Arima Kinen

Sophomore Blast Onepiece Surprises Elder Rivals In Japan’s ‘All-Star’ Arima Kinen

Blast Onepiece, the only 3-year-old in the field, beat his senior rivals in Sunday’s Arima Kinen to claim his first G1 title before a cheering crowd of over 100,000 fans at Nakayama Racecourse. Those fans wagered over $393 million on just the Arima Kinen race. Established in 1956 under the name “Nakayama Grand Prix,” the race […]

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Fans’ Choice Arima Kinen Led By Cheval Grand, Satono Diamond, Rey De Oro

This Sunday, Dec. 23, showcases Japan’s last Grade 1 of the year for older horses – the Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) — and it’s a doozy, with the country’s top three money earners in the lineup – Cheval Grand, Satono Diamond, and Rey de Oro (who was also the fans’ top pick). This year, […]

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Third Time’s The Charm: Kitasan Black Earns Swan Song Victory In Arima Kinen

Race favorite Kitasan Black turned the tables this time in his third Arima Kinen challenge after finishing third and second in his last two. Coming off a third-place finish in the Japan Cup, the son of Black Tide capped off his stellar career with his seventh G1 title, tying the record of most JRA-G1 wins […]

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Fan-Favorite Field Of 16 Will Line Up On Christmas Eve In Japan’s Arima Kinen

Nakayama Racecourse east of Tokyo hosts the year’s grand finale this Sunday on Christmas Eve. No longer the last day of racing, the day of the Grade 1 Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) is still the yearend’s biggest event, with much of its field chosen by fan ballot and a first-place prize that matches the […]

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Satono Diamond Edges Kitasan Black in Japan’s Arima Kinen

Satono Diamond, race favorite and the only 3-year-old of the all-star field, captured Sunday’s Arima Kinen before a crowd of 98,626 at Nakayama racecourse in Japan, marking his second consecutive Grade 1 victory following his Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) triumph in October. The Deep Impact colt is the first 3-year-old since Gold Ship in […]

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Japanese ‘Dream Race’ Features Fan-Chosen Horses In Dec. 25 Arima Kinen

The countdown has begun, to not only the New Year, but also to one of the biggest days in the Japanese horseracing calendar: the 61st Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) will be staged on Sunday, Dec. 25 at Nakayama Racecourse in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo. Each year, a fan vote decides which horses will enter […]

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Japanese ‘All-Star’ Race Won By Gold Actor

The Arima Kinen was designed to be a season-end Grand Prix, in which the runners were selected by fan poll—an “All-Star” event in Japanese Racing. Fans could cast their votes by ballots available at JRA racecourses and off-track betting sites, by mail or by online to select the ten most popular runners. The 2015 edition […]

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Gentildonna Wins Arima Kinen in Career Finale

Japanese champion Gentildonna made the final race of her career a winning one with a bold score in the G1 Arima Kinen Sunday at Nakayama Racecourse. The 5-year-old mare tracked a pace set by Verxina and ranged up on the far turn, battling Japan Cup winner Epiphaneia through the stretch and eventually pulling away to […]

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Japan: Orfevre Caps Outstanding Career With Arima Kinen Victory

Overwhelming race favorite Orfevre offered his “last hurrah”, dominating the biggest event of the year and his second Arima Kinen title following his 2011 triumph, and marked his sixth G1 career win emphatically by eight lengths, which is the second longest margin in Arima Kinen history next to Symboli Kris S (USA, by Kris S.)’s nine-length […]

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Japanese Triple Crown hero takes Arima Kinen

The Japanese racing season came to an exciting conclusion on Sunday afternoon at Nakayama race course in Tokyo with the stretch-running victory by Triple Crown winner Orfevre in the traditional year-end Arima Kinen, a race for which Japanese fans choose the invitation list by popular vote. Orfevre came roaring from far back in this year’s […]

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