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Second pick Chrono Genesis claimed this year’s Takarazuka Kinen to register her second G1 title following her win in last year’s Shuka Sho (2,000m), the last jewel of the fillies Triple Crown. Marking her third graded victory in her kick off start of this season in the Kyoto Kinen (G2, 2,200m) over a yielding track in February, she finished a neck second in the previous Osaka Hai (G1, 2,000m) in April. For trainer Takashi Saito, this win marked his third JRA-G1 title following his NHK Mile Cup win with Lauda Sion in May and for jockey Yuichi Kitamura, his fourth JRA-G1 victory following the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies title with Resistencia in December last year.

Chrono Genesis, one of the only two female contenders in an “All-Star” field, broke smoothly out of stall 16 and settled around ninth from frontrunner Tosen Surya. Continuing to take a wide route rounding the last two corners, the Bago filly advanced strongly to enter the lane in second behind Lucky Lilac. Once assuming command 300 meters out, the four-year-old filly unleashed a powerful kick despite the somewhat soft going due to rain, leaving the field behind to win the race with a race-record margin of six lengths.

“The filly broke smoothly and we were able to travel in good rhythm in good striking position. I didn’t really have to urge her to go but she just went spontaneously. She was responding really well so I knew that she will stretch well in the lane. She has become a powerful filly and was in very good condition. She was really strong,” commented jockey Yuichi Kitamura.

Last year’s runner-up and sixth choice Kiseki, though forced to race toward the rear due to a slow break, edged forward through the backstretch, recovering to around ninth position, just behind Chrono Genesis, before entering the third corner. The six-year-old son of Rulership continued to advance behind the eventual winner through the corners and, while unable to keep up with the overwhelming speed of the winner, finished second, five length in front of the third-place finisher.

Twelfth pick Mozu Bello traveled wide behind Chrono Genesis, around 12th from the front, and held on well in the stretch to come in third.
Race favorite Saturnalia broke smoothly, hugged the rails in tenth and angled out turning the last corners for the attack but was unable to exert his strong late kick due to the soft ground and finished fourth.

Other Horses:
5th: (10) Meisho Tengen—settled around 16th, showed 3rd fastest late drive
6th: (11) Lucky Lilac—ran around 5th, inherited lead briefly at early stretch, weakened in last 200m
7th: (6) Tosen Surya—set pace, showed tenacity until 150m out
8th: (1) Tosen Cambina—saved ground around 16th, passed tired rivals
9th: (13) Danburite—chased leaders around 3rd, gradually dropped back after 3rd corner
10th: (8) Red Genial—positioned in 11th, even paced
11th: (15) Stiffelio—raced in 9th, driven after 3rd corner, failed to respond
12th: (17) Cadenas—trailed in rear, made headway after 3rd corner, never threatened
13th: (7) Wagnerian—stalked leader in 2nd, nothing left at stretch
14th: (9) Admire Alba—took economic trip in 13th, unable to reach contention
15th: (2) Persian Knight—tracked leaders around 3rd, fell back after 3rd corner
16th: (18) Blast Onepiece—sat around 5th from widest draw, outrun after 3rd corner
17th: (3) Glory Vase—settled around 14th, advanced after 3rd corner, never fired at stretch
18th: (4) African Gold—traveled around 7th, faded after 3rd corner

