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Immediately following the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger), the spotlight turns imperial. With the enthronement of the new emperor this week, what better timing than this coming Sunday, Oct. 27, for one of Japanese racing’s most prestigious races – the Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Autumn).

Held twice a year, the Tenno Sho, which translates to “Emperor Prize,” is run at Tokyo over 2,000 meters in the fall. The Japan Racing Association has christened the 160th running of the Tenno Sho the “Tennoheika Gosokui Keishuku” – or “Celebration of the Enthronement of the Emperor.” It’s not often that the race gets such a classy introduction, but this year’s expected field of 17 is classy indeed.

It will include 10 Grade 1 champions, including last year’s Horse of the Year Almond Eye, 2018 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) champion Wagnerian, and this year’s Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) winner Saturnalia. The presence of Almond Eye alone is enough to draw in fans, but the first meeting of her and Saturnalia is even more of a magnet. The race will carry a hefty JPY325 million yen, including the winner’s prize of JPY150 million.
The Tenno Sho will be the 11th race on the Sunday card of 12 at Tokyo Racecourse. Post time is 15:40 local time. Here’s a look at some of the runners expected to be in the lineup:

Almond Eye: Solidly in center stage stands Almond Eye, who not once has failed to return on her fans’ support in her nine career starts. With one second followed by seven straight wins, six of them top-level, one of them overseas, last out in the Yasuda Kinen (G1, 1,600m, Tokyo) the 4-year-old filly was poised to become only the third horse (in addition to T.M. Opera O and Almond Eye’s sire Lord Kanaloa) to win six Grade 1s in a row. Interference at the break, however, threw a wrench into her historical bid, as she finished in third, a neck and nose behind the winner in her first mile race in over a year. On Sunday, Almond Eye returns without a prep to take on her first Tenno Sho and her first over 2,000 meters at Tokyo 2,000. Almond Eye returned to Miho Training Center on Sept. 25 and worked under Christophe Lemaire on Oct. 17, with the jockey expected to ride fast work again this week. “Even though her weight hasn’t changed, she looks much more powerful,” trainer Sakae Kunieda said. In the saddle, Lemaire will be gunning for his second straight win of the Tenno Sho (Autumn), and having won the spring version this year as well, his third straight Tenno Sho victory.

Saturnalia : Also by Lord Kanaloa and a year younger than Almond Eye, Saturnalia has lost only one of his six career starts. His wins include two Grade 1 events – the Hopeful Stakes as a 2-year-old and the Satsuki Sho. His only loss came in the Japanese Derby, where he broke slowly and raced from behind but made up ground to finish fourth, some three lengths behind the winner. Unlike his sire, Saturnalia has been given more distance and aced everything from 1,600 to 2,400 meters. Last out, and four months since the Japanese Derby, Saturnalia made good on that loss, breaking well and sent forward to race in second position in the Kobe Shimbun Hai (G2, 2,400m, Hanshin). He settled well under Lemaire amid a slow pace and won decisively by three lengths after a blistering last three furlongs unurged. Earlier a somewhat difficult horse, Saturnalia looks to have matured mentally over the summer and he’ll need his cool as he competes against older horses for the first time. Christophe Soumillon, who rode Saturnalia’s brother Epiphaneia to victory in the 2014 Japan Cup, is expected to be in the saddle on Sunday. A win by Saturnalia (or the other nominated 3-year-old, Run for the Roses) would make him only the third his age to win the race since it was reopened to 3-year-olds in 1987. Of the 14 three-year-olds that have participated in the past decade, only three have made the top three spots.

Danon Premium : Ready for revenge is the Deep Impact 4-year-old Danon Premium, who returns unraced since the Yasuda Kinen. The top 2-year-old of 2017, Danon Premium had started this year looking good, with two Grade 2 wins before his Yasuda Kinen bid. He went to the gate as the second choice, but the interference he received shortly after the break found him unable to recover. Forced to race from much further back than usual, Danon Premium finished last of 16 and was pulled up immediately by Yuga Kawada after crossing the finish line. “We kept him at the training center after that, and because his gait was off, we worked him in the pool and trotting ring. He’s looking strong and I think we can expect good things from him,” assistant trainer Teruhiko Sarubashi said. Danon Premium has two wins over 2,000 meters, one at Chukyo, the other at Nakayama. His two other starts at Tokyo other than the Yasuda Kinen saw him win over the mile on his second career start and finish sixth in the Japanese Derby.

