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The focus for Japanese racing on Sunday, Dec. 15, remains on the 2-year-olds, only this time it’s the turn of the colts in the Grade 1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, to be run at Hanshin Racecourse, the same venue as last week’s race for fillies. The track is currently celebrating its 70th anniversary. Races for 2-year-olds were first run in Tokyo in 1946, and the early races of what is now known as the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes were run over sprint distances. In 1962 the race was run over its current distance of a mile and was held at Nakayama until the switch to Hanshin in 2014. It became a Grade 1 race in 1984 and an international Grade 1 in 2010.

This year sees 17 nominations, among which is one filly, Kurino Premium. The race has been a stepping stone for some big names in Japanese racing, including Narita Brian (1993), Fuji Kiseki (1994) and Rose Kingdom (2009), as well as more recently Danon Premium (2017) and just last year Admire Mars, recent winner of the Longines Hong Kong Mile. While the Hopeful Stakes’ elevation to Grade 1 status gives connections eyeing next year’s Classics a preliminary race to aim for, the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes is also a good place to start when assessing a young horse’s prospects.

Step races leading into this year’s race have included the Grade 3 Saudi Arabia Royal Cup over a mile at Tokyo in October, Grade 2 Keio Hai Nisai Stakes over 1,400 at Tokyo in November, and Grade 2 Daily Hai Nisai Stakes over 1,600 meters at Kyoto, also in November. In the last 10 years, foreign jockeys have claimed the race six times, while four first favorites have obliged in that same time frame. The race record, since it has been held at Hanshin, belongs to Danon Premium, who won in a time of 1 minute, 33.3 seconds in 2017. The winner’s prize money is set at JPY70 million this year.

The 71st running of the Grade 1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes will be Race 11 on the card on Sunday, with a post time of 15:40 local time. Here’s a look at some of the colts expected to be in the lineup:

Salios: Big things can be expected from Salios, a colt by Heart’s Cry who has won both his starts to date, the latest the Grade 3 Saudi Arabia Royal Cup, and despite its Grade 3 status, some good horses have come from that race over the years. Salios is trained by Noriyuki Hori, a trainer with 11 JRA Grade 1s to his name, and assistant trainer Kazutomo Mori recently commented on the horse’s progress. “He’s been at the farm, as well as Northern Farm Tenei, before returning to the stable three weeks ago. All is well with him and he’s getting tuned up nicely. Since the spring, he’s looked as if he could develop into a very nice horse,” he said. Jockey Ryan Moore is set to take the ride on Salios.

Red Bel Jour: The Deep Impact colt won this year’s Grade 2 Daily Hai Nisai Stakes in November, adding to his other win in his debut race in June. He had put on 28kg before his last race, but it’s a sign of him growing and becoming stronger, and he is expected to be about the same weight for this race, maintaining his condition as before. In a workout on the woodchip course at Ritto on Dec. 4, he posted a four furlong time of 52.5 seconds, with a final furlong time of 12.2 seconds.

Taisei Vision: Already with prize money three times that of his purchase price at the 2017 Select Sale, the colt by Turtle Bowl is coming off a win in record time of the Grade 2 Keio Hai Nisai Stakes. The Northern Farm bred colt is trained by Masayuki Nishimura, who has held a training license since 2014 and is looking for his first JRA Grade 1 victory. What better man to help him do it than jockey Yutaka Take, who is lined up for the ride on Taisei Vision.

Lauda Sion: In the Silk Racing Co. Ltd. ownership, the Real Impact colt was third in this year’s Grade 3 Kokura Nisai Stakes in September, and was last seen slogging out a win in heavy ground in the Open Class Momiji Stakes over 1,400 meters at Kyoto in October. It will be the first time for him to travel further than 1,400 meters, but he is another interesting runner and deserves respect.

Pale Ale: The big, striding colt was beaten favorite last time when having to settle for third behind Red Bel Jour in the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes, but in reality has done little wrong so far in his career, with a win and a second besides the last race. His piece of work at Ritto on the woodchip course on Dec. 4 saw him record a six furlong time of 79.5 seconds, closing out the final furlong in 11.6 seconds. He is trained by Japan’s leading trainer Takayuki Yasuda, and his big race jockey this time is expected to be Oisin Murphy.

