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5/01  Give Me Some Break

2:19 p.m. Am going out for another Sukiyaki-and-karaoke party. Give me some break folks, as I donft get to have fun usually.

Preparations for NHK Mile Cup will follow tomorrow. Sorry, but I donft think Ifll be in the state to think properly after the party since we drink. A lot. It should be convenient enough, the barrier draw would probably come out tomorrow afternoon.

The End

Caterpillar

5/02  Okay, Okay

9:30 p.m. O-kay, it's not the classics so they didn't announce the barriers today. And okay, Gran Alegria is most favored under the odds of 1.7, she has no apparent rivals. Okay, okay.

Tokyo mile seems to be the best stage for Gran Alegria so far, I don't see a reason she should lose. There seems to be an invisible wall between the top horses and the others, I don't think it's going to be a wild race.

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Caterpillar

5/03  On The Alert

9:14 p.m. The barrier draw for NHK Mile Cup has been announced.

Kurino Gaudi in post number 1, Pourville in 2, Danon Chaser in 3, Iberis in 4, Meiner Flap in 5, Groove It in 6, Gran Alegria in 7, Val d'Isere in 8, Mikki Black in 9, Catedral in 10, Lord Gladio in 11, Wide Pharaoh in 12, Fantasist in 13, Happy Hour in 14, Wittelsbach in 15, Toya Rito Seito in 16, Admire Mars in 17 and Cadence Call in 18.

Admire Mars is currently the 3rd favored, but might drop considering the barrier. Must be on the alert which horse comes up instead.

The End

Caterpillar

5/04  Losing Confidence

5:59 p.m. As I've mentioned before, I'm already losing confidence in my calls that I don't feel like winning at all. So I will leave it up to you to believe me or not.

The key horse for my trio will be Gran Alegria. Tokyo mile would be a perfect stage for this horse, but there is quite a risk keying a horse with the win odds of 1.5. Thus, trio. On the wheel would be Kurino Gaudi, Groove It, Happy Hour and Admire Mars. I'd also by some trifectas keying either Groove It or Happy Hour on 1st. If victory should slip out from Alegrias hooves, it should go to either of the two. Otherwise I'm completely off the mark and probably won't be able to recover.

The End

Caterpillar

5/05  This Is Serious...

10:40 p.m. I'm done. Gran Alegria has tried to fight her rider as I'd feared, and it didn't end with just that. Because she bumped into Danon Chaser in the home stretch, she's been dropped down to 5th place as penalty. This is the risk of the 1.5 odds.

Even though I knew the risk beforehand, I wasn't even close to winning. This could be serious...

The End

Caterpillar

5/06  Next Year

6:37 p.m. The last day of my Golden Week holidays which flew past in a flash. It was great to see my friends again, though they'd probably come back again in summer. However, my horse race results have been terrible just as last year. Not much progress here.

To make the best out of my last holiday, have done an intensive review on NHK Mile Cup. I've checked where I went wrong, so I wouldn't make the same mistake again. Next year.

The End

Caterpillar

5/07  Same Rut

4:40 p.m. My mind is already on Victoria Mile Cup. I will start my preprations today, so as not to fall into the same rut. It looks like it's going to be a hard couple of weeks for Christophe, though. Having to give up Saturnalia must have been a blow.

Meanwhile, Cheval Gran has been announced to challenge King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Ascot turf (July 27th). That means he won't be in Takaraduka this year. Too bad.

The End

Caterpillar

5/08  Ups And Downs

2:10 p.m. As expected, Aerolithe is pushed up to the most favored on the entry form of Victoria Mile, as of this afternoon. But you have to be careful with this horse since she has her ups and downs.

Victoria Mile is not a classic race so we'll have to wait until Friday for the barriers to be announced. Wonder what the draw will be like?

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Caterpillar

5/09  My First Win

2:48 p.m. The entry has been closed. It looks like we're having 18 competitors this year. That's the way. I would be very much discouraged if it was another lame G1 with only 12 horses.

I'm working on my preparation without incident so far, hoping to get my first win this spring.

The End

Caterpillar

5/10  The Awaited Barriers

2:28 p.m. And now, the awaited barriers.

Amalfi Coast in post number 1, Red Olga in 2, Crocosmia in 3, Normcore in 4, Meisho Owara in 5, Lucky Lilac in 6, Mikki Charm in 7, Denko Ange in 8, Primo Scene in 9, Mieno Succeed in 10, Aerolithe in 11, One to One in 12, Satono Walkure in 13, Let's Go Donki in 14, Cantabile in 15, Soul Stirring in 16, Sound Chiara in 17, and Frontier Queen in 18.

