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Following hot on the hooves of the fillies in last week’s Grade 1 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks), it’s the turn of the colts to show what they’re made of in the Grade 1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) on Sunday, May 26 at Tokyo Racecourse. A race that really draws in the crowds, this year’s Derby looks to be a real thriller, with Saturnalia putting his unbeaten record on the line, and a number of other top quality horses looking to find a way to overturn his dominance. There have been 25 nominations for the 86th running of the race, including the runner up and the third-place runner to Saturnalia in the Grade 1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas). The maximum number of runners is set at 18, and it looks like there will be a full gate of 3-year-olds to take on the race, run over 2,400 meters on the turf course at Tokyo Racecourse. All colts will carry a set weight of 57kg.

Some great horses have claimed the Derby over the years, but Triple Crown winners have been in fairly short supply (only seven in all), and the last one to claim all three of the colts’ Classics was Orfevre in 2011. Duramente was the last horse to win the first two legs (23 horses have achieved this feat) back in 2015. The latter was also the last favorite to win the Derby, as well as being the current record holder for the race when it comes to time, stopping the clock in 2 minutes, 23.2 seconds. Only two other favorites have won in the last 10 years.

Some of the races leading up to this year’s Derby have been the Grade 2 Kyoto Shimbun Hai, run over 2,200 meters in May, Grade 2 TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho (an official Derby trial), run over 2,400 meters at Tokyo in April, and a number of runners are coming off runs in the Grade 1 Satsuki Sho over 2,000 meters at Nakayama in April. This year’s Derby is worth JPY200 million to the winner, out of a total of JPY432 million in prize money. The big race will be Race 11 on the card at Tokyo on Sunday, with a post time of 15:40 local time. Final declarations and barrier draw will come out later in the week. Here’s a look at some of the colts expected to take on this year’s Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby):

Saturnalia: If you could create a horse with a pedigree that contained so many great horses from the past, it would be Saturnalia. His biggest test is now before him, and only time will tell if he gets to maintain his unbeaten record, a record that has seen him win four times from four starts, and has seen him start favorite every time. He didn’t win so convincingly last time, but there’s still confidence behind the horse. “He did lean a bit in the closing stages last time, but there are still things to work on with him. It’s no easy thing to win a Classic race, but he showed he has the ability and power to do so,” said assistant trainer Yasuyuki Tsujino. Trainer Katsuhiko Sumii has 25 JRA Grade 1 wins, including a Derby victory with Vodka in 2007.

Velox: The colt by Just a Way lost out by just a neck last time to Saturnalia, and the two horses did come close together as they battled it out to the line. It could turn out to be different this time, as Velox bids for revenge. The horse carries the colors of Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co. Ltd., and the well-respected owner has already won the Derby four times, including last year with Wagnerian. Teruhiko Saruhashi, assistant trainer at the stable, commented: “He ran a strong race last time and was slightly hampered on the run to the line. Since his last run, he’s been at the stable, and we’ve been able to work him strongly, so I think he’s going to come on for this.”

Danon Kingly: The Deep Impact colt only just went down to the first two home in the Satsuki Sho, and before that showed a lot of talent by winning his other three races, two of them at Tokyo. The dark bay is trained by Kiyoshi Hagiwara, who sent out Normcore to win the Grade 1 Victoria Mile recently. Danon Kingly has been ridden by Keita Tosaki in all his races, and the jockey will be hoping the colt can give him his first Derby win. The trainer said, “After his third in the Satsuki Sho, he went to the farm. He wasn’t showing any signs of tiredness and has done work while at the farm. Since coming back to Miho on May 8, we’ve been able to work him as expected.”

Lion Lion: Bred by Northern Racing, the Rulership colt would seem to be on the up, winning his last two races under jockey Norihiro Yokoyama, the latest of which was the Derby trial, the Grade 2 TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho, over the course and distance of the Derby. The horse is trained by Mikio Matsunaga, and the handler said, “The horse is looking good, and with the jockey riding him skillfully, we’re able to look to a Classic race with him. When he raced at Chukyo he found a good rhythm up front, but last time in the Aoba Sho he was able to have the rest of the field quite strung out and showed a lot of power.”

