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Once again the focus on Sunday, Dec. 16, will be on the top 2-year-olds in Japan, when the Grade 1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes will be run at Hanshin Racecourse over a mile on the outer turf course, the same course and distance as last Sunday’s Grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, which saw jockey Cristian Demuro ride a confident race on star filly Danon Fantasy, to register the rider’s third JRA Grade 1 victory.

This year’s Grade 1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes has attracted 16 nominations, among them two fillies. Connections now have another choice when they consider the options for the youngsters, with the recently upgraded Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes over 2,000 meters at Nakayama Racecourse rounding out the year’s top class races on Dec. 28, a race that now attracts possible runners for next year’s Classics.

This Sunday’s race will be the 70th running of the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, a race that was previously run at Nakayama until 2014, when it was switched to the Hanshin track. Race conditions state that no geldings are allowed and that fillies can claim a 1kg allowance. Some of the big name winners to have won the race include Narita Brian (1993), Fuji Kiseki (1994), and Rose Kingdom (2009), the 2010 Japan Cup winner. In the last 10 years, four first favorites have won the race, the latest last year, when Danon Premium set a new record time for the race since it’s been held at Hanshin, winning in a time of 1 minute, 33.3 seconds.

Step races leading up to this year’s Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes have included the Grade 3 Saudi Arabia Royal Cup run over a mile at Tokyo in October, Grade 2 Daily Hai Nisai Stakes over a mile at Kyoto, and Grade 2 Keio Hai Nisai Stakes over 1,400 meters at Tokyo, the latter two races both being run in November. First place prize money this year is JPY 70 million.

Sunday’s big race will be Race 11 on the card at Hanshin, with a post time of 15:40 local time. Here’s a look at some of the runners expected to play a part:

Gran Alegria: One of two fillies nominated, Gran Alegria is testimony to the number of strong 2-year-olds under the watch of trainer Kazuo Fujisawa, that he’s able to pitch her in here among the colts, and what’s more she could very well be the favorite come race day. The trainer won the race in 1995 (Bubble Gum Fellow), and more recently in 2016 (Satono Ares). Gran Alegria won her debut race in June, and then filled out 18kgs before winning the Grade 3 Saudi Arabia Royal Cup over a mile at Tokyo in October. Her winning distance was 3 1/2 lengths. In a piece of work on the polytrack at Miho Training Center on Dec. 5, she clocked a five furlong time of 68.4 seconds, with a final furlong time of 12.3 seconds. “She’s not a horse to put in really fast times, but her action and movement were good,” the trainer stated. The filly by Deep Impact will be ridden by jockey Christophe Lemaire, whose incredible year is not finished yet.

Fantasist: By star stallion of the year, Lord Kanaloa, Fantasist is three wins from three starts, and the first came in his debut race in July. Since then he’s added the Grade 3 Kokura Nisai Stakes and the Grade 2 Keio Hai Nisai Stakes to his list of victories. One man who’s certainly hoping he can win is jockey Yutaka Take, who rode his 4,000th JRA winner earlier this year, but has never won the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes. Fantasist is owned and bred by Toshihiro Hirosaki and is trained by Tomoyuki Umeda.

Admire Mars: Another colt with a 100% win rate is Admire Mars, a son of Daiwa Major. He’s won all three of his starts under jockey Mirco Demuro, a recent victor in the Champions Cup, and a three time winner of the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes, most recently with Leontes in 2015. The horse was bred at Northern Farm, is trained by Yasuo Tomomichi, and is coming off a win in the Grade 2 Daily Hai Nisai Stakes over a mile at Kyoto in November.

Cadence Call: Also bred at Northern Farm, Cadence Call is another colt by Lord Kanaloa and is trained by the man who also trained the sire, Takayuki Yasuda. All three of Cadence Call’s races have been over a mile, and he’s won twice and finished second once. His latest win was when he justified favoritism in the Grade 3 Niigata Nisai Stakes over a mile in August.

