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August 25, 2018


2018 WASJ - Team JRA’s Yutaka Take is Current Leader after Day One
2018 World All-Star Jockeys 1st Leg

2018 World All-Star Jockeys 2nd Leg

[Day One Summary]

Day one of the World All-Star Jockeys at Sapporo Racecourse ended with Yutaka Take at the top with 38 points, having won the 1st leg of the series with sixth choice Eifer Pretty then guiding 10th favorite World Reve to sixth place in the following race. JRA’s Christophe Lemaire was six points behind Take in second with a ninth in the 1st leg and a victory with race-favorite Red Genova in the next start. Rafael Bejarano and Shane Foley turned in a runner-up effort each in the 1st and 2nd leg, respectively; Bejarano collected 22 points to stand third while Foley followed in fourth with 21.

The rest of the members of Team JRA—Keita Tosaki, Yuichi Fukunaga, Hironobu Tanabe, Mirco Demuro and Hiroyuki Uchida—dominated the following order of placings and contributed to the team’s total of 143 points, a 57-point advantage over Team WAS who ended the first day with 86.


Standing Jockey Team August 25, 2018 August 26, 2018 Total
1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg
1 Yutaka Take (JRA) JRA 1st (30) 6th (8)         38
2 Christophe Lemaire (JRA) JRA 9th (2) 1st (30)         32
3 Rafael Bejarano (USA) WAS 2nd (20) 9th (2)         22
4 Shane Foley (IRE) WAS 13th (1) 2nd (20)         21
5 Keita Tosaki (JRA) JRA 14th (1) 3rd (15)         16
5 Yuichi Fukunaga (JRA) JRA 3rd (15) 12th (1)         16
7 Hironobu Tanabe (JRA) JRA 6th (8) S (6)         14
7 Mirco Demuro (JRA) JRA 5th (10) 8th (4)         14
9 Hiroyuki Uchida (JRA) JRA 4th (12) 13th (1)         13
9 Chadley Schofield (HK) WAS 12th (1) 4th (12)         13
11 Ioritz Mendizabal (FR) WAS 11th (1) 5th (10)         11
12 Masaaki Kuwamura (NAR) WAS 10th (1) 7th (6)         7
12 Samantha Collett (NZ) WAS 7th (6) 10th (1)         7
14 Joao Moreira (BRA) WAS 8th (4) 11th (1)         5
Team WAS (World All-Star) : 86 points Team JRA : 143 points
*1st: 30 points / 2nd: 20 points / 3rd: 15 points / 4th: 12 points / 5th: 10 points / 6th: 8 points / 7th: 6 points / 8th: 4 points
9th: 2 points / 10th: 1 point / 11th: 1 point / 12th: 1 point / 13th: 1 point / 14th: 1 point / S=Scratched: 6 points


Saturday, August 25, 2018          Sapporo Racecourse        10th Race        Post Time: 15:00
3-year-old & up, Allowance (10Million & Less), 1,200 meters (about 6 furlongs), turf, right-handed
3-y-o: 56kg (about 124 lbs), 4-y-o & up: 58kg (about 128 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares, 14 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
Jockey Weight
Margin Odds (Fav)
1 8 14 Eifer Pretty (JPN) M5 Yutaka Take 56.0 1:11.1 18.9 (6)
2 4 5 Sarah Decoration (JPN) F4 Rafael Bejarano 56.0 1/2 20.2 (7)
3 6 10 Colorature (JPN) F4 Yuichi Fukunaga 56.0 Neck 3.5 (2)
4 3 3B Shonan Aera (JPN) C4 Hiroyuki Uchida 58.0 1/2 3.2 (1)
5 7 11 Ikioi (JPN) H6 Mirco Demuro 58.0 Neck 16.7 (5)
6 8 13 Wonderful Rush (JPN) M5 Hironobu Tanabe 56.0 Nose 6.2 (4)
7 7 12 Grand Poppy (JPN) M6 Samantha Collett 56.0 3/4 28.3 (9)
8 2 2 Silver Cord (JPN) M6 Joao Moreira 56.0 Neck 5.7 (3)
9 5 8 Waffe Starke (JPN) H7 Christophe Lemaire 58.0 Neck 20.2 (8)
10 5 7 Levanter (JPN) G9 Masaaki Kuwamura 58.0 1-1/4 285.4 (14)
11 4 6 Shonan Massive (JPN) C4 Ioritz Mendizabal 58.0 3/4 41.3 (11)
12 6 9B Suzuka Prior (JPN) H7 Chadley Schofield 58.0 2-1/2 282.9 (13)
13 3 4 Iron Claw (JPN) C3 Shane Foley 56.0 2 32.5 (10)
14 1 1 Tokiwa (JPN) M6 Keita Tosaki 56.0 2-1/2 63.9 (12)
FP= Final Position / BK= Bracket Number / PP = Post Position / B=Blinker
NOTE:Figures quoted under Odds are Win Odds, which show the amount of money you get back per single unit (100yen), and Fav indicates the order of favorites.

Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 12.3 - 10.9 - 11.5 - 12.0 - 11.9 - 12.5
Last 4 furlong: 47.9 Last 3 furlong: 36.4
Positions at each corner:  3rd corner (*3,6)(2,12)(1,4,10,14)(7,5,9)(8,11)13
4th corner (*3,6)12(2,10,14)(1,4)(7,5)(8,11,9)13

Note1: Underlined bold number indicates the winning horse.
Note2: Horse numbers are indicated in the order of their positions at each corner, with the first position listed first. Two or more horses inside the same parentheses indicate that they were positioned side by side. Hyphens between the horse numbers indicate that there is distance between the former and the latter. The asterisk indicates a slight lead.

1st: (14) Yutaka Take—sharp break, eased back to 8th, advanced turning wide and further accelerated in stretch to take command 100m out
2nd: (5) Rafael Bejarano—broke well, gradually settled in mid-pack to rear down back stretch, wide last turn, good burst of speed from furlong pole, dug in gamely to wire
“She had a smooth break and we were in a good position but were stuck between horses at the turn which was too bad. But she showed great speed in the end and we would have won if not for the disadvantage.”
3rd: (10) Yuichi Fukunaga—traveled 2-wide in mid-division, met traffic entering lane, advanced to 2nd with good spurt in last 100m, overtaken by Bejarano before wire
4th: (3) Hiroyuki Uchida—rallied from start to set pace, gave way in last 100m
5th: (11) Mirco Demuro—behind second from last, angled out into straight, showed good effort along outside
6th: (13) Hironobu Tanabe—broke poorly, chased field in last, floated wide at last turn, showed effort but too much ground to make up
7th: (12) Samantha Collett—smooth break, pressed pace in 3rd, dropped back to 7th in stretch
“We were able to sit in a good position from a good start, but she couldn’t gear up at the straight. Maybe the track didn’t suit her.”
8th: (2) Joao Moreira—sharp break allowed to settle in fourth inside, met traffic in critical stages
“She traveled really well during the trip but couldn’t escape from the crowd at the straight. She is capable at this level and has the ability to win if the race development goes her way.”
9th: (8) Christophe Lemaire—sat 2-3rd from last, angled out for the run, improved position
10th: (7) Masaaki Kuwamura—hugged rails in rear group, showed little
11th: (6) Ioritz Mendizabal—pressed pace in second, tired entering straight from early effort
“He was quick out of the gate so I positioned him up front but the horse lost his momentum along the way. If only he could hold on a little longer…”
12th: (9) Chadley Schofield—raced wide towards rear, showed little at stretch
“He was in a good position during the trip but he was used up in the end.”
13th: (4) Shane Foley—rated between horses in mid-pack, no response when asked approaching last turn
“He broke well and we were able to race in a good position but he came up empty.”
14th: (1) Keita Tosaki—saved ground in mid-field, outrun in early stretch and faded


Saturday, August 25, 2018          Sapporo Racecourse        11th Race        Post Time: 15:35
3-year-old & up, Allowance (16Million & Less), 2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs), turf, right-handed
3-y-o: 56kg (about 124 lbs), 4-y-o & up: 58kg (about 128 lbs), 2kg allowance for Fillies & Mares, 14 runners

