Racing in Japan

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Mylute wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:05 pm
Well...this is interesting.

Manes of Two Japanese Racehorses - Hall of Famer Taiki Shuttle and Rose Kingdom - Have Manes Mysteriously Chopped Off
https://www.paulickreport.com/horse-car ... lism-case/

~ Kimura Farm, I assume, is like Japan's Old Friends?
And they only found out about it because of another incident, which made them check the other horses... :?
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When mane hair from 1993 Japan Derby winner WINNING TICKET appeared on an online auction he was inspected and a patch of hair was found to be missing.

3rd case in a week.

Stars TAIKI SHUTTLE and ROSE KINGDOM were also found to have hair missing.

....hope they catch 'em #idiots
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Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:22 pm

I'm betting it's someone who works at the farm looking to make a quick buck. I could be wrong but it would be too risky to whip out some scissors or shears while on a farm tour (not sure how they handle things there of course).
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Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:02 pm

Four cases have so far been reported in three different farms.

at Kimura Farm (Versaille Farm)
Taiki Shuttle(USA)
Rose Kingdom(JPN)

at Nissei Farm
Biwa Hayahide(JPN)

at Yushun village AERU
Winning Ticket(JPN)

The police thinks that these might have been done by the same person.

Nissei Farm has made a statement that they would not accept visitors any more.
What a sad srtory...
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Taiki Shuttle(USA) at Kumura Farm (Versaille Farm)


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Winning Ticket(JPN) at Yushun Village AERU
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Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:40 pm

"Chopped off" seems a bit melodramatic after looking at the pictures.
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Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:43 pm

CorridorZ75 wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:40 pm
"Chopped off" seems a bit melodramatic after looking at the pictures.
Yeah I was expecting their entire mane to be down to a thin line of hair.
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Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:33 am

I think I can understand why the farms may be reacting so strongly.
It was just a bit of mane this time but, if a someone was able to commit that vandalism, it also means that they got close enough to the horse to actually HURT him if they chose to. :(
People are weird...and too often can be really evil. :evil:
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Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:54 am

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:33 am
I think I can understand why the farms may be reacting so strongly.
It was just a bit of mane this time but, if a someone was able to commit that vandalism, it also means that they got close enough to the horse to actually HURT him if they chose to. :(
People are weird...and too often can be really evil. :evil:
Would a horse let someone he didn't KNOW get that close?
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Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:06 am

Delamont wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:54 am
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:33 am
I think I can understand why the farms may be reacting so strongly.
It was just a bit of mane this time but, if a someone was able to commit that vandalism, it also means that they got close enough to the horse to actually HURT him if they chose to. :(
People are weird...and too often can be really evil. :evil:
Would a horse let someone he didn't KNOW get that close?
The farm is kind of like Old Friends. The horses get used to getting petted and treats when the people come by to visit them, so they become more "friendly" as result. I assume they don't do guided tours just let people walk through on their own, which would explain that more.

Hopefully they will allow visitation again but with more security.
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Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:16 am

Wow!!
He is back!!!!

Saturnalia(JPN), 2016C. Lord Kanaloa(JPN) x Cesario(JPN) by Special Week(JPN), won the G2 Kobe Shimbun Hai 2400m turf at Hanshin easily under Christophe Lemaire's hand-ride on Sep 22nd 2019.
He did NOT stumble badly at the gate today.
And he covered final 600m in 32.3.
https://www.jbis.jp/horse/0001215724/

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-- replay
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9QxoAh5L0A
1st. (#3) Saturnalia(JPN) (Lord Kanaloa) C3
2nd. (#5) Velox(JPN) (Just a Way) C3
3rd. (#8) World Premiere(JPN) (Deep Impact) C3
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Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:50 pm

Woohoo!!! And wasn't there a 2-yr-old filly who just won her race recently too, out of Cesario's daughter Rosalind (by King Kamehameha I think)...? Cesario was/is such a great race mare *and* producer... 8-)

ETA: wow I need to finish my coffee before I post LOL
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2c 4. AUTHORITY (Orfevre x Rosalind (Symboli Kris S) won the 2YO Fuyo Stakes at Nakayama. Now 2 for 2

Check that beautiful action / pitch!

