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lurkey mclurker
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Yasuda Kinen weekend! Rooting for Almond Eye but I also love Persian Knight and Danon Premium, of course, and you can't discount Sungrazer or Stelvio... should be a fantastic race! :mrgreen: May they all come home safely.
G @LongBallToNoOne
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7 Group 1 winners
12 different Sires represented
14 different Trainers
13 different Owners, 7 of which are public syndications
263 starts between field for 80 wins (30% SR)
2,376,600,000 ($31mil) earnings between them.
#YasudaKinen #diversity #JRA
tachyon
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Fri May 31, 2019 9:51 pm

Squeaky wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 12:19 pm
The real Almond Eye runs this weekend!
Yes! :D
Here's the most recent pic of the real Horse of the Year 2018.
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Almond Eye F4

This mile G1 is going to be the toughest test for Almond Eye whose best distance is thought to be around 10F.
She is quoted as the 9/10 favorite right now, followed by Danon Premium with 5/2.

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Danon Premium C4
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Starine
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Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:15 pm

Why are they running her at a mile? Just because it's a prestigious race?
tachyon
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Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:24 pm

Starine wrote:
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:15 pm
Why are they running her at a mile? Just because it's a prestigious race?
Good point.
Let me try to explain it.

Almond Eye's biggest goals this year are supposed to be the Tenno Sho Autumn (G1 2000m at Tokyo in October, JPY 150 million for winner) and the Japan Cup (G1 2400m at Tokyo in November, JPY 300 million for winner), while another overseas trip still remains a possibility.
One may say that she is now just prepping for her main goals that are set for later this year.

In the first half of the year, there only remain two G1 races that are available for her.
http://japanracing.jp/en/racing/schedul ... penTab=Jun

As you may see in the above link....

One is the G1 Yasuda Kinen, for 3yo&up, 1600m turf at Tokyo, JPY 110 million for winner
The other is the G1 Takarazuka Kinen, fans' dream race for 3yo&up, 2200m turf at Hanshin, JPY 150 million for winner.

So I don't think that her connections chose Yasuda over Takarazuka becuase of either the prestige or the purse.
They must have believed that Almond Eye could win the Yasuda rather comfortably handling the shorter distance, without risking hitting her bottom.
Other point could be that Tokyo turf tends to be firmer and less tiring than Hanshin Turf.

Now let's see if they made a right decision!!
Does she have the speed to beat the boys at a mile on the rock hard turf?
This is going to be an interesting race.
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Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:47 am

Looked like:
Indy Champ
Aerolithe
Almond Eye
tachyon
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Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:56 am

The best horse didn't win.
But I was thrilled with her closing kick.
Congrats to the winner Indy Champ.
Stay Gold is an amazing sire.
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Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:25 am

-- replay of the Yasuda Kinen G1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4aln8_sboU
1st. (#5) Indy Champ(JPN) C4. Stay Gold(JPN) x Will Power(JPN) by King Kamehameha(JPN)
2nd. (#2) Aerolithe(JPN) M5. Kurofune(USA) x Asterix(JPN) by Neo Universe(JPN)
3rd. (#14) Almond Eye(JPN) F4. Lord Kanaloa(JPN) x Fusaichi Pandora(JPN) by Sunday Silence(USA)

Indy Champ's trainer Hidetaka Otonashi mentioned the Mile Championship at Kyoto, the Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin and the BC Mile at Santa Anita as possibilities for the horse's goal later this year during the TV post-race interview.
Danon Premium was fine. Fortunately.
Almond Eye might be headed to the G1 Tenno Sho Autumn 2000m in October.
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Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:47 am

Nice job Aerolithe.

Nasty start.
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tachyon
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Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:38 am

Almond Eye shed tears...
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lurkey mclurker
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Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:08 pm

Fuji TV put up an Almond-Eye-centric replay and I can't help but wonder if only Christophe Lemaire had taken her outside... b/c once she isn't behind a wall of horses, or pinched between them trying to move up? When he finally pushes the button she's in another gear and she'd have caught them in another stride, passed them in two.

https://twitter.com/fujitvkeiba/status/ ... 3323815936

Bummer. But given Logi Cry's horrible start, and how awful the outcome could've been, just glad they all came home safely. (And you know it's serious when the JRA suspends Yutaka Take... how long is a "one meeting" suspension? The whole meet?!?!)

