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Deep Bond laid claim to the Prix Foy at ParisLongchamp Racecourse on Sunday, Sept. 12 with an aggressive ride under Cristian Demuro that landed him victory and buoyed hope in Japan’s 52-year pursuit of the Holy Grail - a win of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Deep Bond was Japan’s only Arc nominee to be given a prep at ParisLongchamp ahead of the Oct. 3 Arc, which marks its 100th running this year.

The 4-year-old son of Kizuna took the lead from the gate and was stalked by Broome. Ridden clear from 3 furlongs out, Deep Bond kept on well while Broome gave chase, but Deep Bond showed no signs of tiring and stayed his ground to the finish.

Deep Bond’s winning time under 58 kg was 2 minutes 31.82 seconds over 2,400 meters of good turf.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Broome, ridden by Lanfranco Dettori, followed the winner home in second by 1 1/2 lengths. Race favorite Skalleti, who had fought Gerald Mosse much of the way, finished nearly 7 lengths off Deep Bond in fourth place.

Deep Bond’s trainer, the Ritto-based Ryuji Okubo commented from ParisLongchamp.“I did have some reservations about racing him in France, but at 4 years old, he has matured in leaps and bounds (and is still maturing), and I thought he’d be suited to the heavy turf of Longchamp.”

The Prix Foy was Deep Bond’s third Grade 2 win. He has, however, yet to win a top-level race and was 10-5-4 in last year’s classics. This year mid March, he scooped the Grade 2 Hanshin Daishoten over 3,000 meters of yielding turf, then ran second in the May 2 Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Spring) over 3,200 meters missing the win by only 3/4 length.

“The owner had the Arc in mind since the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger), but even more so after the Hanshin Daishoten,” Okubo said. “Deep Bond’s a big horse at 500 kg with dynamic movement and he moves in a big way. The pace here is different from Japan and I had wanted him to ride the rhythm a bit more as he often does, and race from further back.

“But, he went for the lead and the jockey made the decision to go with it and let Deep Bond race at his own rhythm. And that turned out to be a winner.”

Asked about the expected stronger pace in the Arc, Okubo replied, “I think that will work in his favor. . . . I think we can go to the 100th running of the Arc with confidence.”

Cristian Demuro was riding Deep Bond for the first time. The 29-year-old younger brother of Mirco said he’d had the lead in mind before the break. “It had been my plan to send him forward. He’s a one-pace kind of horse and I thought that if no one wanted to go to the front, I would.”

Demuro, who won his first Arc last year aboard Sottsass, added, “I think today’s turf condition suited Deep Bond well. We’ve been given a fabulous ticket to the Arc.”

Deep Bond’s owner is Shinji Maeda, who owns last year’s Japanese Triple Crown winner Contrail. He also owned Deep Bond’s sire Kizuna, who won the Arc trial Prix Niel in 2013 and, the following month, ran fourth in the Arc. Elder brother KojiMaeda, representing North Hills, the farm that bred all three horses, said, “There’s been a lot of depressing news during the corona epidemic so I’m happy to have some good news reach Japan. He ran a very strong race.

“Most of all, I’m excited to have a North Hills-bred son of Kizuna win in France. His sire won the Prix Niel and went to the Arc and finished fourth. I’m looking forward to seeing Deep Bond better that.”

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Later in the day, Deep Bond’s travel mate Entscheiden took on the Prix du Pin, a 1,400-meter turf G3. Entscheiden, running under 58 kg (1.5-3 kg more than the horses who beat him home) finished fifth amid a field of nine, with Christophe Soumillon aboard the winner, the 4-year-old France-trained H. H. Aga Khan-owned Sagamiyra. He was followed by three more French runners, Axdavali, Speak Of The Devil and Valloria, but the total margin between the winner and Entscheiden was a mere 1 1/2 lengths.

