Kentucky Derby, Oaks Candidates Face Off in Japan’s Hyacinth Stakes

Tokyo Racecourse (Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association) If you’re a forward-looking handicapper already anticipating major spring races like the UAE Derby, Kentucky Derby, and Kentucky Oaks, then I encourage you to stay up late on Saturday night and check out the Hyacinth Stakes in Japan. Held over a metric mile at Tokyo Racecourse, the Hyacinth (which technically takes place at 12:25 a.m. Eastern on Sunday Morning) serves as the third leg of the Japan Road to [...]

Filly Make Happy Earns Derby Qualification Points in Cattleya Sho

Tokyo Racecourse (Photo Courtesy of the JRA) If you haven’t already placed a bet on the “All Other Three-Year-Old Fillies” option in Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1, maybe you need to open your wallet and reconsider, because against the odds a filly has already won a Kentucky Derby prep race. That victory came courtesy of Make Happy, who posted a convincing win in the November 24th Cattleya Sho at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan, earning 10 qualifications points on [...]

How to Bet the Tenno Sho Autumn

Rey de Oro winning the Sankei Sho All Comers Stakes (Jpn-II) - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association The racing action in North America might be quiet this week (understandable since the Breeders’ Cup is just one week away), but across the globe in Japan, Sunday is shaping up to be a massive day with the Tenno Sho Autumn (Jpn-I) at Tokyo Racecourse pitting some of Japan’s best middle-distance runners against each other in a 2,000-meter test [...]

2018-19 Road to the Kentucky Derby Kicks Off With Iroquois Stakes

Coady Photography The journey ultimately comes full circle; it begins where it ends, and ends where it begins. That journey, of course, is the 2018-19 Road to the Kentucky Derby, which kicks off on September 15th with the running of the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. It’s only fitting that the Road to the Kentucky Derby should begin at the track where the historic “Run for the Roses” will be held [...]

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 [...]

Danon Premium, Epoca d’Oro Face Off in Japanese Derby

Danon Premium - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association If you’re a fan of talented three-year-old Thoroughbreds and top-quality Triple Crown races, then you’re in for a treat on Sunday morning! While the countdown to the June 9th Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park continues, you can tune in to the action at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan to watch the prestigious Group 1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), one of the most prestigious races in the country. A [...]

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 [...]

Keying Dark Repulser in Japan’s Hyacinth Stakes

Tokyo Race Course (Photo Courtesy of the JRA) If you’re planning to stay up late on Saturday night (perhaps to catch another exciting night of the Winter Olympics) you’ll definitely want to keep an eye on the simulcast from Tokyo Racecourse in Japan. The highlight of the night, at least for North American racing fans, is the 1,600-meter (about one mile) Hyacinth Stakes, the final prep race on the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby. Three of the [...]

Local team could be too strong in Japan Cup

Kitasan Black beats Satono Crown (obscured) in the 2017 Tenno Sho (Autumn). Pic: Japan Racing Association. Four foreign invaders have arrived to try and wrest the $5.1 million Japan Cup (G1) from the locals for the first time since 2005 – but they’ll have to beat a strong local team in the 1 ½-mile contest to do so. Coming in to challenge the Japanese horses are the Australian Boom Time, winner of the Caulfield Cup (G1) last month; [...]

Kitasan Black, Satono Crown head Tenno Sho (Autumn) field

Satono Crown wins the Takarazuka Kinen. Photo: Japan Racing Association.   Japanese Horse of the Year Kitasan Black looks to return to winning ways when he takes on a strong field in the 1 ¼-mile Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1) at Tokyo racecourse Oct. 29. Kitasan Black (Black Tide) has twice won the Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1), run over two miles, and last year he also won the Japan Cup (G1). This year he won the 1 ¼-mile Osaka [...]