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Report: Vets Check Horses for Virus in Japan

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About 200 veterinarians were dispatched Aug. 15 to check 5,000 racehorses in Japan for equine influenza after 20 animals at a training center were found to be positive for the virus, published reports said.

New Buyers Help Japanese Select Sale

A squadron of bold new buyers in the middle market lifted up the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale, keeping the foal portion nearly on pace with last year's scorching record results even though there were fewer players competing for the most expensive horses.

TVG Expanding Coverage of Japanese Racing

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TVG, in partnership with Emerald Downs, will air 15 live racing events from Japan in 2007 concluding with the presentation of the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) on Nov. 24.

Japan Part I

By Ray Paulick - The Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers is employing a classic carrot and stick approach with the Japan Racing Association, acknowledging through official recognition of 60 graded stakes that the JRA's racing quality is high, but warning the organization that no further advancements will be recognized until non-Japanese owners are licensed to compete in that country.

Elusive Quality Tops Australian Shuttle Group

Elusive Quality, who topped last year's shuttle group from North America to Australia, boasts this year's highest fee among the 15 stallions making the trip. His southbound fee of $100,000 is the equivalent of about $75,000 in U.S. funds. Elusive Quality's Southern Hemisphere fee in 2005 also was $100,000.

Prado, Bejarano to Compete in Japan Jockey Series

Top jockeys Edgar Prado and Rafael Bejarano will represent North America in the 19th World Super Jockey Series at Japan's Hanshin Racecourse Dec. 3-4, said Joe Ferrer, Bejarano's agent. The riders traveled to Japan to participate in the competition that has attracted 14 jockeys from five different continents.

JRHA Adding Yearlings to July Sale

The Japan Racing Horse Association (JRHA) has announced a new format for the July select sale next year that will include yearlings along with foals.

TVG to Broadcast Live Racing from Japan

TVG will present six live racing telecasts from Japan beginning Sept. 10 as part of an agreement between TVG and the Japan Racing Association (JRA) granting TVG exclusive Japanese racing telecast and advanced deposit wagering rights in the U.S. Racing will air from 10 p.m.-midnight PT.

Japan Foal Sale Will Have 315 Lots

The Japan Racing Horse Association (JRHA) has catalogued 315 foals for its select foal sale, which will be held July 11 and 12 at the Northern Horse Park on Hokkaido.

ARC Panelists Debate Betting Exchanges

Betting exchanges were a hot topic at the 30th Asian Racing Conference Tuesday as representatives from Australia and the United Kingdom went head to head on the issue of online betting sites and their impact on the future of horseracing.

Silver Charm Sold to Japan

Syndicate manager Robert Clay announced today that Three Chimneys stallion Silver Charm has been purchased by the Japan Racing Association to stand in Japan in 2005.

Dance in the Dark Foal Brings Record Price

Fusao Sekiguchi, who raced 2000 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, paid a world-record price for a foal sold at public auction when he acquired a Dance in the Dark colt for ä490,000,000 ($4,537,037) during the first day of the Japan Racing Horse Association sale Monday.

Japan's King Still Rules

The Nippon Derby (Jpn-I) was, as it is many years, a heady mix of emotional extremes. It was a day of records, dashed dreams, and tragic contradictions; a day, bright and hot, on which favorite King Kamehameha once again ruled supreme, rewriting the books with a record time of 2:23.3.

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