Ritto-based and trained by Yoshito Yahagi, Entscheiden was piloted by Ryusei Sakai. The 6-year-old gray son of Deep Impact broke from the inside gate and took the lead. He was driven hard from 2 furlongs out, but was overtaken at the furlong mark.

Sakai expressed his satisfied with the run. “I think he was able to run his own race. The winner was strong but the margins were slim from second place on, which means I’m going do my best to turn the tables next time out.”

Entscheiden is nominated for both the Oct. 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein (G2, 1,600) and Oct. 3 Prix de la Foret (G1, 1,400)

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The Prix Foy win was Japan’s fourth from 15 bids, the first in eight years. El Condor Pasa and Orfevre both won the Foy, the latter twice. Nakayama Festa finished second, and all three went on to give Japan’s its four second-place Arc finishes thus far.

In addition to the Prix Foy, ParisLongchamp showcased two other races on Sept. 12 over the Arc distance of 2,400 meters - the Prix Niel and the Prix Vermeille. The Niel was won by Chantilly-trained Bubble Gift, with Baby Rider in second. The Vermeille went to the Ireland-bred Teona, trained by Roger Varian, with the Japan-bred filly and race favorite Snowfall, trained by A.P. O’Brien, in second.

Japan is also sending Chrono Genesis to the Arc. The 5-year-old mare will be racing for only the third time this year, following her win of the June 27 Grade 1 Takarazuka Kinen and her second in the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1, 2,410 meters).

Chrono Genesis’s stablemate Ikat is nominated for the Oct. 3 Prix de l’Opera (G1, 2,000).

Exclusive Topics for Horse Racing in Japan - Summe04 Aug 5:30 pm

JRA-organized races and racegoers have fortunately been able to avoid the worst effects of the COVID-19 pandemic this year. Whereas races had to be held in front of empty stands from mid-January, venues gradually began to reopen their doors with capacity limitations as early as March, Nakayama Racecourse being the last to do so in April. With the exception of the February Stakes, the spring G1 series was able to be held with the attendance and support of fans. The World All-Star Jockeys, however, which is held annually in Sapporo in late August, had to be canceled for the second year in a row.

Major spring events around the world resumed this year. At the Dubai World Cup day meeting in late March, Japanese contenders registered runner-up efforts in four G1 races on the card. The following month, they swept the top four places in Hong Kong’s Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1, 2,000m), where Loves Only You (JPN, M5, by Deep Impact) took home first prize. As contenders expected to compete abroad this autumn gradually coming to light, six home-bred nominees for this year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1, 2,400m) on October 3 were announced in May.

The first potential Arc runner to be announced was Deep Bond (JPN, C4, by Kizuna),who was 10th, 5th and 4th in last year’s Triple Crown races, each time behind champion Contrail (JPN, C4, by Deep Impact) who made a clean sweep. The Kizuna colt proved his skills on yielding going in dominating the Hanshin Daishoten (G2, 3,000m) in March by a formidable five lengths. His previous graded victory came in the Kyoto Shimbun Hai (G2, 2,200m) last season. He followed up in the Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1, 3,200m) with a close 3/4-length second despite being race favorite, but the colt will still follow the footsteps of both his father and grandfather Deep Impact by running in France.

Deep Bond, who will be stabled at a Chantilly yard that Hiroo Shimizu opened in 2018, will first run in a step race, the Prix Foy (G2, 2,400m), on September 12. Accompanying the colt will be Entscheiden (JPN, H6, by Deep Impact), who is looking to notch a group-race title at the mile distance, possibly the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (G1, 1,600m) on September 5.

Chrono Genesis (JPN, M5, by Bago) fared well in her first overseas endeavor in the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1, 2,410m) where, despite being bumped several times in the stretch, dug in strongly to finish a close second. Although the long trip to the Middle East took a toll on the five-year-old mare, who lost weight after returning home, she steadily regained her form and was voted first by fans to defend her TakarazukaKinen (G1, 2,200m) title on June 27. She answered with a tremendous closing to put away her rivals by a 2-1/2-length margin. Chrono Genesisbecame only the third horse to claim three consecutive Grand Prix races, including the year-end Arima Kinen (G1, 2,500m).

