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Going to Dubai?
Testa Matta(USA), ridden by Yasunari Iwata, gained a splendid victory this afternoon at Tokyo Racecourse. The 24.3 outsider won by 2 lengths from Silk Fortune, who deprived Wonder Acute of second place by a 3/4-length. Read More
As of Saturday, Transcend has been installed as the early favorite for the 2012 February Stakes at odds of 1.6. Wonder Acute was the 6.6 second favorite followed by Espoir City 7.9. Read More
A total of 16 horses line up in the dirt grade one February Stakes. Transcend, who finished never worse than second in the last 9 starts, runs here as a warm-up race before returning to the Dubai World Cup.Read More
A total of 22 horses remain in the final nomination stage of the 2012 February Stakes held on February 19.The nomination includes Espoir City and Transcend. The Feburay Stakes, a first JRA grade one race of the season, runs at Tokyo Racecourse over 1,600 meters on dirt.Read More
Transcend gained a back-to-back victory in the Japan Cup Dirt when he won the grade one 1,800-meter in 1 minute 50.60 seconds on fast Hanshin track. A 2-length behind he winner, Wonder Acute finished second with Espoir City finishing another nose back in third.Read More
Smart Falcon proved his dominance in the local dirt circuit by destroying his rivals in the 34th Teio Sho (Jpn1, 2000m) at Ohi Racecourse in Tokyo. He went wire to wire, finishing 9 lengths in front of past dirt champion Espoir City, and completing the race in a record 2:00.4. Read More
Blame ended Zenyatta's 19-race win streak with a thrilling head victory in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic. Read More
With only two workouts by Breeders' Cup World Championship entrants, the scene on the backside of Churchill Downs the morning of Nov. 3 was all about Zenyatta.There was a huge throng outside Barn 41 as the 6-year-old mare was being prepared to go to the track shortly after the morning track maintena...Read More
Espoir City, Japan’s hope for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) to be run at Churchill Downs Nov. 6, drilled six furlongs over the Louisville track to lead a host of workouts on the morning of Oct. 23 from hopefuls for the two-day racing festival. This was the first of two planned works b...Read More
  • medlocke · Espoir City is a very talented colt to say the least. He lends a very good international flavor to this year's Breeders Cup Classic. 6 wins and 2 place efforts in 9 lifetime starts. 4 of his 6 win's are G1 victories. He likes to do his running on the front end, and his plenty of front running speed. I would expect to see Espoir City somewhere very near the front of the race along with Haynesfield and Quality Road. If there's a knock on this colt that could be called into question, it would be his stamina? How well, if at all, will Espoir City handle 10 furlongs? Of his 9 races on conventional dirt in Japan, Espoir City has raced 6 times at a mile, and 3 times at 9 furlongs. He's yet to ever attempt 1-1/4 in his career. The talent is certainly there for all to see with this colt. But the Breeders Cup Classic field, IMO, will be a very difficult first time testing ground to try and answer the 10 furlong question with? TJMO. · 1276 days ago ·
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  • curlin · Honestly, compared to american or european racing how tough is japanese racing? I mean, are the quality of horses on par with what we have here. I doubt it personally. · 1272 days ago ·
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The Breeders' Cup has announced that a record 184 horses were pre-entered Monday in the 14 races that make up the 2010 championships that will be run Nov. 5-6 at Churchill Downs. The entire lineups of pre-entries and races will be released Wednesday. Among the pre-entered horses is Workforce, whose ...Read More
Japan-based star ESPOIR CITY (Jpn) (Gold Allure) arrived at Churchill Downs early Tuesday morning for a run in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), settling in his stall in the quarantine barn at 4:30 a.m. (EDT). "It was his first time to travel out of Japan and he handled it well," trainer Ak...Read More
Now that the preps for the Nov. 5 and 6 Breeders’ Cup have been completed, it is time to go over all the races and see who will be and might be showing up. A number of trainers and owners are uncertain in which races their horses will be participating, so expect to see several prominent hopefuls pre...Read More
