Barbara J. Bayer

  • Noble Court

    Noble Court to Magali in California

    California grade II winner Noble Court will enter stud in 2012 at Rich and Gaby Sulpizio's Magali Farms near Santa Ynez, Calif.

  • AmWest to Distribute Dubai Racing Signal

    For the second year in a row, AmWest Entertainment will offer worldwide distribution of the racing signal for wagering on the Dubai International Racing Carnival from Meydan Racecourse.

  • Feb. 1 is Deadline to Name Foals of 2009

    The Jockey Club reminds owners and breeders that a valid attempt to name foals of 2009 must be made by Feb. 1, 2011, to avoid a $75 late fee.

  • Belmont Park

    Friday Live Racing Canceled at Belmont

    With Belmont Park hit with 1 1/2 inches of rain overnight and the prediction that two more inches, accompanied by high winds, are on the way, the New York Racing Association has canceled live racing for Friday, Sept. 26.

  • Deep Impact Wins Japan Triple Crown

    A record crowd of nearly 137,000 people at Kyoto Racecourse Oct. 23 witnessed Japan's sixth Triple Crown winner, the first in 11 years and only the second to have captured the series unbeaten.

  • 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.

  • Daiwa el Cielo Posts Japanese Oaks Upset

    The top picks failed to make the money in Sunday's Japanese Oaks (Jpn-I), with Daiwa el Cielo (Sunday Silence--London Bridge, by Dr Devious) emerging as the surprise victor in the 65th running of the fillies' classic at Tokyo. Daiwa el Cielo topped a full gate of 18 by three-quarters of a length, clocking 2:27.2 seconds over 2,400 meters of slightly yielding turf.

  • Symboli Kris S. Bows Out In Record Style

    He was the horse the fans most wanted to see in the year's finale, Arima Memorial (Jpn-I). With three group Is and 5-2 odds, he was also the horse they most expected to win. True to form, Symboli Kris S. answered expectations on a chilly Dec. 29.

  • The Search for Ferdinand

    <i>By Barbara Bayer </i> -- Over six months have passed since I reported the tragic tale of Ferdinand. When I set about getting the story, I had little idea of what it would lead to, what far-reaching repercussions the story would have as it set off a conflagration of emotion across the U.S. that spread quickly to Japan and back to me.

  • Symboli Kris S, just after crossing the finish line to become the first consecutive winner of the autumn Emperor&#39;s Cup at Tokyo Racecourse.

    Favored Symboli Kris S Wins Emperor's Cup

    Race favorite American-bred Symboli Kris S (Kris S.--Tee Kay, by Gold Meridian) answered fans expectations Nov. 2 with a record win of the fall version of the prestigious Emperor's Cup at Tokyo Racecourse. It was the first time in the race's 64-year history that a horse has won the fall version two years in a row, the third year in a row foreign-bred runners have topped the field.

  • Hishi Miracle Takes Third Group I in Japan

    With all eyes on the top picks and the pressure off, dark-horse Hishi Miracle did it again, turned the tables to capture yet another group I, his third, the Takarazuka Memorial June 29 at Hanshin Racecourse.

  • Agnes Digital Gets Back on Track in Yasuda Memorial

    The 53rd running of the Yasuda Memorial (Jpn-I) at Tokyo June 8 saw fourth-pick Agnes Digital back at the top after a stretch rally that put him over the line a neck ahead of Admire Max (Sunday Silence--Dyna Shoot, by Northern Taste) in record time.

  • Japan Might Also Have Triple Crown Winner

    Japan saw its first Triple Crown contestant in six years clinch the series' first two legs, as Neo Universe claimed his sixth victory in a row, the Nippon Derby by half a length June 1 at Tokyo Racecourse.

  • Longshots Run One-Two in Emperor's Cup

    Darkhorses Hishi Miracle and Sunrise Jaeger turned the tables on the top picks May 4 at Kyoto with a one-two surprise finish in the spring Emperor's Cup (Jpn-I).

  • Big Taste Takes Nakayama Grand Jump

    Nakayama Racecourse was host to another group I event over the Easter weekend. April 19 saw the fifth running of the Nakayama Grand Jump, (Jpn-I) an international invitational whose field of 16 this year included six foreign participants representing four countries.

  • Sunday Silence Colts One-Two in Guineas

    Sunday Silence progeny continued their sweep of this year's group I races as Japan's equivalent of the 2,000 Guineas, the Satsukisho (Jpn., I), went to race favorite Neo Universe (Sunday Silence -- Pointed Path, by Kris) by a head over second pick Sakura President (Sunday Silence -- Sedan Forever, by Maruzensky).

  • Mi Cielo Juvenile Colt Sets Course Record in Japan

    Eighth pick Eishin Champ (Mi Cielo-Eishin Michigan, by Manila) pulled off a record-setting upset Dec. 8 and gave rider Yuichi Fukunaga his second group I win in a week with a neck win over Sakura President in Japan's 2-year-old colts' showcase, the Asahi Cup Futurity Stakes (Jpn-I).