A decisive decision factor in her Arc bid was a thumbs up from jockey Christophe Lemaire, who stated that the progeny of 2004 Arc winner Bago has a very good aptitude for French tracks and race developments she could likely face there. The mare, who will be stabled at Pascal Bary’s barn in Chantilly after flying to France in mid to late September, will run only in the Arc and have Oisin Murphy in the saddle.

Stella Veloce(JPN, C3, by Bago) displayed the fastest stretch drive to land a good runner-up effort in last year’s Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1, 1,600m), which followed his first graded win in the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup (G3, 1,600m) a couple of months earlier. Sent off sixth and ninth favorite in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1, 2,000m) and the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, G1, 2,400m), respectively, the Bago colt showed good turns of foot and closed well to finish third in both. Instead of heading for France, the colt will kick off his fall campaign in the Kobe Shimbun Hai (G2, 2,200m) on September 26 and then possibly the KikukaSho(Japanese St. Leger, G1, 3,000m) if he performs well.

Meiner Virtus(JPN, H5, by Screen Hero) impressively overcame soft going to land an emphatic 11-length victory in the Fukushima Mimpo Hai (Listed, 2,000m). Three months later, the five-year-old made his first grade-race appearance in the Hakodate Kinen (G3, 2,000m) but lacked the needed kick in the stretch and was eighth.

Mozu Bello(JPN, H5, by Deep Brillante) scored his first graded win in the Nikkei Shinshun Hai (G2, 2,400m) last season and went on to a good third in the 2020 TakarazukaKinen as 12th pick, overcoming heavy showers before the race. This season, the Deep Brillante horse has improved his form to handle yielding going well, finishing second in the Osaka Hai (G1, 2,000m) in April but then disappointed with a mundane eighth in the TakarazukaKinen on a good to firm track.

Lei Papale (JPN, F4, by Deep Impact), after claiming her first three career starts, missed her chance to run in the last leg of the fillies’ Triple Crown, the Shuka Sho (G1, 2,000m), due to an unluckypick in a lottery. But then she marked back-to-back wins, including her first graded victory in the Challenge Cup (G3, 2,000m) last December.Her first G1 attempt produced a remarkable four-length victory in the Osaka Hai, where she was the fourth pick among a competitive field that included 2020 Triple Crown champion Contrail, who finished third and looks to take a long break until the autumn season.

In the following TakarazukaKinen, the Deep Impact filly led the field up to the 100-meter marker but was caught by the eventual winner Chrono Genesis and then was nosed out by Unicorn Lion (IRE, H5, by No Nay Never) at the wire to finish third, thus ending the undefeated filly’s winning streak at six in her first 2,200m race after she steadily stepped up in distance since debuting at 1,600-meters. It has been decided that the filly will pass up the Arc and aim for the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1, 2,000m) or the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1, 2,200m) instead.

Loves Only You (JPN, M5, by Deep Impact), after returning from a successful overseas spring campaign this year, is now targeting the Breeders’ Cup in the United States this fall. Winless since her YushunHimba(Japanese Oaks, G1, 2,400m) triumph two years ago, the Deep Impact mare finally prevailed in the Kyoto Kinen(G2, 2,200m), her first start of this season. In her first outing abroad, the Dubai Sheema Classic, she finished third behind winner Mishriff (IRE, C4, by Make Believe) and Chrono Genesis. Moving on to Hong Kong, the five-year-old mare pulled away from a fierce rally to land her second G1 title in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. In the process, she beat second-place Japanese foes Glory Vase (JPN, H6, by Deep Impact) and third-place Daring Tact (JPN, F4, by Epiphaneia), last year’s fillies’ Triple Crown queen, who wasdiagnosed with ligamentitis in her right foreleg after the race.

