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August 24, 2019


Team JRA’s Keita Tosaki on Top after Day One of World All-Star Jockeys
2019 World All-Star Jockeys 1st Leg

2019 World All-Star Jockeys 2nd Leg

[Day One Summary]

Keita Tosaki who guided sixth-pick Taisei Sonic to fourth in the first leg and seventh-favorite Lyric Drama to second in the second leg came on top with 32 points at the end of the first day of the two-day four-race series. Following Tosaki with 31 points were Christophe Lemaire who won the first leg with fourth-pick Arinna and finished 12th in the second leg and Karis Teetan from Hong Kong who was 12th in the first leg but won the second leg with third-choice Win Exceed. Among the three female participants, Mickaelle Michel from France collected 22 points by finishing fifth and fourth, respectively in the first two legs to stand fifth. Lisa Allpress from New Zealand and Nanako Fujita finished the first day in 10th and 13th, respectively.

Team JRA accumulated 137 points on the first day and is currently 50 points ahead of Team WAS.


Standing Jockey Team August 24, 2019 August 25, 2019 Total
1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg
1 Keita Tosaki (JRA) JRA 4th (12) 2nd (20)         32
2 Karis Teetan (HK) WAS 12th (1) 1st (30)         31
2 Christophe Lemaire (JRA) JRA 1st (30) 12th (1)         31
4 Yuga Kawada (JRA) JRA 3rd (15) 3rd (15)         30
5 Mickaelle Michel (FR) WAS 5th (10) 4th (12)         22
6 Yutaka Take (JRA) JRA 2nd (20) 10th (1)         21
7 Suguru Hamanaka (JRA) JRA 7th (6) 5th (10)         16
7 Tomohiro Yoshimura (NAR) WAS 6th (8) 6th (8)         16
9 Colm O’Donoghue (IRE) WAS 14th (1) 7th (6)         7
10 Lisa Allpress (NZ) WAS 8th (4) 9th (2)         6
11 Kosei Miura (JRA) JRA 10th (1) 8th (4)         5
12 Julien Leparoux (USA) WAS 9th (2) 14th (1)         3
13 Nanako Fujita (JRA) JRA 11th (1) 11th (1)         2
13 Fumio Matoba (NAR) WAS 13th (1) 13th (1)         2
Team WAS (World All-Star) : 87 points Team JRA : 137 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 24, 2019          Sapporo Racecourse        10th Race        Post Time: 15:00
3-year-olds & up, 2 Wins Class, 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 7 12 Arinna (JPN) M5 Christophe Lemaire 56.0 1:09.9 5.3 (4)
2 8 14 Shonan Ariana (GB) F3 Yutaka Take 54.0 Neck 4.8 (3)
3 8 13 Ofukuhime (JPN) M6 Yuga Kawada 56.0 1/2 4.7 (2)
4 2 2 Taisei Sonic (JPN) C4 Keita Tosaki 58.0 Neck 14.6 (6)
5 6 10 Water Eden (JPN) F3 Mickaelle Michel 54.0 1-1/4 16.1 (7)
6 6 9 Marmalade Girl (JPN) F3 Tomohiro Yoshimura 54.0 1 8.0 (5)
7 5 7 Couru (JPN) M5 Suguru Hamanaka 56.0 1/2 23.4 (8)
8 5 8B Royal Major (JPN) M5 Lisa Allpress 56.0 Head 51.6 (11)
9 3 3 Berry Squall (FR) G6 Julien Leparoux 58.0 Neck 24.0 (9)
10 4 6 Lord Lazurite (JPN) G4 Kosei Miura 58.0 Head 85.7 (13)
11 7 11 Passion Chica (JPN) M5 Nanako Fujita 56.0 1/2 44.0 (10)
12 1 1 King King King (JPN) G4 Karis Teetan 58.0 Neck 58.3 (12)
13 3 4 Valiant (JPN) C3 Fumio Matoba 56.0 4 4.3 (1)
14 4 5 Water Baobab (JPN) H6 Colm O’Donoghue 58.0 7 197.5 (14)
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): 11.9 - 10.7 - 11.0 - 11.6 - 12.2 - 12.5
Last 4 furlong: 47.3 Last 3 furlong: 36.3
Positions at each corner:  3rd corner (*9,4)(3,12,8)(10,14)6(1,2,7,13)-5,11
4th corner (*9,4)(12,8)(3,14)(10,13)7(6,2)1-11,5

