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Japanese horse Epicharis scratched from Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes is down to 11 horses after Epicharis was scratched after a veterinarian exam on Saturday morning. The New York Racing Association said the exam revealed continued inflammation in the Japanese colt’s right front hoof. Epicharis wasn’t ready to run the 1½-mile race three days after the colt ...

Soul Stirring triumphs in Japanese Oaks

/ May 21, 2017

Soul Stirring triumphs in Japanese Oaks

Frankel-sired Soul Stirring captured the second jewel in the filly’s Triple Crown on Sunday, comfortably winning the Japanese Oaks at Tokyo Racecourse. Runaway favorite Soul Stirring did her legendary father of 10 Grade 1 wins proud, bouncing back from last month’s disappointment of finishing ...

Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby

/ May 7, 2017

Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby

A trainer and jockey accustomed to success. A headstrong horse with a mind of its own. Together, they harnessed their collective talents to win the Kentucky Derby. Always Dreaming splashed through the slop for a 2 3/4-length victory Saturday, giving Todd Pletcher and rider ...

/ May 6, 2017

Run for the Roses looks wide open

The absence of a dominant horse suggests an open race in Saturday’s 143rd Kentucky Derby and bettors should not overlook Patch and the longshots in the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. Classic Empire, at 4-1, was the narrow early line favorite in ...

Neorealism triumphs in Hong Kong

/ Apr 30, 2017

Neorealism triumphs in Hong Kong

Neorealism became the third Japanese horse to win the Audemars Piquet Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong on Sunday, when he captured his first G1 title. Joao Moreira aboard 6-year-old stallion, the second favorite in the odds offered by the Japan Racing Association, ...

Al Ain claims Satsuki-sho crown

/ Apr 16, 2017

Al Ain claims Satsuki-sho crown

Ninth favorite Al Ain won the 77th running of the Satsuki-sho on Sunday at Nakayama Racecourse, covering the 2,000-meter course in a record 1 minute, 57.8 seconds. Jockey Kohei Matsuyama secured his first Grade 1 win in his nine-year career, steering Al Ain behind ...

Reine Minoru upsets field to take Oka-sho crown

/ Apr 9, 2017

Reine Minoru upsets field to take Oka-sho crown

Eighth favorite Reine Minoru held off star jockey Yutaka Take aboard third favorite Lys Gracieux down the final stretch for a surprise half-length victory in the Oka-sho on Sunday. Reine Minoru, with Kenichi Ikezoe aboard, crossed the finish at Hanshin Racecourse in 1 minute, ...

Satono Diamond edges Kitasan Black to win Arima Kinen

/ Dec 25, 2016

Satono Diamond edges Kitasan Black to win Arima Kinen

Three-year-old favorite Satono Diamond celebrated a Merry Christmas by tipping Kitasan Black at the wire to win Japan’s season-ending Arima Kinen on Sunday. The Christophe Lemaire-ridden colt beat Japan Cup holder and spring Tenno-sho champion Kitasan Black, the leading vote-getter in the fan-chosen field ...

/ Dec 20, 2016

Paralyzed jockey Tylicki leaves hospital

German jockey Freddy Tylicki, paralyzed in a horrific four horse pile-up almost two months ago, left the hospital on Tuesday. The 30-year-old, who is based in England and had two Group One wins in a breakthrough season in 2016, tweeted it was a red ...