Keyword: Japan Cup

  • Alkaased sets record in winning the Japan Cup by a nose over Heart's Cry.

    Alkaased Noses Out Heart's Cry in Record-Setting Japan Cup

    Frankie Dettori needed every ounce of his riding skills to get Alkaased to the line first in the 25th running of the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) at Tokyo Race Course on Sunday, winning the 2,400 meter turf race by a nose over the fast-closing Japanese-bred runner Heart's Cry in world-record time of 2:22.10.

  • Japan Cup Field Deep in Quality; Posts Drawn for Cup and JC Dirt

    Though Japanese Triple Crown winner Deep Impact is sitting this one out, Sunday's 25th running of the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) boasts two Breeders' Cup winners, one winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I), a two-time Vodafone Coronation Cup (Eng-I) winner, and the two previous winners of the Japan Cup.

  • TVG to Air, Take Wagers on Japan Cup, Japan Cup Dirt

    TVG will become the first American TV network to present live, on-site coverage of horseracing from Japan when it telecasts that country's two most important international racing events – the Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) and the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) on Nov. 25 and 26, respectively.

  • Lava Man won the Californian (gr. II) earlier this year.

    Lava Man Heads American Contingent for Japan Cup Weekend

    Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap (gr. I) winner Lava Man, who will try to give trainer Doug O'Neill his second victory in three years in the Japan Cup Dirt, worked six furlongs in 1:12 1/5 at Hollywood Park Saturday morning and is set to head to Japan on Tuesday.

  • Options Open for Roses in May

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Roses in May breezed six furlongs in 1:14 4/5 over the main Saratoga Race Course track Thursday with Angel Cordero Jr. in the irons.

  • Roses in May Breezes at Saratoga

    Roses in May, last year's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) victor and the 2005 Dubai World Cup winner, breezed five furlongs over Saratoga's main track Friday morning in :59 4/5. "He looked great," trainer Dale Romans said.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Join the Club

    <i>By Ray Paulick </i> -- Considering the shortage of horse owners in the U.S., maybe it's time to emulate the successful racing clubs that are popular in Japanese racing.

  • Johar to Tackle International Field, Wet Track in Tokyo

    If Johar becomes America's first Japan Cup (Jpn-I) winner since Golden Pheasant won the 12-furlong international turf race in 1991, he'll not only have to overcome a top-class field that is headed by Japanese star Symboli Kris S. He will, for the first time in his career, be tested on a racetrack that is anything other than fast or firm.

  • Jockeys Plan Japan-to-Hollywood Double Duty

    Jockeys Alex Solis, Victor Espinoza and Corey Nakatani will be busy on Nov. 30. All three have been able to make flight arrangements that will enable them to ride in both the $4 million Japan Cup (Jpn-I) and the $600,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) and $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park later in the day.

  • Sarafan Tunes Up for Possible Japan Cup Start

    Sarafan, prepping for a planned start in the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) on Nov. 30, captured a $54,000 classified allowance event in a tune-up at Hollywood Park Thursday.

  • Johar, headed to Japan Cup.

    Johar Leads U.S. Contingent to Japan Cup Races

    The Thoroughbred Corporation's Johar, dead-heat winner of the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), heads a contingent of six U.S. horses for which invitations have been accepted for the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) and Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) Tokyo Racecourse.

  • Johar, headed to Japan Cup.

    Johar Leads U.S. Contingent to Japan Cup Races

    The Thoroughbred Corporation's Johar, dead-heat winner of the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), heads a contingent of five U.S. horses for which invitations have been accepted for the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) and Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) Tokyo Racecourse.

  • Johar Going for Japan Cup, Mandella Says

    Johar, who made history with High Chaparral as the first to produce a dead-heat in the 20 years of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will make his next start in the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) at Tokyo Racecourse on Nov. 30, trainer Richard Mandella said Wednesday.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Quarantine Quandry

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Japanese officials are perplexed why owners of the best American horses are showing such little interest in the Japan Cup and Japan Cup Dirt.

  • Sarafan, defeating Beat Hollow in the Explosive Bid Handicap.

    Sarafan Carries American Hopes in Japan Cup

    Sarafan, America's only hope to break a 10-year drought in the Japan Cup (Jpn-I), drew the number eight post position in a field of 16 international runners set to go postward Sunday in the world's richest turf race, moved to Nakayama racecourse and dropped from 12 to 11 furlongs in distance because of construction of a new grandstand at Tokyo racecourse.

  • Sunstrach Splashes to Premio Roma Victory

    Sunstrach, with Frankie Dettori riding, cruised to an emphatic six-length victory in the Italian Group I Premio Roma at Rome's Capannele on Sunday.

  • Fusao Sekiguchi receives trophy after Fusaichi Pegasus&#39; Kentucky Derby win.

    Sekiguchi Buys Interest in Sarafan; Eyes Japan Cup

    Japanese owner and breeder Fusao Sekiguchi has bought an ownership interest from Gary Tanaka in Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) winner Sarafan, who trainer Neil Drysdale said was scheduled to depart for Tokyo on Tuesday night to contest the Nov. 24 Japan Cup (Jpn-I).