Bien Fait: The Kizuna colt had his first three races in Hokkaido this summer, and certainly proved his worth when winning the Grade 3 Hakodate Nisai Stakes over 1,200 meters two starts ago. He has since finished second to Taisei Vision in the record setting time of the Keio Hai Nisai Stakes. Ridden by jockey Yusuke Fujioka in every race so far, the rider looks set to partner him again in a bid to give trainer Kazuya Nakatake his third JRA Grade 1 win.
Win Greatest: It is one win and two seconds from three starts for the Screen Hero colt. His second place most recently came when just going down to Red Bel Jour in the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes. Jockey Masami Matsuoka has ridden the horse in all of his races so far, and is expected to team up with trainer Takafumi Aoki once again, as they plot a revenge seeking run here. The trainer said, “The horse started well last time, and thinking ahead to this race, we didn’t want him to be too forward in the run last time. The jockey knows the horse well and thinks he doesn’t have to be right on the pace. Since his last run, the horse has been at the stable and everything has been fine with him.”

Japan-based horses capture three of four at HKIR09 Dec 2:23 pm

It was cleanup day Sunday, Dec. 8, as Japan’s team to the Hong Kong International Races scored a record three wins from the four Grade 1 turf events held at Sha Tin Racecourse.

An incredible showing by Japan-based horses claimed victories in the Hong Kong Vase, Hong Kong Mile and Hong Kong Cup, in international fields represented by Ireland, Great Britain, France, Hong Kong and Japan. In sharp contrast to last year, when Hong Kong horses swept all four races, the home team managed only to maintain its grasp on its traditional stronghold, the Hong Kong Sprint.

Japan’s horsemen flew in with a team of nine, including seven Grade 1 champions – Lucky Lilac, Deirdre, Admire Mars, Normcore, Persian Knight, Indy Champ and Win Bright– to take on the races first contested by a Japanese horse in 1993 and first won by a representative of Japan two year later.

Raceday was bright and somewhat breezy, with temperatures climbing steadily and the track condition an official “good.” The No. 4 race, the Hong Kong Vase, kicked off the international races, where Japan’s three contenders in the 2,400-meter turf event wowed the crowd as they came home in first, second and fourth place amid a field of 14.

The 4-year-old Deep Impact colt Glory Vase, runnerup in this year’s Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Spring), captured his first top-level race in topping the Vase field by 3 1/2 lengths under Joao Moreira with a time of 2 minutes, 24.77 seconds. Glory Vase, who gave Japan its third victory in the Hong Kong Vase, was followed by Lucky Lilac, a 4-year-old daughter of Orfevre partnered with Christophe Soumillon. The 5-year-old mare Deidre, who captured the Grade 1 Nassau Stakes at England’s Goodwood Racecourse this summer and whose last six starts have all been outside of Japan, finished in fourth place behind Hong Kong’s Exultant.

It hadn’t been the smoothest of runs for Glory Vase. Moreira said he had experienced traffic problems. “Just before turning for home, I was feeling a bit trapped,” he said. “But I got a gap and dashed in there and I knew I was the winner. He was attacking the front.” Trainer Tomohito Ozeki, based at Miho Training Center, said that despite the colt’s loss last out in the Grade 2 Kyoto Daishoten, he had felt the ground at Sha Tin “would really suit him and so we decided to bring him here.”

Next up as Race No. 5 on the card of 10 at Sha Tin was the Hong Kong Sprint. Danon Smash, fourth in this year’s Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen and third in the top-level Sprinters Stakes, was the only foreign-based horse in the field of 13 after Australia’s In Her Time had to be scratched earlier in the day. However, Danon Smash, whose sire Lord Kanaloa had triumphed in the Hong Kong Sprint in both 2012 and 2013, proved no match for Hong Kong’s sprinters and disappointed with an eighth-place finish. Beat the Clock, Hot King Prawn and Aethero took the top three spots, respectively.

Japan weighed in heavy with four representatives in the Hong Kong Mile – all of them Grade 1 winners – and once again took home the first-place bounty, as Admire Mars, a 3-year-old colt trained by the Ritto-based Yasuo Tomomichi and winner of this year’s Grade 1 NHK Mile Cup, topped the field of 10 under Soumillon with a time of 1 minute, 33.25 seconds. It was the fourth win of the Hong Kong Mile for Japan.