Takarazuka Kinen (G1) - Preview24 Jun 11:10 am

A star-studded field looks guaranteed this coming Sunday (June 28), when the Grade 1 Takarazuka Kinen will be run at Hanshin Racecourse, closing out the top-class action for the first half of the year here in Japan. Although the likes of Almond Eye and Fierement won’t be taking on the race, the fans who vote for the horses they want to see in the line-up would be pretty satisfied to see the big names that will battle it out for the honors on Sunday.
The Takarazuka Kinen was first run in 1960, and is a race for 3-year-olds and up over 2,200 meters on the inner turf track at Hanshin. It became an international race in 1997, and although it hasn’t seen too many runners from overseas, Werther from Hong Kong certainly gave it his best shot in 2018, when he finished a close second in the race. This year sees eighteen nominations for a maximum eighteen runner field, and there are no less than eight Grade 1 winners among the nominees. Four-year-olds and up carry 58kg, with a 2kg allowance for fillies and mares, and 3-year-olds get to carry 53kg, although no 3-year-old has ever won the race. One factor will be the weather leading into the weekend, as connections eye the ground condition their runners will encounter, with Japan’s rainy season currently underway.
Some of the lead up races to this year’s Takarazuka Kinen have included the Grade 1 Osaka Hai over 2,000 meters at Hanshin in April, the Grade 2 Kinko Sho over 2,000 meters at Chukyo in March, and the Tenno Sho (Spring) run over 3,200 meters at Kyoto in May. Only two first favorites have won in the last ten years, the last one being Gold Ship in 2014, and during the same time period, six 5-year-olds have won, and they’ve achieved that in the last six years, proving their recent dominance. Last year, Lys Gracieux became just the fourth filly or mare to win the Takarazuka Kinen. Record time for the race was set by Earnestly, when he won in 2 minutes 10.1 seconds in 2011. The winner this year will receive JPY 150 million, together with automatic entry to this year’s Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland and the Cox Plate in Australia.
Final declarations and the barrier draw will come out later in the week. The Takarazuka Kinen will be Race 11 on Sunday’s card at Hanshin, with a post time of 15:40 here in Japan.
Here’s a look at some of the runners expected to take part:

Saturnalia - The third pick in the fans’ poll, Saturnalia comes to the race after winning the Grade 2 Kinko Sho over 2,000 meters at Chukyo in March, his only start so far this year. Last year’s Grade 1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) winner couldn’t follow that up with a Derby win, but he’s started 2020 in good form. Assistant trainer Takashi Kotaki said, “He was helped last time by the lack of noise due to no spectators, and everything went smoothly in the preliminaries. He adjusted well to the slow pace of the race, and ran out a comfortable winner. He’s been at the farm since, but on his return to the stable, he’s been his usual self as he prepares for this race.” Jockey Christophe Lemaire is set to ride Saturnalia.

Lucky Lilac - This year’s Grade 1 Osaka Hai winner, the 5-year-old mare by Orfevre received the most votes from the poll, excluding only Almond Eye. As she has matured, she certainly seems to be on an upward curve, as is indicated by the words of trainer Mikio Matsunaga. “After her last race, she went to Northern Farm Shigaraki, and although restrictions on movement meant I wasn’t able to check on her, she has come back looking really well. Her movement is good, and she has filled out in a way that really makes her look bigger and stronger,” commented the trainer. Two of Lucky Lilac’s three Grade 1 wins have come with foreign jockeys in the saddle, and Mirco Demuro gets the chance to win his third Grade 1 title this year.

Chrono Genesis - The 4-year-old filly by Bago has an impressive record with five wins from ten starts, and has only been unplaced once, that being when she finished fifth in last year’s Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup. Her record in top-level races speaks for itself, and she just got beaten a neck last time by Lucky Lilac. Trainer Takashi Saito believes she can run another big race. “Last time she drew a wide gate, but quickly got into a position where she settled into stride well. She finished second in the end, but showed her ability, which has definitely improved as she’s gotten older. She returned from the farm on June 5, and is the type to pick up quickly in training,” said the trainer. Jockey Yuichi Kitamura has ridden the filly in all her races, and that will be the case this time as well.

Blast Onepiece - A more than 50% win strike rate makes the 5-year-old’s losses easier to bear, and it is interesting that he either wins or finishes out of the top three. He won his first race this year in the Grade 2 American Jockey Club Cup over 2,200 meters at Nakayama in January, but then had to settle for seventh most recently in the Grade 1 Osaka Hai in April. That last run hasn’t fazed trainer Masahiro Otake too much, and he recently said: “He didn’t go forward quite how I thought he might from an inside draw last time, and at the end of the race he wasn’t able to get on terms with the others that had got the better ground. He’s come back refreshed from his usual stay at the farm, and he’s been running smoothly in training.”

