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Japan’s Victoria Mile Named Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race

Breeders’ Cup Ltd., in conjunction with the Japan Racing Association, today announced that the US$2.1 million Victoria Mile, a Group 1 race for fillies and mares, 4-years-old and up, to be held May 17 at Tokyo Race Course, will be a new race in the 2020 international Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series. The Breeders’ Cup Challenge […]

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Deep Impact Colt Contrail Lives Up To Top Billing In Satsuki Sho

Expectations were high for Contrail, Japan’s champion 2-year-old male of 2019, when he made his 3-year-old debut on Sunday in the Grade 1 Satsuki Sho at Nakayama Race Course near Tokyo.  The Satsuki Sho is considered the Japanese equivalent of England’s Two Thousand Guineas as the first race in the Triple Crown. The Deep Impact […]

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Daring Tact Kicks Off Japanese Classic Season With Oka Sho Victory

While the start of the 2020 classics seasons in European and North American Thoroughbred racing countries have been postponed because of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Japan Racing Association ran its first classic, the Oka Sho for 3-year-old fillies, as scheduled on Sunday from an empty Hanshin racecourse near the country’s third-largest city, Osaka. […]

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JRA To Ban Spectators Due To Coronavirus Concerns; South Korea Cancels Race Meets Through March 8

The following press release was distributed by the Japan Racing Association on Thursday:  In measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Japan Racing Association has announced that the public will NOT be permitted to enter JRA racecourses from Saturday, Feb. 29 until further notice. JRA races will be held without any spectators. In […]

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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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Japan’s Third Retired Racehorse Clinic Resounding Success

Boyd Martin, a Olympic competitor for the United States in the eventing discipline, returned to Japan last week to help with the Retired Racehorse Clinic. Eventing Nation reports the clinic offers participants the opportunity to lesson with world-class horseback riders who ride and train off-track Thoroughbreds. Hosted by the National Riding Club Association of Japan […]

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Manes of Two Japanese Racehorses Chopped Off, No Suspects In Vandalism Case

Retired Japanese racehorses Taiki Shuttle, a Hall of Famer in Japan, and Rose Kingdom had their manes unceremoniously cut off on Sept. 15. Police were called to investigate the case at Kimura Farm in Hidaka, Hokkaido after being alerted to the horses’ unusual appearance by their caretaker. A sharp tool was used to remove the […]

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Yuga Kawada Crowned World All Star Jockeys Series Champion In Japan

Yuga Kawada captured his first and much awaited World All Star Jockeys Series champion title this year with a total of 70 points earned at Sapporo Racecourse in Japan. In his fourth challenge for the title, he bettered his personal best of an overall seventh marked in 2011. Kawada was placed fourth at the end […]

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Test Event To Provide Guidelines For Olympic Equine Athletes

The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo pose a unique challenge to equestrian sport: the climate. Notoriously hot and humid, the welfare of the competing equine athletes is of great concern to the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI), the governing body of international horse sport. To help anticipate potential issues and to ensure the safety of the horses […]

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