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 [...]

Terrific Field Assembles for Yasuda Kinen at Tokyo

Suave Richard defeating Persian Knight in the Osaka Hai (Jpn-I) - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association There’s plenty of top-class racing action going on around the world this weekend, but arguably no race can offer a field as competitive and talented as the one that will line up to contest Sunday’s Yasuda Kinen (Jpn-I) at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan. Held at 1,600 meters (about one mile) on turf, the Yasuda Kinen is absolutely packed with proven [...]

Miss Panthere, Lys Gracieux Meet Again in Victoria Mile

Miss Panthere winning the Hanshin Himba Stakes - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association The spring racing season in Japan is well underway, with top-quality races offering huge purse money on the agenda seemingly every weekend. This week is no exception, as Tokyo Racecourse is set to host the $1.874 million Victoria Mile (Jpn-I) on Sunday, a 1,600-meter (about one mile) event for fillies and mares that has attracted a large field of eighteen starters. Certainly the most [...]

Dubai Turf winner Vivlos favored in Queen Elizabeth II Cup

Crocosmia (right) and Vivlos meet again in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Kyoto. Pic: Japan Racing Association. Dubai Turf (G1) winner Vivlos seeks another grade one victory when she contests the 2,200-meter (about 1 3/8-mile) Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) for fillies and mares at Kyoto Nov. 12. Vivlos (Deep Impact), the winner of last year’s Shuka Sho (G1), the third leg of the fillies triple crown in Japan, went to Dubai and beat Ribchester, the subsequent [...]

Aerolithe a Dominating Favorite in Shuka Sho

There’s 18 horses to choose from in the final leg of Japan’s filly Triple Crown, the $1.6 million Shuka Sho, but there’s likely to be a dominating favorite. Aerolithe (Kurofune) is set to be at short odds for the 2,000-meter (about 1 ¼ miles) classic at Kyoto. She finished fifth in the Oka Sho (G1, Japanese 1,000 Guineas) in April, but has since beaten the colts and geldings in the NHK Mile Cup (G1) despite being four wide for most [...]