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This Sunday, March 25, top-level racing in Japan moves to the city of Nagoya and its Chukyo Racecourse, where the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, the first turf Grade 1 race of the year, gets under way at 3:40 p.m. Twenty-three horses have been nominated for the 1,200-meter sprint and 18 of them will vie for a first-place prize of 110 million yen in the race’s 48th running.

It’s a weighty lineup, with six Grade 1 winners expected in the gate this year, including the top three finishers from last year’s Takamatsunomiya – Seiun Kosei, Let’s Go Donki and Red Falx.

Looking to turn the tables on the established heavyweights as they have for the past two years, however, are up-and-coming hopefuls who are taking on a Grade 1 race for the first time in their careers, hopefuls as diverse as King Heart, winner of the Grade 3 Yukan Fuji Sho Ocean Stakes on March 3, and Shining Lei.

The race will also be simulcast in Hong Kong, which is fielding one runner – Blizzard, an Aussie-born 7-year-old gelding back for his second race in Japan.

The Takamatsunomiya Kinen is the 11th race on the Sunday card of 12 at Chukyo Racecourse.

Big Arthur holds the Takamatsunomiya Kinen record of 1 minute, 6.7 seconds set in 2016.

The expected top picks are as follows.

Red Falx – The favorite in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen last year, this son of Swept Overboard disappointed with a third-place finish behind winner Seiun Kosei and runnerup Let’s Go Donki. Having gone unprepped to the Takamatsunomiya following his poor showing at Sha Tin 3 months earlier may have been a factor in the loss. Six months later, however, Red Falx saved face when he topped Let’s Go Donki to scoop his second successive win of the Grade 1 Sprinters Stakes. That victory, along with a third in the mile Grade 1 Yasuda Kinen, landed Red Falx the JRA award for Best Sprinter or Miler for 2017. Now it’s to be seen if he can pull off a Chukyo big win. Presently 7 years old, the gray is likely to be the favorite Sunday after his recent third-place finish in the 1,400-meter Grade 3 Hankyu Hai. He showed his usual lightning late kick and, despite being assigned the field’s heaviest weight and coming off a 3-month layoff, finished but a neck behind the runaway Diana Halo. Mirco Demuro, who rode all Red Falx’s starts from CBC Sho in July 2016, up to last year’s Sprinters Stakes including his winning run in both 2016 and 2017 Sprinters Stakes, is expected to once again take the reins at Chukyo. Red Falx has more than proven his mettle at the venue, having reaped three wins and a third including the CBC Sho, a 6-furlong Grade 3 at Chukyo.

Let’s Go Donki– Runnerup here last year was the 2015 Grade 1 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) champion Let’s Go Donki. Despite having come frustratingly close in some of her last dozen Grade 1 bids, the now 6-year-old daughter of King Kamehameha has failed to notch another big win since the Oka Sho. This will be Let’s Go Donki’s third bid in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen and her consistency at the distance makes her a solid bet. Second in last year’s Sprinters Stakes, she traveled to Hong Kong and ran sixth in the Grade 1 Hong Kong Sprint, then went directly to the February Stakes and finished in fifth place. It was a solid run despite her having been short on training. “I wanted to give her one more fast workout before sending her to the gate,” says trainer Tomoyuki Umeda of the February Stakes. “She was just back from her overseas trip. It was a mile and over dirt. There were a lot of reasons for concern, but she quickened very nicely in the stretch and gave us a good race.” More importantly, Umeda says, “Her improvement after that has been significant.”

