Jockey Yutaka Take chosen for International Award of Merit

More Sports / Horse Racing Dec 11, 2017

Jockey Yutaka Take chosen for International Award of Merit

Renowned jockey Yutaka Take became the first Japanese recipient of the 2017 International Award of Merit, the Japan Racing Association announced on Monday. Established in 2013 by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities and Swiss watchmaker Longines, the Award of Merit recognizes distinguished horsemen and ...

Kitasan Black completes Tenno-sho double

More Sports / Horse Racing 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 ...

Maurice crushes field to win Tenno-sho

More Sports / Horse Racing Oct 30, 2016

Maurice crushes field to win Tenno-sho

Maurice was dominant even at 2,000 meters as Japan's reigning horse of the year won the fall Tenno-sho for his fifth Grade 1 title on Sunday. The favorite, ridden by Ryan Moore, came home on the outside down the 500-meter straight at Tokyo Racecourse, comfortably ...

More Sports / Horse Racing Sep 18, 2016

Take picks up 4,000th win on JRA horse

Jockey Yutaka Take posted his 4,000th career win on a Japan Racing Association horse Sunday when he cruised to victory in the fourth race at Hanshin Racecourse. Take crossed the finish line in 1 minute, 26 seconds aboard Meisho Yakushima in the 1,400-meter dirt race ...

More Sports / Horse Racing Aug 12, 2016

Jockey Take's father dies

Former thoroughbred trainer Kunihiko Take, the father of Japan's most successful jockey, Yutaka Take, and a successful jockey in his own right, died Friday morning at the age of 77. "As a horseman, as a father, he was an extremely well respected and a great ...

Japan's Lani finishes third in Belmont Stakes

More Sports / Horse Racing 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 each ...

Lani to become first Japan-based horse in Preakness

More Sports / Horse Racing 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 this would ...