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1/01  Let's Look to the Future

4:51 p.m. Happy New Year everyone! It's a new year. I won't say forget about the last, it's been a tough one and we shouldn't forget what happened. But let's look to the future and have hope that this corona crisis would settle down with the warming of weather.

Have spent most of the first day of my new year tackling the drain pipe glued to my washing machine. It had a hole in it and needed to be replaced however, I couldn't do this easily as I'd thought because it was attached to the machine itself with an adhesive. Eventually, I gave up the replacement covering the hole with a new pipe and wrapping the edge with a vinyl tape. Tried filling the washing tank with water and it doesn't look like it's leaking, good.

As you might already know, Kyoto Kinpai this year will be held on Chukyo mile due to the now familiar Kyoto race course rennovation. I've also quick-checked the past 10 years of Nakayama Kinpai results to find out that 70% the most favored horse have been finishing within 3rd place.

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Caterpillar

1/02  Too Occupied, Again

10:41 p.m. I've been too occupied washing, fixing the layout of my new place, unpacking a couple of cardboard boxes and cooking meals for myself in between. It took some time for me to recall how to use the twin-tub washing machine. Can't be helped. I hadn't touched it for 18 years.

Haven't had time to research on Kinpai today. Hopefully, I'll have some time tomorrow. Hpefully, I'll have some time tomorrow. I need a big block of time to do a thorough research. It's the Kinpai. Shouldn't underestimate it, really.

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Caterpillar

1/03  Please Take Care

9:18 p.m. The Quadrans Muralis meteor shower is at peak tonight after 11:00 PM. Those living on the Pacific side will have a chance to catch them however, friends living on the Japan Sea side must be fighting the cold and snow. Please take care. Don't worry you'll have another chance next year as this meteor shower is an annual one.

Briefed through the entry forms of Kinpai. Hmmm... the level seems lower than usual. Must be careful not to overestimate the 4-year-olds. They are last year's 3-year-olds, the generation that has been proved to be very frail except for the triple crown winners.

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Caterpillar

1/04  Wider Scotch Tape

7:30 p.m. Sorry I haven't had the time to do my research for Kinpai, what with assembling my new kitchen cart, unpacking the newly bought rice cooker, and preparing supper. I'll upload my call for Kinpai by tomorrow noon, I promise.

One thing I learned from unpacking is I hate those tapes they use lately to seal the boxes. You know, the kind that looks like a wider scotch tape but much thinner yet tougher. This tape is such a nuissance as it tears apart in parts you least want it to, and doesn't come off easily like the craft tapes they used to use. Very frustrating and time-consuming.

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Caterpillar

1/05  Sorry, Sorry, Sorry

11:30 p.m. Sorry, sorry, sorry. I tried my best but have only finished up to Nakayama Kinpai. Will upload Kyoto Kinpai later.

Will key Hishi Iguaz, on a wheel of Territorial, Shonan Bardi, R Star, Vin Quet Domingo, and Win Exceed. Now, let me get back to calling Kyoto Kinpai, will you?

Thanks for waiting, hope I made it before you buy betting tickets. For Kyoto Kinpai, I'll key Peace One Paradis on a wheel of Lord My Way, Red Anemos, Shuri, and Satono Arthur. Happy Kinpai!

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1/06  State of Emergency

6:24 p.m. Feeling gloomy thanks not just to another state of emergency announcement that's being said to be out tomorrow, but mostly because of the media that sensationally repeats the number of PCR positives every day as the number of "infections", although 90% of them actually haven't developed COVID-19 symptoms. I'm getting sick of it being repeated like weather forecasts. And maybe a little because I lost Kinpai except for a place for Piece One Pradis.

Going on the Internet to cheer myself up have come across a research on where clusters were reported. The bar graph of Tokyo showed that 70 to 80% of them have been reported from offices and medical facilities, with the remaining 20 to 30% from shops and restaurants. While Mr. big shot claims that it's the restaurants causing this spreading, I doubt if the emergency statement and restrictions against restaurants have any effect. It seems to me that they just want to appeal the restrictions have proved to be effective. Look, the numbers went down considerably!

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1/07  Want My Life Back

6:49 p.m. State of emergency announcement has been made for Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, and Saitama. As I've mentioned, I doubt if it has much effect on lowering the numbers of the so-called "infections".

Meanwhile, Joe Biden has become the 46th president of the United States. The world is moving, moving along. I hope this corona crisis would also move on to a better stage. I just want my ordinary, peaceful life back, I miss it so much.

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Caterpillar

1/08  Shinzan Kinen Already

3:29 p.m. Unexpected family affair has popped up and I'm not sure whether I can call Shinzan Kinen this weekend. As a matter of fact, I've been surprised to see we were having Shinzan Kinen already as well as on Chukyo mile. Ah, yes.