Glory Vase - It’ll be the lightly raced 5-year-old’s first race this year after Dubai was cancelled, making his last run his win in the Grade 1 Hong Kong Vase last December. He’s had ten career starts for four wins, and it will be the first time for the Silk Racing Co. Ltd. owned son of Deep Impact to run at Hanshin. Trainer Tomohito Ozeki said, “He saw out quarantine at Northern Farm Tenei, and all’s gone smoothly, given that he has had experience of traveling overseas before. On returning to the stable, he’s been fine with the weather getting warmer, and he’s been working well under race jockey Damian Lane.”

Kiseki - After his bold showing in the Tenno Sho (Spring), coming back in distance could be just what the 6-year-old by Rulership needs in his quest to land another Grade 1, and break the jinx that has kept him winless since the 2017 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger). “He broke well last time, which was a good thing, but it looked as if it was a bit difficult for him with the flow of the race passing the stands for the first time. He’s had a break at the farm, and returning to the stable this time, without having to have a gate test, it’s a definite plus looking ahead to the race,” said assistant trainer Takashi Kotaki. This will be Kiseki’s third run in the Takarazuka Kinen, and he’s looking to go one better than last year’s second place finish. He will once again be ridden by Yutaka Take.
Stiffelio - The resurgence in form of the 6-year-old by Stay Gold was eye-catching last time, when he almost won the Tenno Sho (Spring) at very big odds. He finished seventh in the Takarazuka Kinen last year, and with the form he’s in, he looks capable of running a bigger race this time around. Trainer Hidetaka Otonashi, who won the race in 2018 with Mikki Rocket, thinks he’s found the key to him running better. “I wasn’t sure he could stay the 3,200 meters in the Tenno Sho, but he showed he could. Since the All Comers last autumn, he hadn’t been getting good results, but from two starts ago in the Nikkei Sho, he’s settled into rhythm well in the first half of the race and it seems to have made a difference,” said the trainer.

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The JRA's Position Against Betting Exchange17 Jun 1:30 pm

In March 2020, Betfair Pty Limited (Australia) issued an announcement on their website that they would offer the betting exchange market on Japanese racing. JRA has confirmed that they had started covering Japanese racing from March 28th, 2020. Betfair commenced without any notice to us.

After recognizing the commencement of betting exchange on Japanese racing by Betfair, we have sent letters to Betfair twice to cease the betting exchange on Japanese racing from our perspective of maintaining the racing integrity. However, they had continued offering the markets for two months. Thanks to the cooperation and support from racing authorities and connections in Australia and some other countries, on May 28 Betfair stated on their website that they had made the decision to pull Japanese racing. Although they stated their position on betting exchange on their website, we hold a completely different view from them. We would like to clarify our position on betting exchange as follows.

We understand that betting exchange is a type of wagering introduced in the early 2000s in the UK and now this has been widespread with approval in some countries such as the UK, Ireland and Australia. The major difference from traditional betting is that you can lay a horse to lose. The JRA has consistently opposed to this type of wagering for years.

When Betfair obtained a license of betting exchange in Australia in 2006, the JRA sent a letter to express our concerns about dealing the betting exchange covering Japanese racing. At that time, the CEO of Betfair replied to us that they would not accept bet from people in Japan and have no plan and intention to offer the betting exchange market on Japanese racing.

Last September, Betfair commenced offering the betting exchange market on Hong Kong racing without any notice to The Hong Kong Jockey Club. The HKJC protested against the infringement of their intellectual property rights by Betfair and argued that betting exchange poses the fundamental threats to the integrity of racing. And also the jockeys who are licensed to ride in Hong Kong objected to being exposed to the suspicion and innuendo that will inevitably be associated with riding a beaten favorite that has been heavily laid on a betting exchange. In response to The HKJC’s protests, Betfair decided to cease betting exchange on Hong Kong racing shortly afterward. We share the same view with The HKJC in that betting exchange poses threats to the integrity of racing.

Another point that we have to remember is that from the view point of the sport of thoroughbred racing, betting exchange is not an acceptable option.

“Betting” is indeed one of the aspects related to thoroughbred horseracing all over the world. However, betting is not an absolute factor in racing, since there are some countries which prohibit betting activity on authorized horseracing under their respective national laws.

In spite of this, thoroughbred horseracing is held in many countries, because of "improvement of breed" (charms of pedigree) to test speed and stamina, show performances through "conduct of the race" (fascination of the sport) and its existence as sports entertainment to support not only the racehorses but also jockeys and all the people involved.