Hong Kong’s Waikuku finished second, followed by seven-time Grade 1 winner Beauty Generation in third place. Japan’s Normcore, with Christophe Lemaire up, followed a close fourth with Persian Knight (piloted by Oisin Murphy) on her heels in fifth. Indy Champ, ridden by Damian Lane, came home in seventh place, but only some two lengths behind the winner.

The victory was an emotional one for Admire Mar’s connections. Owner Riichi Kondo had passed away only three weeks ago and, in the presentation ceremony at Sha Tin, his wife held a photo of the flamboyant owner who had given Japan many champions but had yet to win at Hong Kong. Tomomichi wore a suit that had belonged to Kondo and had been refitted for the trainer to wear on this special occasion. He also sported the very tie Kondo had worn for Admire Mar’s win of the Grade 1 Asahi Hai last year. “To be honest, I thought it would be tough for a 3-year-old to win the race,” Tomomichi said. “But, when I arrived in Hong Kong on Tuesday, I saw that the colt was doing very well and was extremely relaxed and I started to think he had a chance.” Last year, Tomomichi’s Vivlos ran second to Hong Kong’s Beauty Generation. With Admire Mars’ win, Tomomichi admitted that “it felt good to have beaten him this year.”

Soumillon, who had actively sought the ride on Admire Mars, paid tribute to the late owner and said, “I am happy and proud to take these colors so high today. To be honest, I saw that Beauty Generation didn’t quite have the magic he had last year and I knew we had a chance. In fact, I saw the odds on (Admire Mars) when I rode out and I thought they were way too long.”

The eighth race of the day and last of the international races – the Hong Kong Cup, a 2,000-meter event – had been thought ready to be claimed by Japan’s Almond Eye. The super filly’s withdrawal due to an elevated temperature shortly before her scheduled departure from Japan threw Hong Kong’s richest race wide open. Japan’s Win Bright took top honors, landing Japan its sixth win of the Cup and with it nearly HKD16 million.

Win Bright, a 5-year-old son of Stay Gold, winner of the 2001 Hong Kong Vase, captured his second Grade 1 race in Hong Kong this year following victory in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin in April. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Magic Wand finished second, with Hong Kong’s Rise High in third.

Trained by the Miho-based Yoshihiro Hatakeyama, Win Bright clocked 2 minutes, 0.52 seconds. “He hadn’t performed very well in his last two starts,” Hatakeyama said. “But after he got here, his condition improved and thanks to the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the very good support provided to us, we are very happy to have had him here.”

Win Bright was ridden by Masami Matsuoka, the only Japanese jockey to ride one of the nine horses from Japan. When asked what it was about Sha Tin Racecourse that the horse seemed to like so much, Matsuoka, who has ridden all but one of the horse’s 20 starts, said, “He has always liked right-handed tracks.”

* Please visit the Hong Kong Jockey Club website for the latest news and further information.

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Undefeated Resistencia Wins Gate to Wire with Reco09 Dec 10:56 am

Fourth favorite Resistencia showcased a perfect trip under Yuichi Kitamura to dominate the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies in an amazing 1:32.7, 0.4 seconds faster than the record set by Vodka in 2006. The Daiwa Major filly easily put a five-length margin between herself and the rest of the field at the wire while displaying the fastest last three-furlong drive. After immediately breaking her maiden in her October debut start and claiming last month’s G3 Fantasy Stakes, both 1,400m races, the unbeaten top two-year-old filly proved her unquestionable strength over the mile distance. Opening his yard in 2015, trainer Takeshi Matsushita now celebrates his first JRA-G1 triumph and sixth graded win while jockey Yuichi Kitamura has now three JRA-G1 wins under his belt, his latest was with Chrono Genesis in the Shuka Sho this year.

Breaking from stall no.4, Resistencia was quickest out of the gate, setting a solid pace with Lotus Land and Woman’s Heart on her heels up to the last turn. First to enter the lane, the Daiwa Major filly steadily pulled away, outdistancing the other runners from the 3-furlong point with commanding speed and romped to an easy and convincing five-length victory.

“I knew she had the necessary speed as long as she broke well so I concentrated on keeping her relaxed in the middle stages. We were hoping she would mature mentally and I'm happy to see that she was calm and relaxed today. She was so strong and has so much potential—her future is definitely something to look forward to,” commented jockey Yuichi Kitamura after the race.

