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3/01  A Bit Of Expectation

1:56 p.m. Time for the Yayoi-sho barrier draw.

Last Draft in post number1, Nishino Daisy in 2, Cantor in 3, Satono Radius in 4, Schwarz Riese in 5, Vin Quet Domingoin 6, Lava Stone in 7, Breaking Dawn in 8, Naimama in 9, and Meisho Tengen in 10. The favored horses all drew inner posts, haven't they? A bit of expectation for Satono Radius, though.

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3/02  Closest To Winning Ohka-sho

1:48 p.m. I'm on alert for the Tulip-sho today as to see how Danon Fantasy will perform. I think she is currently the closest to winning Ohka-sho.

As for tomorrow's Yayoi-sho, I'd key Last Draft. I know he's the most favored but it can't be helped. On the wheel would be Cantor (another one that can't be helped), Nishino Daisy, Satono Radius, and Breaking Dawn. Our taining squad has reported negative comments on Satono Radius and Schwarz Riese, so I've changed my stance a little bit.

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3/03  Just Didn't Register

5:00 p.m. Oh yes, I'd checked the forecast a dozen times and knew that it was going to rain today. It just didn't register in my head.

Meisho Tengen might not have won if it weren't for the soft track caused by this rain. The horse does seem to have a powerful engine, though I'm not sure whether he could make the same performance in Satsuki-sho, now that he's used his blast here.

The lap had been too slow for Nishino Daisy, Masaki Katsuura shouldn't have forced the horse down like that. Keying Last Draft was my blunder, his loss was not just because Christophe couldn't ride.

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3/04  If This Isn't Gorgeous

2:59 p.m. The top three horses of Yayoi-sho are prioritized to enter Satsuki-sho, so Meisho Tengen, Schwarz Riese, and Breaking Dawn will go to Satsuki-sho I suppose if all goes well.

This week we're having Kinko-sho with another delux entry list. The names on the list are Al Ain, Danon Premium, Persian Knight, Mozu Katchan, and Lys Gracieux and others. 5 G1 horses in one race. If this isn't gorgeous, what is?

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3/05  Fillies Review Winners

5:14 p.m. While Kinko-sho is run on Chukyo turf with delux members, Hanshin tracks is holding an important step race for Ohka-sho called, Fillies Review.

It's an important race as every year the winner of this race tends to become favored in Ohka-sho, but rarely finishes above 3rd place. In other words, the winner of Fillies Review often becomes just a flashy target for favor which I would gladly cut out from my list.

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3/06  Not Much Interest

5:06 p.m. Although Fillies Review is an important race concerning Ohka-sho, I am not much interested in which horse wins this race (apart from the name).

1400 meters usually end up in a simple speed race without much shift changes. They are thus different from both 1200 meters and 1600 meters. I neither have any idea or much interest in which horse might win, but from expereince, think that horses who performed fairly well in their previous race (1600 meters preferrable) may perform well.

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3/07  News of Wagnerian

1:58 p.m. News of Wagnerian entered in Osaka-hai 3 weeks from now has come in. I've been wondering what became of the Japanese D'erby winner, as he'd scratched off from all G1 races last autumn.

Article reports that Wagnerian has done a training together with his elder Makahiki, which generally seemsto have gone well. I'm not going to accept this without question, since you never know until the race is run. I'll just keep in mind that Wagnerian is a Deep Impact Descendant.

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3/08  Danon Premium in 1

2:27p.m. Time for the barrier draw. Let's see which barrier the delux members have drawn.

Danon Premium in pot number 1, Shonan Bach in 2, Satono Walkure in 3, Suzuka Devious in 4, Tanino Frankel in 5, Persian Knight in 6, Gibeon in 7, Air Windsor in 8, Muito Obrigado in 9, Al Ain in 10, Lys Gracieux in11, Mozu Katchan in 12, and Maitres d'Art in 13.

Oju Chousan who is running in Hanshin Spring Jump this Saturday seems to have drawn post number 11, for your information.

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3/09  Sit Back And Relax

2:14 p.m. I'm not planning to buy betting tickets tomorrow, just sit back and relax to watch Kinko-sho on TV.

So I'm making my call simple with just Tanino Frankel, Air Windsor, and Muito Obrigado. The key should be Air Windsor not to mention, in case you're buying wheels. My guess is that Tanino Frankel would take the lead to stay in 2nd place.

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3/10  Easy Win

9:18 p.m. It looked like an easy win for Danon Premium. I was afraid he hadn't grown so much even after 9 months of long break especially, considering that he was a Deep Impact descendant, but the horse has washed it away with his performance.