Considering the long break and the barrier, Yutaka might have a hard time controling Soul Stirring. Aerolithe on the other hand, drew a good post for her whether she takes the lead or not.

The End

Caterpillar

5/11  Unstable Atmosphere

2:46 p.m. The weather forecast says that the atmosphere condition is unstable and there might be rainshowers for a couple of days. I've been checking on-time forecast, but so far I won't have to worry about soft track tomorrow.

My key is going to be Aerolithe. She has her moods, yes, though I'm thinking it's going to be her "ON" time tomorrow. Besides, she's a Tokyo-mile specialist. On the wheel would be Crocosmia, Lucky Lilac, Mieno Succeed and Cantabile. I'm still undecided about Primo Scene. She's become this week's odds-alert horse.

The End

Caterpillar

5/12  Forgot How To Win

11:13 p.m. Awwww, it's terrible. I have forgotten how to win completely...

And what's with that abnormally fast track!? I have a bad feeling that a few of the horses that ran today will make the headline tomorrow, that injuries have been discovered.

The End

Caterpillar

5/13  Only An Excuse

3:14 p.m. As usual, I will have to do my review, no matter how reluctant and confusing it may be. Otherwise, I'll never know what I'm doing wrong, which means I'll never be able to get myself on the right track.

I wish I had a little more time so I could take things at my own pace, but then that's only an excuse.

The End

Caterpillar

5/14  The Young Genius

5:06 p.m. A piece of news about Win Bright has come in. That the horse and rider are aiming for Tenno-sho (autumn), using All Comer as a step race, and Hong Kong Cup to wrap it up. Gee, I'm so proud of this horse, I wish him the best!

Meanwhile, Contra Check and her rider Damian Lane as a pinch hitter for Chritophe, is attracting the attention. I'll have to start on my preparations for the Japanese Oaks, to figure out whether this young genius will win another G1 or not.

The End

Caterpillar

5/15  Closed Entry Form

2:04 p.m. The entry for Japanese Oaks should be closed by now as the press conference has already finished and the barriers will be announced tomorrow. It must be the media side's problem, then. The closed entry form shall be out by evening, hopefully.

The weekly forecast which had threatened rain suddenly changed its view to sunny with partial clouds. If so, there might be another track record this weekend.

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Caterpillar

5/16  Risks Will Rise

3:01 p.m. All right. Time for the barriers.

Jodie is in post number 1, Chrono Genesis in 2, Contra Check in 3, Schon Glanz in 4, Aile Voix in 5, Aqua Mirabilis in 6, Shadow Diva in 7, Danon Fantasy in 8, Win Zenobia in 9, Shigeru Pink Dia in 11, Victoria in 12, Loves Only You in 13, Fairy Polka in 14, No One in 15, Beach Samba in 16, Meisho Shobu in 17, and Figlia Pura in 18.

Looks like Loves Only You has drawn a good post as well as Chrono Genesis. Risks will rise for Contra Check if she doesn't take the lead, since there's a high posibility being bumped into by others on the last home stretch of Tokyo 2400m. Especially, when it's the first time for all the horses to run this distance.

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Caterpillar

5/17  Keeping Records

2:39 p.m. I'm following the step-by-step guide that I'd made last year to get myself back on the right track.

I once heard our baseball legend Katsuya Nomura say, you need to keep a precise record of when you were in good state, so as to redirect yourself when you're in a slump. I was very much convinced and started taking record of my wins and losses.

So far I've been doing okay and have come down to the point with a few more steps to go. If this can't lead me to winning the Oaks, I will have to do it all over from the start.

The End

Caterpillar

5/18  Mentioned By A Loser

2:21 p.m. To be fair, I confess that I have no confidence. Please remember that this is mentioned by a loser who hasn't won a single race this season.

That being said, I will key Loves Only You. Honestly speaking, I don't know how well the horse will perform as she still seems like a baby. Though she drew a good post where Mirco wouldn't have to hit the brakes, if all goes well. I'm betting on her freshness especially, when the Ohka-sho champion is not entered.

On the wheel, I chose Chrono Genesis (although she might not do well in extending the distance), Shadow Diva ( on the possibility that this extension becomes an advantage), Shigeru Pink Dia (just purely terrified), and No One (Heart's Cry descendant, just like Shadow Diva). I'm still undecided whether to buy Contra Check or not. The thought of her not taking the lead freaks me out.

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Caterpillar

5/19  A Brilliant Succession

11:27 p.m. Awwwww. It's a brilliant succession of 8 G1 losses in a row...

Would someone please tell me what is it that I did so wrong to have to suffer so much? Now I know how Hanshin Tigers' fans feel.

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Caterpillar