In her first grade-race challenge, Saffron Sho winner Maltese Diosa sprinted well sitting off the pace on the outside in fourth and then move up to good striking position in third. Although the sixth pick was no match to the winner, the daughter of Kizuna stretched well to the wire, fending off a strong and persisting challenge from Cravache d’Or and nosed out her rival for the runner-up seat.

Third favorite Cravache d’Or took a wide trip in mid-field and with the second fastest late drive, tackled her tiring frontrunners, catching up with Maltese Diosa at the furlong pole but lacked the final kick and was a nose late for third.

Breaking from the second widest gate, heavy race favorite Ria Amelia was reserved in the rear and after hitting the straight second from last, was unable to unleash her good turn of foot and finished sixth.

Other Horses:
4th: (3) Woman’s Heart—chased leaders in 3rd, advanced to 2nd after 300m out, weakened in last 200m
5th: (1) Yamakatsu Mermaid—hugged rails around 8th, switched to outside at early stretch, showed effort until 100m out
7th: (2) Kawakita Ajin—saved ground around 10th, ran gamely until 200m pole, weakened thereafter
8th: (6) Christie—ran 3-wide around 5th, struggled to find clear path, lacked needed kick
9th: (13) J’Ai la Peche—sat 3-wide around 10th, passed tired rivals at stretch
10th: (5) Buon Voyage—settled around 5th, outrun after top of stretch
11th: (8) Autumn Red—raced around 10th, found little room in early stretch, even paced
12th: (7) Lotus Land—stalked leader in 2nd, fell back after 300m out
13th: (12) Himesama—raced inside favorite near rear, unable to reach contention
14th: (14) Sweet Melina—took economic trip near rear, never a threat
15th: (16) Elena Avanti—traveled 4-wide around 5th, faded after 4th corner
16th: (11) Luce della Vita—positioned 4-wide around 10th, no factor

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Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1) - Preview03 Dec 7:07 pm

This coming Sunday and next, the JRA turns the spotlight onto the budding talent in this season’s 2-year-olds, and it’s ladies first with the Grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on Dec. 9, followed by the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes the week after at Hanshin Racecourse.

This year, the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies sees 19 fillies nominated for a full deck of 18 with many of those set to take on their first top-level race have only a few races underneath their belts – some only one prior start.

Of the 19 nominees, three are expected to pull out – Wiesbaden, Sano Honey and Medetashimedetashi – which will leave a final lineup of 16. All will carry 54kg over the 1,600 meters on the outer turf course at Hanshin Racecourse, west of Osaka in neighboring Hyogo Prefecture.

The winner will earn JPY65 million from a purse of JPY140.2 million and be virtually assured of the title of Best 2-Year-Old Filly at the 2019 JRA Awards.

The 1,600-meter outer course at Hanshin, where races are run to the right, is also the course used for the Grade 1 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas), the first race in the fillies’ triple crown. The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies starts along the backstretch and covers 444m before hitting the first turn. With three furlongs to the finish line, the track dips two meters for 400 meters, then rises steeply over the last 200 meters, making it a formidable test of stamina as well as speed.

The race record is held by seven-time Grade 1 champion and the 2008, 2009 JRA Horse of the Year Vodka, who cut a time of 1 minute, 33.1 seconds in 2006. The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies will be the 11th race on Hanshin’s Sunday card of 12, with post time of 15:40 local time.

The early favorites for the 71st running of the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies are:

Cravache d’Or: Her Mitsumasa Nakauchida stablemate Ria Amelia may command more of the pre-race spotlight but this Heart’s Cry daughter looks more than capable of stealing the show Sunday. Cravache d’Or, out of the Giant’s Causeway dam Path of Dreams, won her September debut – the mile at Hanshin – against the boys and then followed up with a runner-up finish in the Grade 3 Saudi Arabia Royal Cup (1,600m) on Oct. 5. The performance in the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup was particularly impressive, raising a lot of eyebrows as Cravache d’Or went toe-to-toe against her half-brother Salios, who won in a course record for 2-year-olds and is tipped by many for next week’s Asahihai Futurity Stakes. Cravache d’Or may have conceded first place but her time of 1 minute, 32.9 seconds also bettered the old record. Her jockey Yusuke Fujioka said the race would have been even closer if not for the positioning turning for home. “I don’t think we could have asked for more out of her in the previous start,” assistant trainer Teruhiko Saruhashi said. “It was a good performance. We always felt the challenge for her was going to come away from the race itself – traveling to the racetrack, all the waiting around, warming up, that sort of thing. Maybe because it was her second time out, but she handled everything much better than we expected.” With ample space in between starts, Cravache d’Or has been working out well which only strengthens her case as a legitimate contender. “She’s been training good at the stable since. She isn’t nervous and is all set to go,” Saruhashi said.

