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Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:16 pm
by lurkey mclurker
Meanwhile... excited to see Reine Minorou will be taking on the boys in the Mile Championship!
G‏ @LongBallToNoOne 2h 2 hours ago

Fantastic full field G1 Mile Championship at Kyoto on Sunday worth ¥222,080,000+Bonuses.

Great mix of young emerging horses agains the established Milers

3 x Deep Impact
1 x Snitzel!

R.Moore, C.Demuro, A.Atzeni, M.Demuro, Lemaire, Starke, Legend etc riding

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:57 am
by tachyon
-- Probable field for the Japan Cup (G1, Nov 26th, 2400m at Tokyo) (as of Nov 17th)

Idaho(IRE) (Galileo) C4
Iquitos(GER) (Adlerflug) H5
Guignol(GER) (Cape Cross) H5
Boom Time(AUS) (Flying Spur) H6

Kitasan Black(JPN) (Black Tide) H5
Satono Crown(JPN) (Marju) H5
Rey de Oro(JPN) (King Kamehameha) C3
Sounds of Earth(JPN) (Neo Universe) H6
Soul Stirring(JPN) (Frankel) F3
Last Impact(JPN) (Deep Impact) H7
Makahiki(JPN) (Deep Impact) c4
Cheval Grand(JPN) (Heart's Cry) H5
Yamakatsu Ace(JPN) (King Kamehameha) H5
Decipher(JPN) (Deep Impact) H8
Sciacchetra(JPN) (Manhattan Cafe) C4
One and Only(JPN) (Heart's Cry) H6
Tosen Basil(JPN) (Harbinger) H5
Rainbow Line(JPN) (Stay Gold) C4

Soul Stirring is going to be the only filly to contest this year's Japan Cup.

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:04 pm
by lurkey mclurker
Ireland-trained Idaho arrived in Japan safely on Thursday night ahead of the Grade 1 Japan Cup. The 4-year-old colt, trained by Aidan O’Brien, was transported to the Quarantine Stable at the JRA Horseracing School in Shiroi, Chiba Prefecture, completing about a 20-hour trip from his home stable.

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:17 pm
by Treve
Ridan_Remembered wrote:Kurenai, thank you so much for posting the link to "Global Impact - The Rice Of the Japanese Thoroughbred." What a wonderful treat it was to watch it. We here in the U.S., birthplace of Sunday Silence, could benefit greatly by adopting some of the Japanese methods of raising and training our Thoroughbreds, and of managing our racing industry. I am so impressed with how the JRA manages racing and betting, and with the huge interest the Japanese people have in the sport. It's heartbreaking to me to see the decline in our sport as no one in the industry here has stepped up to do even half of what JRA does for Japanese racing.
I believe this comes down to one major cultural difference between Japan and most western nations (and America is probably on the more extreme end of the scale with this). And that's a strong emphasis on collectivism vs individualism that's deeply ingrained in their culture. One thing that they didn't talk about in the documentary (which I very much enjoyed, thanks for posting Kurenai!) which is also relevant to how healthy and thriving the Japanese industry, is of course the JBBA, and further reflects the notion of collectivity. Meanwhile in the US, racing can't even get to unify their rules nationally it's absurd.

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:00 am
by Northport
Another boost to horse racing in Japan is that Casinos are illegal. The JRA practically has the market cornered on gamblers, and since they are actually a well functioning and organized company that controls all of the top tier tracks, profits go right back into the product.

Japan gets flack from uneducated 'fans' of the sport, but in my opinion, they are the gold standard in what horse racing should be.

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:37 am
by tachyon
Here are some stats:

It's not that Japanese racing has ever been expanding.
As a matter of fact, the racing boom in Japan peaked in late 1990s and JRA's total wagering started a long decline to 2011.
Fortunately, we find tentative signs of recovery in the recent years.
(I know that JRA handle is still very large compared with other counries, anyway)

Year : JRA Handle (in Japanese Yen)
1990 : 3,098,457,259,500
1991 : 3,433,803,211,700
1992 : 3,613,879,230,800
1993 : 3,745,416,527,000
1994 : 3,806,592,292,500
1995 : 3,766,602,180,700
1996 : 3,986,228,211,400
1997 : 4,000,661,663,100
1998 : 3,801,217,640,600
1999 : 3,657,242,066,800
2000 : 3,434,757,500,600
2001 : 3,272,796,946,900
2002 : 3,140,372,795,100
2003 : 3,017,439,352,400
2004 : 2,937,079,055,300
2005 : 2,902,576,958,300
2006 : 2,831,570,692,500
2007 : 2,766,885,924,000
2008 : 2,756,297,660,000
2009 : 2,598,259,461,000
2010 : 2,435,626,529,000
2011 : 2,299,063,821,000
2012 : 2,400,039,939,200
2013 : 2,411,831,610,500
2014 : 2,499,611,579,700
2015 : 2,588,691,862,100
2016 : 2,678,934,638,700

JRA attendance numbers have seen even more dramatic declines since mid 1990s.
But, like handle, attendance may be on the recovery, too.

