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8/01  Give Me Back

3:01 p.m. As you can see from the successfully uploaded "Murmur," Cow has finally regained connection to the server through FTP software after nearly 3 hours of struggle.

Cow and I have been trying and retrying setting up the FTP software despite our countless times of failures. Of course I went searching on the web to seek for help and came across one line in some blog mentioning that the password to set on the FTP was supposed to be the same as the password to log in to the server. We had been setting up using our initial password which we probabaly had changed along the way in the past decade...

We've reset the password and wa-la! Connection has been established. Give me back my 3 hours, will you?

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8/02  Because It's Kokura Kinen

2:03 p.m. While Diedre has been gathering attention overseas by winning the Nassau Stakes (G1), JRA has announced the barrier draw for Kokura Kinen.

Currently most favored Mer de Glace has drawn post number 8, Ice storm 5,and Ice Bubble, 2. Looks like these names are suggesting some sort of "ice"e; link, though of course this race wouldn't finish with just the top three favored horses. Why? Because it's Kokura Kinen.

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8/03  Deep Fever

3:18 p.m. I have been upgrading the OS on my own lap-top, too while fighting cold symptoms and heat wave at the same time. What I want to say is that I wasn't in a proper condition to digest all my work and call the race. Still, I've done the best I can do for Kokura Kinen.

I would key Ice Storm on a wheel of Retro Rock, Mer de Glace and Cadenas. With the opening week of Kokura under this weather, I can easily imagine a Deep Impact descendant fever.

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8/04  Tough to Beat

7:13 p.m. I fell asleep and didn't go running. It was too hot anyway. My call for Kokura Kinen had also missed in the sense that Yutaka stayed in the middle, not going up front.

As Mer de Glace won, he would probably be entering some mid-range G1 this fall but it won't be easy to win. Almond Eye would be there and she's a tough horse to beat.

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8/05  Albino Wins Grade Race

2:52 p.m. Everyone enjyoing summer vacation? I'm only assuming from the ranking that the O-bon vacation has started, hoping you're all having a break from modern, busy life.

The fact that Hayayakko won the Leopard Stakes yesterday was sensational in a sense that he became the first albino thouroughbred to win a grade race in Japan. Though personally, the result of this race only seemed to hi-light the high performance of Chrysoberyl who had left Delma Louvre (Leopard Stakes 2nd place winner) 3 lengths behind in Japan Dirt D'erby.

Anyway, take care everyone. This heat seems to go on for a while.

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8/06  Roger Barows Injured

3:25 p.m. The main race for this week would be Sekiya Kinen in Niigata, but I'm not going to call it. I never liked Sekiya Kinen since it was run on Nakayama, and I don't like it now either.

My interest already flies to Sapporo Kinen a week ahead. I was thinking about the members when I came across the news that Roger Barows has been detected of an injury.

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8/07  Another One Down

6:06 p.m. It has been announced by the trainer of Roger Barows that an echo check has revealed DFT (digital flexor tendinitis) in the left foreleg of Roger Barows and after a discussion with its owner, retirement has been decided considering post-Deep Impact.

Deep Impact descendants have generally been susceptible against injuries, and I remember worrying about Roger Barows getting hurt after I'd seen his high performance and the race racord at this year's D'erby. What I feared has unfortunately come true.

In other words, that gives us another one down from our list of the Arc challengers which leaves only Fierement and Kiseki. Blast Onepiece, I don't think will try after that miserable loss of Meguro Kinen.

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8/08  Long-Time User

(THU) August 8th, 2019

6:41 p.m. Have caught cold again or rather, hadn't fully recovered from the last one yet. It's good I could stay home for the O-bon vacation. Not that I could rest with the 24/7 radio noise.

I've dragged myself out to get a 300-yen mouse at the nearest Daiso, because the touchpad of my old lap-top is not even recognized on this upgraded Windows10. Microsoft and Dell both seem to turn a blind eye to a long-time user as myself since neither of them have released any files to fix this problem. Humph.

Also as a long-time fan, I would love to see Shinji Kawashima win a Sekiya Kinen with Mieno Succeed. However, her rivals are not easy to beat.

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8/09  JPN Thoroughbred Ranking

6:37 p.m. Pulled up the top page of netkeiba.com to check out the barrier draw for Elm Stakes and the top news reports Win Bright is ranked number 1 for the first 6 month's JPN Thoroughbred Ranking. Yay.

