Arima Kinen

Fierement To Defend His Title In Sunday’s Tenno Sho

This week’s big race in Japan will be the Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Spring) or Emperor’s Cup, as it is known in English. The race this coming Sunday will be run at Kyoto Racecourse, and will see some of the country’s more experienced horses take on the ultimate stamina test over the 3,200 meters on […]

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Japan’s Almond Eye Returns To Defend Her Title In Dubai Turf

The astounding talent of six-time Group 1 winner Almond Eye is on its way back to the UAE, as the 5-year-old mare looks to kick off her season with a defense of the Group 1 $6 million Dubai Turf at Meydan Racecourse on March 28. The Silk Racing Co.-owned daughter of Lord Kanaloa has pleased […]

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Cox Plate Winner Lys Gracieux Named Japan’s 2019 Horse Of The Year

On Jan. 7, Lys Gracieux was announced as a double winner for the JRA Awards for 2019. Lys Gracieux won both the Japan Racing Association’s Horse of the Year for 2019 and Best Older Filly or Mare award. In the voting for the Horse of the Year award, Lys Gracieux received 271 votes out of […]

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Cox Plate Winner Lys Gracieux Dominates Arima Kinen; Almond Eye Ninth

Second pick Lys Gracieux claimed this year’s Arima Kinen following the Takarazuka Kinen in spring to become the 14th horse and the first mare to dominate both Grand Prix races (10th horse to win both races in the same year). The Heart’s Cry mare, who registered her first G1 title in last year’s Queen Elizabeth […]

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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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