Japanese Invader a Major Threat in 2019 Pegasus World Cup Turf

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL.–The new $7 million GI Pegasus World Cup Turf S. has attracted a diverse international array of runners and Japanese invader Aerolithe (Jpn) (Kurofune) may be one of the most intriguing of the group as a relatively unknown commodity on these shores.

A three-time group stakes winner in Japan, including the 2017 G1 NHK Mile, the 5-year-old mare has never raced outside her native land. Aerolithe’s journey took a total of 21 hours and 25 minutes, traveling from Tokyo to South Korea to Anchorage to Miami.
When asked how the mare handled the long ship and her new surroundings at Gulfstream, Kate Hunter, Pegasus World Cup field representative and translator for the Japan Racing Association, said. “Absolutely fabulous! She has never traveled this far. She has never traveled internationally, so we weren’t sure how she was going to handle it, but she was a natural.”
Owner Sunday Racing Co. and trainer Takanori Kikuzawa had originally intended to run Aerolithe in the GI Breeders’ Cup Mile Nov. 3, but travel issues derailed those plans.

“The connections had been targeting the Breeder’s Cup Mile and once [The Stronach Group] announced the fact they were going to have this [Pegasus Turf race], they were actually thinking about racing her in both,” Hunter said. “Then airplane trouble happened and they weren’t able to get her to the Breeders’ Cup, but they kept this in mind. We were able to get the airplane sorted this time.”
In her previous races in Japan, Aerolithe has run both clockwise and counter-clockwise, but her team feels counter-clockwise is her preferred direction, making her well-suited for American racing.

Japan’s $22.5 Billion Passion for Horse Racing

CNN International Japan’s $22.5 billion passion for horse racing.  This year has been the first time that the Japanese have been able to wager on foreign races, and they’ve certainly leaped at the opportunity.  In fact,  on the Arc they wagered more than the people of France!

CNN International: “This is one reason why horse racing is so popular here … The Japanese are very much enjoying placing their money on foreign races.” The profit created by betting is reinvested into racing prize funds by the Japan Racing Association (JRA), meaning … and more »  READ THE FULL ARTICLE BELOW:

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Public in Japan Against Mindless Games of Chance

Slot MachinesJapan’s ruling bloc steamrolls controversial casino bill through upper house amid growing social concerns

Ditch attempts by opposition parties. The ruling coalition shut down by majority the attempts by the opposition camp, including the main opposition Democratic Party, Japanese Communist Party, Liberal Party and Social Democratic Party, to stall the bill, agreeing to submit a no-confidence motion against Abe’s cabinet in the lower house earlier in the day. Were the… [Read more…]

Great Horse Racing Videos – Fastest Race Horse in the World?

Is this the fastest finish every witnessed in a Thoroughbred horse race?  Unfortunately, we have no data on this race that tells us the actual track or time, etc.   However, visually this finish is simply unbelievable.  Zenyatta had nothing on this runner!

Check it out and comment below what you think of this horse racing finish.  Let us know who you think was the best closer of all time.