Deep Diver: A half-brother to Kitasan Black, the dark bay colt has been slightly unlucky in registering four seconds from six career starts, winning once and finishing third once. His win came on soft ground, suggesting he can handle any going. He’s coming off a second place finish in the Shumeigiku Sho over 1,400 meters at Kyoto in November, and is trained by two-time JRA Grade 1 winning trainer, Ryuji Okubo.
De Gaulle: Along with a few of the other nominees, De Gaulle has just had the two starts, winning on his debut in September over 1,400 meters at Niigata, and then having to settle for second behind Gran Alegria in the Grade 3 Saudi Arabia Royal Cup last time. The Sakura President colt runs in the colors of Kanayama Holdings Co. Ltd., and jockey Akihide Tsumura and trainer Yoichi Kuroiwa will be hoping the horse can lift them beyond their Grade 3 titles, which is the highest level of success they’ve achieved in their careers so far.

Danon Fantasy Claims 70th Hanshin Juvenile Fillies10 Dec 10:21 am

Odds-on favorite Danon Fantasy measured up to the expectations of her fans by showing a powerful late charge from toward the rear to claim this year’s Hanshin Juvenile Fillies and extended her winning streak to three. While succumbing to second in her debut start to Gran Alegria who subsequently claimed a graded victory against male contenders, the daughter of Deep Impact broke her maiden in her second start in September and came off her first graded win in the Fantasy Stakes (G3, 1,400m) in November. She is the second filly to claim both the Fantasy Stakes and the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies following Peace of World in 2002. This win marks trainer Mitsumasa Nakauchida’s second JRA-G1 win following last year’s Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes title with Danon Premium. He has scored seven wins out of 12 graded races for two-year-olds. For jockey Cristian Demuro, this is his third JRA-G1 title following his win in last year’s Hopeful Stakes with Time Flyer.

Making a clean break from stall 13, Danon Fantasy was eased back and settled comfortably toward the rear, third from last. The Deep Impact filly took a wide route turning the last corner and, though briefly caught between horses entering the lane, produced an impressive burst of speed in the stretch to take command 100 meters out. With Chrono Genesis challenging strongly on the outside, Danon Fantasy found another gear in her last strides to cross the wire in front.

The filly was relaxed and when I saw the second favorite come outside us after the fourth corner, I told her it’s time to go, we have to fight, and she responded really well. She responds very quickly and has a very good turn of foot. She’s a good horse and I think she will have a very good chance in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) next year,commented Cristian Demuro.

Second pick Chrono Genesis, who was forced to race second from last after a poor break, tagged behind Danon Fantasy throughout the race. The daughter of Bago dueled strongly with the eventual winner in the homestretch, traveling the fastest in the last three furlongs, but finished 1/2 a length short in second.

Fourth choice Beach Samba sat in mid-division, around 11th from the front, and surged out behind Danon Fantasy and Chrono Genesis as they broke loose from the pack. Though unable to reach the top two, Kurofune’s filly stayed on strongly to finish third.

Other Horses:

4th: (4) Schon Glanz—ran inside winner in 15th, switched to outside, accelerated in last 100m
5th: (3) Pourville—saved ground in 5th, met traffic 250m out, switched to outside, showed effort
6th: (5) Meisho Shobu—chased leader in 2nd, took lead at early stretch, weakened in last 100m

7th: (10) Tanino Mission—traveled in 12th, showed brief effort inside, never threaten
8th: (14) Savoir Aimer—ran in 14th, lacked needed kick at straight, never a threat
9th: (12) Red Anemos—raced in 8th, passed tired rivals, unable to reach contention
10th: (17) Tolochenaz—settled 2nd from rear, passed tired rivals along rails
11th: (18) Meisho Keimei—traveled 4-wide in 10th, quickened briefly, outrun in last 200m
12th: (15) Rosen Krieger—sat 4-wide in 6th, faded after 200m marker

13th: (7) Win Zenobia—raced 3-wide in 7th, never fired and dropped back at stretch

14th: (8) Love Me Fine—advanced to 3rd, raced 3-wide, ran gamely until furlong pole
15th: (16) Glacier—traveled 3-wide in 13th, lacked needed kick at straight
16th: (2) Jodie—hugged rails around 9th, failed to find clear path at stretch

17th: (1) Belles Soeurs—set pace, faded after top of stretch

18th: (6) Star Quartz—positioned in 4th, met traffic 300m out, lost momentum

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Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1) - Preview04 Dec 4:30 pm

This coming Sunday and next, the JRA turns the spotlight onto the budding talent – this year’s 2-year-olds. It’s ladies first with the Grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on Dec. 9, followed by the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes the week after. This year, the 70th running of the showcase for 2-year-old fillies sees 23 youngsters nominated. With careers still young, many of those taking on their first top-level race have only a few races behind them, some only one prior start.

