Arima Kinen

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Arima Kinen
Nakayama Grand Prix
有馬記念
中山グランプリ
Grade I race
Location Nakayama Racecourse
Inaugurated 1956
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat race
Website japanracing.jp
Race information
Distance 2,500 metres (1m 4 12f)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 55 kg (3yo); 57 kg (4yo+)
Allowances
2 kg for fillies and mares
2 kg for S. Hemisphere 3yos
Purse ¥379,400,000 (2010)

The Arima Kinen (有馬記念) is a Grade I flat horse race in Japan open to Thoroughbreds which are three-years-old or above. It is run over a distance of 2,500 metres (approximately 1 mile and 4 12 furlongs) at Nakayama Racecourse, and it takes place annually in late December. It is one of the two "All-Star" races in Japanese horse racing; the other is the Takarazuka Kinen in late June.

The event was first run in 1956, and it was initially titled the Nakayama Grand Prix (中山グランプリ). The following year it was renamed in memory of Yoriyasu Arima (1884–1957), the founder of the race. The distance was originally set at 2,600 metres, and it was shortened to the present length, 2,500 metres, in 1966.

The majority of the runners (10 out of 16) in the field are selected by a vote from racing fans, which must be a Japan Racing Association(JRA) horse. If at least one horse in top 10 decided not participating the race, the void will be filled with next available horse until 10 available runners are filled. The remainder of 6 (including National Association of Racing(NAR) and foreign-based horse) are determined by the amount of prize money won in.

Until 1999 the Arima Kinen was open to Japanese trained horses only. However, the Japan Racing Association introduced a new condition in 2000 which allowed for the participation of a foreign trained horse, if it had won that year's Japan Cup (though, no horse eligible has ended up participating this race). The Arima Kinen was classed as a Domestic Grade I until 2006, and it was then promoted to an International Grade I in 2007. Consequently, it is now possible for more foreign trained horses to compete in the race. The maximum number of these was set at four in 2007, and this increased to six for the 2008 running.

Records[edit]

Speed record:

Most wins:

Winners since 1998[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1997 Silk Justice 3 Shinji Fujita M Okubo Silk Co Ltd 2:34.8
1998 Grass Wonder 3 Hitoshi Matoba Mitsuhiro Ogata Y. Hanzawa 2:32.1
1999 Grass Wonder 4 Hitoshi Matoba Mitsuhiro Ogata Y. Hanzawa 2:37.2
2000 T M Opera O 4 Ryuji Wada Ichizo Iwamoto Masatsugu Takezono 2:34.1
2001 Manhattan Cafe 3 Masayoshi Ebina Futoshi Kojima Ken Nishikawa 2:33.1
2002 Symboli Kris S 3 Olivier Peslier Kazuo Fujisawa Symboli Stud 2:32.6
2003 Symboli Kris S 4 Olivier Peslier Kazuo Fujisawa Symboli Stud 2:30.5
2004 Zenno Rob Roy 4 Olivier Peslier Kazuo Fujisawa Shinobu Oosako 2:29.5
2005 Heart's Cry 4 Christophe Lemaire Kojiro Hashiguchi Shadai Racehorse 2:31.9
2006 Deep Impact 4 Yutaka Take Yasuo Ikee Kaneko Makoto Holdings 2:31.9
2007 Matsurida Gogh 4 Masayoshi Ebina Sakae Kunieda Fumie Takahashi 2:33.6
2008 Daiwa Scarlet 4 Katsumi Ando Kunihide Matsuda Keizo Oshiro 2:31.5
2009 Dream Journey 5 Kenichi Ikezoe Yasutoshi Ikee Sunday Racing 2:30.0
2010 Victoire Pisa 3 Mirco Demuro Katsuhiko Sumii Yoshimi Ichikawa 2:32.6
2011 Orfevre 3 Ken'ichi Ikezoe Yasutoshi Ikee Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. 2:36.0
2012 Gold Ship 3 Hiroyuki Uchida Naosuke Sugai Eiichi Kobayashi 2:31.9
2013 Orfevre 5 Ken'ichi Ikezoe Yasutoshi Ikee Sunday Racing Co. Ltd. 2.32.3

Vote Leaders since 1998[edit]

Year
Leader
Age
Votes Received
Race Result
1998 Air Groove 4 165,357 5th
1999 Special Week 4 165,734 2nd
2000 T M Opera O 4 109,140 Winner
2001 T M Opera O 5 93,217 5th
2002 Narita Top Road 6 91,122 4th
2003 Symboli Kris S 4 125,116 Winner
2004 Zenno Rob Roy[1] 4 100,052 Winner
2005 Deep Impact 3 160,297 2nd
2006 Deep Impact 4 119,940 Winner
2007 Vodka 3 105,441 11th
2008 Vodka 4 136,619 Not in race
2009 Vodka 5 105,059 Not in race[2]
2010 Buena Vista 4 111,323 2nd
2011 Buena Vista 5 109,247 7th
2012 Orfevre 4 90,474 Not in race
2013 Orfevre 5 81,198 Winner

1 In 2004 vote, Zenno Rob Roy was estimated receiving less vote than Cosmo Bulk (Deduced from the official result of Internet vote). However, as Cosmo Bulk was not a JRA horse (but belonged to Hokkaido Keiba from NAR) all votes casted for him are invalid.
2 Vodka was not allowed to participate in the 2009 race, as on a 1-month suspension due to nose bleeding in Japan Cup.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1956 - Meiji Hikari
  • 1957 - Hakuchikara
  • 1958 - Onward There
  • 1959 - Garnet
  • 1960 - Star Roch
  • 1961 - Homareboshi
  • 1962 - Onslaught
  • 1963 - Ryu Forel
  • 1964 - Yamato Kyodai
  • 1965 - Shinzan
  • 1966 - Korehide
  • 1967 - Kabuto Ciro
  • 1968 - Ryuzuki
  • 1969 - Speed Symboli
  • 1970 - Speed Symboli
  • 1971 - Tomei
  • 1972 - Ishino Hikaru
  • 1973 - Strong Eight
  • 1974 - Tanino Chikara
  • 1975 - Ishino Arashi
  • 1976 - Tosho Boy
  • 1977 - Ten Point
  • 1978 - Kane Minobu
  • 1979 - Green Grass
  • 1980 - Hoyo Boy
  • 1981 - Amber Shadai
  • 1982 - Hikari Duel
  • 1983 - Lead Hoyu
  • 1984 - Symboli Rudolf
  • 1985 - Symboli Rudolf
  • 1986 - Dyna Gulliver
  • 1987 - Mejiro Durren
  • 1988 - Oguri Cap
  • 1989 - Inari One
  • 1990 - Oguri Cap
  • 1991 - Dai Yusaku
  • 1992 - Mejiro Palmer
  • 1993 - Tokai Teio
  • 1994 - Narita Brian
  • 1995 - Mayano Top Gun
  • 1996 - Sakura Laurel

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