Persian Knight, Mozu Ascot Among Major Names in Mile Championship

Persian Knight winning the 2017 Mile Championship (Jpn-I) at Kyoto - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association If your weekend plans include handicapping high-class, ultra-competitive races with huge fields, then Sunday’s Mile Championship (Jpn-I) at Kyoto in Japan should absolutely be on your radar. Eighteen horses have been entered in the prestigious 1,600-meter turf test, and truthfully, drawing a name from a hat might give you roughly the same chance of picking the winner as actually handicapping [...]

Mozu Katchan Seeks Repeat Win in Queen Elizabeth II Cup

Mozu Katchan winning the 2017 Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Jpn-I) - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association The autumn racing season in Japan is well underway, and the weekly parade of Group 1 races will continue on November 11th with the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Jpn-I) at Kyoto, a 2,200-meter event that serves as a major prize for some of the nation’s best fillies and mares. The Filly Triple Crown winner Almond Eye is skipping the Queen Elizabeth [...]

Epoca d’Oro Seeks Another Classic Win in Kikuka Sho

Epoca d'Oro winning the Satsuki Sho (Jpn-I) (Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association) A classic winner and an up-and-comer with an impressive recent victory are among the eighteen horses entered to contest Sunday’s Kikuka Sho (Jpn-I) at Kyoto racecourse in Japan. The 3,000-meter turf test serves as the third and final leg of Japan’s Triple Crown, and while the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) winner is skipping the race, the runners that have been entered are a quality [...]

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 [...]