FP BK PP Horse Sex
Jockey Weight
Margin Odds (Fav)
1 3 3 Red Genova (JPN) F4 Christophe Lemaire 56.0 2:04.4 3.4 (1)
2 6 8 Give and Take (JPN) G7 Shane Foley 58.0 2 22.7 (9)
3 7 10 Dreadnoughtus (JPN) G5 Keita Tosaki 58.0 2 8.6 (5)
4 4 5 Admire Eikan (JPN) H5 Chadley Schofield 58.0 1/2 4.3 (2)
5 7 11 Hana’s Legend (JPN) H5 Ioritz Mendizabal 58.0 Neck 7.5 (4)
6 8 12 World Reve (JPN) H8 Yutaka Take 58.0 3/4 35.5 (10)
7 8 13 Prophet (JPN) H5 Masaaki Kuwamura 58.0 1-1/2 5.1 (3)
8 5 6 Shonan Marche (JPN) G7 Mirco Demuro 58.0 Neck 19.7 (7)
9 5 7 Win Phoenix (JPN) H7 Rafael Bejarano 58.0 1/2 19.8 (8)
10 6 9 Makoto Galahad (JPN) G5 Samantha Collett 58.0 Neck 68.9 (12)
11 2 2 Power Pocket (JPN) H6 Joao Moreira 58.0 Neck 12.7 (6)
12 1 1 Seika Edomizaka (JPN) H5 Yuichi Fukunaga 58.0 1-1/4 58.2 (11)
13 4 4 Erimo Zipangu (JPN) H8 Hiroyuki Uchida 58.0 3 229.8 (13)

TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥ 5,010,573,700 ATTENDANCE: 9,262
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 12.8 - 11.4 - 13.0 - 13.3 - 13.1 - 12.7 - 12.3 - 12.0 - 11.8 - 12.0
Last 4 furlong: 48.1 Last 3 furlong: 35.8
Positions at each corner:  1st corner 1,5(2,3,6)(4,10)8,13(9,7)11-12
2nd corner 1,5(2,6)(3,10)(4,8)13(9,7,11)12
3rd corner (*1,5)6(2,3,10)(4,8,13)(7,11)9,12
4th corner 5,1(3,6,10)(2,8,13)(11,12)4,7,9

1st: (3) Christophe Lemaire—settled in 5th, advanced to 2nd entering lane, immediately overtook the lead and galloped strongly for the win
2nd: (8) Shane Foley—between horses in mid-pack, made ground approaching last turn, good speed along inside while no match to winner
“He had a good start. I had him in mid-field and I had a hard time keeping him in hand behind a very slow pace, but he stretched well once in the straight.”
3rd: (10) Keita Tosaki—traveled outside Lemaire in 6th, advanced persistently until wire
4th: (5) Chadley Schofield—broke well, pressed pace, assumed lead after third corner, overtaken before furlong pole, ran out of steam
“He ran smoothly up to the last corner but lost his speed in the closing stages. He should run much better on firmer goings.”
5th: (11) Ioritz Mendizabal—sat 2nd from last, advanced turning wide, good effort in last 200m
“He ran very well and showed good speed in the end. If he wasn’t as slow out of the gate and was in a good position earlier in the race, the result could have been better which is a bit of a shame.”
6th: (12) Yutaka Take—trailed in rear, headway 600 meters out, good speed along straight but belatedly
7th: (13) Masaaki Kuwamura—traveled wide in mid-field, early move after third corner, no threat
8th: (6) Mirco Demuro—chased leader three wide around fourth, tired rounding last corner
9th: (7) Rafael Bejarano—third from last between horses, circled wide into straight, even paced
“He had a good start but leaned to the outside and we lost our position while I tried to rebalance him, but he showed a good turn of foot and should do even better on firmer tracks.”
10th: (9) Samantha Collett—hugged rails towards rear, switched to outside turning to lane, unable to reach contention
“He’s a smart horse and easy to handle. He also responded well at the straight but the distance may have been a little short for him.”
11th: (2) Joao Moreira—saved ground in third, mild bid between 3rd and 4th corner, steadily tired thereafter
“He was a bit tense and I wasn’t able to relax him. I felt that the track condition may have affected him too.”
12th: (1) Yuichi Fukunaga—sprinted well, took early lead, surrendered lead before last turn, flattened out in stretch
13th: (4) Hiroyuki Uchida—saved ground in mid-division, made bid before final corner, came up empty, was through 200m out
*Hironobu Tanabe—scratched

