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The Japan Racing Association (JRA) announced that the Sapporo and Hakodate racemeetings will be rescheduled due to the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The racemeetings scheduled on June 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at Sapporo Racecourse will be held at Hakodate Racecourse. The Hakodate Sprint Stakes (G3), originally scheduled on June 21 at Sapporo, will be held at Hakodate.

Also, the racemeetings which were originally scheduled on the following dates at Hakodate Racecourse will be moved to Sapporo Racecourse.

- July 25 and 26
- August 1, 2, 8 and 9

Accordingly, the following two graded races will be held at Sapporo Racecourse.

August 2 - Hokkaido Shimbun Hai Queen Stakes (G3)
August 9 - Elm Stakes (G3)

Oka Sho (Japanese 1,000 Guineas) (G1) - Preview07 Apr 5:05 pm

Once again, the big event of the week will be staged at Hanshin Racecourse, where last week’s Grade 1 Osaka Hai saw the field’s only females top the field for a one-two finish. On Sunday, April 12, it’ll be the girls in the spotlight again, as 18 of Japan’s finest 3-year-old fillies take on the 80th running of the Grade 1 Oka Sho.

It’s the first classic of the year and the first leg of the filly triple crown. The Oka Sho, carries a purse of nearly JPY227 million and a first-place prize of JPY105 million.

The shortest of the three turf events and the equivalent of the 1,000 Guineas, the Oka Sho over 1,600 meters will be followed by the 2,400-meter Yushun Himba(Japanese Oaks) next month and the 2,000-meter Shuka Sho in October.

This year’s Oka Sho field of 18, from a total 23 entries, is an especially competitive one, with winners spread across the race’s preps and preliminaries. The last 10 runnings of the Oka Sho have seen the favorite win only twice, but made the top three finishes for five times. Double-digit picks have figured in the top three only twice over the last decade and never in the winner’s circle.

All runners will carry a set weight of 55 kg. The Oka Sho is the 11th race on Hanshin’s Sunday card of 12 and the post time is 15:40. The Oka Sho record was rewritten by Gran Alegria last year and stands at 1 minute 32.7 seconds.

Following is a look at the expected top picks.

Resistencia - The Daiwa Major-sired Resistencia, unbeaten in her three starts last year, is clearly a force to be reckoned with. She capped 2019 with a wire-to-wire win of the Grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (1,600, Hanshin) and won the unanimous vote for Best Two-Year-Old Filly of the year. In March, the big Ritto-based bay returned from three months off for the Grade 2 Tulip Sho (1,600, Hanshin) and taking a more leisurely lead suffered her first loss, a third-place finish 0.2 seconds behind winner Maltese Diosa and a nose behind runnerup Cravache d’Or. The last Juvenile Fillies champion to win the Oka Sho was Apapane in 2010. In the saddle is expected to be Yutaka Take, who rode Resistencia’s debut and has won the Oka Sho for five times, the most of any jockey currently riding.

Maltese Diosa - Runnerup in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies and winner of the Tulip Sho last out March 7 is Maltese Diosa, one of the first crop from Kizuna, the 2013 Japanese Derby champion and a son of Deep Impact. Mile specialist Maltese Diosa scored three wins and two seconds from five starts, all over 1,600 meters. Her win of the Tulip Sho (her first graded-stakes victory) was only by a nose, but breaking from an outside gate, she received strong marks for a solid race. Miho-based trainer Takahisa Tezuka kept the filly at Ritto following the Tulip Sho, which means she’ll be saved the long trip to the track. She has been getting long workouts, good times, and is expected to go to the gate in good form.

Ria Amelia - Deep Impact progeny swept the 2011-2014 runnings of the Oka Sho and won again last year. The Ritto-based Ria Amelia is among the late champion’s daughters considered to have a good shot at the winner’s circle. A big dark bay filly weighing in at over 480 kg, Ria Amelia has only had three career starts, all over the mile. Following her debut win, she scooped the Grade 3 Artemis Stakes at Tokyo, then disappointed as the favorite in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies when she finished sixth. This will be her first start since the Dec. 8 Grade 1. Her track work indicates she is in good shape but it remains to be seen whether she has put her trouble settling to rest, especially as she heads in to the Oka Sho without a prep.