There has been little Japanese participation in the Breeders' Cup over the years, just three starters in all, the last being Personal Rush, who finished sixth of 13 as a 25-1 shot in the Breeders' Cup Classic won by Ghostzapper in 2004 at Lone Star Park. But Japan will be well represented this year ...Read More
Move over Zenyatta, Blame, Quality Road, and Lookin At Lucky. You may have company in the form of a Japanese invader. Espoir City, a speedy 5-year-old horse by Japanese stallion Gold Allure, who was a son of Sunday Silence, is being pointed to the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) on Nov. 6 at Churchill...Read More
Most American racing fan's don't even know of this horse. Unless it's a die hard fan that keeps up with racing world wide, as I myself do. Espoir City is a phenomenal colt. Eat's up conventional dirt surfaces. 8-6-1-0 lifetime. With his six win's having come in a row. Also, five of those six win's being G1 win's. He also has a G3 win as well. His only out of money finish was the 2009 G1 February Stakes. Where Espoir City finished 4th. But has since come back to destroy the field, and win the 2010 running of the February Stakes. He's also the winner of the 2009 Japan Cup (Dirt). This colt has real front end speed, and stamina to match. He's pretty much ran away with every race on dirt I've seen the replays of. One of the horses he trounced in the 09' Japan Cup (Dirt) was America's Tizway. This colt is a real talent. And if he does indeed come to America for the Breeders Cup Classic? He could change the whole dimensions of the race. He'll certainly guarantee a strong pace. Which would be very beneficial to Zenyatta's late closing efforts. Provided Mike Smith doesn't wait too late to try and run Espoir City down. But I really believe he'll be a difficult beat for dirt horses like Blame, Quality Road, and Lookin At Lucky. JMO.
Espoir City, front-running winner of the 2009 Japan Cup Dirt and this year’s February Stakes, is being pointed for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, sources in Japan told the Paulick Report. The Japanese champion dirt horse, a 5-year-old by the Sunday Silence stallion Gold Allure out of Eminent City, ...Read More
Espoir City outran his 14 rivals in the February Stakes at Tokyo on Sunday afternoon to extend his winning streak at g1 event up to four. The 5-year-old chestnut horse has now won nine of his 11 dirt races (10 wins in 18 career starts). His career earnings brought up to 487+ million jp yen.Read More
OSAKA, Japan—Espoir City made it look easy in Sunday’s $2.9-million Japan Cup Dirt at Hanshin race course, wresting the lead after a quarter from the lone American-based runner, Tizway, then coasting to a 3 1/2-length victory under jockey Tetsuzo Sato. The win was the fourth in a row ...Read More
Trainer Jim Bond had only arrived a little more than 12 hours earlier when he faced the Japanese press for the first time on Thursday morning at Hanshin race course near Osaka to talk about Tizway, the 4-year-old son of Tiznow he’ll be saddling for William Clifton ...Read More

Espoir City - Race Results & Past Performances

Date(Descending)
Horse
Fin
Tr
#
Dist.
Sf.
Race
$
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2nd
3rd
Time
View DetailsView Video12/01/13Espoir City7thHan111 1/8 mDJapan Cup Dirt-G1 3+ MBelshazzarWonder AcuteHokko Tarumae1:50.40
View DetailsView Video02/17/13Espoir City2ndTok111 mileDFebruary Stakes-G1 4+ MGrape BrandyEspoir CityWonder Acute1:35.10
View DetailsView Video12/02/12Espoir City10thHan111 1/8 mDJapan Cup Dirt-G1 3+ MNihonpiro OursWonder AcuteHokko Tarumae1:48.80
View DetailsView Video02/19/12Espoir City5thTok111 mileDFebruary Stakes-G1 4+ MTesta MattaSilk FortuneWonder Acute1:35.40
View Details01/22/12Espoir City2ndKyo111 1/8 mDHeian Stakes-G3 4+ MHiraboku KingEspoir CitySilk Schneider 1:48.10
View DetailsView Video12/04/11Espoir City3rdHan111 1/8 mDJapan Cup Dirt-G1 3+ MTranscendWonder AcuteEspoir City1:50.60
View DetailsView Video11/06/10Espoir City10thCD111 1/4 mDBreeders' Cup Classic-G1 3+ MBlameZenyattaFly Down2:02.28
View Details02/21/10Espoir City1stTok111 mileDFebruary Stakes-G1 4+ MEspoir CityTesta MattaSuccess Brocken1:34.90
View Details02/22/09Espoir City4thTok81 mileDFebruary Stakes-G1 4+ MSuccess BrockenCasino DriveKane Hekili1:34.60