in 2008.

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.

Following is a look at the expected top picks.

Soul Stirring: Hanshin Juvenile Fillies champion Soul Stirring, a daughter of Frankel, suffered the first loss of her career last out, when she finished third in the Oka Sho. This filly's big stride was hampered by the slow track, although she was a mere 0.1 seconds off of the winner. Lys Gracieux and Reine Minoru, both seen as top rivals this Sunday, beat Soul Stirring in the Oka Sho. This filly is definitely no washup and she has proven herself at Tokyo, namely a win of the 1,800-meter open-class Ivy Stakes last October. She topped runnerup Persian Knight by nearly 2 lengths and that colt went on to finish second in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas). It will be Soul Stirring's first time over the distance and her sire did excel mainly over middle distances, but 12 furlongs is still considered to be well within her ability. Christophe Lemaire, current No. 2 jockey in JRA racing, is expected to get the ride.

Lys Gracieux: Much like Soul Stirring, Lys Gracieux has yet to finish out of the top three spots since her debut. She broke her maiden over 1,800 meters, but all of her other five starts have been at the mile. She was second in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies just 0.2 seconds behind Soul Stirring and second in the Oka Sho, 0.1 seconds behind Reine Minoru. Lys Gracieux also has experience at Tokyo, having proven herself by winning the Grade 3 Artemis Stakes at the end of October. With Heart's Cry as her sire, the extra distance of the Oaks is seen to be a definite plus. Lys Gracieux is to be partnered with Yutaka Take.

Admire Miyabi: Following Admire Lead's victory in the Victoria Mile, owner Riichi Kondo will be seeking his second big win in as many weeks with Admire Miyabi, another Heart's Cry filly. Admire Miyabi had four wins and one second until she was handed her first major loss, a double-digit finish in the Oka Sho. Trainer Yasuo Tomomichi writes it off largely to the distance. “The mile is too short for her and the going was bad. She couldn't get traction in a number of spots in the Oka Sho and she also covered extra ground with an outside run,” Tomomichi said. Admire Miyabi has two wins from two starts at Tokyo, including her win of the Feb. 11 Grade 3 Queen Cup, in which she beat runnerup Aerolite, who went on to win the Grade 1 NHK Mile Cup at Tokyo two weeks ago in 1 minute, 32.3 seconds, the third-fastest time in the race's 22-year history. Japan's current leading rider Mirco Demuro, who rode Admire Miyabi in the Oka Sho, will once again be up in lieu of regular rider Christophe Lemaire.

Reine Minoru: Oka Sho champion Reine Minoru has only one race out of the top three spots, the Grade 3 Queen Cup. Starting her career with two wins in a row, she narrowly missed the winner's circle for her next four starts until once again claiming victory in the Oka Sho. Favoring a position on the pace, the Daiwa Major-sired Reine Minoru was not flummoxed by the slightly yielding track of the Oka Sho. A bigger concern for the Oaks is the distance. Her fourth in the 1,600-meter Queen Cup and the fact that she has never raced at distances longer than the mile indicate Reine Minoru may not be well-suited to either the track or the distance. Also, progeny of Daiwa Major have yet to win a JRA graded stakes race at distances over or including 2,000 meters. Still, Reine Minoru's forte is her speed and if she can secure a good position from the gate as she did in the Oka Sho, she may be able to hold her ground. Reine Minoru is trained by Masaru Honda, who as a jockey rode to victory in all the filly classics. Jockey Kenichi Ikezoe is looking to make it his third win of the Oaks.

Mozu Katchan: Mozu Katchan is on a three-race winning streak, the last victory being her first bid in a graded stakes race, the Grade 2 Flora Stakes, a 2,000-meter event on April 23 at Tokyo. She was advantaged by an inside draw but had a hard time getting a clear run, yet was able to top the field in a close finish that put her over the line in first by a nose ahead of Yamakatsu Grace, with Flawless Magic a neck later in third. Mozu Katchan's other four starts were all over 1,800 meters, and from them she has reaped two wins, a third and a sixth. It's not a bad performance for only having debuted last year on Christmas Eve. A jump to Grade 1 company may be asking a lot, but the Harbinger filly has improved in leaps and bounds. Trainer Ippo Sameshima believes the distance will not pose a problem. “Looking at her last start, she'll be able to settle well over 2,400 meters,” the Ritto-based Sameshima said.

Also drawing attention are Deirdre and Flawless Magic. Deirdre has yet to fare better than a third at the Grade 3 level, but her sixth in the Oka Sho was only 0.6 seconds off of the race winner and 0.2 seconds off of NHK Mile winner Aerolite, which finished fifth. By Harbinger, Deirdre displayed excellent late speed on May 7 in winning the 1,800-meter Yaguruma Sho by 2 lengths and may find Tokyo to her liking.

The Miho-based Flawless Magic finished third in the Flora Stakes, her first time racing at longer than the mile. Her last four starts, all at Tokyo, included two Grade 3 races and the Grade 2 Flora Stakes. From the four she has notched one win, one second and two thirds.

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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.

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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!
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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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