  • Irresistible Jewel to Skip Breeders' Cup Turf Event

    Irresistible Jewel is no longer being considered for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT), her trainer saying the Japan Cup is now the most likely spot for the Moyglare Stud's two-time Group III winner.

  • War Emblem Nominated to Japanese Race

    The Thoroughbred Corp.'s War Emblem, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner who has been purchased for stud duty in Japan by the Yoshida family's Shadai Stallion Station, has been nominated for the Nov. 23 Japan Cup Dirt, the main track companion race to the Japan Cup turf race held the following day.

  • Prix de L&#39;Arc de Triomphe winner Marienbard uncertain for BC Turf.

    Arc Winner Marienbard Withdrawn from William Hill Turf Odds

    English bookmaking firm William Hill has dropped Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Marienbard from its board for the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), citing the horse's "withdrawal" from the race at Arlington Park Oct. 26.

  • Timboroa, shown winning the Turf Classic, is one of four American horses seeking victory in the Japan Cup.

    U.S. Tries to End 10-Year Drought in Japan Cup; ESPN News Showing Race

    There are many questions going into Sunday's 21st running of the Japan Cup (Jpn-I), whose nearly $4-million purse makes it one of the world's richest races. But first and foremost on the minds of many American racing fans is whether or not the four-horse U.S. contingent can break a 10-year victory drought in the 2,400 meter turf race.

  • Trainer Robert Frankel, in Japan with Lido Palace.

    Post Positions Set for Japan Cup and Japan Cup Dirt

    Trainer Robert Frankel would rather be in Kentucky, sending Lido Palace out against reigning Horse of the Year Tiznow in the $400,000 Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. But with Tiznow retired to stud, the Hall of Fame conditioner is content to be in Tokyo, Japan, taking a shot at the $2-million purse in the second running of the Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) on Saturday.

  • Lido Palace, winning the Whitney, is among the American horses contesting the Japan Cup.

    Seven Americans to Contest Japan Cup Races

    The United States will have a strong contingent of seven horses at this year's Japan Cup (Jpn-I) and Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) invitational races at Tokyo racecourse next Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24-25, including horses trained by Hall of Fame conditioners Jonathan Sheppard, Neil Drysdale, Richard Mandella, and Robert Frankel.

  • Lido Palace, winning the Whitney at Saratoga.

    Lido Palace, Timboroa Heading for Japan

    Lido Palace, winner of the grade I Whitney and Woodward, will make his next start in the $2.3 million Japan Cup Dirt on Nov. 24, trainer Bobby Frankel confirmed Thursday morning. Frankel also will send Turf Classic winner Timboroa for the Japan Cup, to be run on the turf the following day.

  • Fantastic Light impressed with his Breeders&#39; Cup Turf victory.

    Fantastic Light Appears Headed to Japan Cup

    Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Fantastic Light will take on Japan's top horses again in the Nov. 25 Japan Cup (Jpn-I), a $4-million grass race at 1 1/2 miles, according to a published report quoting Godolphin representative Dr. Riki Takahashi.

  • Fantastic Light Appears Headed to Japan Cup

    Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Fantastic Light will take on Japan's top horses again in the Nov. 25 Japan Cup (Jpn-I), a $4-million grass race at 1 1/2 miles, according to a published report quoting Godolphin representative Dr. Riki Takahashi.

  • Breeders' Cup Veterans Invited to Japan Cup

    The top three finishers from the Breeders' Cup Turf and Classic winner Tiznow head a list of horses invited to the Japan Cup and Japan Cup Dirt that will be run at Tokyo Racecourse the weekend of Nov. 24-25.

  • Anson Gambles on Japanese Invitation for Sign of Fire

    The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships aren't the only races being run this Saturday. Just ask Ron Anson, who with wife Susie owns a 4-year-old colt named Sign of Fire, scheduled to run at Tokyo Racecourse on Saturday in the $750,000 Musashino Stakes (Jpn-III).

  • Japan&#39;s T.M. Opera O, with jockey Ryuji Wada up, center, after the 4-year-old colt won the Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday. Meisho Doto, right, placed second with Fantastic Light (10), ridden by Frankie Dettori, third.

    Local Favorite Becomes Richest Horse With Japan Cup Win

    Japanese superhorse T.M. Opera O gave his many fans some anxious moments, but the 1-2 favorite ultimately prevailed in Sunday's $4.4 million Japan Cup (Jpn-I), winning by a neck over another Japanese runner, Meisho Doto, who just lasted for second over Godolphin's hard-charging Fantastic Light.

  • Americans Stretch Legs for Japan Cup Dirt and Turf Races

    American runners John's Call, Timboroa, Euchre, and Lord Sterling had their first serious exercise at Tokyo race course on Thursday in preparation for the Japan Racing Association's two major group I international races: the inaugural $2.4 million Japan Cup Dirt at 1 5/16 miles on Saturday and the $4.4 million Japan Cup run at a mile and a half over the turf on Sunday.

  • Johns Call, after winning the Turf Classic at Belmont Park.

    John's Call Confirmed for Japan Cup

    John's Call, thoroughbred racing's distinguished senior citizen, will be vanned to New York Tuesday from Tom Voss's farm in Maryland for a flight to Tokyo and an engagement in the Japan Cup.