Dance Director-- Among the seven veteran horses aged 7 or above nominated for the Takamatsunomiya Kinen is Dance Director, an 8-year-old son of Aldebaran. His road has been an arduous one. For the past two years, injury has kept Dance Director from the Takamatsunomiya Kinen. In both 2016 and 2017, he had won his prep the Silk Road Stakes, only to be forced to sit out the main event. Last year, he returned to run third in the Grade 2 Sankei Sho Centaur Stakes in September, followed by an eighth-place finish in the Sprinters Stakes. Dance Director has yet to race this year and was last time out in the Dec. 23 1,400-meter Grade 2 Hanshin Cup, where he finished second. “I had my sights on the Hankyu Hai,” says trainer Kazuhide Sasada, “but I was a bit concerned about some things and, thinking of last year, decided to sit it out.” Fast work up the hill course in March 14 looked fine. “I’ve aimed him at this race. He trains up easily and he should be ready,” Sasada explained. “This year, I’m so hoping he can stay in good shape and I’m looking forward to good results.” In the last decade, horses aged 7 or older have captured the Takamatsunomiya Kinen three times – Kinshasa no Kiseki in 2010 and 2011 at the age of 7 and 8, respectively, and the 7-year-old Aerovelocity in 2015. In the saddle will be Yutaka Take, who just celebrated his 49th birthday on March 15. Compared to Nakayama, the Chukyo course is expected to better suit. This may be the year Dance Director finally calls it a wrap.

Blizzard – The Hong- Kong-trained Blizzard is back for his second time in Japan. In the Sprinters Stakes last autumn, he finished in fifth place under Gerald Mosse only 0.2 seconds behind winner Red Falx and returned home to turn in a respectful third in the yearend Hong Kong Sprint. Last time out, Blizzard ran fifth in the Grade 1 Centenary Sprint Cup at Sha Tin on Jan. 28 partnered with Karis Teetan, who has the ride on Sunday. This will be Blizzard’s first time racing to the left.

Reine Minoru – By Daiwa Major, Reine Minoru is one of three 4-year-old fillies of seven females nominated for the race. From her winning debut over 6 furlongs, Reine Minoru made the money for six of the first seven starts of her career culminating in a win of the Oka Sho last April. Raced at a mile and further for the rest of the year, she was off the board for all but one of her next four races, that one the Grade 1 Mile Championship, in which she competed gallantly for the first time against older horses and male horses. Yearend saw her back at 7 furlongs and seventh place and earlier this month she returned after 3-month layoff to run sixth only 0.1 seconds behind the winner in the 1,200-meter Grade 3 Ocean Stakes. Snow had muddled her training leading into the Ocean Stakes, but this time all has gone according to plan, says trainer Masaru Honda. Improvement is expected.

Seiun Kosei– Last year, Seiun Kosei surprised by winning the Takamatsunomiya Kinen in his first bid in a top-level race and only his second graded race. The Takamatsunomiya was followed by a string of high-level competition through to the end of the year -- four graded events, including the Sprinters Stakes. Results were disappointing. This year, however, Seiun Kosei returned with a second-place finish in the Silk Road Stakes (Grade 3, 1,200 meters) Jan. 28 at Kyoto and things may be looking up again for the 5-year-old son of Admire Moon. Rain in the forecast would be a plus.
Fine Needle – Another 5-year-old son of Admire Moon and winner of the Silk Road Stakes is Fine Needle. Fine Needle had gone from a win of the Centaur Stakes to the Sprinters last year, where he ran 12th. His outer draw and being forced wide may have been factors in the loss. In any case, he is looking stronger. Key will be whether he is now strong enough to overcome a tendency to lug out, as he did in his only previous start at Chukyo.

Nonkono Yume Scores Powerfully in February Stakes19 Feb 11:40 am

Fourth favorite Nonkono Yume captured this year’s February Stakes, one of the two major dirt races on the calendar with G1 status, after displaying an impressive stretch run to defeat the defending champion Gold Dream in second. It is the six-year-old gelding’s second title at the highest level since his Japan Dirt Derby victory in 2015. In the same year at the age of three, the dark chestnut also notched two G3 wins and showed a runner-up effort in the Champions Cup before landing another two runner-up finishes the following year in the February Stakes and the Teio Sho. His best finish was a fourth after being gelded in the summer of his four-year-old season, but finally found his form in his latest start, the Negishi Stakes three weeks earlier, where he tenaciously dug in to claim the win. For trainer Yukihiro Kato, who has 12 JRA graded wins since opening his stables in 2002, this is his first JRA-G1 win while he already obtains the G1 Singapore Airlines International Cup title with Shadow Gate in 2007. Jockey Hiroyuki Uchida has now claimed his 12th JRA G1 victory—his latest with Verxina in the 2014 Victoria Mile—and his second February Stakes triumph since the 2009 version with Success Brocken.