Fifteen fillies have earned a spot in the final lineup of 18 already and only three from the remaining eight will win berths in the final lineup. All will carry 54kg over the 1,600 meters of the outer turf course of the Hanshin venue west of Osaka. The winner will earn JPY65 million and be virtually assured of the title of Best 2-Year-Old Filly for the 2018 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 race starts in the backstretch and covers 444 meters before the first turn. With 3 furlongs to the finish line, the track dips 2 meters over 400 meters, then rises steeply again over the last 200, making it a formidable test of stamina as well as speed.

The race record is held by Vodka, who clocked 1 minute, 33.1 seconds in 2006. The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies will be Race 11 race on Hanshin’s Sunday card of 12, with post time of 15:40 local time.

The fillies garnering the most attention are.

Danon Fantasy: This Ritto-based daughter of Deep Impact lost her debut, which pitted her against colts over 1,600 meters at Tokyo, but she scored her first victory at Hanshin three months later, topping the all-female field by 2 lengths. From there Danon Fantasy leapt to the graded level and, as the race favorite on Nov. 3, aced the Fantasy Stakes, a Grade 3 race for 2-year-year old fillies at Kyoto over 7 furlongs. Danon Fantasy, who was born early in January, has a headstart on most of the others. For the two races thus far in her autumn campaign, her weight was up nearly 20kg from her June debut and she looks to have packed on some muscle. Peace of World was the last to go from the Fantasy Stakes to the Juvenile Fillies winner’s circle, back in 2002. Cristian Demuro, who worked Danon Fantasy on the flat on Nov. 28, is expected to be paired with the filly for their first race.

Chrono Genesis: A daughter of 2004 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe champion Bago, Chrono Genesis has only two starts thus far, both over 1,800 meters and neither at Hanshin. She won them both, however, and both were tough races, both against colts and both following long trips to the track. In fact, in her previous start, the open-class Ivy Stakes at Tokyo on Oct. 20, she was the only filly in the field of ten 2-year-olds and topped them by 2 lengths. Racing from a good position, her final lap times were 11.3-11.0-11.1 – quite a heated finish. With her even temperament, Chrono Genesis should have no trouble over a furlong less and she has the stamina to handle the outer Hanshin course. In the Ivy Stakes, Ritto-based trainer Takashi Saito said, “She waited patiently and went all out in the final stages and displayed the kind of kick we thought she would from her morning work.” This will be her first time to be transported to the track on raceday and her first mile, but she will be closer to home. “The pace looks like it’ll be different, but I expect her to handle it well,” Saito said. The last two years have seen fillies with only two races behind them go on to win the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies. Soul Stirring won it in 2016 coming off the Ivy Stakes and Lucky Lilac last year after winning the Artemis Stakes. Yuichi Kitamura, who rode Chrono Genesis’s last two starts, is expected to have the ride Sunday.

Schon Glanz: A striking black filly by Deep Impact, Schon Glanz is a sister to the Frankel-sired Soul Stirring, out of the Monsun mare Stacelita, and both are trained by Kazuo Fujisawa. Schon Glanz lost her debut over 1,800 meters, but scored two for two after that. Last out was the Oct. 27 Artemis Stakes, a Grade 3 race over 1,600 meters at Tokyo. Coming from far off the back after missing the break, Schon Glanz passed 12 horses on her way to topping the field of 2-year-old fillies by half a length. Her final 3-furlong time was 33.8 seconds and her total time a race record 1:33.7. Unlike her sister, who tends to advance gradually, Schon Glanz kicks into high gear and is gone, a running style well-suited to the Hanshin outer course. Her movement is good in work, though she has only been breezed, and is expected to show improvement from her last start. Yutaka Take, expected to have the ride on Sunday, will be flying back to Japan from an appearance in Hong Kong’s International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley Wednesday night to participate in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies. Take last won the Juvenile Fillies in 1994, but has won three 2-year-old Graded races this year.