Loves Only You is scheduled to run in the Sapporo Kinen (G2, 2,000m) on August 22 prior to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1, 2,200m) on November 6 and then take a shot at the Hong Kong Cup (G1, 2,000m) on December 12. Her stablemate Justin(JPN, H5, by Orfevre)will accompany her for a possible bid in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1, dirt, 1,200m)and the Hong Kong Sprint (G1, 1,200m) as well.

Grenadier Guards (JPN, C3, by Frankel), champion of last year’s Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1, 1,600m), will join Loves Only You in making a Breeders’ Cup bid this autumn. The Frankel colt marked a runner-up effort in the Falcon Stakes (G3, 1,400m) at the beginning of this season and followed up with a 2-1/2-length third in the NHK Mile Cup (G1, 1,600m) in May. He is scheduled to run in the Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap (G3, 1,600m) on September 12 before heading to California for the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1, 1,600m) on November 6.

Other spring G1 winners scheduled to return this summer or fall include:
• Cafe Pharoah (USA, C4, by American Pharoah), victor of the February Stakes (G1, dirt, 1,600m) and winner of five out of eight starts over dirt, made his first turf-race start in the Hakodate Kinen (G3, 2,000m) but was a disappointing ninth. His rider Christophe Lemaire commented, however, that the innermost draw had prevented Cafe Pharoah from showing his true strength and that neither the surface nor distance had anything to do with the outcome
• Danon Smash (JPN, H6, by Lord Kanaloa), an experienced sprinter with multiple graded wins, including the 2020 Hong Kong Sprint and this year’s TakamatsunomiyaKinen (G1, 1,200m), will resume his fall campaign in the Sprinters Stakes (G1, 1,200m) on October 3
• Sodashi (JPN, F3, by Kurofune), the undefeated white filly who claimed the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m) this year, failed to respond in the stretch in the following YushunHimba and was a disappointing eighth. She will start in the Sapporo Kinen this summer and then likely run in the Shuka Sho (G1, 2,000m), the fillies’ Triple Crown final leg in October
• MeishoDassai(JPN, H8, by Suzuka Mambo), who scored a second J-G1 title in the Nakayama Grand Jump (4,250m) in April, is primed to defend his Nakayama Daishogai (J-G1, 4,100m) title on December 25 and will probably prepare by running in the Tokyo High-Jump (J-G2, 3,110m) on October 17
• Efforia (JPN, C3, by Epiphaneia), victor in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, G1, 2,000m), seems to be targeted at the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1) on October 31 and then the Japan Cup (G1, 2,400m) on November 28, rather than the KikukaShoon October 24
• World Premier (JPN, H5, by Deep Impact), the 2019 KikukaSho champion who once again proved his stayer talent with a course-record win in this year’s Tenno Sho (Spring), his second G1 victory, is looking to run once again in the Japan Cup
• Schnell Meister (GER, C3, by Kingman), this year’s NHK Mile Cup (G1, 1,600m) victor and subsequent third-place finisher in the Yasuda Kinen—his first challenge against older foes—will begin his autumn season with the Mainichi Okan (G2, 1,800m) on October 10 and then most likely be at the gate of the Mile Championship (G1, 1,600m) on November 21
• Gran Alegria (JPN, M5, by Deep Impact), five-time G1 winner, including the Victoria Mile (1,600m) in May, plus fourth in the Osaka Hai in April, will make another bid at the 2,000m distance in the Tenno Sho (Autumn)
• Uberleben (JPN, F3, by Gold Ship) recovered well from a swollen left foreleg after winning this year’s YushunHimba and will join Oka Sho winner Sodashi in the Shuka Sho
• Shahryar(JPN, C3, by Deep Impact), who nosed out race favorite Efforia to claim the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, G1, 2,400m) title, will commence his fall campaign in the Kobe Shimbun Hai and then will proceed either to the final leg of the three-year-old Triple Crown, the KikukaSho, or the Tenno Sho (Autumn) against older foes
• Danon Kingly (JPN, H5, by Deep Impact), who claimed his much-awaited G1 title in the Yasuda Kinen (G1, 1,600m) by beating defending champion Gran Alegria by a head as a lightly favored eighth choice, will likely run in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) or Mile Championship

