Japan's Lani finishes third in Belmont Stakes

Jun 12, 2016

Japan's Lani finishes third in Belmont Stakes

Japanese-trained Lani finished an impressive third in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, a length and a half behind winner Creator. The Yutaka Take-ridden Lani became the first horse from Japan to race in all three Triple Crown races. The Mikio Matsunaga-trained colt has improved ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Japanese horse A Shin Hikari wins Hong Kong Cup

Dec 13, 2015

Japanese horse A Shin Hikari wins Hong Kong Cup

Japan’s A Shin Hikari swept to victory on Sunday and a prize of 14.25 million Hong Kong dollars ($1.84 million) at the Hong Kong International Races, one of the world’s richest meetings. Veteran jockey Yutaka Take led from the start and finished the course ...

Oct 3, 2015

Take rides to 300th victory in graded races

Yutaka Take became the first jockey to win 300 graded races, when he captured the G3 Sirius Stakes aboard Awardee on Saturday. The 46-year-old Take has rewritten one record after another since his debut in 1987, with Saturday’s win at Hanshin Racecourse the 3,758th ...

Just a Way runs away with Tenno-sho title

Oct 27, 2013

Just a Way runs away with Tenno-sho title

Just a Way stole the show from favorite and reigning horse of the year Gentildonna with a phenomenal run to win the Tenno-sho on Sunday for his first Grade 1 title. The 4-year-old Just a Way, who went off as the fifth choice, lifted ...

Take trains sights on Arc after record Derby win

May 27, 2013

Take trains sights on Arc after record Derby win

After becoming No. 1 in Japan, Yutaka Take and Kizuna are ready to take on the world. Take won a record fifth Japanese Derby aboard favorite Kizuna on Sunday, and will head to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe this fall to try to ...