2023 Takarazuka Kinen Odds, Field & Predictions

Can the Japanese superstar Equinox win his fourth Grade 1 in succession and take his career earnings to more than $9 million? Here the 2023 Takarazuka Kinen Betting Preview.

Breeders Cup Odds

Takarazuka Kinen

Grade 1 – Purse $2,958,000 – 2200 meters (1 mile 3 furlongs) – Turf – 3-Year-Olds and Up

We have to start with Equinox who marked himself as one of if not the best racehorses in the world by demolishing the field in the Grade 1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in March. That followed from another Grade 1 on home soil when he took out the Arima Kinen back in December 2022.

Both of those wins were very easy victories and the only downside is the layoff since Dubai.

Danon The Kid was second in the Grade 1 Mile Championship here at Hanshin last year and was also second when tackling top-class foes in the Hong Kong Cup. His form this year is solid rather than spectacular and he’ll need to take a step forward to trouble the chalk.

One of the most consistent horses in training in Japan is the six-year-old Deep Bond. He must be a joy to own, and his record in the big Japanese races is incredibly consistent. He was fourth in this race last year, has finished second in the last three runnings of the Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Spring), and has won the Grade 2 Hanshin Daishoten in 2021 and 2022. He is sure to run another solid race.

The younger horses should prove strongest here and both Pradaria and Justin Palace have strong form.

Pradaria has shown solid form without winning against Grade 2 foes but he is still unexposed and could go well at big odds on the boards.

Justin Palace could be the one to be on the speed and he has already beaten a number of these rivals, including defeating Deep Bond in the Tenno Sho at Kyoto racecourse in April. He has improved as a four-year-old and is going for his third straight-graded success on the trot.

Only one three-year-old will line up here, and that is Dura Erede. His last start was in the Japanese Derby but his race was over as the gates opened. He stumbled badly and unshipped the jockey. Before that, he had won the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes and finished second behind Derma Sotogake in the UAE Derby at Meydan.

With just six completed starts under his belt, he is the one still open to the most improvement and gets a nice 11lb weight allowance from the older horses.

Takarazuka Kinen Odds & Betting Pick

HorseJockeyHorse Racing Odds by Jazzsports
Danon the KidY.Kitamura+2310
Through Seven SeasK.Ikezoe+3110
Vela AzulK.Matsuyama+2650
Justin PalaceK.Sameshima+2310
Deep BondR.Wada+3750
Ask Victor MoreT.Yokoyama+9520
Dura EredeH.Miyuki+4710

The older horses have a tough assignment here and Justin Palace looks like one that is sure to be on or near the speed, and he may well attempt to go gate to wire and looks a good wager to hit the board.

Without a doubt, the best horse in the field is EQUINOX and he gets a confident vote to win his fourth Grade 1 in succession and prove himself as the best racehorse in the world.

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