Lani to become first Japan-based horse in Preakness

May 20, 2016

Lani to become first Japan-based horse in Preakness

In the weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby, Japan-based Lani acted like a tourist on vacation. The feisty gray colt displayed an amorous eye for passing fillies, often whinnied loudly upon exiting his stall and occasionally refused to budge during workouts. All of ...

Nyquist stays undefeated with Kentucky Derby victory

May 8, 2016

Nyquist stays undefeated with Kentucky Derby victory

The racing world wondered if there was a worthy successor to last year’s Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. Enter Nyquist. The bay colt, who lacks any distinctive markings, won the Kentucky Derby by 1 ¼ lengths on Saturday, improving to 8-0 in his career ...

Take tastes Tenno-sho glory for seventh time

May 1, 2016

Take tastes Tenno-sho glory for seventh time

Yutaka Take was back doing what he does best, winning his record seventh spring Tenno-sho title aboard Kitasan Black on Sunday. Take, who last won the race 10 years ago on Deep Impact, went wire-to-wire on the 4-year-old second-favorite to edge long-shot Curren Mirotic ...

Apr 30, 2016

Fujita gets second national race win

Eighteen-year-old female jockey Nanako Fujita won her second national race on Saturday, finishing first in the eighth race at Tokyo Racecourse. Fujita, the first female jockey from the Japan Racing Association in 16 years, guided 4-year-old mare and fourth favorite Lingus Vigorous to a ...

Apr 23, 2016

Fujita injured in fall

Nanako Fujita, the Japan Racing Association’s first female jockey in 16 years, is day-to-day after being injured in a fall on Saturday. In her first ride at Tokyo Racecourse, 18-year-old Fujita fell coming off a turn after her mount made contact with another horse. ...

Dee Majesty claims Satsuki-sho victory

Apr 17, 2016

Dee Majesty claims Satsuki-sho victory

Eighth favorite Dee Majesty pulled away down the stretch to win the 76th running of the Satsuki-sho on Sunday. With Masayoshi Ebina aboard, Dee Majesty stormed past leader Leontes to cross the finish line in blustery conditions at Nakayama Racecourse in a time of ...

Female jockey Fujita earns first victory in national race

Apr 10, 2016

Female jockey Fujita earns first victory in national race

Eighteen-year-old Nanako Fujita, the Japan Racing Association’s first female jockey in 16 years, claimed her first national race victory on Sunday. Fujita, in the saddle for her 51st national race, steered 5-year-old horse Sunny Days in the ninth race at Fukushima Racecourse for her ...

Mar 31, 2016

Hall of Fame jockey Borel retires

Three-time Kentucky Derby winner and Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel is retiring. The popular rider nicknamed “Bo-rail” for his knack of finding a spot along the inside of the track told his agent, Larry Melancon, it’s time to call it a career. Melancon ...

Lani earns trip to Kentucky Derby

Mar 29, 2016

Lani earns trip to Kentucky Derby

Lani is about to embark on an 11,876-km (7,380-mile) journey back to his old Kentucky home for a chance to Run for the Roses. The gray colt earned the trip to the Kentucky Derby with a come-from-way-behind victory in the UAE Derby on Saturday ...

Japan savors Dubai glory

Mar 27, 2016

Japan savors Dubai glory

Real Steel and Lani won their respective races to secure a double for Japanese-trained horses at the Dubai World Cup Day on Saturday. This year, a record 10 Japanese horses took part in the Dubai World Cup Day which featured nine races at Meydan ...

Teenage jockey Fujita earns first victory

Mar 24, 2016

Teenage jockey Fujita earns first victory

Eighteen-year-old Nanako Fujita, the Japan Racing Association’s first female jockey in 16 years, claimed her first win on Thursday. Fujita guided second choice 5-year-old gelding Ascii Code to a bright start in the third race at Urawa Racecourse and went onto win comfortably by ...