Breaking from stall 12, Nonkono Yume was settled in the far rear as the field of 16 cruised down the backstretch with Nishiken Mononofu setting the early pace up front. After taking a wide route on the heels of Gold Dream rounding the last two corners and still near the rear when entering the straight, the son of Twining had no trouble to find his best stride as he blew past his rivals while producing the fastest last three-furlong speed, eventually pinning Incantation and a stubborn Gold Dream in the last 100 meters to clear the wire first for the title.

“The staff tuned him up beautifully and he was in very good form. I kept him wide and in good striking position so that he could unleash his good late charge at any point, which is probably the reason why we were able to win today,” commented Hiroyuki Uchida after the race.

After breaking from a wide stall, race favorite Gold Dream was off slow sitting third to fourth from the rear and lost ground on both turns but displayed his trade-mark turn of foot down the lane under good urging from Ryan Moore. Although the five-year-old fought back persistently against the fast closing winner, he was eventually caught and finished a neck behind in second.

Multiple grade-race winner and sixth pick Incantation traveled in sixth to seventh in mid-pack before hitting the top of the lane right beside Gold Dream. The eight-year-old bay charged strongly down the straight but failed to overtake the defending champion and was furthermore nailed by the winner in the last half-furlong to finish third.

Other Horses:
4th: (16) Sunrise Nova―ran in 9th, quickened in last 300m but finished 3 lengths behind top 3 finishers
5th: (13) Let’s Go Donki―settled around 13th, switched to inside for clear path, showed effort until 100m out
6th: (9) King’s Guard―trailed in rear, switched to outside at mid-stretch and showed good response
7th: (8) Meisho Sumitomo―sat around 11th, switched to inside and improved position
8th: (5) Sound True―raced 2nd from rear, lacked needed kick, unable to reach contention
9th: (4) Awardee―took economic trip around 10th, met traffic 300m out, passed tired rivals
10th: (15) Best Warrior―traveled in 6th, struggled to find clear path at early stretch, never a threat
11th: (2) K T Brave―pressed pace in 2nd, led at top of stretch, weakened in last 300m
12th: (10) T M Jinsoku―stalked leaders in 3rd, outrun by rivals in last 300m
13th: (3) Nobo Baccara―chased leaders in 4th, sustained bid until 400m out, faded
14th: (11) London Town―positioned around 7th along rails, never fired at stretch
15th: (7) Lalabel―hugged rails in 5th, gradually fell back in last 400m
16th: (1) Nishiken Mononofu―set pace, ran out of steam at 300m out

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February Stakes (G1) - Preview14 Feb 4:11 pm

After a thrilling wrap to 2017, the first of the top-level races are already upon us. On Sunday, Feb. 18, Tokyo Racecourse hosts the first of the two biggest dirt events in the Japan Racing Association calendar – the February Stakes. This year marks the 35th running of the 1,600-meter competition and 24 horses age 4 and up have been nominated. Sixteen of them will vie for a first-place prize of 100 million yen.

In addition to last year’s winner Gold Dream and runnerup Best Warrior, this year’s gate will see a number of new faces with a lot of talent. The mood is mixed and chances are good the return on the year’s first big race will be an attractive one.