Al Ain : A 5-year-old by Deep Impact, the Yasutoshi Ikee-trained Al Ain has proven consistent and a specialist at the distance. He has made the board all but twice in his 17 career starts and the money in 10 of them. Two of this five wins – the 2017 Satsuki Sho (in record time) and this year’s Osaka Hai – have been over 2,000 meters. Last year, he finished fourth in this race, less than 2 1/2 lengths behind winner Rey de Oro after running second in the Sankei Sho All Comers (G2, 2,200m, Nakayama) the month before. This year, however, he returns straight from a fourth in the June 23 Takarazuka Kinen (G1, 2,200m, Hanshin), but has been looking good in work. After riding fast work on Oct. 10, Ikee said jockey Yuichi Kitamura confirmed Al Ain was “light on his feet and his breathing good.”

Suave Richard : The Heart’s Cry 5-year-old Suave Richard claimed the Osaka Hai last year, but in his six starts since has finished at best in third place – in fact, four times in third, all at the G1 level. Three of his five wins from 16 career starts have come over 2,000 meters. Last year he followed the Osaka Hai with a third in the Yasuda Kinen and began his fall campaign in this race, but finished in 10th place as the race favorite. This year, Suave Richard takes on the Tenno Sho from his third-place finish in the Takarazuka Kinen. Morning work has him looking good and a serious run could very well see a huge improvement on last year’s results. Paired with Mirco Demuro for nine of his last 10 starts, the reins for the Tenno Sho (Autumn) are expected to go instead to a new partner, Norihiro Yokoyama, who rode fast work on Oct. 17.

Wagnerian : Last year’s Japanese Derby champion, Wagnerian is one of three horses nominated by the Ritto-based Yasuo Tomomichi and has finished out of the money twice in nine career starts. By Deep Impact, Wagnerian has only had two starts this year, both over 2,000 meters – the Osaka Hai, in which he finished a close third, and the Grade 2 Sapporo Kinen on Aug 18, which saw him over the line in fourth place, only 0.2 seconds behind winner Blast Onepiece despite losing a shoe in the race. He is 2-for-2 at Tokyo, having won over 1,800 meters in addition to the Derby’s 2,400 meters. Last year, Wagnerian was aimed at the Tenno Sho (Autumn), but was withdrawn after showing fatigue following his win of the Kobe Shimbun Hai. This year he is looking on his toes. “As a 3-year-old, he tended to overdo it and recover poorly, but not now,” said Tomomichi, who also feels the distance suits more now. “He won against his age group over 2,400 meters, but up against older horses, I think 2,000 meters is good for him.”

Other horses worth a mention are the 5-year-old Kurofune mare Aerolithe, who is coming off a second in the 1,800-meter Mainichi Okan at Tokyo on Oct. 6. The distance may be a stretch for her front-running style but an inside gate in the Tokyo 2,000 meters, which has only 130 meters to the first turn, would surely help. The Stay Gold-sired Win Bright aced the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin this spring and, with a ninth in the All Comers as prep, he could shine again on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports

World Premier Claims Kikuka Sho21 Oct 3:07 pm

Third pick World Premier claimed the last leg of the three-year-old Triple Crown, the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger), landing his first G1 and grade-race victory. The Deep Impact colt won his debut start in October of his two-year-old season and was third in his next Kyoto Nisai Stakes (G3, 2,000m). He won his three-year-old debut and followed with a runner-up effort behind Velox in the Wakaba Stakes (Listed, 2,000m), qualifying for the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) but had to be sidelined with a bucked shin and did not make his comeback until September in the Kobe Shimbun Hai (G2, 2,400m) in which he was third. Trainer Yasuo Tomomichi won his 12th career JRA-G1 title with the win—his last being the NHK Mile cup with Admire Mars in May—and the Kikuka Sho victory, adding to his Satsuki Sho victory with Unrivaled (2009) and the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) with Makahiki (2016) and Wagnerian (2018), made him a winner of all three Triple Crown Classics. Yutaka Take made another record as the oldest jockey to win the classic title at age 50—he already holds the record of the youngest JRA jockey to win the classic when he won the same race with Super Creek in 1988 and his previous (fourth Kikuka Sho title) was with World Premier’s sire, Deep Impact in 2005—other previous wins were with Dance in the Dark (1996) and Air Shakur (2000).