Further, from a viewpoint of horseracing as a sport, it is necessary to determine the summit. That is why the winner, and not the loser, should be praised. It does not mean that the losers are miserable. This is because without losers there would be no winner and no competition. Competition encourages improvement. In terms of betting, it may be possible to lay horses to lose, which is the majority, but it does not make sense from a sporting perspective.

The JRA have long promoted thoroughbred horseracing as “sports entertainment.” Gambling in Japan is illegal for the most part and special law is enacted as an exemption of the Criminal Law to allow for the operation of horseracing, based on the premises that we maintain the integrity of racing. We have been communicating our position at every major international conference of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities and Asian Racing Federation.

As such, the betting exchange platform which allows betting on the losers and profit from it not winning is totally unacceptable from the standpoint of maintaining the integrity and also from the principles of the sports that all competitors should aim to win.

As we mentioned above, the JRA strongly opposes the betting exchange and urges any betting operators Not to offer betting exchange on Japanese racing and Not to provide the service to Japanese citizens.

June 15, 2020
Masayuki Goto
President and CEO
Japan Racing Association

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Gran Alegria Puts Away Heavy Competition in Yasuda08 Jun 10:41 am

Four-year-old Gran Alegria ran a strong and convincing race to win this year’s Yasuda Kinen while holding off a group of dominating rivals which included not only 10 G1 winners, but the heavily favored Almond Eye, who was hoped to rewrite history in becoming the first Japanese horse to land eight G1 turf wins. The 2019 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas, G1, 1,600m) winner and Best Three-Year-Old Filly showed a good runner-up effort in her first sprint challenge, this year’s Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1, 1,200m), but sat out her scheduled Victoria Mile start three weeks earlier when she ran a fever. For trainer Kazuo Fujisawa this marks his third Yasuda Kinen title (1997 Taiki Blizzard, 1998 Taiki Shuttle) and his 30th JRA-G1 victory following his latest in last year’s Sprinters Stakes with Tower of London. Jockey Kenichi Ikezoe, who has taken the reigns of Gran Alegria from her last start, celebrates his 26th JRA-G1 victory, his latest being the Mile Championship with Indy Champ last November.

In an empty Tokyo Racecourse, however, the determined and heated contenders broke on the backstretch with Gran Alegria settling well in hand in the middle of the field and smoothly shifting to an outer route to make her bid before the last turn. A clear path from the top of the lane made it easy for the filly to find her best stride and by the furlong pole, Gran Alegria was the sole leader, maintaining a powerful and unthreatened drive to the wire landing a convincing 2-1/2-length win.

“First of all, I must thank everyone at the stables who tuned her up so well. I was focused on keeping her in good rhythm and in a good position which all worked out beautifully. She just gave her best with such a tenacious run down the stretch—I was afraid up to the line that we were going to be caught, especially by Almond Eye. I hurt myself when a chunk of grass hit my eye at the third corner, but it doesn’t hurt at all now!” Kenichi Ikezoe commented happily.

Solid favorite Almond Eye missed her break, similar to the incident in last year’s version where she was heavily bumped after the start and ended up finishing third. The five-year-old mare then traveled in fourth to fifth from the rear on the heels of Indy Champ, displayed her trademark turn of foot in gaining on the eventual winner but had too much ground to make up while tagging Indy Champ in the final strides and secured second.

“We had a poor break but I think we recovered well and made a smooth and strong bid turning for home with Gran Alegria in aim. She showed her good turn of foot but she could have done better. The winner was just so strong, it wasn’t our day,” commented jockey Christophe Lemaire.

Last year’s champion and favored second, Indy Champ ran the rails behind Gran Alegria and in front of Almond Eye, struggled for room in early stretch, chased the winner in second from the furlong marker but was caught in the last 50 meters to finish a half-length third from the runner-up.

