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 favored in Asahi Hai Futurity

Danon Premium easily wins the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup. Pic: Japan Racing Association. Unbeaten colt Danon Premium could give trainer Mitsumasa Nakauchida his first grade one victory when he contests the Asahi Hai Futurity (G1) for 2-year-olds at Hanshin racecourse Dec. 17. One of two colts in the field by champion sire Deep Impact, Danon Premium has been relatively untroubled to win both his starts. At his most recent outing he won the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup (G3) [...]

Keying Tower of London in the Asahi Hai Futurity

Tower of London (Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association) With a purse of ¥134 million (more than $1.2 million) and Group 1 status, the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes at Hanshin racecourse has historically been the championship race for two-year-olds in Japan. The 1,600-meter (about one mile) race will be contested on December 17th, and with a large field of sixteen starters, the Asahi Hai Futurity promises to be a competitive event with plenty of opportunities to make [...]