Grand-dam the great CESARIO (Epihaneia, Leontes etc) also has star SATURNALIA racing later

Gives ORFEVRE a boost
So a colt, not filly, and by Orfevre not King K. Vid clip at the link:

https://twitter.com/LongBallToNoOne/sta ... 1306988546


ETAA: this is the filly I was thinking of - half to Almond Eye
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Almond Eye's 1/2 sister, in the same Silk Racing colors 3f 2. UNAKITE (Johannesburg x Fusaichi Pandora (Sunday Silence)won her 2nd race today, overcame difficulties to win impressively over 1600m at Nakayama in 1.34.3
vid clip at the link: https://twitter.com/LongBallToNoOne/sta ... 0003053569
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Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:06 pm

I saw the replay with Saturnalia. He looks like a real freak. Almond Eye better have her running shoes for the Tenno Sho.
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Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:49 pm

tachyon wrote:
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Squeaky wrote:
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:43 pm
Hi Tachyon,

Any updates on Le Vent Se Lev? Are they still trying to bring him back or has he been retired due to persistent injuries? Thanks
LVSL is still undergoing treatment.
His future plan is unknown.
But I won't be surprised if he retires before next breeding season...

THIS was my all time favorite horse for the last year who I believe could have won any of our TC races. I am kinda heartbroken that his persistent nagging injury has kept him from showing and realizing true greatness. I agree w/you that he will probably be retired before next breeding season.

He and CoH were my TC horses and some years I don't have 2 that I can root for. Thankfully, CoH is still doing what I thought he would do.
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Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:54 am

Yaaaaaaaaaaaay It's official!!!!!!!!

Saturnalia will head to the Tenno Sho with Soumillon while Lemaire sticks to Almond Eye.

This is going to be a helluva race!!!
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Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:08 pm

tachyon wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:54 am
Yaaaaaaaaaaaay It's official!!!!!!!!

Saturnalia will head to the Tenno Sho with Soumillon while Lemaire sticks to Almond Eye.

This is going to be a helluva race!!!
This might be the matchup of the year. 8-)
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Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:51 am

Tower of London(JPN), 2015C. Raven's Pass(USA) x Snow Pine(GB) by Dalakhani(IRE), won the G1 Sprinters Stakes 1200m turf at Nakayama on Sep 29th 2019.
14-7-3-2
https://www.jbis.jp/horse/0001209439/

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-- replay (English)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wRT-9GyvNs
1st. (#8) Tower of London(JPN) C4. (Raven's Pass)
2nd. (#7) Mozu Superflare(USA) F4. (Speightstown)
3rd. (#2) Danon Smash(JPN) C4. (Lord Kanaloa)

-- per Godolphin
https://www.godolphin.com/news/tower-of ... ers-stakes
Harry Sweeney, President of Godolphin in Japan, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with Tower Of London. We had about 10 of our staff at the track today and there was fantastic excitement.

“Tower Of London had proven himself to be an exceptional athlete before today, having established two track record times earlier this year. However, he needed to win a G1 race to cement his position as one of Japan’s top sprinters and he did so in great style. With two G2 races to his name already this year, he is now very much in the running for champion honours at the end of the season.

“Christophe Lemaire was very pleased with the horse today and reported that he moved really well. He has adapted very well to being brought back to sprinting and we feel that he is improving with every run. We will keep him at this distance for the immediate future.

“We will consult with the trainer over the next few days and make a tentative plan. Today’s race was a win-and-you’re-in for the Breeders Cup, so we will need to decide on that very soon. Tower Of London will remain in training next year and it is very likely that he will travel abroad. Having a really nice horse like him will shorten the winter for us.”
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Sun Sep 29, 2019 1:23 pm

I was up late and watched it, great finish! Although I wonder if Danon Smash had been able to get off the rail and clear a little bit earlier, what might have been a fantastic stretch duel...

What you can't see in the finish photo is good ol' Let's Go Donki - she's seven now and was absolutely FLYING at the end, finished in a battle for 5th but only about a length behind Danon Smash. (I was not a fan of how her rider used the whip earlier in the stretch, however; it seemed a bit excessive for what I'm used to in Japanese racing. :? )
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Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:47 pm

Very exciting to hear a rising star like Tower of London will remain in training and venture overseas this year or the next. If he retires to Japan I have to imagine he would make an appealing outcross for many of the local mares.
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Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:59 pm

It's interesting that Raven's Pass, winner of the 10-furlong BC Classic, has sired such a good sprinter.
Ya never know...
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Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:31 am

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:59 pm
It's interesting that Raven's Pass, winner of the 10-furlong BC Classic, has sired such a good sprinter.
Ya never know...
Raven's Pass was a miler. The BC Classic was his only win over 8f.
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