Beach Samba: A daughter of Kurofune, the Yasuo Tomomichi-trained Beach Samba was born relatively late in the year and only debuted this September. She won that race (also over the Hanshin outer 1,600) and went directly to the graded-stakes level, where she ran second to Schon Glanz in the Artemis Stakes in late October. Unlike the latter filly, Beach Samba had the long haul from Ritto to contend with and became agitated once in the gate. She too missed the break but traveled well and only missed the win by half a length. This time out she’ll have the home advantage and, if she keeps her cool once in the gate, she will definitely be a contender. She worked in a trio under Yuichi Fukunaga on the flat Nov. 29 for a fine 5-furlong time of 65.8 seconds. “It was a good, hard workout. She’s eating well and has kept the condition she had for her last race,” Tomomichi said. Two of Tomomichi’s three fillies nominated for the race – Beach Samba and Red Anemos – have only two starts behind them.

Red Anemos: The Victoire Pisa-sired Red Anemos is two for two, and now making the leap to the racing heights from the Sept. 30 Saffron Sho, a one-win class race over a mile at Nakayama. She won wire to wire, exhibiting the speed she likely inherits from champion sprinter Sakura Bakushin O on her dam’s side. Despite the rise in the stretch at Nakayama, she covered the final two furlongs with lap times of 11.0-11.5. A solid runner, Red Anemos has displayed good racing sense and will likely find the Hanshin course to her liking. Her trainer Yasuo Tomomichi leads all trainers with 14 wins of this year’s 2-year-old races, which kicked off from early June. Keita Tosaki, who tops Japanese jockeys in wins this year (and chases Christophe Lemaire and Mirco Demuro), is expected to have the ride.
Others worth a mention are the Daiwa Major-sired Meisho Shobu, who won her debut over the Hanshin mile in late September and has made the money in all three starts thereafter. Last out, she ran second in the Daily Hai Nisai Stakes, a Grade 2 mile at Kyoto on Nov. 10. Tanino Missionis one of those vying for the remaining three spots in the lineup. If she slips in, she will be following in the footsteps of her famous dam, Vodka, who in 2006 made the cut after only one start, won the race and went on to capture seven Grade 1 races, including the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby).

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Three-Year-Old Le Vent Se Leve Marks Clear Victory03 Dec 12:59 pm

Odds-on-favorite Le Vent Se Leve won this year’s Champions Cup in record-tying speed of 1:50.1 and extended his winning streak to four. He is the fourth three-year-old to claim the race (including the Japan Cup Dirt) following Kurofune (2001), Kane Hekili (2005) and Alondite (2006). Scoring three consecutive wins in his three starts as a two-year-old including the Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun (dirt, 1,600m), the son of Symboli Kris S marked a runner-up effort in his first start of this season then won three successive races, the Unicorn Stakes (G3, dirt, 1,600m), the Japan Dirt Derby (dirt, 2,000m) and the Mile Championship Nambu Hai (dirt, 1,600m), before coming into this race. This win marked trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara’s second JRA-G1 victory following the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) with Logi Universe in 2009. For jockey Mirco Demuro, it was his 26th JRA-G1 win following this year’s Osaka Hai with Suave Richard and second Champions Cup victory following his win with Sambista in 2015.

Breaking smoothly from stall two, odds-on-favorite Le Vent Se Leve was unusually positioned toward the front, second or third behind frontrunner Ange Desir. The three-year-old bay traveled along the rails up to the top of the homestretch then overtook the frontrunner from the outside 200 meters out where he accelerated powerfully with the second fastest late drive, pulling away from the rest of the field for a 2-1/2-length victory.

“I didn’t want to be trapped behind horses starting from an inside draw, and he broke well so we were able to sit in a nice position. I let him cruise at his own pace and he responded with a fantastic turn of speed when I asked him once we found an opening at the stretch. He is a colt with great potential and a bright future ahead,” commented Mirco Demuro.

Eighth choice Westerlund broke well from stall 12 then eased back to travel in the very rear, 4-5 lengths behind the rest of the field. The six-year-old son of Neo Universe hugged the rails rounding the last two corners and slipped behind the eventual winner at the top of the stretch, waited for a clear path to present itself between Sunrise Soar and Ange Desir when he exerted an explosive late charge that timed the fastest last three furlongswhile unable to match the winner in second..