The Tokyo 1,600 meter course itself is a bit of an oddity, with the first 150 meters of the race actually over the turf. And, depending on the gate position, the difference between the inside gate and the outside gate can mean a difference in turf length of about 30 meters. Some believe this difference gives the outside horses an advantage as they are running over the faster turf, but it’s more likely simply that the 1,600-meter Tokyo dirt course has the longest run from the gate of any JRA dirt race. It’s a full 640 meters to the first turn and outside runners have ample time to get a reading on the competition before maneuvering for position.

Despite the distance to the first turn, the pace of the February Stakes is rarely slow. It is a highly competitive race after all, and the first 400 meters are also over a slight downgrade. After that, the track rises briefly about a meter, dips around the third turn and, from 500 meters out, rises nearly 3 meters in the stretch until leveling out from 200 meters before the finish line. The rise in the stretch is steeper than that of the turf track at Tokyo and makes for a grueling test of strength. Lightweights don’t ace the February Stakes and this is clearly reflected in the last seven winners of the race, all who weighed in at over 500kg.

As for jockeys, no one shines of recent like Mirco Demuro. Demuro, who also won best winning average in 2017, has ridden two February Stakes winners (Gold Dream in 2017, Moanin in 2016) and is the only foreign jockey to have won the race other than Olivier Peslier (2000 and 2001). Yutaka Take holds the record for most wins of the February Stakes. He rode four winners – Gold Allure in 2003 (at Nakayama over 1,800 meters), Kane Hekili in 2006, Vermilion in 2008 and Copano Rickey in 2015. Moanin holds the race record of 1 minute, 34 seconds flat.

The February Stakes will be the 11th race on the Sunday card of 12 at Tokyo Racecourse and post time is 15:40 local time. Here’s a look at the horses likely to be gaining the most attention in the wagering.

Gold Dream: Winner of both last year’s February Stakes and the 2017 Champions Cup, Gold Dream was duly recognized with the JRA award for Best Dirt Horse of 2017. After last year’s February Stakes, he traveled to Meydan Racecourse, where he took on the Dubai World Cup and failed to deliver with a last-place finish. Two starts at NAR tracks saw him finish out of the money but he was back on track in the Champion’s Cup where he bagged his second Grade 1 victory. He’s been given the same rotation as he had last year, but was coming off a 12th place finish in the Champions Cup then as opposed to returning from a win this year. Gold Dream is by Gold Allure, whose progeny have now won four February Stakes, and three other Gold Allure progeny (Sunrise Nova, Lalabel, and Meisho Sumitomo), are expected to be in the final lineup. Gold Dream, now 5 years old, has failed to show the consistency he had as a 3-year-old, but obviously still has what it takes to pocket the big money. Only one other horse (Copano Rickey) has won back-to-back editions of this race since it became a Grade 1 event in 2007, but when it comes to the Tokyo 1,600 over dirt, Gold Dream is on the money, with three firsts and one second from four starts.

T M Jinsoku: Missing out on the Champions Cup by a neck was T M Jinsoku, a 6-year-old son of Kurofune, winner of the 2001 Japan Cup Dirt. It was T M Jinsoku’s first Grade 1 bid and he ran a strong race in what was a big leap up in class. Skipping the Grade 2 level, T M Jinsoku had gone directly to the top after a second in the Grade 3 Elm Stakes at Sapporo and a win of the Grade 3 Miyako Stakes at Kyoto. Last out, on Jan. 21, he aced the Grade 2 Tokai Stakes (over 1,800 meters at Chukyo). Raced predominately over 1,800 meters, this will be T M Jinsoku’s first time over 1,600 meters and his first time at Tokyo. The gray horse bred at Hidaka T M Bokujo, weighs in just under 500kg and tends to take the lead or race from a forward position. He has been highly consistent in his career and equally swift, which is what “jinsoku” means in Japanese. Of his 25 career starts, T M Jinsoku has finished in the money 19 times, with nine firsts, six seconds and four thirds. His last seven races have brought five wins and two seconds and all were ridden by Yoshihiro Furukawa. Furukawa, who is set for the ride, has not won a Grade 1 race since 2007 and has not won any of his 21 bids over the Tokyo 1,600-meter dirt course. Perhaps, however, this combination can come through a winning one once again.