Admire Justa: The colt finished eighth in the Satsuki Sho and that’s been the only time he’s finished out of the top two in six career races, which have included two wins. Second to Saturnalia in last year’s Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes, the Just a Way colt would seem to be a real threat over the extended Derby distance. Trainer Naosuke Sugai said: “He raced from well back in the Satsuki Sho, but the margin at the end was not so big. He’s had a break at the farm and has come back looking fine. He seems a lot better now than when he was a 2-year-old.”

Run for the Roses: From the all-powerful stable of trainer Kazuo Fujisawa, the King Kamehameha colt has finished second three times in four starts, the latest when going down by a nose to Lion Lion in the Grade 2 TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho. He has won at Tokyo over 2,000 meters. Assistant trainer Daisuke Tsumagari said, “He got into a good early position last time, but the problem was that in the homestraight he didn’t have other horses on either side of him and he lost concentration a little. I think he would have done better if this wasn’t the case. It’s good that he’s run over the same course and distance as the Derby.”
Red Genial: The Shadai Farm bred Red Genial is coming off a win in the Grade 2 Kyoto Shimbun Hai in May. He has only raced at Kyoto or Hanshin, so it will be the first time for him to race left-handed, as well as tackling the Tokyo track. Trained by Yoshitada Takahashi, an assistant at the stable commented: “He’s still a bit of a baby, but last time he was more relaxed than usual, and he showed good footwork at the end to win the race. I think as he matures more, he’ll become a better horse.”

Undefeated Loves Only You Claims Yushun Himba with20 May 3:14 pm

Race favorite Loves Only You captured this year’s Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) while setting a new race record of 2:22.8, 0.8 seconds faster than previously set by Gentildonna in 2012. The unbeaten Deep Impact filly has extended her winning streak to four since her debut in November last year. A full sister to 2016 Dubai Turf victor Real Steel, Loves Only You concluded her two-year-old season with two wins but was unable to start in Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) trials due to a minor leg problem and instead of aiming for the first leg of the fillies’ Triple Crown, she was sent off to the Wasurenagusa Sho (Listed, 2,000m) on April 7 in which she romped to a three-length victory. She has now become the fifth undefeated filly to capture the title following Kawakami Princess in 2006 and is also tied with Kawakami Princess as the Japanese Oaks winner with the least career starts. This is the sixth JRA-G1 victory for trainer Yoshito Yahagi and first following his 2018 Queen Elizabeth II Cup victory with Lys Gracieux. Jockey Mirco Demuro celebrates his 30th JRA-G1 victory—his most recent triumph was in the NHK Mile Cup with Admire Mars a couple of weeks before—and he now becomes the 10th jockey in JRA history to have won all five classics titles for three-year-old colts and fillies.

The race broke in front of the crowd-packed stands with Jodie making the most of her inner draw to gun for the lead while Loves Only You, who broke from stall 13, was settled two to three-wide in mid-division. After slightly shifting to an outer path rounding the final turn, the Deep Impact filly unleashed the fastest stretch drive picking off her rivals and displayed her stamina with another strong stride after reaching the top of the hill to pin Curren Bouquetd’or with less than 100 meters to the wire for the title.

“I was a bit worried at the final corner since we were in a lower position than planned, but she showed an incredible burst of speed and stretched beautifully. She has a heart of steel and can’t stand to lose. I’m just thrilled that I’ve now won all five classics,” commented Mirco Demuro after the race.

Coming off her Sweet Pea Stakes win, Curren Bouquetd’or maintained her good striking position in fourth to fifth and three-wide beside Chrono Genesis and easily stole the lead in the lane two furlongs out. The 12th favorite held on remarkably well but her fleeting glimpse of glory ended by the strong closure of the eventual winner and she finished a neck second.

Second favored Chrono Genesis saved ground on the rails in fourth to fifth, squeezed through a gap in early stretch and chased Curren Bouquetd’or down the straight while briefly dueling with third favorite Contra Check, but failed to keep up with the speed of the eventual runner-up and finished 2-1/2 lengths behind in third.

