03/21/2013 3:27PM

Japan: Lord Kanaloa goes for fourth straight win


Lord Kanaloa, who won Grade 1 and Group 1 races for sprinters in Japan and Hong Kong last fall, can win his fourth consecutive race in Sunday’s Group 1 TakamatsunomiyaKinen at Chukyo Racecourse in Japan.

Trained by Takayuki Yasuda for Lord Horse Club, Lord Kanaloa, 5, won the Grade 1 Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama Racecourse last September and the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin in December. Both races were run over about six furlongs, the same distance as the $2,195,000 TakamatsunomiyaKinen.

Lord Kanaloa won his 2013 debut in the Grade 3 Hankyu Hai over about seven furlongs at Hanshin Racecourse on Feb. 24. Yasunari Iwata had the mount in the Hankyu Hai and is booked to ride on Sunday.

A field of 17 is expected for the TakamatsunomiyaKinen. Other prominent runners are Majin Prosper, second in the Hankyu Hai; Dream Valentino, who won the Grade 3 Silk Road Stakes at Kyoto on Jan. 27; and Sakura Gospel, who has won his last three starts including the Grade 3 Ocean Stakes at Nakayama Racecourse on March 2.

Doncaster may get snow

The $151,000 Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster Racecourse in England on Saturday is the first major turf race of the 2013 flat season, but a forecast of snow is threatening the program.

The course was soft as of Thursday. The 22-horse field in the one-mile race is led by Lahaag, a 4-year-old gelding trained by John Gosden who won 2 of 4 starts in 2012.