Also, many of you might already know but Fierement hass been announced to retire. The horse seems to have developed an injury in his right foreleg tendon. I've picked up a piece of news before Arima Kinen that Fierement had a swelling in his foreleg which was one reason I didn't key him. Perhaps running Arima Kinen was not a good choice.

The surprising (well, not so surprising come to think of it) thing about Fierement is he's only run 11 races (winning 5 of them) when he's retiring at the age of 6. How many races do they think Stay Gold has run?

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Caterpillar

1/09  Been Apologizing

7:11 p.m. As mentioned earlier, I didn't have time nor enough capacity in my mental state to call Shinzan Kinen this year. I'm sorry. Feel like I've been apologizing every week for the past month or so.

A quick look at the racing form tells me that I shouldn't trust Kukuna, just because she's come in 2nd after Sodashi in Artemis Stakes. My faint memory is ringing an alert. Perhaps Bathrat Leon might perform well. The experience of racing in a G1 might do him good, but only if/when he doesn't have left-over damage with such short interval of 2 weeks.

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Caterpillar

1/10  Not a Bad Call

9:26 p.m. Bathrat Leon finished 3rd while Kukuna lost in 4th place. Well, that wasn't such a bad call. Though I doubt if I could have won a trio let alone a trifecta, as it was a young horses' race. You never know what's gonna happen especially, when the horses are still young and not yet used to running races.

Still, this could be a good sign. Japan is currently hit by a cold wave whilst living with corona virus. It might look like we're doomed to some of you but hang on just a little bit longer. The cold wave will pass in a few days and the temperature will rise although just a wee bit.

As for the corona virus, the spreading will subdue with the rising of temperature. According to our old event calendar, February 3rd is the beginning of spring. It will get warmer by March and things will become better. Also, Ushio Lighting will start selling Care222 uv disinfection lights by the end of January if all goes well. When these lamps are set in medical facilities, offices, restaurants and karaoke boxes, we will be able to rest in peace again.

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Caterpillar

1/11  One More Day

9:13 p.m. It's getting real cold and snowfall is expected from late tonight to tomorrow, even in Tokyo. Hang on everyone, for just one more day things will start to get better from then.

As they often say, when winter comes spring can't be far away. In the meantime, think I'll start my research for Nikkei Shinshun-hai. Have also lots of reviews to finish up which I've been neglecting since year-end. Have lots to do as always.

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Caterpillar

1/12  Whoa

4:16 p.m. I've been to take a glimpse of the entry form for Nikkei Shinshun-hai and whoa. Didn't expect so many horses entered, 22 horses at the moment. Wow, I thought I was looking at Kokura's racing form.

The past 10 years' results cannot be blindly trusted as the race is going to be held at Chukyo this year. However, Chukyo has been used to substitute Kyoto races for a while and its characteristics are giving me a couple of clues. That is far better than having no clues.

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1/13  Endlessly High Wall

2:45 p.m. Breaking news tells that jockey Kaito Otsuka who has been away from turf since his injury during a race on January 5th 2020, has sued his mentor, trainer Tetsuya Kimura for power harassment. Why now?

Lately being required to do multi-tasking which I'm terrible at resulting in the expected case of not being able to finish anything... So now I'm sitting at the computer to at least finish this one task in front of myself. One step at a time, take it easy, I tell myself though sometimes it seems to me like climbing up an endlessly high wall.

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Caterpillar

1/14  Why Such Delay?

4:46 p.m. The entry for Nikkei Shinshun-hai is supposed to be closed and announced this afternoon however, JRA hasn't uploaded it yet. Wonder why such delay do occur when their workload must be decreasing under the state of emergency period while JRA was one of the first to announce going back to no-spectators race. Will have to wait, humph.

On the other hand, a list of horses that are planning to enter AJCC next week has been out. Names of Aristoteles, Win Marilyn, Weltreisende, Satono Flag can be seen among older horses like Generale Uno, Stay Foolish, Jinambo, Mozu Bello or Last Draft. Not to mention the center of attraction would be Aristoteles, who put up a good fight against Contrail last year in Kikkasho.

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1/15  Oh My

6:01 p.m. Oh my. What I feared has happened. Announcement has been made that Saturnalia is retiring. The horse has recovered from its slight injury in the left hock however, back muscles are being lost from the long blank and the crew seem to have decided it was better to retire as it would be difficult to perform its best on turf.

The current 4-year-olds (last year's 3-year-olds) may be fragile yes, but the 5-year-olds are mostly spoiled. Satsuki-sho winner Saturnalia will be gone, D'erby winner Roger Barrows is long gone, and Kikka-sho winner World Premier can't win a race after Kikka-sho. Velox running Nikkei Shinshun-hai this weekend is also from the same generation and he hasn't won a race since Wakaba Stakes, a step race for Satsuki-sho.

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Caterpillar