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Sparrow Castle
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Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:04 pm

Looks like The Champions Cup will be televised on TVG tonight at 10:30 pm PST. As of right now, Le Vent Se Leve (Jpn) is even odds, Nonkono Yume and K T Brave are both 5-1, Pavel is 35-1.
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Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:17 pm

Great thanks! If I can stay awake (EST) I will try to watch. Rooting for LVSL!
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Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:06 am

LVSL looks great in the walking ring... 8-) KT Brave parading well also. Pavel a tiny bit washy but walking calmly.

I kinda like the look of Centurion, too - not for the win but maybe up there close at the end? We'll see. :mrgreen:
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Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:19 am

Pavel seems a little lost out there on the track while the others are galloping warming up, not sure he knows what he's supposed to be doing lol.
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Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:37 am

Looked easy for Le Vent Se Leve. I think Pavel was way back there.
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Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:46 am

Super easy win for LVSL... Pavel was rank in the gallop out but yeah, he was going backwards toward the final part of the stretch. The filly hung on for fourth, the slow-mo finish looked like Pavel was last.

Good race for Symboli Kris S & Neo Universe as sires/dam sires of the top three finishers. :mrgreen:

Temporary replay link until tachyon comes by with the good stuff:

https://twitter.com/LongBallToNoOne/sta ... 7617740800
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Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:29 am

Happy for LVSL and connections. Wonder if they would consider bringing him to US next year? I know at one point he was on the Derby trail before a minor injury took him off the trail.
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Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:58 am

Nice to see Timber Country back in Le Vent Se Leve's pedigree.
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Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:43 am

I wonder if the connections would consider Dubai in the Spring? And perhaps BC/ Pegasus in the Fall? Lots of options if he stays healthy.
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Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:32 pm

Yeah, I thought Pavel looked quite confused, sometimes agitated, then a bit sluggish before they loaded in the gate. Was hoping he'd finish in the top ten and get some incentives for shipping over. Well, maybe Leandro and Dougie learned a few things. La Vent Se Leve will be fun to follow.

La Vent Se Leve triumphs in Japan's Champions Cup
La Vent Se Leve won the richest race of his career in Sunday’s Grade 1, $1.9 million Champions Cup at Chukyo Racecourse in Japan, beating a field that included the American shipper Pavel.

Pavel, the winner of the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs in June, finished last in a field of 15. A 26-1 outsider, Pavel stalked the pace before fading in the stretch.

Jockey Mario Gutierrez told Japan Racing Association publicists that Pavel was uncomfortable with the 45-minute gap between saddling and the start of the race.

“It’s different here,” Gutierrez said. “The wait is so long. The horse lost his motivation.”

Pavel, who finished 10th in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3, was the only foreign-based runner in the Champions Cup, which was run at 1 1/8 miles on dirt.

La Vent Se Leve, the 9-10 favorite, stalked the pace before taking the lead with a little more than a quarter-mile remaining. Ridden by Mirco Demuro, La Vent Se Leve finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of 31-1 Westerlund.

“I let him cruise at his own pace and he responded with a fantastic turn of speed when I asked him,” Demuro said. “He is a colt with great potential and a bright future ahead.”
More: https://www.drf.com/news/la-vent-se-lev ... mpions-cup
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Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:37 am

Squeaky wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:43 am
I wonder if the connections would consider Dubai in the Spring? And perhaps BC/ Pegasus in the Fall? Lots of options if he stays healthy.
Yay for Le Vent Se Leve! :D :D :D
He was awesome!!
He can be the best dirt horse we have seen in Japan since Kurofune(USA). ;)

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Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:57 pm

View From The Eighth Pole: Japan Racing And Breeding A Global Force For Years To Come
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray- ... ing-force/
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Starine wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:57 pm
View From The Eighth Pole: Japan Racing And Breeding A Global Force For Years To Come
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray- ... ing-force/
Paulick's got some really good data in that article. Thanks for posting.

I wonder what the structure and economics are at the non-JRA locally run racetracks and where they are located in the country. It seems like anything close to that model here would only contribute to closing most all of the small market tracks across the USA.