Third pick World Premier shot out of the gate but veteran Take was quick hold back the son of Deep Impact into his hands and raced him nicely covered along the rails and just behind race favorite Velox a little further up than mid-field behind Caudillo who dictated a slow pace and maintained a clear lead up to the last corner. As the field moved closer turning for home, Take did not miss an opening in the inside and gave the improving colt the signal as the dark bay increased speed, inherited the lead from the tiring leader at the furlong pole and held off the challenges made by Velox and Satono Lux from the outside for a neck victory.

“He came into the race in good condition and we had a good draw so I was concentrating on giving our best race. He was a bit keen at first but was in hand nicely during the race. He wasn’t able to run in the first two of the Triple Crown races so I am glad that he was able to claim the last one (of the Triple Crown title). He’s still got a lot to improve so I’m looking forward to his future races,” commented Yutaka Take, whose last win in the Kikuka Sho, was with World Premier’s sire Deep Impact.

Eighth favorite Satono Lux broke smoothly, bided his time off the pace in mid-field outside a rival, made headway three furlongs out and charged along the outside, speeding past his foes and just short of a neck margin in second.
Race favorite Velox settled nicely within striking position of the leader in sixth or seventh, moved closer with 600 meters to go, chased the eventual winner who came up from the inside but appeared somewhat used up in the final stages and was unable to cause a serious threat while overtaken by Satono Lux and just managing to squeeze out enough energy in the final stages to hold third place.

Other Horses:
4th: (6) Divine Force—settled near rear early, advanced at backstretch, turned wide, showed belated charge
5th: (8) Melody Lane—sat 2nd from rear, circled wide, showed good effort, tied fastest finishing speed over last 3 furlongs
6th: (12) Red Genial—raced around 8th, angled out into stretch, passed tired rivals
7th: (17) Tagano Diamante—traveled 4-wide around 13th, made headway after 3rd corner, weakened in last 200m
8th: (10) Caudillo—set pace, surrendered lead 200m out, fell back
9th: (2) Nishino Daisy—ran around 13th along rails, showed effort but never threatened
10th: (7) Hishi Gekko—raced in 12th, responded well, weakened in last 100m
11th: (15) Ho O Sabel—traveled 3-wide around 8th, ran willingly early stretch, showed little thereafter
12th: (18) Meisho Tengen—broke poorly, advanced to 3rd early then eased back to 6th, outrun after 3rd corner
13th: (1) Zadar—took economic trip in 10th, lacked needed kick at stretch
14th: (16) Naimama—tracked leaders in 3rd, dropped back after 3rd corner
15th: (4) Unicorn Lion—saved ground in 4th, outrun after 3rd corner
16th: (11) Sifflement—trailed in rear, no factor
17th: (9) Vin Quet Domingo—stalked leader in 2nd, used up at early stretch
18th: (3) Calibore—hugged rails 3rd from rear, faded after 3rd corner

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Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) (G1) - Preview15 Oct 5:55 pm

Following on from the fillies in the Shuka Sho last Sunday, it’s the turn of the colts to show what they’re made of this coming Sunday, Oct. 20, when Kyoto Racecourse once again hosts the final Classic of the year, the Grade 1 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger). Since Orfevre’s win in the race in 2011, Japan remains on hold for another Triple Crown winner, and the wait won’t be over this time either. Both Roger Barows (this year’s Japanese Derby winner, now retired) and Saturnalia (the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) winner, being aimed at the autumn Tenno Sho (Autumn)) won’t be lining up on Sunday, leaving the door open for another 3-year-old to grab all the attention. Such is the strength in depth of the younger generation though, this year’s Kikuka Sho has managed to attract 22 nominations, with the first two Classic winners absent from the list.

This year is the 80th running of the Kikuka Sho, and the runners have to take on the 3,000 meters of the outer turf course at Kyoto, making it a real stamina test. There will be a maximum 18 runners in the final lineup, and all the colts will carry 57kg. Step races leading up to this year’s final Classic have included the Akanko Tokubetsu over 2,600 meters at Sapporo in July, Grade 2 Asahi Hai St. Lite Kinen over 2,200 meters at Nakayama in September, and Grade 2 Kobe Shimbun Hai over 2,400 meters at Hanshin, also run in September. The latter two races are official Kikuka Sho trials, where the first three home qualify for the Grade 1 showpiece.