Finally, the JRA has officially announced that it will newly establish an international race on the same weekend of the Japan Cup. In addition to the Capital Stakes (Listed, 1,600m) held the day before the Japan Cup, four allowance races (2-wins Class and 3-wins Class) for foreign-trained horses will be scheduled as undercard races. Two foreign contenders per race will be given berths, aiming to entice Japan Cup foreign invitees to bring their stablemates along.

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Chrono Genesis Captures Third Consecutive Grand-Pr28 Jun 12:29 pm

Odds-on-favorite Chrono Genesis claimed back-to-back Takarazuka Kinen title to become the first horse to do so since Gold Ship in 2013 and 2014. Coming off a close runner-up effort in the Dubai Sheema Classic in March, this win marked her fourth G1 and sixth graded victory. Along with her Takarazuka Kinen and Arima Kinen titles last year, she became the fifth horse and first mare to win three Grand Prix races. Her career earnings will surpass a billion yen to become the fifth mare to do so after Vodka, Buena Vista, Gentildonna and Almond Eye. Trainer Takashi Saito marked his fifth JRA-G1 title after last year’s Arima Kinen with this mare, and jockey Christophe Lemaire, who rode her for the first time in this race, celebrated his 39th G1 win following his win in this year’s Victoria Mile with Gran Alegria.

Chrono Genesis broke well from stall seven and settled around fifth while eyeing second favorite Lei Papale in front. Though surrounded by horses entering the lane, the Bago mare waited until finding an open space 300 meters out and exerted a powerful burst of speed with the fastest last three-furlong drive, overtaking the front two runners before reaching the wire with a comfortable 2-1/2-length margin.

“The mare was in very good condition and looked great at the paddock. We were able to race in good position behind Lei Papale. She stretched really well and was able to run the last 200 meters easily. (Regarding the possibility of her second overseas challenge,) she can race really well in soft track, so I think she will perform well especially in France,” commented Christophe Lemaire while showing concern for her regular rider, Yuichi Kitamura, who was unable to ride her due to an injury from falling off a horse.

Seventh pick Unicorn Lion and Lei Papale broke smoothly from the first two stalls and immediately surged out to take the front. Continuing to lead the field with Unicorn Lion setting the pace and Lei Papale pressing the pace in second, the two dueled strongly entering the lane and, though overtaken by Chrono Genesis 100 meters out, held off the rest of the field by two lengths to finish second and third, respectively.
Other Horses:
4th: (10) Curren Bouquetd’or—stalked winner 3-wide around 5th, lacked needed kick at stretch
5th: (13) Kiseki—tracked leaders 3-wide in 3rd, in contention until 300m out, weakened thereafter
6th: (12) Miss Mamma Mia—hugged rails 2nd from rear, circled wide, showed belated charge
7th: (8) Cadenas—trailed in rear, made headway after 3rd corner, angled out and passed tired rivals
8th: (11) Mozu Bello—sat 3-wide around 8th, advanced to good striking position, failed to sustain bid
9th: (9) Aristoteles—settled around 6-7th, showed brief effort until 200m pole
10th: (4) Wipe Tears—saved ground around 5th, gradually fell back in last 300m
11th: (3) Melody Lane—raced in 10th along rails, showed little at stretch
12th: (5) Admire Alba—traveled in 11th, never a factor throughout trip
13th: (6) Shironii—took economic trip around 8th, faded after turning final corner

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Takarazuka Kinen (G1) - Preview22 Jun 1:20 pm

This coming Sunday (June 27) rounds out the Grade 1 action for the first half of the year in Japan, and after some great racing at Tokyo in May and early June, Hanshin Racecourse will be the venue for this week’s Grade 1 Takarazuka Kinen. One of two races in the year where horses are elected by votes from the fans, this year’s top choice for the early summer race goes to Chrono Genesis, who attracted just over 137,000 votes.

