Adrian Webber

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More Sports May 4, 2009

Meiner Kitz springs Tennosho surprise

Kyoto Pref. — Six-year-old Meiner Kitz pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the racing year so far, when landing the spoils in the 139th Tennosho (Emperor's Cup) at Kyoto Racecourse on Sunday afternoon. At odds of just over 45-1, the horse stunned the ...

Lemaire guides Kane Hekili to Japan Cup Dirt triumph

More Sports Dec 8, 2008

Lemaire guides Kane Hekili to Japan Cup Dirt triumph

TAKARAZUKA, Hyogo Pref. — Kane Hekili and French jockey Christophe Lemaire won a thrilling battle in the final 100 meters of the ninth Japan Cup Dirt, when they held off the late challenges of Meisho Tokon and the race favorite, Vermilion, to land the ...

Black Emblem takes honors at Shuka-sho

More Sports Oct 20, 2008

Black Emblem takes honors at Shuka-sho

KYOTO — Black Emblem took full honors when powering up the home straight on the inside to win the 13th Shuka-sho, the final leg of the three Group 1 races in the year for 3-year-old fillies. Jockey Yasunari Iwata masterminded another top class win after ...

More Sports Jun 30, 2008

Eishin Deputy scores Takarazuka Kinen win

HYOGO PREF. — Eishin Deputy knocked off some of the more fancied runners with an all-the-way win in the 49th Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin racecourse on Sunday afternoon. The 6-year-old put up a game display under jockey Hiroyuki Uchida, who took the shortest way round, ...

More Sports May 5, 2008

Admire Jupiter takes Tenno-sho victory

KYOTO — On a scorching hot day, and in front of a crowd of 78,000 at Kyoto racecourse, jockey Yasunari Iwata drove home Admire Jupiter in the dying moments of the race to deny Meisho Samson back to back victories in the spring Tenno-sho ...

More Sports Nov 19, 2007

Daiwa Major triumphs in Mile

KYOTO — Jockey Katsumi Ando made winning Group 1 races look like shelling peas on Sunday at Kyoto Racecourse, where he won his sixth of the year on 6-year-old Daiwa Major. The horse finished on strongly enough to win, after muddling the Tennosho race ...

More Sports Oct 22, 2007

Asakusa Kings finishes strong en route to Kikka-sho victory

KYOTO — Asakusa Kings made amends for his Derby second, finishing strongly in the final 100 meters to win the 68th Kikka-sho at Kyoto Racecourse on Sunday afternoon. Fourth-favorite Asakusa Kings (10), ridden by Hirofumi Shii, beats Al Nasrain by a head to win ...

More Sports Apr 30, 2007

Meisho Samson's strength lifts Tennosho

KYOTO -- Meisho Samson, last year's 2000 Guineas and Derby winner, dug deep into his reserves at Kyoto racecourse on Sunday to lift the 135th Tennosho (Emperor's Cup) and prove to his doubters that he really is top class and can race 3,200 meters. Jockey ...

More Sports Apr 9, 2007

Daiwa Scarlet blossoms in Oka-sho

TAKARAZUKA, Hyogo Pref. -- On a day when the cherry blossoms were at their peak, jockey Katsumi Ando made sure the colors changed when he drove Daiwa Scarlet home to make it two consecutive Oka-sho victories, and in so doing, notched up his 700th ...