Five first favorites have scored in the past 10 years, and the last one to do so was Kiseki in 2017, when the ground came up soft. Last year saw seventh favorite Fierement outstay the others, and winning trainer Takahisa Tezuka finally broke the 16 year run that horses trained at Ritto Training Center had enjoyed, by bringing home the spoils to Miho Training Center. Record time for the race belongs to Toho Jackal, who won in a time of 3 minutes, 1.0 seconds in 2014. First place prize money this year is JPY120 million (just over USD1 million). The big race on Sunday will be Race 11 on the Kyoto card, with a post time of 15:40 local time.

Here’s a look at some of the runners expected to be in the lineup:

Velox: The Just a Way colt would be a logical choice here after finishing second in the Satsuki Sho and third in the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby). He has shown his consistency by only being unplaced once from eight career starts, which have included three wins. He is coming off a second-place finish in the Grade 2 Kobe Shimbun Hai over 2,400 meters in September, and the stable was satisfied with that prep race. “It was a slow pace last time and he took the bit in the early stages, but he could run on well at the finish. Despite it being a muddling race, we could take some positives from it and look to this next race without any worries at all,” said assistant trainer Teruhiko Saruhashi. Leading jockey Yuga Kawada, who takes the ride on Velox, has plenty of Grade 2 and 3 races to his name this year, and surely it’s just a matter of time before he notches his 13th JRA Grade 1 win.

World Premiere: Another consistent colt, World Premiere has been ridden by Yutaka Take in all five of his races and has never finished outside the top three. The Deep Impact colt has two wins at Kyoto from three starts, although they have come over the distance of 1,800 meters. Trainer Yasuo Tomomichi commented: “He sweated up a bit in the paddock last time and wasn’t so relaxed, but in the race itself he ran well, finishing strongly, so I was pleased with that. In the meantime, he’s seemed calmer and it’s a sign he’s becoming more mature.” World Premiere is coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Kobe Shimbun Hai, and Take is set to ride him again.

Nishino Daisy: The Harbinger colt has a lot of potential, but it hasn’t been easy to get the best out of him so far. Having said that, he did finish fifth in the Japanese Derby, and again placed fifth in his latest race, the Grade 2 Asahi Hai St. Lite Kinen over 2,200 meters at Nakayama. It will be his fourth Grade 1 this time, and connections will be hoping they’ve worked out the way to get him to run to his best ability. “Last time in the St. Lite Kinen, he raced from well back, but he managed to get into the flow of the race and was relaxed. It worked out well and was a good enough prep race for him. On that performance, I don’t see a problem with the 3,000 meters of the Kikuka Sho,” trainer Noboru Takagi said. Another thing going Nishino Daisy’s way is the booking of Christophe Lemaire for the big race.

Hishi Gekko: One of two horses among the nominations for trainer Noriyuki Hori, the Rulership colt has only run as a 3-year-old, but has won his last two races, the latest in July at Sapporo over 2,600 meters. Although he will have to carry more weight, the half-brother to Stelvio looks an interesting entry. Assistant trainer Kazutomo Mori said, “He stayed in Hokkaido after his two wins there and came back to Miho at the end of August. Everything has gone well with him as he’s picked up in training from the middle of September. Finishing third in the Principal Stakes in the spring, he didn’t run in the Japanese Derby, so we’ve had this race in mind for him.” Another factor is the booking of jockey Christophe Soumillon for the ride.

Satono Lux: The colt by Deep Impact is still looking to find his best form and justify his high cost price at the 2017 Select Sale. Things could be coming right for him after finishing second to Lion Lion in the Grade 2 Asahi Hai St. Lite Kinen last time. Trainer Yasutoshi Ikee also thinks the horse is improving. “He managed to finish second last time, despite things being a bit tight for him early on in the race. He seems to have developed during the summer months, and although he’s still a young horse, I expect good results to come his way,” Ikee said recently.

Red Genial: The colt bred at Shadai Farm finished eighth in the Japanese Derby, but has an enviable track record at Kyoto, always finishing in the first three from four starts at the track, which have included two wins. Trained by Yoshitada Takahashi, assistant trainer at the stable, Kenichi Nakatsuka said, “It was a muddling race last time with a small field, but he got to break well and run smoothly, and I think he can only come on for having that race. He is mentally and physically sharper now.” Red Genial’s race jockey is expected to be Manabu Sakai, whose two Grade 1 wins to date include his win aboard Toho Jackal in the race in 2014.

