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Mozu Katchan captures Queen Elizabeth II Cup

Mozu Katchan, the fifth favorite, won the 42nd running of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Sunday by a neck over Crocosmia. With Mirco Demuro aboard, the three-year-old filly covered 2.2 km on turf at Kyoto Racecourse in 2 minutes, 14.3 seconds to capture its first G1 title. It was Demuro's ...

Kitasan Black completes Tenno-sho double

/ Oct 29, 2017

Kitasan Black completes Tenno-sho double

Retiring Kitasan Black, ridden by Yutaka Take, completed a Tenno-sho double Sunday as the top favorite came from behind to win the autumn race and pick up his sixth Grade One victory. Kitasan Black, who defended the spring title in April, had a poor start ...

Kiseki takes Kikka-sho for first G1 win

/ Oct 22, 2017

Kiseki takes Kikka-sho for first G1 win

Top favorite Kiseki powered to victory on Sunday to capture the Kikka-sho, the last race of the Japanese triple crown. Ridden by Italian jockey Mirco Demuro, Kiseki made his move shortly after the final bend and charged down the outside channel before going on to ...

Kitasan Black to retire after Arima Kinen

/ Oct 20, 2017

Kitasan Black to retire after Arima Kinen

Kitasan Black, a five-time Grade One race winner, will retire after the Arima Kinen in December, the stallion's trainer Hisashi Shimizu said on Friday. "(Kitasan Black's) owner (Saburo Kitajima) decided that he would retire this year after running the autumn Tenno-sho, the Japan Cup and ...

/ Sep 11, 2017

Japanese Arc hope beaten in warm-up

Japan's latest attempt to land the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe suffered a setback on Sunday when Satono Diamond was beaten in his warm-up for next month's French showpiece. The Japanese raider could manage only fourth in the Group Two Prix Foy won impressively by ...

Satono Crown takes Takarazuka Kinen title

/ Jun 25, 2017

Satono Crown takes Takarazuka Kinen title

Mirco Demuro-ridden third pick Satono Crown won the Takarazuka Kinen on Sunday for his second career Grade 1 victory. The 5-year-old stallion came from behind and overpowered the field over the stretch run, coming home in 2 minutes, 11.4 seconds over 2,200 meters at Hanshin ...

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 third ...

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 John ...

/ 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 the ...

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, sprung ...