Maltese Diosa: The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies will be the Kizuna daughter’s fourth start and take it from the jockey who rode Maltese Diosa in the Saffron Sho that she has a very bright future ahead of her. “Kizuna’s kids come in all shapes and sizes but this one is nice and easygoing,” Yutaka Take said, after steering her to victory on Sept. 29 at Nakayama. “I’m really looking forward to what she does from hereon.” While the Takahisa Tezuka-trained filly dropped her August debut to a fellow Hanshin Juvenile Fillies entry – Woman’s Heart – Maltese Diosa won her two following starts with a closing rush reminiscent of her father. Hironobu Tanabe will return to the saddle after missing the Saffron Sho but to a new and improved partner, who has been putting in the work for what will be her first graded test. “I liked the way she won her last start. She’s racing at a much higher level than I had imagined,” Tezuka said. “She looks a full size bigger since the previous race, looking more powerful than her weight would suggest.” The trainer is convinced if Maltese Diosa can break well, she has every chance of ending up in the winner’s circle. “We’ve been working on her start and we think if she can just get a solid jump out of the gate, she should have no problems during the trip,” he said. “She’s an easy ride and can handle the traffic. She won’t take a backseat here, even in this company.”

Resistencia: Just two starts into her career, the Takeshi Matsushita-trained filly is already drawing comparisons to her sire Daiwa Major for her pace and racing instincts. Resistencia, out of the Argentinian dam Malacostumbrada, comfortably won her Oct. 14 debut before capturing her first graded title on Nov. 2, the Grade 3 Fantasy Stakes. She may not have the explosiveness of Ria Amelia or Woman’s Heart, but her ability to stay under control could prove priceless amid an inexperienced field running more on potential and blood rather than tactics. “She was great in her work last week. No complaints there,” Matsushita said. “She weighs the same as she did for her last start but looks much sharper, which probably says something about the condition she’s in. The jockey (Yuichi Kitamura) said there’s a sensitive side to her, but she still improved from her first race to the second. The 1,600 meters is well within her range.”

Ria Amelia : Trainer Mitsumasa Nakauchida could be back with another No. 1 choice after winning the race with Danon Fantasy a year ago. Ria Amelia, by Deep Impact out of the Rockport Harbor dam Ria Antonia, debuted in stunning fashion in June, when she won by eight lengths at Hanshin. She followed up in her second start, the Grade 3 Artemis Stakes on Oct. 26 at Tokyo, by going from last to first on the final straight alone, beating eight horses to victory. There were some concerns whispered after the rising star put on 20kg ahead of the Artemis Stakes but the filly, under jockey Yuga Kawada, laid those questions to rest by bursting through the last three furlongs in a race-record 33 seconds flat. Assistant trainer Teruhiko Saruhashi said all the noise came from outside the stable, never inside. “She was not fat despite what her weight may have suggested,” Saruhashi said. “She just grew and started filling out, simple as that. I will not say she has no issues whatsoever after the way she’s raced so far, but I’m also not particularly worried either. We’ve been communicating with the jockey and everyone else on the team after the races so we’re in good shape.” The lone knock on Ria Amelia is that she has competed in only small fields – she was up against just six in her maiden race – but as the daughter of a Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and a Japanese thoroughbred legend, she is primed to win this Hanshin Juvenile Fillies. “She’s been putting in the work since her last race at a constant,” Saruhashi said. “She was born a brilliant racehorse so I’m not sure how much better she can get. I don’t see a huge difference in her from the last start, but she’s shaping up really well.”
Woman’s Heart: One of three 2-for-2 graded winners in the race alongside Resistencia and Ria Amelia, expectations are high for Woman’s Heart, who hails from a stable rich in Grade 1 tradition – trainer Katsuichi Nishiura won three top-level races with T M Ocean and two with Kawakami Princess. Woman’s Heart, by Heart’s Cry out of Lady of Persia, has closed out her first two races in under 33 seconds including the Grade 3 Niigata Nisai Stakes on Aug. 25. While she has yet to run clockwise, there’s no reason to think that will stop Nishiura’s latest prodigy from adding to the stable’s already glorious trophy-case. “She put in the practice she needed to a week ago,” Nishiura said. “There’s no telling how she will handle running to her right but given what I’ve seen in the workouts, I don’t think there will be any issues. It will come down to what kind of a kick she can show down the stretch, but I’m expecting a third win in a row.”