A couple of other runners worthy of note are Ho O Sabel , who is coming off a five-length win in the Aganogawa Tokubetsu over 2,200 meters at Niigata in August, and now has three wins from five starts, and the one filly nominated, Melody Lane, one of the lightest horses ever to run in JRA races, weighing around 338kg. She will get a 2kg allowance in the Kikuka Sho if she runs, and the daughter of Orfevre is coming off a win at Hanshin in September over 2,600 meters in record time.

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Fourth-Pick Chrono Genesis Captures Her First G1 T15 Oct 10:14 am

Fourth-pick Chrono Genesis landed a two-length victory in the last leg of the three-year-old fillies’ Triple, the Shuka Sho, to register her first G1 title in her fourth G1 challenge. Marking two consecutive wins from her debut start in September last year, the Bago filly finished second in her first G1 challenge, the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (1,600m) in December and claimed her first graded victory in her first start as a three-year-old in the Queen Cup (G3, 1,600m) this year. She was third in both first two legs, the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m) and the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks, G1, 1,600m). This was trainer Takashi Saito’s first JRA-G1 title since opening his stable in 2016 and jockey Yuichi Kitamura’s second JRA-G1 title following his win in the Osaka Hai with Al Ain this spring.

Chrono Genesis, breaking smoothly from stall five, settled two wide around 6-7th from the front, eying race favorite Danon Fantasy traveling in front. The Bago gray turned the last two corners in good striking position, steered to the outside entering the lane and immediately made bid, nailing the race favorite and frontrunners 200 meters out, then continued to produce an impressive burst of speed to cross the wire with a comfortable two-length margin.

“I was able to race her in an ideal position while eyeing Danon Fantasy in front. She was responding really well at the fourth corner so I was able to make bid with confidence. I am grateful for having been able to ride the filly since her debut, I’m really glad that I was able to deliver a good result,” commented Yuichi Kitamura.

Second pick Curren Bouquetd’or, traveling further back in eighth, hugged the rails through the last corners, angled out at the top of the stretch and surged out right behind the subsequent winner. The Deep Impact filly demonstrated a strong turn of speed but was unable to keep up with the winner and finished second.

Tenth favorite Shigeru Pink Dia sat fourth from the rear, improved position turning wide around the last two corners and exploded from the outside with a powerful late kick that marked the fastest last three furlongs in the field to close in on the runner-up by 1-1/2 length.

Race favorite Danon Fantasy made a clean start, eased back to let the frontrunners go and waited in third. The 2018 Best Two-Year-Old Filly, however, failed to respond in the stretch and finished eighth.

Other Horses:
4th: (9) Shadow Diva—saved ground around 10th, showed response after finding clear path at early stretch
5th: (7) Beach Samba—set solid pace, showed tenacity, outrun in last 100m
6th: (6) Rose Tesoro—sat around 11th, quickened along rails, tied 2nd fastest over last 3 furlongs
7th: (3) Blanc Noir—took economic trip around 5-6th, advanced to 2nd 300m out, weakened in last 100m
9th: (17) Espoir—traveled 3-wide in 12th, driven after 3rd corner, met traffic 200m out, lost momentum
10th: (16) Passing Through—ran near favorite around 3rd, turned final corner outside eventual winner, never fired
11th: (10) Schon Glanz—trailed in rear, advanced after 3rd corner, checked at final corner, never a threat
12th: (4) Too Flashy—hugged rails near rear, passed tired rivals on inner stretch
13th: (13) Satono Damsel—raced 3-wide around 12th, angled out, even paced
14th: (18) Sing for You—settled near rear, showed little at stretch, unable to reach contention
15th: (15) Contra Check—pressed pace in 2nd, ran out of steam 300m out
16th: (11) Fairy Polka—sat behind winner, found little room at final corner, outrun thereafter
17th: (12) Red Anemos—traveled in 5-6th early, gradually fell back in backstretch, faded
Scratched: (2) Meisho Shobu—due to a stone bruise in her left forefoot

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Kiseki’s seventh tops Japan trio in Arc09 Oct 6:40 pm

Japan’s three hopefuls – Kiseki, Blast Onepiece and Fierement – finished in seventh, 11th and 12th place, respectively, in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp Racecourse on Sunday. Victory went to the British-born, French-trained 5-year-old Waldgeist, with race favorite and two-time winner of the race, Enable, finishing a length and three-quarters behind in second. Three-year-old colt Sottsass made a late charge to round out the top three.