Other Horses:
4th: (12) Victoria—was off slow, ran in 15th, quickened between horses, 2nd fastest over last 3 furlongs
5th: (8) Danon Fantasy—raced around 7th, responded well at stretch although checked 200m out
6th: (7) Shadow Diva—saved ground around 8th, switched to outside, ran gamely but weakened in last 100m
7th: (4) Schon Glanz —settled in 16th, circled wide, accelerated and 3rd fastest over last 3 furlongs
8th: (6) Aqua Mirabilis—trailed in rear, angled out, showed belated charge
9th: (3) Contra Check—tracked leader in 2nd, ran gamely until 200m pole, weakened thereafter
10th: (18) Figlia Pura—traveled 2nd from rear along rails, passed tired rivals in last 200m
11th: (5) Aile Voix—chased leaders in 3rd, overtaken by late chargers after 400m pole
12th: (11) Shigeru Pink Dia—sat inside winner around 10th, even paced at stretch
13th: (9) Win Zenobia—hugged rails in 14th, advanced at backstretch, ran willingly until 200m marker
14th: (1) Jodie—set solid pace, surrendered lead at early stretch, outrun thereafter
15th: (16) Beach Samba—sat 3-wide in 11th, noting left at straight
16th: (14) Fairy Polka—settled 4-wide around 6th, ran out of steam after entering lane
17th: (17) Meisho Shobu—raced 3-wide in 13th, never fired at stretch
18th: (15) No One—traveled in 12th, faded after final corner

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Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) (G1) - Preview14 May 5:33 pm

Tokyo Racecourse showcases Japan’s top 3-year-old fillies this weekend with the 80th running of the Grade 1 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) on Sunday, May 19. Commonly referred to simply as “the Oaks,” it is one of Japan’s five “classics” and the second leg of the fillies’ Triple Crown – the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas), the Japanese Oaks and the Shuka Sho. The Oaks, at 2,400 meters, is the longest of the three.

Sunday’s event is arguably the toughest test of the three, and the Tokyo 2,400 favors few but the best. Speed and stamina are crucial to conquering not only the distance, but the track’s notorious climb out of the final turn and the longest stretch of all Japan’s racetracks (nearly 526 meters).

This year’s Oka Sho champion Gran Alegria took on the NHK Mile Cup, which means that for the first time in three years and only the 12th time in the race’s history, the Oka Sho winner will not make an Oaks appearance. However, the Oka Sho runnerup Shigeru Pink Dia, third-place finisher Chrono Genesis, and the 2-year-old champion Danon Fantasy are all in the running. Other rising stars include Flower Cup winner Contra Check, Flora Stakes winner Victoria and Sweetpea Stakes victor Curren Bouquetd’or. Hopes are also high for the undefeated Loves Only You, winner of the Wasurenagusa Sho (Forget-me-not Prize).

Twenty-three fillies have been nominated for the Oaks, but only 16 are already assured a ticket. And only six others – Air Gene, Fairy Polka, Gradiva, Iris Feel, Jodie and Meisho Azteca – will be in the drawing for the last two spots. Up for grabs is prestige and over 238 million yen in prize money. The winner takes home 110 million yen.

Last Sunday, the often surprising Victoria Mile surprised once again, with none of the fans’ top three choices finishing in the top three spots. A double-digit choice tagging third helped raise the return on the winning trifecta to over 1,750-fold. The Oaks, on the other hand, tends to be a bit more predictable.

In the Oaks’ last 10 runnings, the race favorite has won half of the time and the last three years in a row. The favorite or second pick has always finished in the top three spots over the past decade, and, over the same period, no longshots have made the money. That’s not to say a wager to win always translates to pocket change. Ninth pick Meisho Mambo brought home a 28-1 return on a wager to win in 2013 and 7th pick Erin Court returned over 37-1 to win in 2011, the year the trifecta topped 5,480-1.

All runners will carry 55 kg. The Oaks is Tokyo’s 11th race on Sunday. Post time is 3:40 p.m. On Oaks Day, all ladies pay only ¥100 for a general admission ticket.

The race record is held by Gentildonna, who won in 2 minutes 23.6 seconds in 2012.

Here are some of the more interesting contenders.