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Unbeaten Three-Year-Old Chrysoberyl Claims This Ye02 Dec 10:58 am

Second pick Chrysoberyl beat strong G1 dirt winners with race record time of 1:48.5 and claimed this year’s Champions Cup with an unbeaten six-race winning streak. He is the fifth three-year-old to claim the title following Le Vent Se Leve last year. Half brother to two-time G1 winner Marialite, Chrysoberyl broke his maiden in his debut start in September last year and was sidelined for six months due to a leg problem. The Gold Allure colt won his comeback start in March this year then claimed three major NAR races including the Hyogo Championship (dirt, 1,870m) in May, the Japan Dirt Derby (dirt, 2000m) in July and the Nippon TV Hai (dirt, 1,800m) in September, before making his first JRA G1 challenge. This win gave trainer Hidetaka Otonashi his 12th JRA-G1 victory following his Mile Championship title with Indy Champ last month and jockey Yuga Kawada’s 13th JRA-G1 win following last year’s Sprinters Stakes victory with Fine Needle.

Chrysoberyl broke sharply from stall five and took an economic trip behind frontrunner Inti in third. The Gold Allure colt, still hugging the rails at the heal of Inti entering the lane, waited patiently and steered slightly to the outside for a clear path around the 200-meter pole where he met the strong challenge of race favorite Gold Dream. As the two sons of Gold Allure dueled fiercely along the lane, Chrysoberyl was the first to nail the frontrunner 100 meters out and accelerated further to cross the wire a neck in front for his title.

“We were able to settle in good position behind Inti and the colt was able to race with good rhythm. Though it was difficult to advance, having to race between Inti and Gold Dream at the stretch, we were able to pull away and win the rally at the end. He is still unbeaten and I’m confident that he will continue to develop and become even stronger,” commented jockey Yuga Kawada.

Gold Dream traveled two wide behind Chrysoberyl in fifth and angled out as the field stretched wide entering the homestretch. The 2017 Champions Cup winner produced a powerful burst of speed in the lane, dueled strongly with the eventual winner in the last 200 meters but was a neck short in second. Third pick Inti took the front as usual and, though turning over the lead in the last 100 meters, held on well until the wire to secure third place.

Other Horses:
4th: (3) Chuwa Wizard—hugged rails behind winner, met traffic and switched to outside 200m out, showed effort but failed to threaten top finishers
5th: (12) King’s Guard—raced 2nd from rear, accelerated between horses, timed fastest over last 3 furlongs
6th: (6) Omega Perfume—traveled around 8th, found little room at early stretch, switched to outside then quickened
7th: (16) Vengeance—settled 3rd from rear, turned wide, passed tired rivals
8th: (1) Time Flyer—saved ground around 10th, checked 300m out, accelerated thereafter
9th: (8) Westerlund—positioned around 10th early, gradually advanced, showed brief effort
10th: (15) London Town—sat forwardly from wide stall, ran gamely until 200m out, weakened
11th: (7) Wonder Lider—settled around 13th, angled out, showed effort but never a threat
12th: (2) Mozu Attraction—trailed in rear, circled wide, showed belated charge
13th: (10) Mitsuba—took economic trip around 12th, even paced at stretch
14th: (13) Wide Pharaoh—raced 4-wide around 9th, checked 200m out, lost momentum
15th: (9) Satono Titan—traveled 3-wide around 7th, outrun in last 400m
16th: (14) T O Energy—tracked leader in 2nd, faded after turning final corner

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--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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