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7/01  Forward!

5:34 p.m. Daimei Princess didn't do well at all, did she? My first summer race challenge has been another blunder which only shows where I am at the moment. THIS is going to be my start and the important thing is that I'd taken my first step and there's nowhere else but forward to go.

Will have to look into the cause of my loss in order to set myself on the right track. Well, at least revise to get closer.

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Caterpillar

7/02  Exciting Challenge

4:29 p.m. I will look into my problems but after that we have the Tanabata-sho, Procyon Stakes and most of all there's the Kaisei-zan Tokubetsu.

Kaisei-zan Tokubetsu is a lower ranker race for horses aiming to win the prize of about ten million yen. What's special about this race is that Ojuchosan who's already won five G1 races is entering with Yutaka take on its back. Oju is a star horse in the world of steeplechase that has won five G1s already however, the horse's owner had announced about a month ago, that now they will start on a new challenge of winning o G1 on turf tracks. Not to mention the news ignited all us fans. What an exciting challenge!

So there is no wonder Ojuchosan is currently the most favored in the expected win odds of Kaisei-zan Tokubetsu, the 9th race at Fukushima on Saturday 7th of July which also falls on our traditional event Tanabata.

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Caterpillar

7/03  Always Wanted to Win

3:00 p.m. I am disappointed and frustrated by our loss in the World Cup. I mean, we were so close to getting in the top eight and then, we lost it all because we didn't have any world-class reserve players to replace our exhausted defenders. They lacked concentration for the last few minutes and look what happened. As for the other two Belgium goals, I blame the goalie for not realizing his weak points and the coach who kept him on the starting members' list though he had made unthinkable misses. However, this too was caused by the same problem, not having enough players that could perform well in a world class match. We ought to learn something from this match.

Meantime, I'm starting to work on Tanabata-sho, a race I've always wanted to win but have never. If I'm criticizing our team and coach, I ought to win the race.

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Caterpillar

7/04  How Disappointing!

3:48 p.m. The news came in last night that Real Steel was retiring.

What!? While Ojuchosan who is a 7-year-old champion horse in steeplechase is starting on a new challenge, Real Steel 6 years old who hasn't even won a G1 domestically is already retiring? How disappointing!

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Caterpillar

7/05  Seeing Light

2:25 p.m. News of training is coming in as usual, including Ojuchosan and some other horses entering Tanabata-sho. Oh yes, almost forgot about Makahiki who is coming back from a fraction break in Sapporo Kinen. Makahiki has come back to his stable and started his training for Sapporo Kinen, which I'm very skeptical about.

While these horses are training for their aimed races, I am stiching up my spare time to analyze the local summer races for lower categories. I have a hunch I might be seeing a light though tiny.

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Caterpillar

7/06  Oju Secures Post

2:40 p.m. The entry for this weekend's races have been closed and, Ojuchosan who was worried to be left out when there were too many horses entering Kaisei-zan Tokubetsu has secured his entry. The barrier has also been drawn to put him in post number 6. Not a bad draw. If the track softens with this rain, that might become an advantage for him, too.

As for Tanabata-sho the most favored Sable Or is in post number 6, while Kinsho Yukihime and Platinum Bullet has drawn post number2 and 1, respectively. Meiner Frost who has come in 2nd last year has drawn post number 3. Looks like a good draw to me, especially if the track stays soft.

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Caterpillar

7/07  Let's See

2:01 p.m. Unfortunately, I cannot watch Oju's race on real time basis as I've got a meeting, but will look forward to his success in his new challenge.

My call for Tanabata-sho which I've never won before has consumed too much time that I haven't been able to look into Procyon Stakes yet. So here's my call for Tanabata-sho. The key is Kinsho Yukihime. I've thought of making it Meiner Frost but decided against it, since his condition doesn't seem to be so good. On the wheel would be Platinum Bullet, Sable Or, Reiho Romance and Meiner Milano. Let's see what happens.

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Caterpillar

7/08  Might As Well

7:06 p.m. Have vacuumed the floor, done my washing, washed my umbrella and dried it with the washing, everything is crispy dry and feel very good except for my terrible loss for Tanabata-sho.

Fukushima tracks were announced to be firm though the earlier race records suggested that it might be softer. I'd took that into account and cut out Platinum Bullet and included Power Pocket instead, when I checked the loss and gains of the horses' weight, but that was as far as I could reach. The top three horses that staged a huge payout of 2,563,330 yen in triplet were all soft track experts. The track was much softer, almost muddy in fact however, it was beyond my imagination.

Right. Another lesson learned. The least blessing is that Ojuchosan has won in his first challenge on flat turf without hurdles. Might as well trudge on with mine.

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Caterpillar

7/09  Which Race?

2:43 p.m. Since Ojuchousan has won a race on flat turf course, now he can enter a G1 race on flat turf and we are getting even more excited.

In the JRA system, you need to win at least one race on flat course without hurdles in order to enter higher category races (Oju had started his steeplechase carrier without winning a flat course race). When that condition is cleared, it depends on the amount of prize money earned whether a horse can enter or not. Oju has already earned himself over 5 bilion yen with 5 steeplechase G1s, so he has enough money to enter a turf G1 if he wants to. That's why the talks have now moved onto which race he is going to enter this fall, Nakayama Grand Jump, Japan Cup or Arima Kinen?

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Caterpillar

7/10  Watch Out

3:16 p.m. About 10 minutes before Tanabata-sho was run, Matera Sky has won Procyon Stakes setting up a new race record.

Matera Sky has come in 5th place in Dubai Golden Shaheen against Mind Your Biscuits, X Y Jet, or Roy H, which turned out to be a bit of a surprise since the horse hadn't even won a G3 race in Japan yet. He would surely becomne a good rival for Le Vent Se Leve considering his high performance in Procyon Stakes.

However, you ought to watch out. I wouldn't buy him in his next race if I were in your place, because such high performance almost always leaves damage to the horse.

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Caterpillar

7/11  Do My Best

2:17 p.m. This week it's Hakodate Kinen which I also havne't won in my life.

As I've learned a lesson, I've already looked into the past ten years of results on this particular race, analytics waiting to be done. Though I have a feeling I can't come up with any specific clues to win it... Still, I will do my best. The air conditioner in my room has broken down about a week ago, after 20 years of devotion. I need to win that money to replace it when it's predicted to be 35 degrees outside.

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Caterpillar

7/12  Japan Dirt D'erby

3:21 p.m. In Japan Dirt D'erby that was held on Ohi tracks last night, Le Vent Se Leve has sweeped up the others to win his first 2,000m race. I bet the owner and the crew have already penned Champions' Cup in their calendar by now.

Meanwhile, I hadn't just been fiddling but working hard to narrow down my choices for Hakodate Kinen. It's coming out fine for now.

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Caterpillar

7/13  Haven't Yet Forgotten

4:40 p.m. The barrier draw for the weekend races have been announced, Hakodate Kinen not being an exception. The most favored Tricolore Bleu drew post number 7, while Black Bago the 2nd favored and Suzuka Devious the 3rd favored drew 1 and 5, respectively. So Black Bago has been pushed up to the 2nd favored, huh? Everyone must be worried about the track condition.

A heat wave is hitting Tokyo with the temperature only rising towards Monday. Though I haven't yet forgotten the lesson I'd learned last week, that things could be quite different on local turf. Will take that into account when calling the race tomorrow.

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Caterpillar