World All-Star Jockeys

The World All-Star Jockeys commenced in 2015 as a renewed version of the World Super Jockeys Series, staged at Sapporo Racecourse in the summer. The annual event, popular in Japan and throughout the world, has boasted a total of more than 230 top-caliber participants from abroad during its 32-year history.
In this series, points are awarded to each jockey according to their placing in each race, and the total points accumulated from the four races run over the two-day period are calculated at the end of the second day to determine the champion. At the same time, a team competition is carried out where the overseas jockeys and the NAR (National Association of Racing; local public racing) jockey form the “Team WAS (World All-Star)” to compete against the “Team JRA” jockeys in their bid to attain the most points as a team.
This year’s Team WAS included Rafael Bejarano (USA), Samantha Collett (NZ), Shane Foley (IRE), Ioritz Mendizabal (FR), Joao Moreira (BRA), Chadley Schofield (HK) and Masaaki Kuwamura (NAR Hokkaido).
The JRA jockeys taking on the challenges included Yuichi Fukunaga who earned his seat by claiming the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) and Christophe Lemaire, the JRA Award Most Valuable Jockey (MVJ) in 2017. Keita Tosaki, Hironobu Tanabe, Hiroyuki Uchida from the Eastern district, and Mirco Demuro from the Western District were also among the lineup as the leaders in the jockey rankings (in wins) as of July 22. Also from the Western District, Yutaka Take, who received the 2017 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit, was selected to join in the series based on his outstanding performances.
Last year, Eurico Da Silva from Canada won the WASJ champion title by winning the last race after a 10th, third and 11th in the first three. Keita Tosaki and Yuichi Fukunaga from JRA were two points behind in second while 2015 champion Joao Moreira from Hong Kong was fourth and 2016 champion Mirco Demuro 13th.

[Other Races Ridden by Foreign Participants]

2nd race: Two-Year-Olds (Maiden, Fillies), turf, 1,500m, 7 runners
  Joao Moreira—4th on Mozu Corps (JPN, F2, by Just a Way), favorite
3rd race: Three-Year-Olds (Maiden), dirt, 1,700m, 14 runners
  Joao Moreira—1st on Arma Top End (JPN, C3, by Pyro), favorite
4th race: Three-Year-Olds (Maiden), turf, 1,500m, 14 runners
  Chadley Schofield—5th on Wonder Siluro (JPN, C3, by Bago), 8th favorite
  Ioritz Mendizabal—9th on T Samurai (JPN, C3, by Danon Chantilly), 4th favorite
  Shane Foley—12th on Nishino Progress (JPN, C3, by Reach the Crown), 9th favorite
5th race: Two-Year-Olds (Newcomer), dirt, 1,700m, 13 runners
  Joao Moreira—1st on Rorqual Rouge (JPN, C2, by Kurofune), 4th favorite
6th race: Three-Year-Olds (Maiden), turf, 2,000m, 16 runners
  Joao Moreira—1st on Satono Only One (JPN, C3, by Deep Impact), 2nd favorite
  Chadley Schofield—6th on Red Primo (JPN, F3, by Rulership), 9th favorite
7th race: Three-Year-Olds & Up (Allowance (5Million & Less), Fillies), turf, 1,200m, 16 runners
  Joao Moreira—2nd on Shine Sunday (JPN, F4, by Twining), favorite
  Shane Foley—9th on Love You Me (JPN, F4, by Smart Falcon), 13th favorite
8th race: Three-Year-Olds & Up (Allowance (5Million & Less)), dirt, 1,000m, 12 runners
  Ioritz Mendizabal—11th on Horokudama (JPN, C4, by Shonan Kampf), 8th favorite
9th race: Shakotan Tokubetsu (Allowance (5Million & Less)), turf, 2,600m, 12 runners
  Joao Moreira—1st on Burringurrah (IRE, C4, by Fastnet Rock), favorite
  Shane Foley—7th on Dolphin Mark (JPN, G5, by Victoire Pisa), 7th favorite
12th race: Niseko Tokubetsu (Allowance (5Million & Less)), dirt, 1,700m, 14 runners
  Joao Moreira—1st on Realist (JPN, H5, by Zenno Rob Roy), 2nd favorite

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