Other Horses:
4th: (3) Normcore—hugged rails around 12th, angled out for clear path, responded well, 2nd fastest over last 3 furlongs but neck short for 3rd
5th: (8) Keiai Nautique—raced around 12th, circled wide, passed tired rivals
6th: (9) Admire Mars—tracked leaders around 3rd, checked 300m out, showed brief effort until 100m out
7th: (2) Danon Kingly—saved ground around 6th, angled out for stretch run, checked 300m out, even paced
8th: (14) Danon Smash—set pace, surrendered lead before 200m pole, showed tenacity but weakened in last 100m
9th: (7) Persian Knight—settled 3-wide around 9th near favorite, lacked needed kick at stretch
10th: (13) Vin de Garde—traveled around 6th, checked at 4th corner, showed little at stretch
11th: (10) Mr Melody—stalked leader in 2nd, ran gamely until 200m out, fell back due to early effort
12th: (12) Seiun Kosei—sat 3-wide around 3rd from wide draw, outrun after turning 4th corner
13th: (1) Danon Premium—took economic trip around 3rd, never fired and faded after 200m marker
14th: (4) Kluger—broke poorly, trailed in rear, unable to reach contention

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Yasuda Kinen (G1) - Preview02 Jun 3:20 pm

Tokyo Racecourse wraps up five straight weeks of top-level action this Sunday, June 7 with the Yasuda Kinen, a Grade 1 mile event over turf boasting a purse of nearly JPY282 million and a winner’s prize of 130 million.

Along with the Grade 1 Mile Championship in the fall, the Yasuda Kinen weighs heavy in determining Japan’s top miler of the year. Open to both sexes 3-year-olds and up, the race is sure to draw the best and this year is no exception, even with measures still in effect to combat the spread of COVID-19. It’s a brilliant lineup that will, if all nominees run, feature a record eleven Grade 1 champions, with both sprint and mile aces in the mix.

Seventeen horses (one shy of a full gate), ranging in age from 4 to 8 and including three females, have been nominated for the 70th running of the Yasuda. The hands-down headliner is the seven-time Grade 1 champion mare Almond Eye, just off a win of the Victoria Mile over the same course. Indy Champ, who captured both the Yasuda and the Mile Championship last year, is back, and taking on his first Yasuda Kinen is mile specialist Admire Mars, with three top-level victories over the distance, including the Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin Racecourse last December.

Last year, Indy Champ set the current race record of 1 minute 30.9 seconds. Normcore holds the course record with her time of 1 minute 30.5 seconds set last year in the Victoria Mile. The weights for the Yasuda Kinen are set, with males carrying 58 kg, females 56 kg.

The draw for the Yasuda Kinen will be announced on Friday. The race is the 11th on the Sunday card of 12 at Tokyo. Post time is 15:40.

Here’s a more in-depth look at the expected popular picks:

Almond Eye – Japan’s stupendous mare Almond Eye, is winner of six Grade 1s in Japan. Just like her sprint champion sire Lord Kanaloa is already an international success, she has one Grade 1 win notched in March 2019 in Dubai. Chances are good her wins abroad would have numbered more if luck had been on her side. After winning the Tenno Sho (Autumn) last year, Almond Eye was headed for Hong Kong, but her trip was cancelled when she briefly ran a temperature. After a poor showing in the Grade 1 Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix), then was again aimed at Dubai. But, after arriving for the March 28 Dubai World Cup Day, the global pandemic led to the cancellation of races. Her successful bid in the Victoria Mile on May 17 has been her only race this year. Almond Eye has notched five wins out of six outings at Tokyo, the only blemish being last year’s Yasuda, when interference at the start likely took a toll. Unlike last year, when Almond Eye had three months between her winning run in Dubai and the Yasuda, this year she has but three weeks. If she can capture the Yasuda Kinen, Almond Eye will become, after Vodka, only the second female to win seven JRA Grade 1s. The jockey Christophe Lemaire is gunning for his fourth Grade 1 victory this year.

Indy Champ – Mile specialist and two-time G1 winner Indy Champ, a 5-year-old by Stay Gold, aced both the Yasuda Kinen and the Mile Championship last year, before finishing seventh in the Hong Kong Mile. With eight wins in 15 starts, Indy Champ has had two starts this year since returning from Hong Kong and won the Yomiuri Milers Cup at Kyoto on April 26, the same prep he had last year for the Yasuda (last year he ran fourth in the prep). He and Almond Eye will meet again for the second time. It’ll be interesting to see, if both get a smooth trip home, where they stand at the finish line. Yuichi Fukunaga, just off his second Derby win, is expected in the saddle.

