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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]