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Chrono Genesis – Chrono Genesis, sired by 2004 Arc champion Bago, is 3 for 5 and has never finished out of the money. Second by half a length to Danon Fantasy in the Grade1 1,600-meter Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, she started off the year with a win of the Daily Hai Queen Cup (1,600, G3) at Tokyo before missing second by a neck in her last race, the Oka Sho. This will be her first time at 2,400 meters, but her first two races, both wins, were over 1,800. All five of her starts thus far have been run at a slow pace, much as is expected in the Oaks. She is expected to be able to go the distance. Trainer Takashi Saito says, “She got bumped in the backstretch twice in the Oka Sho and couldn’t get a good position. Then in the stretch she was forced to run on the outside and it made for a tough race. She’s an honest runner. I think the Tokyo 2,400 will suit her. I’m hoping for a smooth run.”

Loves Only You – Unbeaten in her three career starts thus far, the Deep Impact-sired Loves Only You returned this year after a 4 1/2-month layoff, and won the Wasurenagusa Sho (2,000, listed). She lost ground out of the gate but quickly recovered under Mirco Demuro, advanced up the outside and sped down the stretch to top the field by 3 lengths despite interference. Unfortunately, she was unable to get a berth in the Oka Sho. Loves You Only is the sister of Dubai Turf (1,800, G1) winner Real Steel and the Oaks distance is not expected to pose a problem. She already has experience at distances from 1,600-2,000 meters but will be running to the left and at Tokyo for the first time. It will be her first haul eastward from her Ritto base as well. If she can make the winner’s circle, Loves Only You will become only the fifth unbeaten filly to do so. Demuro is expected to have the ride and riding on his fifth Oaks bid is his chance to complete a sweep of Japan’s five classic races, something that has only been done by nine jockeys before.

Contra Check – One of two fillies fielded by Kazuo Fujisawa, the Deep Impact-sired Contra Check is another that has never finished further back than third. At 3 for 5 she nabbed her first graded stakes race last out with victory in the Flower Cup (1,800, G3) at Nakayama and with it, insured sufficient earnings to make the Oaks lineup. Her three wins have all been wire to wire and all her races were won easily, with margins ranging from 2 1/2 lengths to 7. She has never raced to the left, but the sweeping curves of Tokyo should allow her to run her own race. Contra Check is out of Rich Dancer and is a half sister to Bounce Shasse, a three-time Grade 3 winner at 1,800-2,000 meters who finished third in the 2014 Oaks. Australian rider Damien Lane, who rode the winner in the Victoria Mile last week, is expected to have the ride.

Danon Fantasy –This daughter of Deep Impact debuted with a second-place finish, then won her next four outings in row, including the 2-year-old top race for fillies, the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies. She started the year in style with victory in the Grade 2 Tulip Sho, then went to the Oka Sho gate as the favorite but finished fourth 0.4 seconds behind the winner. Raced nearly exclusively at the mile, Danon Fantasy made her debut at Tokyo, but key will be whether she can handle the distance. She’s trained by Mitsumasa Nakauchida, who currently tops Japan’s trainers for winning percentage.

Shadow Diva – Shadow Diva is 2-2-1-3-4-2, with her last two finishes in graded-stake events. She’s been raced nearly exclusively over 2,000 meters and is coming off a second by a nose in the Grade 2 Sankei Sports Sho Flora Stakes at Tokyo, which won her a ticket to the Oaks. By Heart’s Cry, the extra distance should not pose a problem. Trainer Makoto Saito says he’s had his sights on the Oaks from her debut.

Shigeru Pink Dia – Runnerup in the Oka Sho, this Daiwa Major girl has one win, two seconds and a third in four starts, all over the mile. An excitable filly, how she’ll weather the trip to the track from Ritto will be key. Trainer Kunihiko Watanabe says he’s planning to race her in a double hood in hopes of keeping her calm and concentrating on the work at hand.
Also of interest is Kazuo Fujisawa’s other runner Schon Glanz, who is being given her first race over 1,800 meters. A half sister to 2017 Oaks winner Soul Stirring, Schon Glanz captured the Artemis Stakes (1,600, G3) at Tokyo but her last three starts at the mile ended in 4-5-9. She has good late speed and the extra distance may be welcome. Distance may be what the Victoire Pisa-sired Aile Voix seeks as well. She has wins at 1,800 and 2,000 meters, experience at Tokyo and her strongpoint is her stamina. Also by Victoire Pisa is Victoria, who aced her first race over 2,000 meters in winning the Flora Stakes at Tokyo last out. Her dam Black Emblem ran fourth in the Oaks and won the Shuka Sho in 2008.The Kurofune-sired Beach Samba was fifth in the Oka Sho, her only race out of the top three, and ran second in the Queen Cup at Tokyo.

