Isla Bonita Seeks Winning Finale in Hanshin Cup

Isla Bonita winning the 2017 Milers Cup - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association Fans of Japanese racing are in for a treat this weekend. Major graded stakes races are scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday, with the first up being the December 23rd Hanshin Cup (Jpn-II) at Hanshin racecourse. Held at a distance of 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs), the race features a purse of well over a million dollars and has attracted a deep and competitive [...]

Many chances in Japan’s Mile Championship

Air Spinel wins the Fuji Stakes at Tokyo. Pic: Japan Racing Association. High-quality 4-year-old Air Spinel may be set to break through for his first grade one victory in the Mile Championship at Kyoto Nov. 19. Air Spinel (King Kamehameha) wasn’t far away in the Japanese classics last year, and this year has done well campaigned at a mile. He flew home for fifth in Japan’s other one-mile grade one for older horses, the Yasuda Kinen, and he [...]