Danon Kingly– A 4-year-old colt by Deep Impact, Danon Kingly has never missed the board and has had only one finish out of the top in his nine outings thus far. He aced his debut at Tokyo and his next start, both over the mile, but afterward all but one of his next seven races (including a third in the Satsuki Sho and a second in the Japanese Derby) were in the 1,800-2,400 meters range. The one that wasn’t was the Mile Championship last year, in which he finished fifth 0.4 seconds off winner Indy Champ. He has notched nine-furlong races such as the Grade 3 Kyodo News Hai (Tokinominoru Kinen) and the Grade 2 Mainichi Okan at Tokyo, and the Tokyo mile also should be well within his ability. In addition, Keita Tosaki, who had been the colt’s regular rider until an accident took him out of action shortly before the Mile Championship, returned to work on May 23 and is expected back with his old partner for the Yasuda.

Admire Mars – The 4-year-old Admire Mars, by Daiwa Major, has won three top-level races over the mile and is making a bid for the Yasuda Kinen for his first time. He has, however, not raced in six months, not since his win at Sha Tin in the Hong Kong Mile on Dec. 8. The last time he ran without a prep was over the Tokyo mile in the Fuji Stakes prior to his Hong Kong trip and, as race favorite, disappointed in ninth place 0.7 seconds off the winner. However, this year the plan was to race at Meydan on March 28 and Admire Mars was among the 20 Japan-based horses that had already arrived in Dubai only to have their races cancelled. He is looking fit in track work and the time off is not expected to have serious repercussions. Yuga Kawada, currently neck and neck with Christophe Lemaire for the top spot in the jockey rankings, is expected to be up for the first time.

Danon Premium– The 5-year-old Deep Impact-sired Danon Premium swept the first four races of his career including the Grade 1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes before being handed his first loss in the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby). He missed the top 3 only once in his six starts thereafter, and though he has taken on four more top-level events since, is still chasing his second Grade 1 victory. He is back on home turf for the first time since the Mile Championship last November and is returning from a third-place finish over sloppy ground in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick on April 11. Last year, after interference at the break, Danon Premium finished last of 16 runners in the Yasuda Kinen, a result that did not reflect his ability. This he proved nearly five months later by running second in both the Grade 1 2,000-meter Tenno Sho (Autumn) at Tokyo and the Mile Championship in November. Damian Lane is expected to be his new partner on Sunday.

Normcore – A 5-year-old daughter of Harbinger, Normcore captured the 2019 Victoria Mile in record time, and this year finished third four lengths behind the winner Almond Eye, but was only shy of second by a neck. She ran fourth to Admire Mars in the Hong Kong Mile last December and, like Almond Eye, is back over the Tokyo mile with only three weeks between races. Her record of winning two graded stakes over the mile at Tokyo indicates the venue is to her liking.

Gran Alegria-- Last year’s Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) champion and runnerup this year in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen at March end, Gran Alegria has only finished out of the top three in one of her seven starts thus far. She has four wins, three of them at the mile. Two of those, her debut in June 2018 and the Grade 3 Saudi Arabia Royal Cup that October, were at Tokyo. She returns after just over two months and her only start this year (a second in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen) to take on her first mile in over a year.

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Others not to be overlooked:
Danon Smash went wire to wire in the Grade 2 Keio Hai Spring Cup on May 16 and the mile could be in reach if the trip suits. The odds are likely to be long on Keiai Nautique, who is 11-4-6 in his three starts this year, all at graded-stakes level and two over the mile. Last out over the Tokyo 1,400 meters, the extra furlong could help him.

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260,810
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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
Addict

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.

Horseracing
Investor

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.

Horseracing
Socialite

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.

Horseracing
Novice

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.

Horseracing
Romantic

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.

FAQ

Q1:
Does it cost anything to use Umanity?
A1:

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.

Q2:
What do I have to do to register as a member?
A2:

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.

Q3:
Do I have to register to use the site?
A3:

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

Q4:
Can I see racing tips for free?
A4:

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.

Q5:
What is the U-index?
A5:

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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