Grimm has drawn post number 12 while Mozu Attraction drew 4 and Lien Verite, 14. Grimm is the most favored of course, and I guess it couldn't be helped from the past results that horses that go up front is more closer to winning this race. It's going to be a game of guessing right which horse he tows along.

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8/10  I Can't Help It

3:37 p.m. Am at work place although I'm supposed to be enjoying my vacation... Well, since I'm here I'll write about my call for Elm Stakes.

I would have to key Grimm. I can't help it. He's outstanding considering the competitors. On the wheel would be Dream Kirari, Mozu Attraction, Time Flyer (just in case) and Highland Peak. Dream Kirari and Highland Peak has already performed well on Sapporo dirt 1700m. I wonder why they're not so favored?

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8/11  Show Some Mercy

4:35 p.m. I've been wanting to wash my sneakers for a couple of months now and have finally completed the task. It took more time than I'd expected and as a result, I've missed the Elm Stakes. Some time after I turned on the TV, the screen showed the result of the race with my key horse Grimm nowhere to be seen.

Dream Kirari weren't in the top 5 either, so I guess that means the lap went too fast for the two. Will have to go to JRA's official website to check out the video.

I made it in time for the Sekiya Kinen. Mieno Succeed had done her best but Christophe just wouldn't let an easy win pass by. Come on, you don't know what hardships Shinji Kawashima has been through! Show some mercy, Christophe!

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8/12  There's No Time

9:15 p.m. There's no time to bicker about Elm Stakes, though. Sapporo Kinen is coming up next with an amazing gathering of top horses, such as Fierement, Wagnerian, Sungrazer and Crocosmia. Oops, Blast Onepiece, too.

I'm sure Fierement would be the most favored, but the odds are going to be split. It will also become an interesting race as a step for the fall G1 series.

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8/13  The "Concentrated Stage"

3:24 p.m. I've checked out the past results of Sapporo Kinen. Basically, it seems to be on the favored side unless the most favored has obvious damage from G1 races, like Logo Type or Toho Jackal. Harpstar was a 3-year-old and must have had some damage from her classic races, but the shortened distance was rather to her advantage and she was in the "concentrated stage" of a Deep Impact descendant, a time one should not go against. Additionally, her weight was 54kg. Fillies seem to have advantage, thanks to the weight.

This year, the most favored would probably be Fierement, a 4-year-old as well as a Deep Impact descendant who still seems to be in its "concentrated stage," so perhaps I shouldn't go against him. But the thing is, when does this "concentrated stage" end?

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8/14  How Dare You!

6:13 p.m. My upgraded version of Windows10 has been such a nuisance. It has not only been eating up the RAM memory more than it should, but also downloading and installing Windows Update on its own. No wonder my lap-top's response was delayed. How dare you, Windows10! Not without MY permission!

Am willing to go through a thorough search to make the burden of my poor little lap-top at least a little less. She's mounted with only 4GB of RAM memory, you know.

In the meantime, Gran Alegria has been announced to switch to short distance races entering Sprinters' Stakes as a step for Mile Championship, while the win odds are beginning to split for Sapporo Kinen. Go, split.

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8/15  What An Outstanding Performance

5:22 p.m. The last day of my O-bon recess. Horse race news reports that Blast Onepiece has performed well in training, leaving a 3-year-old 500 million class partner 1 length behind. Wow, what an outstanding performance against a lower-class horse!

Though I can't simply ignore this bastard because he's performed well in the past when shortening the distance. Besides, his new rider Kawada probably won't take the position in tha back like Ikezoe had, or it won't make sense to change the rider. Better keep a watch on him.

Taking in account the course of the typhoon, the track might become soft. Perhaps a horse like Crocosmia may be an interesting option in that case however, she might still have left-over damage from Victoria Mile.

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8/16  Not Without A Fight

1:49 p.m. Back to work, checking out the barrier draw for Sapporo Kinen.

Fierement drew post number 9, Wagnerian drew 12, and Blast Onepiece 1. If Lord Vent d'Or takes the lead and the lap slackens like 2017, Blast Onepiece would have the advantage of the barrier draw. Don't think Christophe would let him get away with it without a fight, though.

Just noticed that Lord Vent d'Or's rider was Yokoyama Jr., not his dad. The lap might not slacken, then.

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