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: (12) Christophe Lemaire—smooth start, reserved in 5th, advanced through corners to enter lane in 3rd, accelerated powerfully after nailing frontrunner at 200m pole while holding off Take at wire
2nd: (14) Yutaka Take—eased back after good start, 3-wide around 8th, edged forward turning corners, surged out behind Lemaire and closed in to finish a neck behind leader
3rd: (13) Yuga Kawada—was off a bit slow, made headway on outer route, showed belated effort, 2nd fastest over last 3 furlongs
4th: (2) Keita Tosaki—slow break, settled around 9th, turned widest and entered lane 3rd from last, strong late charge, crossed wire a neck behind Kawada
5th: (10) Mickaelle Michel—traveled in mid-division, 7-8th from front, turned 2-wide behind Lemaire, held on well in homestretch
“We had a hard time keeping up with the horses around us that were quick out of the gate but she traveled well. She has good potentials but could do better with a little more distance.”
6th: (9) Tomohiro Yoshimura—set pace, led until passing 200m marker, dropped back
7th: (7) Suguru Hamanaka—raced in rear of front pack, around 9th from front, met traffic entering lane, fell back at top stretch but found another gear to pass tiring rivals in last furlong
8th: (8) Lisa Allpress—broke well, pressed pace in 3rd, gradually fell back in homestretch
“It was her first time using blinkers but I think it worked well. She broke sharply and traveled smoothly but couldn’t keep up with the others in the end.”
9th: (3) Julien Leparoux—sat 5th to 6th from pace on rails, mild bid in stretch, never reached contention
“We were able to race in good position but he was unable to increase his speed where it mattered.”
10th: (6) Kosei Miura—broke willingly, sat in mid-field on rails, mild response in straight, passed tiring rivals
11th: (11) Nanako Fujita—bobbled at start, traveled far back, wide last turn, urged but too much ground to make up
12th: (1) Karis Teetan—broke poorly, moved up to mid-field briefly, last turn 3rd from rear, never fired
“I tried to hold him back and settle him behind the others but he kept pulling.”
13th: (4) Fumio Matoba—pressed pace in 2nd, urged turning final corner, faded after 200m pole
14th: (5) Colm O’Donoghue—good start, slid back to far rear, last to enter lane, never a factor
“He was in good condition but seemed a little stiff and unable to move smoothly as I had hoped.”


Saturday, August 24, 2019          Sapporo Racecourse        11th Race        Post Time: 15:35
3-year-olds & up, 3 Wins Class, 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


Odds (Fav)
1 7 11 Win Exceed (JPN) H5 Karis Teetan 58.0 2:02.4 6.4 (3)
2 6 10 Lyric Drama (JPN) M5 Keita Tosaki 56.0 3/4 17.5 (7)
3 3 3B Gold Flag (JPN) C4 Yuga Kawada 58.0 1/2 20.4 (8)
4 1 1 Duca (JPN) H6 Mickaelle Michel 58.0 Neck 40.9 (12)
5 5 8 Master Code (JPN) H5 Suguru Hamanaka 58.0 1-1/2 11.4 (5)
6 8 13 Obligation (JPN) H6 Tomohiro Yoshimura 58.0 Head 73.4 (13)
7 4 6 Caribbean Gold (JPN) M5 Colm O’Donoghue 56.0 2 2.3 (1)
8 7 12 Hana’s Legend (JPN) H6 Kosei Miura 58.0 3/4 9.7 (4)
9 8 14 Roraima (JPN) G6 Lisa Allpress 58.0 1/2 30.2 (10)
10 3 4 Pays de Merveilles (JPN) M5 Yutaka Take 56.0 1/2 26.6 (9)
11 5 7 My Heartbeat (JPN) C4 Nanako Fujita 58.0 1/2 6.2 (2)
12 2 2 Curren Ciliegio (JPN) F4 Christophe Lemaire 56.0 5 15.5 (6)
13 4 5 Sound Burning (JPN) H7 Fumio Matoba 58.0 3 146.8 (14)
14 6 9 Prophet (JPN) G6 Julien Leparoux 58.0 2-1/2 37.6 (11)

TURNOVER FOR THE DAY: ¥ 5,573,006,100 ATTENDANCE: 12,862
Fractional Time (sec./furlong): 12.8 - 11.6 - 12.3 - 12.2 - 12.3 - 11.8 - 11.9 - 12.2 - 11.9 - 13.4
Last 4 furlong: 49.4 Last 3 furlong: 37.5
Positions at each corner:  1st corner (*10,11)(1,4,6,9)(2,7)(5,12)8,3(13,14)
2nd corner (*10,11)(1,4,6,9)(2,7)3(5,8,12)13,14
3rd corner (*10,11)(1,4,9,6)7(13,3,2,8,12,14)-5
4th corner (*10,11)(1,4,6)(7,14)(13,3,8,12)(9,2)-5