ETA okay it looks like a one-day suspension. And I'm seeing that Almond Eye's trainer is saying they really don't want to race her much this summer but save her for the fall (I'm guessing maybe because of her heat-related issues?)...
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Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:31 am

--results of the fans balloting for the Takarazuka Kinen 2019

rank -- horse name -- sex/age -- total votes

1 Almond Eye F4 78,778
2 Rey de Oro H5 72,805
3 Kiseki H5 66,032
4 Al Ain H5 56,731
5 Fierement C4 50,938
6 Blast Onepiece C4 49,345
7 Suave Richard H5 46,880
8 Oju Chosan H8 45,820
9 Lys Gracieux M5 40,506
10 Wagnerian C4 38,375
11 Saturnalia C3 33,530
12 Cheval Grand H7 31,275
13 Etario C4 26,473
14 Epoca d'Oro C4 25,976
15 Makahiki H6 22,367
16 Win Bright H5 19,170
17 Stelvio C4 15,816
18 Clinchar H5 15,479
19 Admire Mars C3 14,222
20 Deirdre M5 13,982

Although it's widely been known that Almond Eye would not run in the Takarazuka Kinen, she earned the largest fans' votes and she won't run in it.
It's a shame, and I'm not sure that she has been properly managed since the biginning of this year.
BaroqueAgain1
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Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:28 pm

After winning the Yasuda Kinen over a good field, I'm a little surprised that Indy Champ didn't make that list.
lurkey mclurker
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Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:37 pm

Hmm perhaps but I think compared to the rest of the field, he's not as established as the others. He's just turned four and aside from the Yasuda Kinen, he only had two GIII and some stakes wins. If you look at the other 4 yr olds, and Admire Mars, he's just beginning to make a name for himself. 8-)

ETA: With Deirdre overseas, I wish Aerolithe had made the list. She's been trying so hard and had some very gallant seconds.
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Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:59 pm

lurkey mclurker wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:37 pm
ETA: With Deirdre overseas, I wish Aerolithe had made the list. She's been trying so hard and had some very gallant seconds.
Agreed!

Also, thank you to Tachyon for the detailed explanation re: Almond Eye and the Yasuda Kinen.
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Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:59 pm

Fans votes were cast in between May 16th and June 2nd.
So Yasuda Kinen results were hardly reflected in that ballot.
Aerolithe was 38th with 4,663 votes.
Indy Champ was only 74th with 1,061 votes.

Aerolithe takes summer vacation for now.
We don't know yet which races are going to be her targets in autumn.
lurkey mclurker
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Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:32 pm

Wow! I've seen photographs but never video from an actual race... :shock:
G @LongBallToNoOne
Jun 11

Drama at Mizusawa on the NAR local council circuit in Race 6 today with 2nd past the post FUJINO FAIRY (Commander in Chief) relegated to 4th for attacking My AVALON (Came Home) in the straight #drama
https://twitter.com/LongBallToNoOne/sta ... 4853758976
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Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:23 pm

青嶋坂学会 @damehorse
18h 18 hours ago

Green Cal - the calcium supplement sold by Nosan, the subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp - has caused a mass scratch in racing this weekend in Japan due to theobromine contamination.

A combined 177 horses (including Ban'ei horses) were scratched from JRA and NAR as precaution.
Wow... this could have potentially maybe been very bad news, isn't theobromine toxic in large doses??? Still a messy situation all around. :?

thread starts here: https://twitter.com/damehorse/status/11 ... 7270401026
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Starine
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Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:04 pm

lurkey mclurker wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:32 pm
Wow! I've seen photographs but never video from an actual race... :shock:
G @LongBallToNoOne
Jun 11

Drama at Mizusawa on the NAR local council circuit in Race 6 today with 2nd past the post FUJINO FAIRY (Commander in Chief) relegated to 4th for attacking My AVALON (Came Home) in the straight #drama
https://twitter.com/LongBallToNoOne/sta ... 4853758976
WOW. I've seen horses try to nip one another before but he really tried to savage that other horse. I mean, damn.
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Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:24 am

Melody Lane(JPN), 2016F. Orfevre(JPN) x Mowen(GB) by Motivator(GB), became the lightest JRA horse in history to win a race, as she broke her maiden impressively at Hanshin R6 2400m turf on June 15th 2019. :D
Her weight was only 340 kilograms! :o

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(she has a large white and Stay Gold eyes, too. :lol: )

-- replay
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X31oTvy0y_4
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Mylute
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Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:41 am

She's 100% BABY!
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