japanese horse racing

View From The Eighth Pole: Japan Racing And Breeding A Global Force For Years To Come

A recent visit to Tokyo marked the 25th anniversary of my first Japan Cup experience in 1993, when Japanese-bred Legacy World claimed the top prize by defeating Kotashaan, a five-time Grade 1 winner in the U.S. who would be voted that year’s North American Horse of the Year. Legacy World became only the fourth Japanese-trained horse […]

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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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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Following Her Dream And Silver Charm

Many people can pinpoint a single event, person or experience that changed their life forever. For Kate Hunter, a horse named Silver Charm changed the trajectory of her life and took her on a journey around the world to follow her dream. Growing up in Nashville, Tenn., Kate had always loved animals. Along with the rest of […]

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Japanese Sensation Gentildonna Musters Poor Showing in Dubai Prep

The only two-time Japan Cup winner in history, Gentildonna had an eventful trip in Japan’s Grade 2Kyoto Kinen, finishing sixth in what was expected to be a prep race for the Dubai Sheema Classic next month. The Racing Post reports that her jockey, Yuichi Fukanaga, said the 5-year-old mare dove under the starting barrier as […]

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Sparkman: U.S. No Longer Produces World’s Best Racehorses

From 1923 to 1990, the U.S. was the paramount player on horseracing’s world stage, commanding the top of the world’s leading money earner rankings. By the 1990s, the decades-long domination of American racehorses had was faltering. As John Sparkman writes for the Daily Racing Form, two world records for earnings by a Thoroughbred fell to Japanese […]

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Japanese Racing Association Unveils Promotional Anime Game

The Japanese Racing Association (JRA) unveiled a new promotional interactive horseracing game on Sunday based on a popular Japanese anime, Attack on Titan. The newly-launched website for “Attack on Japan Cup” features characters from the popular series. During a race, players will be able to improve their rider’s position by completing rhythm games. The rider’s […]

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Rider Yutaka Take Takes Home Record Fifth Japanese Derby

Kizuna claimed his first Grade 1 victory when he won the 80th running of the Japanese Derby on Sunday, but the race was even more notable for his jockey. Rider Yutaka Take was aboard the 19-10 favorite for a record fifth win in the 1 ½-mile turf contest. Take was also in the saddle for […]

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Japan: Prominent Sire Brian’s Time Dies

Brian’s Time, winner of the 1988 G1 Florida Derby and a prominent sire in Japan, was euthanized April 4 after fracturing his leg in a paddock accident, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. He was 28. The son of Roberto had stood in Japan since 1990, after he retired from racing. Brian’s […]

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WinStar: Summer Bird headed for stud duty in Japan

Summer Bird, three-time Grade 1 winner and Champion 3-year-old, has been purchased by the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association (JBBA) and will take up stud duty in Japan. “While we think Summer Bird has a tremendous chance to be a successful stallion, we were approached by Japanese interests with a strong opportunity that the share holders […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Naohiro Goda on Japanese Buyers

Naohiro Goda operates Regent Co. Ltd, a racing data and information company in Japan. He is well-known throughout the world for his knowledge of international racing and breeding and is a popular television racing commentator and writer in Japan. He acts as a liaison for numerous auction companies in the United States and abroad, promoting […]

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