Third pick Sunrise Soar traveled two wide in mid-division, around sixth from the front, made bid from the outside after turning the last corner wide and managed to nail Ange Desir 100 meters out but was overtaken by Westerlund in the last strides to finish third.

U.S.-trained Pavel broke sharply and then allowed to settle in fifth or sixth, held his position up to the last turn but failed to respond when asked after entering the stretch and faded to last.
“It’s so different here, the wait (45min from the saddling area to the starting gate) is so long, the horse lost his motivation, but racing here was a good experience,” commented jockey Mario Gutierrez. “He was good and ran a good race but as Mario said, it was a long wait and when he loaded into the gate, he was all quiet and you could tell that he had lost his racing mood. But that’s racing and I am pleased with him,” added trainer Leandro Mora.

Other Horses:
4th: (1) Ange Desir—set pace, surrendered lead to winner at 200m pole, showed tenacity but overtaken by Sunrise Soar and Westerlund in last 100m
5th: (11) Omega Perfume—traveled 3-wide in mid-division, angled out at early stretch, quickened in last 200m
6th: (7) Sunrise Nova—sat 3rd from rear, circled wide, showed belated charge
7th: (5) Nonkono Yume—unhurried early in 2nd from rear, wide into straight, never a threat
8th: (13) Mitsuba—traveled 3-wide in mid-division, brief effort entering stretch but unable to reach contention
9th: (14) Hiraboku la Tache—rushed out of the gate for front position, ran in 3rd just behind eventual winner, no match with the winning speed and overtaken by late closers
10th: (6) Asukano Roman—saved ground in mid-field, unable to keep up with increasing pace at straight
11th: (8) K T Brave—raced between rivals in mid-pack, 8 lengths from leader, even paced
12th: (10) Centurion—rated in mid-field inside rival, angled out early stretch, unable to launch bid
13th: (15) Incantation—chased leader in front group, tired 300 meters out and faded
14th: (4) Apollo Kentucky—sat 3rd or 4th from rear, brief effort into straight but flattened

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Champions Cup (G1) - Preview27 Nov 1:09 pm

After a thrilling Japan Cup saw superstar filly Almond Eye fly home in record time at Tokyo Racecourse last week, the 4th leg of the Japan Autumn International Series of races, the Grade 1 Champions Cup, will be staged at Chukyo Racecourse, just outside the city of Nagoya, on Sunday, Dec. 2.

The race which was formerly known as the Japan Cup Dirt began its existence in 2000, when it was originally run over 2,100 meters at Tokyo. It then switched to the right-handed Hanshin Racecourse in 2008, and was run over the distance of 1,800 meters. Since 2014, the home of the race has been Chukyo, and the trip has remained at 1,800 meters.

This year the race has attracted 19 nominations, among which is one challenger from overseas, the 4-year-old colt from America, Pavel, who becomes the first horse from outside Japan to take on the race since Gun Pit in 2015. The rest of the field, up to a maximum of 16 runners, will be made up of some of Japan’s current stars in dirt races.

The race is for 3-year-olds and up, with 3-year-olds set to carry 56kg and 4-year-olds and above set to carry 57kg. There is a 2kg allowance for fillies and mares. Step races leading into this year’s Champions Cup have included the Mile Championship Nambu Hai at Morioka in October, and two other dirt races held in November, namely the Grade 3 Tokyo Chunichi Sports Hai Musashino Stakes run over a mile at Tokyo and the JBC Classic, held this year at Kyoto over 1,900 meters.

In the past 10 years, favorites have had a bit of a rough passage, with just three winning, the last being Transcend in 2011. Five-year-olds just have the upper hand, with four of them winning in the last decade, just beating out 4 and 6-year olds, who have won three times apiece. The race record since the race has been run at Chukyo is held by the last two winners of the race, Gold Dream in 2017, and Sound True in 2016, who both stopped the clock in a time of 1 minute, 50.1 seconds, with the second horse in both those races recording the same times, proving what close finishes there have been recently.