As an owner who only does partnerships for fun now, this part makes me want to cry, yet seems misleading for the USA when lumping major tracks and major sales prices with smaller tracks and regional sales prices. As much as we wish we were, we ain't competing with Godolphin, Coolmore, or Sol Kumin's groups for either sales horses or purses.
With takeout of 25 percent, a portion of which goes to the Japanese government for taxes, the JRA has been able to invest in modern facilities, extensive marketing and the highest prize money structure in the world for owners: the average purse per race is approximately $326,816.

That average purse is triple the average paid by Japanese owners in 2017 for a yearling at public auction. By contrast, the economics of Thoroughbred ownership in the United States are upside down, with the average purse in 2017 ($29,000) less than half the average yearling price ($69,000).
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Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:19 pm

SANO SUMMER (2014 Summer Bird colt) continues his best form to a victory in the Katori Tokubetsu (unlisted stakes race) on the 16th December at Nakayama by 4 lengths. Sano Summer is currently Summer Bird's highest Japanese earner of 76,723,000yen (US$676,411.33).

https://twitter.com/yuuuria32/status/10 ... 5936731136

Sano Summer raced 22 times with 4 wins, 9 seconds, 2 thirds and 7 unplaced, for 2018, Sano Summer has raced 9 times, with 2 wins, 5 seconds and 2 thirds. Sano Summer's wins in 2018 was over 2000m.
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Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:39 am

AKTA44 wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:19 pm
SANO SUMMER (2014 Summer Bird colt) continues his best form to a victory in the Katori Tokubetsu (unlisted stakes race) on the 16th December at Nakayama by 4 lengths. Sano Summer is currently Summer Bird's highest Japanese earner of 76,723,000yen (US$676,411.33).

https://twitter.com/yuuuria32/status/10 ... 5936731136

Sano Summer raced 22 times with 4 wins, 9 seconds, 2 thirds and 7 unplaced, for 2018, Sano Summer has raced 9 times, with 2 wins, 5 seconds and 2 thirds. Sano Summer's wins in 2018 was over 2000m.
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-- replay of the Katori Tokubetsu
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRuWOxNZE50
1st. (#13) Sano Summer

His granddam is the legendary filly North Flight(JPN) who died at the age of 28 in January this year.
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Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:02 pm

I haven't seen a replay of the Japan Cup (just got back online yesterday), but Almond Eye sounds like a superstar. If she had run in this year's Arc, with the weight break that 3yo fillies get, Enable might have had her hooves full getting her win.
I really hope that she makes it to France next fall, and that Japan finally gets that Arc win. Of course, if Orfevre hadn't lost focus in those last yards approaching the wire, that goal would already have been accomplished. ;) :P
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Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:18 pm

I saw pics online yesterday of Almond Eye on her rest break at the farm... seems she is doing well although there was mention of something about her right knee (and it had poultice on it). The plan still seems to be France in a few months, so... *fingers crossed*

In other news, WELCOME BACK BA!!!!! *squishes you*
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Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:38 am

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:02 pm
I haven't seen a replay of the Japan Cup (just got back online yesterday), but Almond Eye sounds like a superstar. If she had run in this year's Arc, with the weight break that 3yo fillies get, Enable might have had her hooves full getting her win.
I really hope that she makes it to France next fall, and that Japan finally gets that Arc win. Of course, if Orfevre hadn't lost focus in those last yards approaching the wire, that goal would already have been accomplished. ;) :P
Welcome back BA1!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D
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Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:04 pm

It's Arima Kinen day!!!!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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I'm going to root for Oju Chosan just for sentimentality's sake, but I can see any of half a dozen taking it. Mainly hoping they all run well and come back safely. <3
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Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:42 am

Wheeee what a great race! I thought Blast Onepiece and Kiseki looked fabulous in the parading ring, and RDO was very relaxed and I thought he could do it too... Kiseki almost had it but they caught him midway down the stretch, and RDO just needed maybe two more strides but Blast Onepiece didn't give way.

Good performance by Oju Chosan too I thought, he was competitive the whole way.
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