  • Fine Motion Wows Them Again in Japan

    She's Japan's new star and she's being touted as perhaps the best female Thoroughbred in the world. The Irish-bred Fine Motion (Danehill -- Cocotte, by Troy) wowed packed stands again, extending her number of winning runs to a perfect six with a victory Nov. 10 in the country's top distaff, the 2,200-meter Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Jpn-I) at Kyoto.

  • New Japan Star is Poetry in Motion

    A new star has stepped into the spotlight for Japan. Stealing hearts and causing racing veterans to shake their heads in admiring disbelief, Irish-bred Fine Motion romped away Oct. 13 in Kyoto with a 3 1/2-length, race-record-tying win of the Shukasho (Jpn-I), the final leg of the triple crown for fillies.

  • Sunday Silence Filly Wins Sprinters Stakes

    The Sunday Silence-sired filly Believe extended her winning streak to four and notched her first grade I win with a victory in the Sprinters Stakes at Niigata Racecourse Sept. 29.

  • Deafening Silence

    <i>By Barbara Bayer </i> -- For Japanese racing fans, the death of Sunday Silence has left a huge hole.

  • Kentucky Derby winner and leading Japanese stallion Sunday Silence.

    Report From Japan: On-the-Scene Account of Sunday Silence's Battle

    HAYAKITA, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN (August 13) -- It's the ninth anniversary of the death of Zenya Yoshida, the founder of Shadai Farm. Rain has fallen for most of the day, growing stronger toward evening and the mood is grim at Shadai Stallion Station. In a barn set back from the others, a barn that was especially built to accommodate the aging Northern Taste, Sunday Silence battles what appear to be his longest odds yet.

  • Sixth Try Lucky for Dantsu Flame

    Japan capped the first half of the year with the Takarazuka Memorial (Jpn-I) June 23 at Hanshin. The Takarazuka is the last group I until fall, and one of two races in Japan in which entrants are partially selected by fan ballot.

  • Smile Tomorrow Posts Upset in Japan Oaks

    Yet another upset was scored in Japan's spring top level races as Smile Tomorrow bested a full-gate in the 63rd running of the Oaks (Jpn-I) on May 19 at Tokyo Racecourse.

  • From the Print Edition: Gaining Admiration in Japan

    Admire Don emerged as Japan's champion 2-year-old colt with a three-quarter-length win of the 1,600-meter Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (Jpn-I) at Nakayama Racecourse on Dec. 9. Unbeaten in his previous two starts, the son of Timber Country went postward a strong favorite in the 16-horse field of classic hopefuls for 2002.

  • From the Print Edition: Dark Horses Win in Japan

    On Dec. 2 at Hanshin Racecourse, a one-two upset by dark horses paired with foreign riders Olivier Peslier and Kieren Fallon translated into big winnings at the betting windows.

  • Caerleon Colt Wins Japan Mile Championship

    Foreign-breds ran away with the top three places of the Mile Championship (Jpn-I) Nov. 18 at Kyoto Racecourse, with Irish-bred Zenno El Cid (Caerleon--Embla, by Dominion) cruising to a three-quarter-length win.

  • Another Surprise Ending in Japan's Triple Crown Series

    In a year with no consistent standout emerging to rally behind, the Kikuka Sho (St. Leger, Jpn-I) on Oct. 21 capped Japan's triple crown series with yet another surprise ending that left fans shaking their heads in dissatisfied disbelief.

  • T.M. Opera O Upset, But Sets New Earnings Mark

    Japanese champion T.M. Opera O suffered a "surprise" defeat June 24 at Hanshin Racecourse as the spring top-level season wound down with the Takarazuka Memorial (Jpn-I).

  • T.M. Opera O Upset, But Sets New Earnings Mark

    Japanese champion T.M. Opera O suffered a "surprise" defeat June 24 at Hanshin Racecourse as the spring top-level season wound down with the Takarazuka Memorial (Jpn-I).

  • T.M. Opera O Upset, But Sets New Earnings Mark

    Japanese champion T.M. Opera O suffered a "surprise" defeat June 24 at Hanshin Racecourse as the spring top-level season wound down with the Takarazuka Memorial (Jpn-I).

  • Desormeaux Aboard For Historic Japanese Oaks Win

    Kent Desormeaux made history at Tokyo Racecourse Sunday when he brought Lady Pastel from far back to post a neck win in a thrilling stretch drive of the filly classic Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks, Jpn-I). With the win, Desormeaux, who is only the second foreigner to ride in a classic race in Japan, became the first to win one.

  • Desormeaux Off to Good Start in Japan

    Kent Desormeaux got off to a good start, with three wins, two seconds, and two third-place finishes in 11 rides his first weekend in Japan.

  • Japan Racing Report: Agnes Tachyon is Popular Winner

    The first jewel of Japan's Triple Crown went to the fans' No. 1 choice, as Agnes Tachyon took the Satsukisho (Jpn-I) by 1 1/2 lengths April 15 at Nakayama Race Course. Agnes Tachyon (Sunday Silence--Agnes Flower, by Royal Ski) clocked 2:00.30 over the 2,000 meters of very firm turf, netting ¥97 million ($781,313 U.S.) for owner Takao Watanabe. Dantsu Flame (Brian's Time--Inter Pyrenee, by Sanquirico) crossed the line in second place, easily holding off Jungle Pocket (Tony Bin--Dance Charmer, by Nureyev).