Prize and incentive money this year will go to the first 10 finishers, with the winner being awarded JPY100 million. The Grade 1 Champions Cup will be Race 11 on Sunday’s card at Chukyo, with a post time of 15:30 local time. Here’s a look at some of the runners:

Le Vent Se Leve: The 3-year-old colt by Symboli Kris S is an exciting prospect, winning six of his seven starts and finishing second in the other one. He’s now recorded three straight wins, all of them strong victories, and he impresses his trainer, Kiyoshi Hagiwara. “He ran up against older horses for the first time in the Mile Championship Nambu Hai and put in a strong performance. He got off to a better start in that race, and I think he’s becoming a better horse. Since then, we decided to skip the JBC and this has been his target race,” the trainer said. Jockey Mirco Demuro has ridden the horse in all six of his victories and will be looking to change his luck in recent Grade 1 races.

K T Brave: Coming off a win in the recent JBC Classic over 1,900 meters at Kyoto in November, the 5-year-old has 11 wins and seven seconds from a 31-race career, making him one of the most experienced dirt performers in Japan right now. Jockey Yuichi Fukunaga has partnered K T Brave in 13 races, so knows the horse better than anyone. The horse hails from the stable of Haruki Sugiyama. “It was a fast race last time, and he was further back than usual until after the third corner, when he really started to pick up and got to run his own race after that. It showed that he can run well however the race is run, and it was a good race to lead him into this one,” the trainer said.

Gold Dream: Last year’s dual Grade 1 winner of the February Stakes and Champions Cup, the 5-year-old also finished second in this year’s February Stakes, making him one of the most consistent dirt horses in the country. He’s coming off a second-place finish to Le Vent Se Leve in the Mile Championship Nambu Hai. Trainer Osamu Hirata commented: “He’s a horse that can change gears well, and he’s best suited to courses like Tokyo and Chukyo with their long straights. He adjusted well to things in the Nambu Hai though. He’s had his usual break at Northern Farm Shigaraki and come back to the stable his usual self.”

Sunrise Soar: A horse that relishes being up with the pace, the 4-year-old colt will have jockey Joao Moreira in the saddle this time, and although it will be the horse’s first time at Chukyo, he has run well at Tokyo on his trips over to that course from his Ritto Training Center base at trainer Hiroshi Kawachi’s stable. “Last time out in the backstraight, another horse decided to force the pace, putting in a very fast sectional time. That made it hard, and a more natural pace would have been better. The horse came out of the race fine and comes to his best at this time of year,” the trainer said.

Omega Perfume: Another representing the 3-year-old generation, Omega Perfume has never finished outside the top three in his seven-race career. Bred at Shadai Farm, he was something of a bargain buy at the 2017 Chiba Thoroughbred Sale, and he will be the big race ride of jockey Cristian Demuro on Sunday. Trainer Shogo Yasuda commented: “Things picked up quickly last time in the backstraight of the race, and being up against older horses as well, it wasn’t easy, but he came home well enough to finish second. In the meantime, we’ve had him in the pool and have taken care of him, not overdoing things.”

Sunrise Nova: Sire Gold Allure is well represented in the race, and 4-year-old colt Sunrise Nova is in top form, winning his last three races, two of them over 1,600 meters. He’s been sent off favorite in his last five starts and has only been unplaced once in 2018, when he finished fourth in the Grade 1 February Stakes. Trainer Hidetaka Otonashi said, “He’s been better at the gate recently and has shown good closing speed in his races. He’s become easier to ride. The key point this time will be handling the four corners of the race and getting his finish in.”
Ange Desir: The only filly among the nominations, the daughter of Deep Impact will be taking on her first Grade 1 this time, but is coming off a win in the JBC Ladies Classic last time over 1,800 meters at Kyoto. She is trained by Ritto-based Mitsugu Kon, a six time winner of JRA Grade 1 races. The trainer said, “The rotation seems fine for her as she seems to be improving with her races. She’s in good condition as we look ahead to this race with her.”

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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!
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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!
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Pro tipster "MAX"
Sugouma Robot

Recommend using!

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


You love the fun of horseracing with all your friends! You're the type who wants friends to go to the track with!
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Horseracing Diary
offline get-togethers

Recommend using!

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


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