Daring Tact - The Epiphaneia-sired Daring Tact debuted in November last year and has only two starts behind her, both wins and both over the mile. The trainer Haruki Sugiyama is jumping her from a listed race to the big time after, in the Elfin Stakes at Kyoto Feb. 8, he saw her top-class acceleration, late speed that took her from 10 off the front at the turn to the front with 100 meters to go and over the finish line in first by a 4-length margin. The longer stretch of Hanshin should be a plus. Only two horses before her have won the Oka Sho on their third start, the last being Hagino Top Lady in 1980.

Cravache d’Or - A daughter of Heart’s Cry, the Ritto-based Cravache d’Or has made the top three finishes in all of her four starts thus far, three of them at Hanshin. Raced exclusively over 1,600 meters, Cravache d’Or has run in three graded-stakes events and though she has come close has yet to win one. Second in the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup (G3) and third in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, she missed the Tulip Sho by a nose last out under Mirco Demuro, who is expected to have the ride on Sunday.

Miyamazakura - A gray filly by Deep Impact, Miyamazakura has had four starts thus far, and from them two wins and a second. Previously given distances in the 1,800-2,000 range, she was raced at the mile for the first time last out in the Grade 3 Daily Hai Queen Cup at Tokyo and won, topping Magic Castle by a neck. Trained by the Ritto-based Hideaki Fujiwara, she has been getting ample work and is looking good. Miyamazakura has speed and holds the course record for 2-year-olds at Sapporo. It will be her first time at Hanshin. Yuichi Fukunaga, who rode her in the Queen Cup, will be in the saddle this time.

Magic Castle - Magic Castle is by Deep Impact and, weighing just 430 kg last start, is one of the smallest fillies of the field. Based at the Miho stable of Sakae Kunieda, she has one win and three seconds from four starts, two of them Grade 3s. In November she ran second in the Grade 3 KBS Fantasy Stakes at Kyoto and last out was second to Miyamazakura in the Queen Cup. Traveling on the outside she entered the stretch toward the rear of the field and, turning in the race top time over the final three furlongs of 33.4 seconds, just missed the win. She is in good condition and not one to overlook.

Sanctuaire - Another Miho-based Deep Impact filly to watch is Sanctuaire. She hails from the stable of Kazuo Fujisawa, who fielded last year’s Oka Sho winner Gran Alegria and she has only three starts to present. Unlike most of the other fillies in the Oka Sho lineup, Sanctuaire has not only competed against male horses, she has won against them, specifically in her last start, the Grade 3 Shinzan Kinen at Kyoto on Jan. 12. Her two previous starts, both over the mile were run to the left, her winning debut at Niigata and a second in the Artemis Stakes at Tokyo. She is expected to be paired with Christophe Lemaire, back from quarantine after returning from Dubai and gunning to be the first jockey to win the Oka Sho three years in a row.

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Matured Lucky Lilac Finishes Strongly to Win Osaka06 Apr 2:04 pm

Second favorite Lucky Lilac improved on her runner-up effort in the Nakayama Kinen (G2, 1,800m) last month to captured her third G1 title in this year’s Osaka Hai which was held without the usual cheering crowd due to precautionary measures against COVID-19 taken by the JRA. The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1, 1,600m) victor and 2017 Best Two-Year-Old Filly landed her second G1 victory last November in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2,200m) and concluded her four-year-old campaign with a runner-up effort in the Hong Kong Vase (G1, 2,400m). Trainer Mikio Matsunaga claimed his fifth career G1 title (steeplechases included)—the last being the Queen Elizabeth II Cup with the same horse. Jockey Mirco Demuro landed his 31st JRA-G1 title, the first since the 2019 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) with Loves Only You. He also won the 2018 edition of the Osaka Hai with Suave Richard, a year after the race was upgraded to G1 status.

