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11/01  Halloween Craze

2:16 p.m. As expected, Shibuya was in chaos. I could barely move in the throngs of people. It feels like the crowd is getting bigger and bigger every year. Probably because they're mostly Japanese. Japanese feel more secure when they're doing the same thing in groups. Sometimes I wonder if they fully understand the concept of "indepedence."

Not just because I was exhausted from squeezing through the Halloween craze in Shibuya, I got up late and in a mad rush forgot all my manga stuff at home. Darn.

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11/02  The New Aibo

12:58 p.m. The news broke out yesterday, that Sony has released the new model of Aibo, a dog-type robot mounted with AI.

This morning, Cow has pulled up the website for ordering Aibo in hope to get one, but it turns out it already had been sold out in thirty minutes after it went on sale.

Too bad, but then on a second thought, we might get more information by the next time it hits the market.

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11/03  Heart At Ease

9:40 p.m. Have had a relaxing day off except that my choice of route for bicycle-riding had been a mistake. It seems there has been a school festival, and there was a huge crowd dominating the roads. I had to get off the bike and push to avoid running over people.

After I got home, I settled down to watch the JBC races. You can watch races with your heart at ease when you haven't bought betting tickets.

Sound True has done a great job in JBC Classic to sweep the others from outside. Though that means he can't do the same thing again in Champions' Cup. If he does, he'd run out of stamina and sink.

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11/04  Getting Ready

12:24 p.m. Due to repetitive obstruction by my dear mother, I'm sleep-deprived and have started late. Very annoying as I have not only been deprived of sleep but also of time to call races and draw manga.

Some of the members who ran in yesterday's JBC classic will probably be coming out in Champions' Cup. Others are entering prep races. Epicharis is coming out in Sunday's Miyako Stakes after recess, as well as TM Jinsoku and Asukano Roman. Nonkono Yume is entered for next week's Musashino Stakes. Must check how they'd perform.

As for the Argentina Republic, a prep race for eiher Japan Cup or Arima Kinen, I merely need to check the winner. It won't be a very good step for either G1s. Oh, and old Curren mirotic, too. Hope he's doing well.

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11/05  New Cover

11:59 p.m. Today's almost ending.

It was a hard day today. I finished the washing in the morning and went out to accomplish one of the most important mission of this season: getting a new cover for my heating carpet. Without this, I would have to spend the whole winter shivering on the goza mat. Not to mention, I rather not.

So I've walked approximately 10 kilometers to the closest Nitori and purchased a washable, anti-bacterial, cushioned cover. Came back, vacumed the floor, cleaned and put away the fan and goza mat, also cleaned a pair of battered sneakers, and set up the heating carpet with the newly bought wonderful cover, all because I'm going down to the off-track betting four weeks in a row starting this weekend.

Sitting on the soft and fluffy cover, feeling very much satisfied.

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11/06  Future Perspective

4:12 p.m. About yesterday's prep races.

TM Jinsoku, the winner of Miyako Stakes looked really good, but cannot fully trust him for Champions' Cup, as Miyako Stakes winners haven't performed well in the past.

As for the Argentina Republic Cup, Suave Richard still seemed to have some more change in his stamina. Wichever race he'll choose Japan Cup or Arima Kinen, he might have a chance to perform well.

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11/07  Unaccessible

4:08 p.m. I don't know why, but we haven't been able to access the Internet since 10 minutes ago.

Since then, I've been kept on pending unable to do anything. Hello...

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11/08  Starlings

1:47 p.m. I was smoking on the veranda this morning, when a bunch of gray starlings flew and settled on the limbs of our astringent persimmon. It made me curious whether they'd risk to eat the fruit, so I watched quietly.

The starlings were chirping merrily to each other until one of them pecked at a persimmon. The next second, I heard a loud, alarming "EEEEEEEeeeek!!!" and with that cry, most of them flew away. There were still two of them left though, which perhaps might have been waiting for this chance to fill their stomachs. One of them challenged to take a peck at a persimmon, then another peck, and then another peck. He sure is a challenger, I thought as I watched him. But after approximately four pecks, the bird finally admitted the fruit was uneatable. He spat out his mouthful and flew away with the other one. It is the astringent persimmon that we have.

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11/09  Horse Race Topic

5:16 p.m. I wrote about starlings yesterday, a peaceful piece of topic and we dropped out of top ten in the ranking. I accept that as a protest to write about horse race instead of other things.

So here's your horse race topic : Smart Layer's rider is going to change to Yuga Kawada.

Her main rider Yutaka Take who had already led her to the winners' circle in her prep race Kyoto Daishoten, has fallen off while training and hurt his ligament. Therefore, he is not going to ride this weekend including Queen Elizabeth Cup, to avoid the "aftereffects" (of not being able to ride Kitasan, I guess).

