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12/01  Big Difference

11:23 p.m. I should have bought trifectas.

I was going to yes, but I'd chickened out and have bought trios instead. I just couldn't be sure about the pace. If Inti takes the lead, then the pace would be average because Yutaka would try to make Inti win. But if there were other horse(s) interfering with Inti as in Miyako Stakes, then the pace would tighten and it would be a whole different story. Chrysoberyl needed an average lap in order to perform well, and he got what he wanted, thus he won.

Considering the odds, I should have bought trifectas. There's a big difference between 1,900 yen and 8,980 yen.

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Caterpillar

12/02  He's A Genius

1:52 p.m. As I look at the results of yesterday's Champions' Cup, Ijust can't help but sigh with admiration at Yutaka's skills.

The lap time for the 1800 meter race was 12.8-11.3-12.5-12.1-12.1-12.0-12.0-11.6-12.1, with the first 3 furlongs 36.6, 5 furlongs 60.8, and the last 3 furlongs 35.7. I'd say it was a medium slow pace. But if you take the lap time of the first 4 furlongs and compare with that of the last 4 furlongs from the back, 12.8 and 12.1, 11.3 and 11.6, 12.5 and 12.0, 12.1 and 12.0, you can see that there's only 0.7 second gap at most. That means Yutaka led Inti to run at 12.05 seconds per furlong averagely, which was the fastest the horse could go in order to save enough stamina to give a boost at the last stretch. Also by taking the lead, Yutaka controlled the race to stay at that pace.

It's a beautiful job well done and the reason why you shouldn't go against Yutaka Take if you're buying betting tickets. He's a genius.

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Caterpillar

12/03  Fillies

6:22 p.m. I've taken a peek at the entry list of Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, though I have no idea what these fillies might be like.

Currently, this Ria Amelia seems to be very much favored but I can't be sure if I could trust her or not as the horse has only raced twice in her life. The clock of her previous race Artemis Stakes doesn't seem outstanding compared to Cravache d'Or's Saudi Arabia Racing Cup. I haven't been interested in any Amelias so far, besides Amelia Sachs that appears in Jeffery Deaver novels. Will have to see both races, I guess.

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Caterpillar

12/04  The 2006 Rennovation

3:43 p.m. Since the rennovation in 2006, Hanshin mile has turned into a course for Deep Impact descendants. The sharp curves that were Hanshin track's features have been loosened as well as widened so that the course does not put a break to the horses catching up speed toward the last home stretch. Deep Impact descendants perform well in a situation when they can gain speed without hitting the breaks.

Well, roughly about half of the horses entered in Hanshin Juvenile Fillies have Deep Impact in their sire line...

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Caterpillar

12/05  May Be Too Far Out

3:00 p.m. This weekend's attraction is not only Hanshin JF. There are four G1 races held on the same day in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Cup(2000m), Hong Kong Mile(1600m), Hong Kong Sprint(1200m) and Hong Kong Vase(2400m).

Almond Eye has unfortunaely scratched off from Hong Kong Cup, but my Win Bright is on the entry list seeking for his second G1 win in Hong Kong. Four Japanese G1 winners are entered in Hong Kong Mile, Indy Champ, Norm Core, Admire Mars and Persian Knight. Danon Smash is entered in Hong Kong Sprint while Dierdre, Lucky Lilac and Glory Vase are entered in Hong Kong Vase.

There's more. Capella Stakes will be run on Nakayama dirt 1200m, with two runner-ups from JBC Kopano Kicking and Gold Queen. Also, it's the deadline for Arima Kinen's additional entry when Almond Eye's crew are supposed to make up their mind on whether or not to enter the horse.

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Caterpillar

12/06  Weekend's Attraction

1:44 p.m. The barrier draw for Hanshin Juvenile Fillies has been announced.

Post NumberHorse Name
1Yamakatsu Mermaid
2Kawakita Ajin
3Woman's Heart
4Resistencia
5Buon Voyage
6Christie
7Lotas Land
8Autumn Red
9Maltese Diosa
10Cravache d'Or
11Luce della Vita
12Himesama
13J'Ai la Peche
14Sweet Melina
15Ria Amelia
16Elana Avanti

Womans's Heart drew a good post considering her sire line. Cravache d'Or, too. Ria Amelia may be too far out. She'll have to bear with the loss of swinging on the outside unless the pace gets tough. In that case, she could just stay put while the front runners race along.

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Caterpillar