Lucky Lilac broke sharply from a good draw but allowed race favorite Danon Kingly to pass and dictate a moderated pace and eased to third along the rails, a few lengths behind the pace setter and Jinambo who stalked the leader in second. While keeping an eye on Chrono Genesis who made her move towards the outside route turning for home, Mirco Demuro kept the Orfevre mare to the inside, and did not miss the chance as Jinambo began to tire with 200 meters to go and slipped through to the outside of Danon Kingly, increasing her strides impressively to out-win both Chrono Genesis and Danon Kingly for a neck victory.

“I really miss the fans that were unable to come and watch the race, but it’s always a great feeling to be able to win a G1 race. Lucky Lilac was well prepared for coming into this race after a prep at Nakayama where she found the uphill still a little tough at the finish—she was definitely very strong and fit this time. She was really sharp coming out of the gate and we were a little forwardly positioned than expected but the race went perfectly for us and she was really concentrating and taking the bit after the third corner—we were lucky to find a nice opening at the stretch. She’s a mare but a not timid and has the strength to face the top males in the future,” commented Mirco Demuro.

Chrono Genesis broke smoothly from an outside draw and gradually moved up to settle in fourth position, outside and half a length behind the eventual winner. The Bago filly made her move approaching the fourth corner, overtaking Lucky Lilac and shifting to the outside for the stretch run, and while she was able to pin down Danon Kingly who gave a good fight to maintain his lead, she was a neck short in second at the wire after having to cover more ground than the winner who came from the inside.

Race favorite Danon Kingly was looking to capture his first G1 title in this race and turned in a strong performance in defeat. Breaking sharply and allowed to dictate a moderate pace with Jinambo close in second on his outside, the Deep Impact colt held on gamely while threatened by the first two finishers in the last furlong and crossed the wire a neck-neck third.
Other Horses:
4th: (11) Cadenas—sat in 11th, met traffic at early stretch, showed terrific late kick after 300m pole, fastest over last 3 furlongs
5th: (4) Wagnerian—took economic trip around 5th, found little room between last 2 corners, accelerated in last 200m
6th: (10) Jinambo—tracked leader in 2nd, ran gamely until 200m pole, outrun thereafter
7th: (3) Blast Onepiece—sat 3-wide around 9th early, made headway after 3rd corner, lacked needed kick
8th: (6) Red Genial—settled around 5th, turned last 2 corners outside winner, unable to reach contention
9th: (7) Stay Foolish—race 3-wide around 5th, outrun after final corner
10th: (2) Satono Saltus—hugged rails around 9th, switched outside for stretch run, even paced
11th: (9) Makahiki—traveled around 8th, circled wide, showed little at stretch
12th: (1) Lord My Way—trailed in rear, gradually advanced, faded at stretch

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Osaka Hai (G1) - Preview31 Mar 3:25 pm

The big race in Japan this coming Sunday (April 5) will be the Grade 1 Osaka Hai, to be run at Hanshin Racecourse. The race is for 4-year-olds and up, and will see some of the country’s older middle-distance stars begin their preparations for some of the other top level races later in the year. The race has attracted fourteen nominations and there are some big Grade 1 winning names among the provisional list of runners.
Established in 1957, the race was previously a handicap run over 1,800 meters, and known as the Sankei Osaka Hai. It’s now run over 2,000 meters on the inner turf course at Hanshin, and this year sees it being run as a Grade 1 for just the fourth time, having been upgraded to the highest level in 2017. Lead up races to this year’s Osaka Hai have included the Grade 2 American Jockey Club Cup over 2,200 at Nakayama in January, the Grade 2 Nakayama Kinen run over 1,800 meters in March, and the Grade 2 Kyoto Kinen run over 2,200 meters in February.
Al Ain caused a 22/1 upset in last year’s Osaka Hai, but there was little more than a length between the first six home, and a similar close finish could easily be on the cards this time too, in what will be the 64th running of the race. Favorites have fared quite well in the past ten years, winning four times, but making the top three eight times. In the same time period, 4-year-olds have won five times and 5-year-olds have won four times, demonstrating their dominance in the event. Record time for the race was set by Hiruno d’Amour, who won in a time of 1 minute 57.8 seconds in 2011. There’s a prize money boost this year, with the winner to receive JPY 135 million. Sunday’s big race will be Race 11 on the Hanshin card, with a post time in Japan of 15:40.
Here’s a look at some of the big names expected to take on the race:

Danon Kingly The powerful dark bay colt finished second in last year’s Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) and third in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas), so it would just seem a matter of time before he gains a Grade 1 victory. In his only start this year, he won the Grade 2 Nakayama Kinen over 1,800 meters in March, and from his eight career starts he now has five wins and has only been unplaced once. His trainer, Kiyoshi Hagiwara, likes his chances. “It was his first race last time since the Mile Championship, and he took his chance to win well. It was also the first race this year for other Grade 1 winners in the line-up, and racing smoothly throughout in third, the jockey did well to get him up and win. We’ve been able to look to this race with him since,” said the trainer.

Blast Onepiece The 2018 Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) winner had his first race since last year’s Arc de Triomphe in the Grade 2 American Jockey Club Cup in January, when he bounced back to winning ways in the 2,200 meter race. The 5-year-old by Harbinger now has seven wins from twelve starts, and will be trying to improve on his sixth place finish in last year’s Osaka Hai, when he started as favorite. Trainer Masahiro Otake recently said: “He started off the year in the American Jockey Club Cup, and there was a slight problem with another horse going back through the field just before the fourth corner, but the jockey did well to switch to the inside and still got a good response. We’ve taken care of him since, and he’s had his usual break at Northern Farm Tenei and came back to the stable on March 12th.”

Chrono Genesis The 4-year-old filly tuned up nicely for this race with a comfortable 2 1/2 length victory in the Grade 2 Kyoto Kinen over 2,200 meters in February. It now means she has five career wins from nine starts, and is already a Grade 1 winner after winning last year’s Shuka Sho in October. Her trainer, Takashi Saito, is pleased with her progress. “She adjusted well to the pace last time and got to run smoothly. It was a good win and she wasn’t bothered about the ground. She was also plus 12 kg for that last race, which tells me she’s developing well,” he said.

Wagnerian One of two entries for trainer Yasuo Tomomichi, the 5-year-old by Deep Impact will be having his first run this year in the Osaka Hai. The 2018 Japanese Derby winner, and last year’s Japan Cup third, will be having just his twelfth start and is looking for his sixth appearance in the winner’s enclosure. The trainer stated: “He had a tough race in the Japan Cup, but given the ground he really did his best. He’s had a nice break at Northern Farm Tenei and came back to the stable refreshed on February 21st. Everything’s been fine with him since his return.”

Lucky Lilac Not always able to live up to her name, the 5-year-old mare scored her second Grade 1 victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup last autumn, and has had a couple of second place finishes since, the latest in her only race this year, the Grade 2 Nakayama Kinen in March, when she was beaten by Danon Kingly. Trainer Mikio Matsunaga thought she did little wrong in that race however. “She probably just needed to find a bit extra last time, but nevertheless it was a good performance. She improves for having a run and so she’s still right up there,” said the trainer. Mirco Demuro looks set to ride Lucky Lilac, as he did in her last race.

Makahiki At seven years of age, Makahiki is the oldest horse among the nominations, but the 2016 Japanese Derby winner is still a major force, as he showed last time when he finished fourth in the 2019 Japan Cup. His two previous runs in the Osaka Hai have also yielded fourth place finishes. He’ll come to the race fresh this time, and his trainer, Yasuo Tomomichi, is always careful to make sure he’s in good condition. “After the Japan Cup, we sent him to Northern Farm Tenei for a break and he came back to the stable with Wagnerian. This has been the target race for him and he’s been working as usual in training,” said Tomomichi.