Smart Layer's odds is sure to drop now.

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11/10  Queen Elizabet Cup Barrier Announced

2:28 p.m. I picked up horse race topic and we're back in top 10 in the ranking overnight. I must have got things right, then. Considering the situation, we might even be elevated in the ranking because today I'll write about the barrier draw.

Queen's Milagro in post number 1, Happy Yunibansu in post number 2, Tosen Victory in 3, Crocosmia in 4, Mozu Katchan in 5, Lys Gracieux in 6, Queen's Ring in 7, Touching Speech in 8, Denko Ange in 9, Mikki Queen in 10, Deirdre in 11, Smart Layer in 12, Jour Polaire in 13, Ukiyono Kaze in 14, Maximum de Paris in 15, Vivlos in 16, Rouge Buck in 17, and Eterna Minoru in 18.

Despite the downgrade of the rider, Smart Layer has drawn a good barrier.

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11/11  In Between

2:12 p.m. Since I have only one meeting today, a friend I've met on my way to work has told me that I can take my time to call Queen Elizabeth Cup but actually, I have other things to do.

I was pretty much in between though decided my key should be Vivlos. She has high potential and has been training well, so no reason to cut her out. On the wheel would be, Queen's Milagro, Tosen Victory, Mozu Katchan, Mikki Queen, Deirdre, and Smart Layer. I'm basically for Vivlos, Mikki Queen and Smart Layer. Will cut one or two out, depending on the plus and minus of their weight.

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11/12  The Remaining Races

8:31 p.m. I've totally forgotten that Mozu Katchan had been met with an accdent in Shukasho and, if not for that she could have won the race. I took Deirdre instead of Mozu Katchan and lost Queen Elizabeth Cup. Not that I'd won, since Viblos had been a blunder. Also, hadn't bought Crocosmia.

Meanwhile, although he had lost too, Cow has keyed Mikki Queen together with Mozu Katchan. Therefore, I've decided to have Cow call the remaining autumn G1 races instead of myself.

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11/13  Two Main Attractions

3:42 p.m. Let's put the past behind and move on.

This week we're having Mile Championship. Horses like Air Spinel, Red Falx, Satono Aladdin, Isla Bonita are entered for now. I think there are two main attractions in this race one, whether Yutaka is going to ride Air Spinel or not and two, whether Mirco would win again.

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11/14  Buy Or Not

4:02 p.m. Since Mirco has been coming within third place in every G1 race since the Japanese Oaks, it would be natural to check out his horse for Mile Championship.

He will be riding Persian Knight, which he'd ridden in both Satsuki-sho and Japanese D'erby this spring, and mentioned that the distance was too long for the horse after he came in second in Satsuki-sho. And if my memory is correct, he'd also said in the same comment that Persian Knight might perform better in mile distance.

All right, so is that a buy or not buy?

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11/15  Y. Take Coming Back

1:17 p.m. News has broke out that Yutaka Take will be riding from this Sunday. It was said he'd injured his ligament during training last Wednesday, and he scratched off from all the races including Queen Elizabeth Cup last Sunday, to be on the safe side considering the future requests.

Although Yutaka is coming back, it seems the trainer od Air Spinel wasn't sure Take would be in perfect shape. News reports that Ryan Moore will be riding Air Spinel instead. Meanwhile, Yutaka has been requested to ride Jo Stricltly.

Ah. Air Spinel isn't an easy horse to control. At least I've been watching Take struggle with this horse. Wonder how Ryan would handle him.

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11/16  Imprudent Remark

4:10 p.m. It seems I've caught a cold (again) and in a terrible state. Hopefully, I've hit the bottom and on my way to recovery.

Since my condition is at its worst, it might end up as just an imprudent remark but Kluger or Sungrazer looks more interesting than the currently most favored old Isla Bonita. Well, I'll just have to wait and see what barrier they'd draw.

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11/17  Awaited Barrier

2:17 p.m. The awaited barrier draw has been announced, so let's take a look.

Black Moon in post number 1, America's CUp in 2, Youngman Power in 3, Sungrazer in 4, Satono Aladdin in 5, Danon Major in 6, Red Falx in 7, Maltese Apogee in 8, Reine Minoru in 9, Kluger in 10, Air Spinel in 11, Isla Bonita in 12, Grand Silk in 13, Garibaldi in 14, Moon Crest in 15, Win Gagnant in 16, Jo Strictly in 17 and Persian Knight in 18.

Kluger and Sungrazer both seemed to have made it through the draw. Wonder how Cow would call the race tomorrow, tee-hee.

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