The first Takarazuka Kinen was run in 1960, when the distance was 1,800 meters, but in 1966 it was first run over 2,200 meters, which remains the distance today. It’s a race for 3-year-olds and up, but the former have only been able to enter the race since 2001, and no 3-year-old has ever won the race. It became an international contest in 1997, and the last runner from overseas was Werther from Hong Kong in 2018, who put in a bold showing to take second place. There will be no runners from abroad this year, but the winner gets the chance to travel to the Breeders’ Cup Longines Turf at Del Mar in November, as well as an automatic entry to the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, a race won by Lys Gracieux in 2019.

There have been 15 nominations for the big race this week, including five fillies and mares who get to claim the 2kg allowance. A number of the runners are coming off runs in the Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Spring) over 3,200 meters at Hanshin in May, and also the Grade 1 Osaka Hai at Hanshin over 2,000 meters in April. Just two first favorites have won the Grade 1 Takarazuka Kinen in the past ten years (the latest was Gold Ship in 2014), and 5-year-olds have had the best record during the same time period, winning six times. Record time for the race still belongs to Earnestly, who won in a time of 2 minutes 10.1 seconds back in 2011. This year’s winner’s check is JPY150 million (about USD1.5 million).

Final declarations and the barrier draw will be available later in the week, and the 62nd running of the Grade 1 Takarazuka Kinen will be Race 11 on the Sunday card at Hanshin, with a post time here in Japan of 15:40.

Here’s a look at some of the runners expected to play a part in the race:

Chrono Genesis: Last year’s winner by six lengths is back for another try, and is bidding to become just the second horse in the history of the race to win in consecutive years (Gold Ship was the other one to do so, winning in 2013 and 2014). She is also looking to become just the sixth filly or mare to win since the race was established in 1960. Only unplaced once in 14 starts, which have included 7 wins, there’s a lot going for her again here, and her trainer Takashi Saito is pleased with her preparations so far. “She got bumped quite badly last time in the Dubai Sheema Classic and it was an unlucky race for her, but she still ran well. Having returned and completed quarantine at Miki Horseland Park, she then went to Northern Farm Shigaraki to settle back in on her return. She came back to the stable on June 2, and in her first piece of work after that, she seemed a little heavy, but soon got switched on in her usual way of doing things,” said the trainer. In the absence of the injured Yuichi Kitamura, leading jockey Christophe Lemaire will ride Chrono Genesis for the first time in the race, and after his first contact with the horse in training on the woodchip course at Ritto recently, he commented: “She seems in great shape, and it’s important that she runs in a relaxed way, which she seems to do off a normal pace.”

Lei Papale: The unbeaten 4-year-old filly by Deep Impact remains very much on an upward curve, as could be seen from her latest Grade 1 win in the Osaka Hai over 2,000 meters at Hanshin in April, to give her three victories at the Hanshin track from her total of six altogether. She would certainly be one of the main threats to Chrono Genesis. Trainer Tomokazu Takano said, “There was some concern with the ground last time, but she went straight to the front and ran very cleverly to go on and win well. I put a lot of that down to the jockey’s efforts. After that, the horse had a break at Northern Farm Shigaraki, and she has recovered from her last race quite quickly and looks to be in good condition.” Her regular jockey Yuga Kawada will once again be in the saddle.