1st: (11) Karis Teetan—tracked leader in 2nd, dueled with pacesetter (Tosaki) at stretch, led 200m out and held off well for wire
“The race went well and as planned. I was told to be careful in making a good start and to put him in a handy position. He stretched strongly from there. I’m glad to be ranked well now and hope to become the overall winner of the series tomorrow.”
2nd: (10) Keita Tosaki—broke sharply, set pace, gave up lead after brief rally with winner at furlong marker, held on stubbornly
3rd: (3) Yuga Kawada—sat near rear, improved to mid-field in backstretch, 7th to enter lane, fastest last 3-furlong drive, dug in strongly
4th: (1) Mickaelle Michel—traveled behind pace in third, held on well on rails, caught by Kawada in final strides
“He needed a little time to pick up his speed. It was a shame that he was overtaken in the end because he fought hard.”
5th: (8) Suguru Hamanaka—positioned 3-wide near rear, advanced after 3rd corner, passed tired rivals at stretch
6th: (13) Tomohiro Yoshimura—trailed in rear early, made headway along rails at backstretch, even paced at stretch
7th: (6) Colm O’Donoghue—slow break, raced 3-wide in 4-6th, 4th to enter lane, weakened in last 100m
“We raced in an ideal spot behind the winning horse. She felt good during the trip but came up empty in the end.”
8th: (12) Kosei Miura—reserved 4th to 5th from rear, lost ground on all turns, mild response in stretch
9th: (14) Lisa Allpress—2nd from rear, strong bid from outside rounding 3rd corner, unable to threaten in straight
“He felt great up to the third corner but didn't respond after that.”
10th: (4) Yutaka Take—sat forwardly early, never fired at stretch, weakened in last 200m
11th: (7) Nanako Fujita—broke slowly, traveled 2-wide around 7-8th from front, angled out at 400m pole, tired in last 200m
12th: (2) Christophe Lemaire—settled in midfield in 7th, gradually fell back to enter lane second from last, never reached contention
13th: (5) Fumio Matoba—turned first two corners in 9th, fell far back along backstretch, nothing left thereafter
14th: (9)

Julien Leparoux—broke well, in handy position down backstretch, slid back after 3rd turn, faded

“He was competitive early on but had nothing left in the end.”

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 240 top-caliber participants from abroad during its 33-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 “Team WAS (World All-Star)” comprising overseas jockeys and NAR (National Association of Racing; local public racing) jockeys compete against “Team JRA” jockeys in their bid to attain the most points as a team.
This year’s “Team WAS” included Lisa Allpress (NZ), Julien Leparoux (USA), Mickaelle Michel (FR), Colm O’Donoghue (IRE), Karis Teetan (HK), Fumio Matoba (NAR Oi) and Tomohiro Yoshimura (NAR Hyogo).
“Team JRA” taking on the challenges included Suguru Hamanaka who earned his seat by claiming the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) and Christophe Lemaire, the JRA Award Most Valuable Jockey (MVJ) in 2018. Keita Tosaki and Kosei Miura from the Eastern district and Yuga Kawada from the Western District were also among the lineup as the leaders in the jockey rankings (in wins) as of July 21. Nanako Fujita (Eastern) and Yutaka Take (Western) were also selected to join the series based on their outstanding performances.
Last year, Lemaire was the WASJ champion by finishing ninth, first and fifth in the first three legs and overtaking Take when winning the fourth race. Take who was leader until then finished 11th in the final leg and was second overall. Mirco Demuro followed in third while the top overseas contender was Rafael Bejarano from the United States in fourth.

[Other Races Ridden by Foreign Participants]

3rd race: Three-Year-Olds (Maiden), dirt, 1,700m, 14 runners
  Lisa Allpress —6th on Sunrise Giga (JPN, C3, by Casino Drive), 3rd favorite
6th race: Three-Year-Olds (Maiden), turf, 2,000m, 16 runners
  Colm O’Donoghue—12th on I Am Legend (JPN, C3, by Heart’s Cry), 9th favorite
  Karis Teetan—4th on Secret Eyes (JPN, C3, by Deep Impact), top favorite
7th race: Three-Year-Olds & Up (1 Win Class), turf, 1,200m, 16 runners
  Colm O’Donoghue—7th on Graduale (JPN, H5, by Danon Chantilly), 5th favorite
  Karis Teetan—10th on Boulevard (JPN, F3, by Rulership), 10th favorite
8th race: Three-Year-Olds & Up (1 Win Class), dirt, 2,400m, 12 runners
  Colm O’Donoghue—3rd on Stan Sansei (JPN, C3, by Workforce), 3rd favorite
9th race: Rusutsu Tokubetsu (Three-Year-Olds & Up, 1 Win Class), turf, 1,800m, 10 runners
  Colm O’Donoghue—10th on Silver Meteor (JPN, H5, by Gold Allure), 7th favorite

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