Japanese Horse of the Year

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The Japanese Horse of the Year is the highest honor given in Japanese thoroughbred horse racing. It is awarded annually by the Japan Racing Association (JRA). Since 1987 the honor has been part of the JRA Awards. This award originally started as part of the Keishū Sha Awards in 1954 and since 1972 part of the Yūshun Awards.

Honorees[edit]

Year
Horse
Trainer
Owner
Age
1962 Ryu Forel Masaharu Hashimoto Emiko Miyoshi 4
1963 Meizui Tokichi Ogata Yasushi Chigira 3
1964 Shinzan Bungo Takeda Kokichi Hashimoto 3
1965 Shinzan Bungo Takeda Kokichi Hashimoto 4
1966 Korehide Tokichi Ogata Yasushi Chigira 4
1967 Speed Symboli Shozo Nohira Tomohiro Wada 4
1968 Asaka O Hiroshi Nakamura Genji Asaka 3
1969 Takeshiba O Suetaro Mitsui Masao Obata 4
1970 Speed Symboli Shozo Nohira Tomohiro Wada 7
1971 Tomei Masayuki Sakata Katsuo Kondo 5
1972 Ishino Hikaru Takeshi Asano Kiyohito Ishijima 3
1973 Take Hope Yukio Inaba Take Kondo 3
1974 Kitano Kachidoki Masatoshi Hattori Yutaka Hatsuda 3
1975 Kaburaya O Tamejiro Mogi Yoshiko Kato 3
1976 Tosho Boy Takayoshi Yasuda Tosho Sangyo 3
1977 Ten Point Sasuke Ogawa Hisanari Takada 4
1978 Kane Minobu Shotaro Abe Ikuko Hatakeyama 4
1979 Green Grass Takao Nakano Kichishiro Hanzawa 6
1980 Hoyo Boy Toshio Nihonyanagi Yoshiharu Furukawa 5
1981 Hoyo Boy Toshio Nihonyanagi Yoshiharu Furukawa 6
1982 Hikari Duel Hikozo Sugai Zenkichi Hashimoto 5
1983 Mr. C.B. Yasuhisa Matsuyama Marunuma Onsen Hotel Co., Ltd. 3
1984 Symboli Rudolf Yuji Nohira Symboli Bokujo 3
1985 Symboli Rudolf Yuji Nohira Symboli Bokujo 4
1986 Dyna Gulliver Kichizaburo Matsuyama Shadai Race Horse 3
1987 Sakura Star O Yuji Hirai Sakura Commerce 3
1988 Tamamo Cross Isami Obara Tamamo Inc. 4
1989 Inari One Kiyoshi Suzuki Hiroki Hotehama 5
1990 Oguri Cap Tsutomu Setoguchi Shunsuke Kondo 5
1991 Tokai Teio Shouichi Matsumoto Masanori Uchimura 3
1992 Mihono Bourbon Tameo Toyama Mihono International 3
1993 Biwa Hayahide Mitsumasa Hamada Biwa Co., Ltd. 3
1994 Narita Brian Masaaki Ookubo Hidenori Yamaji 3
1995 Mayano Top Gun Masahiro Sakaguchi Yu Tadokoro 3
1996 Sakura Laurel Katsutaro Sakai Sakura Commerce 5
1997 Air Groove Yuji Ito Lucky Field Co.,Ltd. 4
1998 Taiki Shuttle Kazuo Fujisawa Taiki Farm 4
1999 El Condor Pasa Yoshitaka Ninomiya Takashi Watanabe 4
2000 T M Opera O Ichizo Iwamoto Masatsugu Takezono 4
2001 Jungle Pocket Sakae Watanabe Yomoji Saito 3
2002 Symboli Kris S Kazuo Fujisawa Symboli Stud 3
2003 Symboli Kris S Kazuo Fujisawa Symboli Stud 4
2004 Zenno Rob Roy Kazuo Fujisawa Shinobu Osako 4
2005 Deep Impact Yasuo Ikee Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd. 3
2006 Deep Impact Yasuo Ikee Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd. 4
2007 Admire Moon Hiroyoshi Matsuda Darley Japan Farm Co., Ltd. 4
2008 Vodka Katsuhiko Sumii Yuzo Tanimizu 4
2009 Vodka Katsuhiko Sumii Yuzo Tanimizu 5
2010 Buena Vista Hiroyoshi Matsuda Sunday Racing Co. 4
2011 Orfevre Yasutoshi Ikee Sunday Racing Co. 3
2012 Gentildonna Sei Ishizaka Sunday Racing Co. 3
2013 Lord Kanaloa Takayuki Yasuda Lord Horse Club 5