Nonkono Yume: Nonkono Yume was in great form from his debut at the end of 2014, with results that included a second in the Champions Cup in 2015 and a second in the February Stakes in 2016. In June of 2016 he ran second in the top-level Teio Sho at Ohi Racecourse. He was then gelded and the now 6-year-old son of Twining slumped through his next six races. He finished seventh in the February Stakes last year and ninth in the Champions Cup, but returned this year on Jan. 28 for a win of the 1,400-meter Grade 3 Negishi Stakes at Tokyo. Partnered with Hiroyuki Uchida, he narrowly beat Sunrise Nova to the line, but he covered the final 3 furlongs in only 34.2 seconds, moving up the ranks from just two off the rear to a good 2 1/2 lengths ahead of third place Kafuji Take. It was a promising start to the year and may augur well for 2018.

Sunrise Nova: The only 4-year-old nominated for the February Stakes is the Gold Allure colt Sunrise Nova. He aced his debut in November 2016 over the Tokyo 1,600 over dirt and moved smartly up in the class to a win of the Grade 3 Unicorn Stakes at the same conditions in June of last year. Despite a total flub of the Musashino Stakes last November, Sunrise Nova returned to form next out for a second in the open class and, last out, second in the Grade 3 Negishi Stakes over a heavy track. Trainer Hidetaka Otonashi said, “He had a perfect ride. If the ground had been dry, I don’t think the winner could have caught him. I think he could have made it. There hasn’t been much time between races but he came out of the last race well even though it was won in record time and the extra distance shouldn’t pose a problem at all.”

K T Brave: After running fourth in the Champions Cup, the 5-year-old K T Brave took third in top-level racing at Ohi Racecourse, followed by a wire-to-wire win of the Kawasaki Kinen at Kawasaki. Sixth in last year’s February Stakes, K T Brave has made the board in all of his last eight starts since being partnered with Yuichi Fukunaga and missed the money only twice. The combination may fill out a wager nicely on Sunday as well.
Those looking for some dark horses may want to look to Best Warrior, who has finished third, fourth and second in his last three February Stakes and is expected to be partnered with Christophe Lemaire. Sound True, Incantation, and Awardee are all solid runners not to be ignored. Coming back to the dirt after a poor try on the turf is Nishiken Mononofu and sharpened up for his third start since winning the 1,800-meter Grade 1 Korea Cup in Seoul last September is London Town.

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Minarik, Moore, Vargiu receive short-term JRA Jock08 Feb 6:56 pm

The Japan Racing Association (JRA) announced that short-term riding jockey's licenses have been issued to the following jockeys:

License term: Feb. 7 thru April 2, 2018
Past Licenses (since 2016):
- Nil
Overall record (JRA races): 0 wins/6 rides
Sponsor trainer: Yukihiro Kato (JRA Miho Training Center)
Contract owner: Katsumi Yoshizawa

License term: Feb. 10 thru Feb. 27, 2018
Past Licenses (since 2016):
- Oct. 29 thru Dec. 5, 2016
- Feb. 11 thru Feb. 28, 2017
- Nov. 11 thru Dec. 24, 2017
Overall record (JRA races): 112 wins/558 rides (14 graded race wins)
Sponsor trainer: Noriyuki Hori (JRA Miho Training Center)
Contract owner: Kazuko Yoshida

License term: Feb. 10 thru March 25, 2018
Past Licenses (since 2016):
- Jan. 30 thru March 27, 2016
- July 30 thru Aug. 28, 2016
Overall record (JRA races): 111 wins/1,425 rides (4 graded race wins)
Sponsor trainer: Katsuhiko Sumii (JRA Ritto Training Center)
Contract owner: Ryosuke Fujii

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Kitasan Black Repeats as Horse of the Year18 Jan 12:14 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[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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