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Fifth Favorite Normcore Stormed to Victory with Re13 May 10:34 am

Fifth pick Normcore captured her first G1 title in track record of 1:30.5, shortening the record time by as much as 0.8 seconds. Winning both her two starts as a two-year-old, the Harbinger filly was unable to race in the classics, finishing third in the first two graded starts of her three-year-old season. Her first graded title came in the Shion Stakes (G3, 2,000m) in September and she was fifth in her first G1 attempt in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in November. This year, Normcore came off a second and a seventh in two G3 races in January and March, respectively. This win marked trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara’s third JRA-G1 title following his win in the Champions Cup with Le Vent Se Leve last year. For Australia-based Damian Lane, who has been riding in Japan under a short-term license since the end of April, this marked his first G1 title and third graded title for JRA following the Niigata Daishoten (G3) and the Keio Hai Spring Cup (G2).

Breaking smoothly from stall four, Normcore traveled two-wide in mid-division, around seventh from frontrunner Aerolithe who set a rapid pace. Entering the lane behind Lucky Lilac, the Harbinger filly swung to the outside and unleashed a powerful turn of speed, passing her rivals one by one including the race favorite. The four-year-old gray took the front 100 meters out and held off the fast-closing Primo Scene to cross the wire in record time.

“It feels great to win a G1 in Japan. She handled the mile great. I think the tempo of the mile really suited her and she traveled lovely and really finished strong. I always felt she was going to finish the race strong and she was going to be right there but I just didn’t know whether there were going to be good horses coming from behind but she was good enough to hold them off,” commented jockey Damian Lane.

Fourth choice Primo Scene traveled behind Normcore in around tenth and, though meeting traffic entering the lane, threaded through the horses to make bid from the outside. The Deep Impact filly produced an impressive burst of speed that marked the fastest of the field in the last three furlongs but was a neck short of the winner at the wire.

Eleventh pick Crocosmia made a clear start and hugged the rails in fifth. The Stay Gold mare surged out behind Lucky Lilac with 400 meters to go and won out a strong rally with the race favorite in the last 200 meters to come in third.

Race favorite Lucky Lilac waited in 5-6th from the front, made bid with a clear path at the top of the lane and diligently passed her rivals but was overtaken by the eventual winner and the runner-up in the last 100 meters and also by Crocosmia before the wire with a nose margin.

Other Horses:
5th: (11) Aerolithe—set fast pace, sustained lead but overtaken by top 4 finishers 100m out
6th: (10) Mieno Succeed—took economic trip towards rear, showed good charge, 2nd fastest over last 3 furlongs
7th: (17) Sound Chiara—lost ground in mid-pack, switched to outside at early stretch, passed tired rivals
8th: (7) Mikki Charm—chased leader in 2nd or 3rd, weakened after passing 200m marker
9th: (16) Soul Stirring—settled in 4th from wide draw, lacked needed kick in last 200m
10th: (14) Let’s Go Donki—sat 3rd from rear, showed belated charge at stretch
11th: (2) Red Olga—saved ground inside eventual winner, met traffic 150m out, lost momentum
12th: (8) Denko Ange—was off a bit slow, raced towards rear, quickened in last 200m
13th: (13) Satono Walkure—ran 3-wide 2nd from rear, passed tired rivals at stretch
14th: (1) Amalfi Coast—tracked leader in 2nd or 3rd, ran gamely until 200m pole, outrun thereafter
15th: (18) Frontier Queen—traveled 3-wide in mid-group, gradually fell back at stretch
16th: (12) One to One—trailed in far rear, angled out, unable to reach contention
17th: (5) Meisho Owara—hugged rails in mid-division, never fired at stretch
18th: (15) Cantabile—positioned outside winner, faded after 4th corner

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Victoria Mile (G1) - Preview07 May 4:16 pm

It’s the height of the spring racing season in Japan and Tokyo Racecourse remains in the spotlight, with top-level races highlighting weekend racing each and every week for the next four weeks.