Aristoteles: The Northern Farm bred 4-year-old colt is yet to win a Grade 1 race, but is knocking on the door, and ran a respectable race last time to finish fourth to World Premiere in the Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Spring) over 3,200 meters at Hanshin in early May. It also has to be remembered how close he came to beating Contrail in last year’s Grade 1 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger). Assistant trainer Kenichi Shono said: “He found a good position in the race last time and ran well enough with a good rhythm. He’s had a rest at the farm, but since his return to the stable on May 25, he’s looking refreshed, and we’ll get him tuned up as the race approaches.” Four-time winner of the Takarazuka Kinen, Yutaka Take has been booked for the ride on the son of Epiphaneia.

Curren Bouquetd'or: Coming off a third-place finish in the Tenno Sho (Spring), the 5-year-old mare was once again out of luck as she put in another big run trying to gain her first Grade 1 success. Among the seven second place finishes in her career, she can count the 2019 Grade 1 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) and 2019 Grade 1 Japan Cup among them. Trainer Sakae Kunieda still has plenty of faith in her and hopes that this Sunday could be her day. “Last time she pressed on at the end to try and win the race, but just got caught and had to settle for third. It was her first time over 3,200 meters, and she did pull a bit. The shorter distance will suit, and she showed she can handle the Hanshin track in that last run,” said the trainer.

Mozu Bello: For a horse that sold at a very reasonable price at the 2017 Hokkaido Select Sale, the 5-year-old by Deep Brillante has repaid his owners, Capital System Co. Ltd., handsomely, with prize money close to a twentyfold return on his purchase price. He’s a tough character, and although his outright win percentage might not be the best, he’s capable of producing runs similar to his last race, when he finished second to Lei Papale in the Grade 1 Osaka Hai back in April. Trainer Naoyuki Morita commented: “He’s had his break at the farm, and there’s no change with him after coming back to the stable. He’s worked well uphill at his own pace since returning. We’ll give him a stronger workout closer to the race.”

Kiseki: Another horse that luck doesn’t grace often enough, the now 7-year-old Kiseki is looking for his first win since his victory in the 2017 Grade 1 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger), although he has finished second five times since then, including the 2019 and 2020 Takarazuka Kinen races. He last ran a gallant fourth in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong in April. His new trainer, Yasuyuki Tsujino, is getting the horse ready for his fourth try at this week’s big race. “In Hong Kong last time, breaking a little slower than some of the others, he settled on the inside and was ridden patiently. He rallied well at the end to beat Exultant, which was impressive. On his return to Japan, he’s recovered quickly and is showing his usual tough spirit,” said the trainer.

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France Go de Ina finishes 8th in Belmont Stakes10 Jun 10:50 am

Form and effort were not enough for France Go de Ina from Japan, who came in last out of eight in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 5, at Belmont Park in New York.

Betting favorite Essential Quality won the final race of the American Triple Crown over Hot Rod Charlie by a length and a quarter after a duel down the homestretch. The Brad Cox-trained colt cut a time of 2 minutes, 27.11 seconds over 2,400 meters. It was the first Triple Crown victory for Cox.

A pure dirt runner through his six career starts, France Go de Ina, trained by Hideyuki Mori, was coming off seventh place in the Preakness on May 15 at Pimlico, the second leg of the series. He was only the second Japan-based horse to run in the race after Lani in 2016.

For Saturday, there was a change in hands from Joel Rosario to Ricardo Santana, Jr., who pushed France Go de Ina - who went off at odds of 27-1 - from the start of the 153rd Belmont Stakes to keep up with Hot Rod Charlie and Rock Your World.

That which France Go de Ina managed to do until the far turn, where he appeared to lose steam as Luis Saez made his move to nudge Essential Quality towards the front. A crack from Santana’s whip made little difference as the eventual winner and Hot Rod Charlie turned it into a match race. Third-place Rombauer, winner of the Preakness, lagged more than 11 lengths behind.

By the time the rest of the field turned for home, France Go de Ina was well out of the picture. Santana then eased him in.

Both Santana and Mori had been confident about the France Go de Ina’s fitness but it appears the added distance of 500 meters doomed him.