Tanino Frankel has managed to take the lead as I'd expected, though the lap he set was too slow that he eventually cashed in on Danon Premium. Lys Graxieu was lucky to have soft track condition, otherwise she might not have reached Air Windsor from her position in the back. And yes, I forgot again to take the weather in account. Stupid me.

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3/11  Almost Embarrassing

3:27p.m. It's getting warmer by the day and I feel the season is surely shifting into spring. Step races for the spring G1s are also good reminders. Spring Stakes run this weekend, is virtually the last step race for Satsuki-sho, while Hanshin Dai-shoten run on the same day is a step for Tenno-sho (spring).

However. I have been hugely disappointed by the entrees of this year's Hanshin Dai-shoten. In contrast with yesterday's Kinko-sho, there are no G1 horses entered, NONE. In fact most of the entered horses haven't even won a G3. The only two horses that have won G2 is Sciacchetra and Ridgeman. Hanshin Dai-shoten has always been the traditional and prestigious step for Tenno-sho. This is almost embarrassing.

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3/12  My Snow Dragon...

3:27p.m. It's getting warmer by the day and I feel the season is surely shifting into spring. Step races for the spring G1s are also good reminders. Spring Stakes run this weekend, is virtually the last step race for Satsuki-sho, while Hanshin Dai-shoten run on the same day is a step for Tenno-sho (spring).

However. I have been hugely disappointed by the entrees of this year's Hanshin Dai-shoten. In contrast with yesterday's Kinko-sho, there are no G1 horses entered, NONE. In fact most of the entered horses haven't even won a G3. The only two horses that have won G2 is Sciacchetra and Ridgeman. Hanshin Dai-shoten has always been the traditional and prestigious step for Tenno-sho. This is almost embarrassing.

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3/13  Dixie Knight With Almond Eye

1:36 p.m. Dixie Knight who is entered in Spring Stakes seems to have had a good training with Almond Eye. Hmm, the horse looks like a good one. Maybe I should buy Spring Stakes betting tickets. Nah, just kidding.

Still feeling rather reluctant to think about Hanshin Dai-shoten. The top horses not entered in this race should all apologize to Gold Ship.

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3/14  All The More Reason

2:07 p.m. The more I look at the entry list of Hanshin Dai-shoten, the more I lose interest...

The winner of this race is said to be the most closest to winning the spring Tenno-sho. How come there are no entries of 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds? In the world of horse race, horses are said to reach their prime in their 4th or 5th year. Yet, there are no entries this year. All the more reason to lose interest, humph.

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3/15  Just In Case

1:33 p.m. Let's just check out the barrier draw for Hanshin Dai-shoten, just in case I become motivated somehow.

Lord Vent d'Or in post number 1, Ridgeman in 2, Kent O in 3, Stay In Seattle in 4, Saimon Ramesses in 5, Sole Impact in 6, Kafuji prince in 7, Vosges in 8, Admire Eikan in 9, Sciacchetra in 10, and Corcovado in 11. Period.

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3/16  Heads Nor Tails

1:55 p.m. Oh, god, I can't make heads nor tails. I tried to cross out horses with less chances and they'd all be crossed out. On the other hand, every horse has a chance to perform well.

If I'm forced to call Hanshin Dai-shoten, I'd probably key Ridgeman on a trio. I just can't get the image of him winning after the loss of Arima Kinen, though considering the potential he should be coming within 3rd place. On the wheel would be Kent O (with a bit of expectation on his sire line), Stay In Seattle, Kafuji Prince, and Corcovado?

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3/17  Fantasies About Tenno-sho

9:12 p.m. Hanshin Dai-shoten became just the race for Sciacchetra.

With soft track condition and a tight lap, Sciacchetra was able to avoid being squashed in the pack. He was also lucky that the race required power and stamina. But this was Hanshin Dai-shoten, not Tenno-sho. Here I am with a goofy smile head already filled with fantasies winning Tenno-sho (with a big payout!).

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3/18  Fantasist And Dixie Knight

3:51 p.m. Spring Stakes has finished in an interesting ending. Fantasist lost in 2nd, but Yutaka rode him brilliantly taking Satsuki-sho in account. If the horse can keep his condition (and calm), he might perform well in his first 2,000 meter race.

Dixie Knight who did a good training against Almond Eye has also secured a ticket to Satsuki-sho in the best way possible. Although both horses are bound to face tough rivals like Saturnalia or Admire Mars, their performances in Spring Stakes make me raise my hopes.

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