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81st runnning of the Japanese Derby

 ←世は戦国也…第81回ダービー開幕で候 →第81回日本ダービー 雑感


ペリーが開国を要求!どうする?
Perry demands Japan to open the country! Do you wish to keep Sakoku?


下の選択肢をクリックしてね。
Click on choices below.

そのまま流れで開国する (Open the country)


鎖国する (enforce Sakoku)


無視する (ignore him)





   The year 1853 was the great turning point for Japan.
It is the year Matthew Perry, a commodore of the U.S navy, made his first arrival to Japan with kurofune,
literally means black ship. It is said that the power of kurofune has terrified the bakufu,
the largest power in Japan at that time, and has led to removal of sakoku policy, policy restricting foreign relations.
Now it is the year of 2014 and more than 160 years have passed since the first arrival of kurofune.
The threat of Perry with kurofune has been a distant memory for people in Japan… until now.

   In 2014 May 29th, Perry once again made striking return to Japan with his Kurofune
this time from the world of 2-dimensions. JRA (horse racing association of Japan) has collaborated with
TECMO KOEI (a video game company in Japan) and launched a game “Derby Musou” as a promotion for
81st running of the Japanese Derby. “Derby Musou” is a game, which players control historical shoguns,
or his majesties, riding horses having the name of existing Japanese-trained horse to defeat rival shoguns
in each stories. There are total of 9 stories for players to choose and play.
Among 9 stories, 5 stories are hidden and cannot be selected until players meet certain requirements.
Story of Matthew Perry and Kurofune is one of the 5 hidden stories, and it gets unlocked when players watch
a video in “Derby Makimono (scroll)”. In “Derby MusouPerry is a character riding Kurofune, a name of
existing Japanese-trained horse bred in U.S, and fighting against shoguns for removal of sakoku policy.
Throughout the game, Perry keeps on pleading Japan to remove sakoku policy and
suggests shoguns to learn English.
   Moved by Perry’s effort to lift sakoku policy in Japan, this blog decides to describe and provide
information on runners attracting public attention in 81st running of Japanese Derby using English.
Although English of this blog is poor, English explanation of this race would be a help to increase
world-wide recognition of Japanese-trained horses and graded stakes races of Japan .

   This year there are 17 runners in the field of Japanese Derby.
At first, there used to be 18 runners in the field, but Win Full Bloom,
3rd place finisher in Satukisho (Japanese 2000 Guineas, a first leg of triple crown),
was scratched out from the race. With pace setting Win Full Bloom out of the race,
it is expected that pace will develop slow in the early going. Thus, among 17 runners in the field,
likely favorite Isla Bonita (winner of Japanese 2000 guineas) is gathering public attention.
Isla Bonita is well known for his flexible body and long strides, but he also has a good agility suitable for
race run with slow fractions. However, although expectation for double crown is growing,
Isla Bonita has one concern to overcome: a distance. Fuji Kiseki, a sire of Isla Bonita, is well known for
offspring best suited for middle distance. It is rare for offspring of Fuji Kiseki to perform well in
mile and half race. However, there are exceptions like Sun Classique who won Dubai Sheema Classic in 2008.
   To the World is a sure runner in the field.
The runner up of Satukisho is never unplaced in last six starts.
He constantly performs well and it is hard to imagine him disappointing backers in the Derby.
He is currently backed up strongly as the second choice on the field after Isla Bonita.
   Expectation towards One and Only, 4th place finisher in Satukisho, is increasing after
officials announced Japan’s Crown Prince plans to visit Tokyo race track on Derby day.
One and Only, born in Feb. 23rd, has similar birthday as his owner, rider and the Crown Prince.
Hence, public, interpreting this coincidence as a sign of good luck, is backing up One and Only.
He even became a favorite 2 days prior the Japanese Derby day. Now he is currently backed up as
a third choice on the field after To the World. Offspring of his sire Hearts Cry is performing well in
mile and half of Tokyo race track and he sure is a horse to watch for.
   If birthday of the Crown Prince can bring a good fortune to a horse, then one cannot miss
Shonan Lagoon, a winner of Aobasho (trial race of Japanese Derby). Unlike One and Only, Shonan Lagoon
does not have similar birthday as his owner and rider. However, he is also a horse born in Feb. 23rd.
He is currently 9th choice on the field and is not strongly backed up by public, but he may have
a good shot on this race.
   Red Reveur is the brave and the only filly in the Japanese Derby field. The runner up of 2014
Okasho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) was the horse thought to be the only rival capable of defeating
Harp Star in the Japanese Oaks. However, despite of public’s anticipation, her team decided to
kick into the Japanese Derby field with her new rider Yuichi Fukunaga.
After Harp Star’s surprising defeat in the Japanese Oaks, it became doubtful whether Red Reveur is
capable of defeating males. In addition to growing doubt, Japanese Derby is well known as the race of
strong relationship. In most cases, horses ridden by the rider whom never experienced riding that
horse in the race prior to the Derby do not perform well. Despite of this concern, Red Reveur is
backed up as the 4th choice on the field.
   Tosen Stardom, in spite of shocking defeat in Satukisho, is still strongly backed up as
5th choice on the field. This offspring of Deep Impact is considered as one of the top contenders in
classic divisions. Tosen Stardom remains undefeated for first 3 starts, and defeated Band Wagon,
a strong contender in classic division out of racing due to bone fracture. However, Tosen Stardom was
never a factor in Satukisho, finishing 11th out of 18 horses. Yutaka Take, his regular rider,
is making comment that the horse has a good chance of winning the Derby because Tosen Stardom is
better suited for the Japanese Derby, and this time is well prepared for the race. On the other hand,
several handicappers in Japan states Tosen Stardom is still on the stage of development and
is yet to meet the standard of winning the Japanese Derby. It is not sure whether Yutaka Take or
handicappers is right until the race result comes up, but it could be sure that he’s a talented horse.

The 81st running of the Japanse Derby will be run on 3:40P.M in Japanese time.
For more information on the race visit (http://japanracing.jp/en/index.html)



○おまけ
ダービー無双がフランスに紹介されたみたいです。
Seems like "Derby Musou" is introduced to France.
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