“The horse was in fine condition and hustled from the gate but it looked like he just wore out in the end. As the jockey said, I’m getting the feeling 1,600 meters is the limit,” Mori said.

“He doesn’t like being covered in sand so we had him go from the beginning. But in hindsight it drove up the pace, making it a very tough race for him. He was OK afterwards though. No problems from what I saw.”

Added Santana, “He was in really good form and we got off to a good start. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a difficult race for him with others we had to chase. But he ran as hard as he could. Personally, I think he’s better off around a mile.”

France Go de Ina’s next start remains to be seen. He arrived in the United States on May 5, quarantined in Los Angeles and arrived at Pimlico three days later. Before flying stateside from Japan, he raced in the UAE Derby on March 27 - his first graded race - in which he was sixth out of 14.

France Go de Ina, by Unbridled’s Song’s son Will Take Charge out of Dreamy Blues, was purchased at the 2019 Keeneland September Sale for $100,000.

He races under the colors of Yuji Inaida.

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Pro Tipster MAX - provides racing tips in the competitive horseracing world, with completely transparent wins/losses -

Pro Tipster MAX is a service that allows you to buy the racing tips of elite Umanity professional tipsters--starting at just 100 yen/race. The racing tips of Umanity-approved professional tipsters aren't just symbols that indicate the outcome, but a proper racing tip that indicates the betting combination and how to allocate funds--racing tips whose wins/losses are completely transparent in this head-to-head world. That's a clear distinction from the racing tips of other sites, which do not publish their wins/losses.

Simply registering as a member (free) allows you to buy the racing tips of professional tipsters.

Last week Results

  • Highest Payout
  • Return Rate
Rank Tipster Race Payoff
1 ireconderupasa ireconderupasa
26 Sep Nakayama9R
32,640 261,120
2 kyosukejrdb kyosukejrdb
25 Sep Nakayama11R
15,860 190,320
3 Ace No.2 Ace No.2
26 Sep Chukyo12R
26,060 146,980
4 Seiryu No.1 Seiryu No.1
25 Sep Chukyo6R
4,290 132,230
5 ireconderupasa ireconderupasa
25 Sep Chukyo1R
850 129,100

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Rank Tipster No.of
1 sanada osamu sanada osamu
5R 344% 60% 100,600 47,233
2 Mutsuki Mutsuki
29R 219% 31% 184,490 37,610
3 ireconderupasa ireconderupasa
23R 184% 13% 193,020 140,740
4 kyosukejrdb kyosukejrdb
26R 165% 50% 164,880 31,921
5 ButaminC ButaminC
20R 154% 30% 30,710 14,535
6 N.Okamura N.Okamura
48R 141% 25% 145,000 41,083
7 Janne Janne
38R 140% 36% 152,690 38,049
8 mayuka mayuka
41R 129% 60% 8,820 1,544
9 K.Nishino K.Nishino
23R 123% 34% 23,680 15,435
10 Shimoon Shimoon
48R 115% 8% 21,500 40,375
11 kiri kiri
48R 101% 22% 4,400 21,809

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Tip Coliseum --Japan's Biggest Racing Tips Arena! Are you Going to Compete? Or just Watch?

Over the course of a year, some 5 million racing tips are registered in the Tip Coliseum, Japan's largest and highest-level racing tip event. Different people use it in different ways--from participating in the tournament and competing for rankings, to watching the tips of top rankers.

Just registering as a member (free) allows you to use the functions of the Tip Coliseum for free.

 Tournament Info:Tournament 185 is currently being held!(11 Sep - 3 Oct)

Tournament 185 Latest result

Rank Tipster Level
Deviation Return
87.1 1902%
traveller2571 traveller2571
87.1 1393%
Alpen  Salz Alpen Salz
79.9 334%
e30adcc40a e30adcc40a
79.0 480%
giantkillings6 giantkillings6
78.9 561%

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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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