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Five-Year-Old Mare Mozu Superflare Registers First30 Mar 10:38 am

In this year’s Takamatsunomiya Kinen, which became the first JRA-G1 race to be held without spectators due to the outbreak of the COVID-19, ninth pick Mozu Superflare claimed her first G1 title while crossing the wire in second, as Kurino Gaudi was demoted to fourth place due to an interference. This is the first case in JRA-G1 history, in which a horse who crossed the wire first was demoted, since Buena Vista was demoted to second in the 2010 Japan Cup. Mozu Superflare, only raced in 1,200m and 1,400m races since her debut, attained her first graded victory in last year’s Ocean Stakes (G3, 1,200m) and though finishing a disappointing 15th in the following Takamatsunomiya Kinen, marked a runner-up effort in the Sprinters Stakes (G1, 1,200m) in September. She kicked off this season with a fourth in the Silk Road Stakes (G3, 1,200m) on February 2. This win marked trainer Hidetaka Otonashi’s 13th JRA-G1 victory following the Champions Cup with Chrysoberyl in December last year. Jockey Fuma Matsuwaka celebrated his first JRA-G1 victory and seventh graded win since debuting in 2014.

The field of 18 broke smoothly with fourth pick Diatonic dashing out but easing back to let Mozu Superflare take the front followed by sixth pick Seiun Kosei and 15th pick Kurino Gaudi. While Mozu Superflare, still leading the field entering the lane, accelerated strongly for a wire-to-wire victory, Kurino Gaudi, followed by Diatonic, closed in from the outside, and caught up with the leader 100 meters out. Second choice Gran Alegria, who took the outer route turning the corners after traveling 5-6th from the rear, produced an impressive burst of speed, running the tied fastest of the field in the last three furlongs, and caught up with the front three horses 50 meters out to unfold a four-horse rally before the wire.

After a long inquiry, Kurino Gaudi, who crossed the wire first, was demoted to fourth for interfering with Mozu Superflare and Diatonic 100m out, giving Mozu Superflare her first G1 title. Gran Alegria and Diatonic who came in third and fourth were promoted to second and third, respectively.

“She broke well as I hoped she would and was able race in her own rhythm. With the sun coming out in the afternoon, the ground was not as bad as we had anticipated, which I think worked in her favor. To be honest, I thought that we had lost when we crossed the wire but I’m genuinely happy that we were able to win our first G1 title,” commented Fuma Matsuwaka.

Race favorite Tower of London broke well, traveled in mid-division and turned wide around the last corner to make bid but was unable to exert his usual strong late kick and finish 12th.
Other Horses:
5th: (17) Shivaji—settled around 15th, angled out, showed terrific late kick, tied fastest over last 3 furlongs
6th: (7) Groove It—took economic trip around 15th, angled out, responded well, 3rd fastest over last 3 furlongs
7th: (12) Seiun Kosei—tracked leader in 2nd, ran gamely but weakened in last 100m
8th: (4) Teehaff—sat around 8th, switched to outside, showed effort, overtaken by rivals in last 100m
9th: (1) Stelvio—hugged rails around 8th, ran willingly until 200m pole, weakened thereafter
10th: (6) Danon Smash—was off a bit slow, ran 3-wide in 7th, met traffic at early stretch, never fired
11th: (2) A Will a Way—raced around 8th, showed brief effort, never a threat
13th: (14) Mozu Ascot—sat 2nd from rear, passed tired rivals at stretch
14th: (15) Nac Venus—advanced around 4th from wide draw, gradually fell back
15th: (18) Normcore—ran 4-wide around 8th, faded after turning 4th corner
16th: (5) Love Kampf—prominent early around 4th, faded after 4th corner
17th: (13) Daimei Princess—traveled 3-wide around 13th, outrun after 3rd corner
18th: (10) I Love Tailor—trailed in far rear, no factor

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5 Apr Hanshin1R
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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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