Year : Attendance
1990 : 10,687,344
1991 : 12,161,942
1992 : 13,159,521
1993 : 13,757,240
1994 : 13,529,383
1995 : 14,059,098
1996 : 14,116,684
1997 : 13,003,919
1998 : 12,239,465
1999 : 11,409,453
2000 : 11,030,412
2001 : 9,701,128
2002 : 8,712,336
2003 : 8,507,076
2004 : 8,099,985
2005 : 8,117,242
2006 : 7,508,297
2007 : 7,532,111
2008 : 7,389,749
2009 : 7,316,360
2010 : 6,739,580
2011 : 6,151,105
2012 : 6,190,296
2013 : 6,092,403
2014 : 6,142,471
2015 : 6,317,073
2016 : 6,300,662

It looks like JRA is now trying hard to attract the interest of younger generations, which must be the key for the revival of the sport.

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:01 pm
by Private Thoughts
I am currently working for a Japanese company and have worked for several. They have very little interest in thoroughbred racing it seems. I try to talk to them about it and they just are not interested. They would rather hit the strip bars than the race tracks.

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:32 am
by lurkey mclurker
Isla Bonita looks really good today... looking forward to a good race and hoping they all come home safely in the G1 Mile Championship!

ETA: Satono Aladdin looks equally ready. Those two for me with the filly for luck!

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:55 am
by lurkey mclurker
Wow after all of that... Isla Bonita & the filly were close, Satono Aladdin never fired but what a finish by Air Spinel and Persian Knight!!! And Sungrazer right with them.

That mile went by FAST. :lol:

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:57 am
by tachyon
lurkey mclurker wrote:Meanwhile... excited to see Reine Minorou will be taking on the boys in the Mile Championship!
she ran very well to finish in the good 4th!!!

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:33 am
by tachyon
-- replay of the G1 Mile Championship (English)

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:53 pm
by lurkey mclurker
Oh my gosh this photo of Reine Minoru and her groom *hearts*
G‏ @LongBallToNoOne

REINE MINORU and Groom ahead of G1 Mile Championship

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:20 pm
by Starine
What a nice close to the year for young sire Harbinger.

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:42 pm
by tachyon
-- from TDN

Pedigree Insights: Persian Knight
(by Andrew Caulfield) ... an-knight/

Very interesting read!!

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:19 pm
by Sparrow Castle
Two-time Olympian Boyd Martin joins with Japanese organisations to promote the retraining of racehorses
Tokyo, Japan: Two-time Olympian Boyd Martin is to host ‘retraining the racehorse’ clinics in Japan this December, in partnership with the National Riding Club Association of Japan (NRCAJ), the Japan Racing Association (JRA) and Godolphin, the global thoroughbred breeding and horseracing team founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

The partnership, which is the first if its kind in the region, will promote the versatility of racehorses and their ability to adapt to alternative careers after racing. It represents a significant move by those invested in the thoroughbred industry in Japan to promote the retraining of racehorses and ‘second careers’ for thoroughbreds. ... racehorses

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:38 pm
by lurkey mclurker
^^very cool. It would be nice if the example set by Northern Farm could be more widespread, kudos to Japan for investigating second career training for OTTBs. 8-)

In other news:
Longines WBRR‏ @worldsbesthorse 3h 3 hours ago

Japan Cup hero Cheval Grand is under consideration for the Dubai Sheema Classic on March's Dubai World Cup card. His half-sister Vivlos won the Dubai Turf this year. ... ory/310188
(news/future racing plans at the link for Rey de Oro, Makahiki, and Satono Diamond as well)

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:02 pm
by lurkey mclurker
Some of Japan's best have arrived safely in Hong Kong for the Longines Hong Kong International Races next weekend (Dec 10) at Sha Tin: Neorealism (HK Cup), Staphanos (HK Cup), Kiseki (HK Vase), Lets Go Donki (HK Sprint), and Satono Aladdin (HK Mile).

The Vase will have Highland Reel (GB/IRE) & Talismanic (GB/FR) in the field; the Sprint will include Stormy Liberal from the US and the Mile will have Roly Poly (USA/IRE).

Smart Layer (HK Cup), Once in a Moon (HK Sprint) & Tosen Basil (HK Vase) made the trip as well.

Lots of info here:

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:48 pm
by lurkey mclurker
G‏ @LongBallToNoOne 13h 13 hours ago

.....a proper distance
G2 3600m Stayers Stakes won for historical third time by marathon specialist ALBERT (Admire Don x Folklore (Dance in the Dark)
Brilliantly ridden by Ryan Moore for the 3rd time!
3:43.0 for the 3600m
ALBERT home in 34.9 #superstar

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:42 pm
by Northport
Albert is a handsome guy, cool face markings.

Re: Racing in Japan

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:16 pm
by tachyon
What a stayer!!!

Albert(JPN) became the first horse to win the Stayers Stakes three years in a row.

And we can find many sources of stamina in his pedigree. 8-) ... 1511709736