On May 12, it’s an all-female favorite for 4-year-olds and up – the Victoria Mile. Nineteen fillies and mares have been nominated for the race’s 14th running and 18 of them will vie for their share of the nearly JPY227 million up for grabs. Five runners are back from last year’s field, the rest are taking on the Victoria for the first time.

Last year’s Oka Sho runnerup Lucky Lilac is expected to emerge as the race favorite but she is not considered a shoo-in. Lucky Lilac and last year’s Yasuda Kinen runnerup and 2017 NHK Mile Cup champ Aerolithe will most likely share the spotlight, but after that it’s considered pretty much open season when it comes to nailing the winner and the top-three finishers.

Races are run to the left at Tokyo, as they are at only two other JRA racecourses – Niigata and Chukyo. The 1,600-meter over turf at Tokyo starts at the top of the backstretch and dips slightly from the gate for about 250 meters. The track rises again, dips into the bend, and levels into the 525-meter long stretch. The track then rises two meters over 150 meters until the ground flattens out over the final 300 meters.

Upsets are common in the Victoria Mile, which has seen the race favorites win only three times in its history. Last year was no exception, as eighth pick Jour Polaire nosed out the favorite to clinch the race and take home the JPY105 million winner’s prize, the same amount on the line this year.

With no rain forecast for the rest of this week in Tokyo, a fast track is expected on raceday. The Victoria Mile is Sunday’s 11th race of 12 at Tokyo Racecourse. Post time is 15:40 local time. Here’s a look at some of the likely top picks.

Lucky Lilac: The Orfevre-sired Lucky Lilac started her career with a four-race winning streak at 1,600 meters that included the Grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies and two other graded-stakes races. Second in the Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) and third in the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks), she missed the money for the first time with a ninth in the Shuka Sho. Four months off and she returned this year to finish second in mostly male company in the Grade 2 Nakayama Kinen (1,800, G2). Next up, she went to the gate the favorite in the Hanshin Himba Stakes (1,600, G2) but ran into traffic problems in the final bend, lugged in, but, with the top eight horses bunched over the finish line, still managed to finish only 0.2 seconds behind the winner. The numbers are well on Lucky Lilac’s side. Her second in the Oka Sho was only 0.3 seconds off the record-setting time of winner Almond Eye. With her biggest rival aimed for the Yasuda Kinen, Lucky Lilac is expected to hold center stage Sunday.

Aerolithe: A 5-year-old daughter of Kurofune, Aerolithe is back for her second bid in the Victoria Mile and looking to win her second Grade 1 after the NHK Mile Cup in 2017. Last year, she headed into the Victoria after 2 1/2 months off following a second in the 1,800-meter Nakayama Kinen, and finished fourth. This year, however, she’s returning to the track for the first time since returning from the U.S., where she ran ninth out of 10 in the 1,900-meter Pegasus World Cup Turf at Gulfstream on Jan. 26. At Tokyo, however, where she has a 2-1-4-2 record in the mile (all Grade 1 events), better things are expected. Though she has looked good in work, the main question is whether she can be successful without a prep. Last year, she followed up her fourth in the Victoria with a second by a nose in mixed company in the Yasuda Kinen. Jockey-turned-trainer Takanori Kikuzawa said, “Everything has gone well since getting back to Japan and I’ve been careful not to let her get heavy.” Aerolithe has been getting work on the hill, on the flat and in the pool. Expectations are high.

Mikki Charm: The 4-year-old Mikki Charm topped the field of 14 last out in the Hanshin Himba Stakes (1,600, G2) by half a length. It was her first time over 1,600 meters and the first graded-stakes win for the lightly raced daughter of Deep Impact. She debuted as a 3-year-old and made the board in her first seven starts, which included a second in the Grade 1 Shuka Sho behind Almond Eye. Her start previous to that, the Nakayama Himba Stakes, saw her finish last and though it was her first race in 5 months, jockey Yuga Kawada attributed the loss more to the long haul to the track from Ritto and the filly’s “difficult temperament.” It will be Mikki Charm’s first run at Tokyo. Her one second-place finish at Chukyo indicates the direction shouldn’t pose a problem. Key will be how she handles the trip from Ritto and if Kawada (expected to ride again) can charm her once again.