Kiseki’s seventh was the best result since 2014, but far off Japan’s best -- four second-place finishes – recorded since their first Arc bid in 1969. Nonetheless, all three of this year’s runners did their country proud by running their hearts out in unrelenting pursuit of Japanese horsemen’s most coveted prize.

And, though he was on a French-trained runner, Yutaka Take beat the Japanese raiders to the finish line aboard Soft Light in sixth place, eight lengths ahead of Kiseki.

Kiseki, a 5-year-old by Rulership and winner of the 2017 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St .Leger), had held back midfield and wasn’t able to keep up when the frontrunners accelerated in the stretch. “It’s a shame,” said trainer Katsuhiko Sumii. “The plan had been to get a position more to the front but that didn’t happen. He raced in with the others, but I don’t think he looked that keen. I don’t believe Kiseki wasn’t suited to this kind of going, but the Japanese horses do seem to have found it difficult.”

Belgian-born Christophe Soumillon, aboard Kiseki for the second time since his prep-race Prix Foy, said: “It was a very good race. He ran next to Waldgeist the whole time and things were good until the third and fourth bend. He couldn’t pick up speed due to the heavy track. The ground is unique at Longchamp and this soft ground just didn’t suit him.”

Finishing some 12 lengths behind Kiseki was Blast Onepiece, winner of last year’s Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix). The Harbinger-sired colt had held his own running midfield under Yuga Kawada, Japan’s current leading jockey. But into the straight he quickly dropped back.

“The results were unfortunate,” said trainer Masahiro Otake. “He didn’t get worked up before the race since he didn’t have to circle around the paddock as much as he does at home, and he was in a better frame of mind than usual going to the gate, but the ground was bad. I know that’s no excuse, since everyone ran under the same conditions. And, the jockey rode as planned within striking distance of the frontrunners. He’d already had to urge him on in the false straight, however, so it was tough in the final stage.

“This was quite an Arc for my first overseas bid and I’m afraid my lack of experience has done me in. Still, I’m going to take what I’ve learned and add a whole lot more to that. Surely something good will come of it sometime in the future.”

Blast Onepiece and Fierement had been stabled in Newmarket prior to the Arc and the two, unlike Kiseki, did not have a prep run in Europe. Kawada, who was riding for the third time in the Arc, said, “It was a very difficult race and he’d done some nice work in Newmarket and went to this race in good shape. He broke well and things went smoothly at first but the going was just too soft. It’s already a tough course, so this on top of that made things really difficult.”

Fierement, a Deep Impact 4-year-old colt, had moved up quickly from the gate to just behind the frontrunner, but was unable to maintain his exuberance. He finished last in 12th place. “I hadn’t planned to send him forward from the start, but he broke so well that that’s where we were. He was a bit keen as well,” said jockey Christophe Lemaire, who was chasing his first Arc victory.

“It’s a shame. He was in good shape and I’d hoped for better results. He was flagging early on and stopped in the false straight. The track was just too heavy and he couldn’t pick up any speed. He needed a faster track.”

“I’d walked the track and had decided on an off-the-pace strategy,” said Fierement’s trainer Takahisa Tezuka. “But he broke better than expected and I think that is what did us in. I thought he might be able to hold his ground but as expected, that wasn’t going to happen.

“Even with the trip from Newmarket, he was looking good and was relaxed. Everything had gone smoothly up to the race. I knew the track was going to be heavy so I can’t really use that as an excuse for doing poorly.”

Yutaka Take on Soft Light, a 3-year-old colt trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, was also hampered by the heavy going. “He couldn’t keep up at all over the first half,” said Take, whose first Arc runner was Deep Impact 15 years ago. “I thought the soft ground would actually work in his favor and he does have good late speed, so I gave it my best until the end. It was a difficult race, with more than half the field flagging, but he did run well in the final stages. I think he ran his race.”

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

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

Data Cruncher

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

Graded race Page
U index

Recommend using!

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

Racing Tip

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

Tip Coliseum
Race Info

Recommend using!

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


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

Pro tipster "MAX"
Sugouma Robot

Recommend using!

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


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

Horseracing Diary
offline get-togethers

Recommend using!

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


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

Graded race Page
Tip Coliseum

Recommend using!

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


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

Umanity POG

Recommend using!

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


Does it cost anything to use Umanity?

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

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

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

Do I have to register to use the site?

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

Can I see racing tips for free?

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

What is the U-index?

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

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