Primo Scene: The 4-year-old takes on her fourth Grade 1 and her first Victoria Mile. The daughter of Deep Impact has two Grade 3 wins, including the Sekiya Kinen at Niigata, but her best in top-level competition thus far is a fifth in last year’s NHK Mile Cup. Raced almost exclusively over the mile, with three wins and two seconds from nine starts, Primo Scene started the year with new partner Yuichi Fukunaga and finished second a neck behind a 5-year-old male in the Grade 3 Lord Derby Challenge Trophy on March 30. She has won over the Tokyo mile before and the long stretch suits her off-the-pace running style. With a prep behind her, the Tetsuya Kimura-trained dark bay is looking good and won high marks for her work over a heavy track at Miho on May 1. Fukunaga, second to Yutaka Take for most wins in all-female Grade 1 events, is expected to get the ride.

Red Olga: A 5-year-old by Deep Impact out of Erimo Pixy, Red Olga has had 13 starts in her career thus far, 10 of them over the mile. She has moved up slowly through the ranks, showing great consistency (5 wins and 3 thirds in her first 10 runs) before taking on her first graded-stakes race last December. She started this year with a 1:32.0 time in the Grade 3 Tokyo Shimbun Hai finishing second behind the 4-year-old colt Indy Champ. Last out she suffered interference in the Hanshin Himba Stakes, finished seventh, but was still only 0.1 seconds off the winner. All of her wins have come over lefthanded tracks, two wins at Tokyo and she has never finished out of the money in her five runs at Tokyo to date. Older sister Red Avancer finished third in the Victoria Mile last year. This girl is definitely worth a wager.

Cantabile, who finished only 0.4 seconds behind Almond Eye in the Shuka Sho, returned after five months off to finish sixth in the Hanshin Himba Stakes, with no time difference between her and the runnerup. It was her first mile in over a year. Improvement is expected.

The 4-year-old Normcore, by Harbinger, has only eight career starts (six of them graded stakes), but she has missed the top three spots in only two of them. After winning the Grade 3 Shion Stakes she passed on the Shuka Sho, but ran fifth in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup finishing ahead of Cantabile. She has won at the mile and finished third in the Flora Stakes (2,000, G2) at Tokyo.

Frontier Queen, a 6-year-old by Meisho Samson, just won her first graded stakes race last out in the Nakayama Himba Stakes (1,800, G3). It was a long time coming after having finished second or third in seven other graded-stakes races. Trainer Sakae Kunieda, who also trains Almond Eye, said, “She’s been up against tough competition since last autumn. She can handle a speed race and my hopes are high.”

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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.

Today's in-form tipsters

  • Last Week
  •  
Rank Tipster No.of
Races
Return
Rate
Hit
Rate
Winnings
(JPY)
Payoff
Ave.
1 shinzanmono shinzanmono
36R 217% 26% 842,390 82,021
2 ireconderupasa ireconderupasa
12R 195% 23% 276,750 80,764
3 ButaminC ButaminC
8R 136% 22% 29,530 22,186
4 mayuka mayuka
30R 131% 65% 6,020 582
5 Y.Satoh Y.Satoh
36R 119% 22% 132,730 51,646

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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 155 is currently being held!(18 May - 9 Jun)

Tournament 155 Latest result

Rank Tipster Level
Class
Deviation Return
Rate
Winnings
(JPY)
1
Blues for Narada Blues for Narada
Lv.70
85.4 703%
6%
1,161,660
2
Satoman Satoman
Lv.41
84.9 515%
16%
242,480
3
AREKX AREKX
Lv.86
84.7 651%
4%
3,945,580
4
a45547291b a45547291b
Lv.96
84.6 552%
36%
1,130,100
5
9f7db524c8 9f7db524c8
Lv.90
84.5 554%
21%
1,862,650

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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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