Yasuda Kinen

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Yasuda Kinen
Yasuda Memorial
安田記念
Grade 1 race
Location Tokyo Racecourse, Fuchu, Tokyo
Inaugurated 1951
Race type Thoroughbred
Website japanracing.jp - Yasuda Kinen
Race information
Distance 1600 meters
(About 8 furlongs / 1 mile)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification 3-y-o & Up, Thoroughbreds
Weight 3-y-o 54 kg \ 4-y-o & up 58kg[1]
Purse ¥213,000,000 (as of 2007)[1]
Bonuses $1,000,000 (¥115,000,000) bonus is given to any horse who wins two legs of the four-race Asian Mile Challenge, including the Yasuda Kinen.

The Yasuda Kinen (English: Yasuda Memorial, Japanese and Chinese language: 安田記念) is a Japanese International Grade I Thoroughbred horse race held at the Tokyo Racecourse in Tokyo. Raced annually each June, the Yasuda Kinen is run at a distance of eight furlongs (one mile) on turf and is open to horses three years of age and up. The event was first run in 1951 as the Yasuda Sho in honor of Izaemon Yasuda, the founding chairman of the Japan Racing Association. Following the death of Mr. Yasuda, in 1958 the race name was changed to the Yasuda Kinen.

In 1984 the race was promoted to Grade 1 status and in 1993 it was granted International Grade 1 status. In 2005, the race became the final leg of the Asian Mile Challenge. In addition to the US$1 million first place purse, another US$1 million bonus is given to any horse who wins two legs of the four-race Asian Mile Challenge.

Past winners of the Yasuda Kinen include Oguri Cap and Taiki Shuttle, both Horse of the Year honorees in Japan in 1990 and 1998 respectively. As well, the race has been won by international horses such as the Godolphin 1995 winner Heart Lake, and Fairy King Prawn who in 2000 became the first Hong Kong-trained horse to ever win a Grade I race outside of Hong Kong. In 2006 another Hong Kong-owned champion, Bullish Luck, won the race and earned the Asian Mile Challenge bonus money for winning both the Yasuda Kinen and the Champions Mile in Hong Kong.

Winners since 1994[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1994 North Flight 4 Koichi Tsunoda Keiji Kato Taihoku Bokujo 1:33.2
1995 Heart Lake 4 Yutaka Take Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:33.2
1996 Trot Thunder 7 Norihiro Yokoyama Katsutoshi Aikawa Teruo Fujimoto 1:33.1
1997 Taiki Blizzard 6 Yukio Okabe Kazuo Fujisawa Taiki Farm Co. 1:33.8
1998 Taiki Shuttle 4 Yukio Okabe Kazuo Fujisawa Taiki Farm Co. 1:37.5
1999 Air Jihad 4 Masayoshi Ebina Masanori Ito Lucky Field Co. 1:33.3
2000 Fairy King Prawn 5 Robbie Fradd Ivan W. Allan Philip Lau Sak Hong 1:33.9
2001 Black Hawk 7 Norihiro Yokoyama Sakae Kunieda Makoto Kaneko 1:33.0
2002 Admire Cozzene 6 Hiroki Goto Mitsuru Hashida Riichi Kondo 1:33.3
2003 Agnes Digital 6 Hirofumi Shii Toshiaki Shirai Takao Watanabe 1:32.1
2004 Tsurumaru Boy 6 Katsumi Ando Kojiro Hashiguchi Takao Tsuruta 1:32.6
2005 Asakusa Den'en 6 Shinji Fujita Michifumi Kono Genichiro Tahara 1:32.3
2006 Bullish Luck 7 Brett Prebble Tony Cruz Wong Wing Keung 1:32.6
2007 Daiwa Major 6 Katsumi Ando Hiroyuki Uehara Keizo Oshiro 1:32.3
2008 Vodka 4 Yasunari Iwata Katsuhiko Sumii Yuzo Tanimizu 1:32.7
2009 Vodka 5 Yutaka Take Katsuhiko Sumii Yuzo Tanimizu 1:33.5
2010 Showa Modern 6 Hiroki Goto Hiroaki Sugiura Keiichi Yamagishi 1:31.7
2011 Real Impact 3 Keita Tosaki Noriyuki Hori Carrot Farm Co. 1:32.0
2012 Strong Return 6 Yuichi Fukunaga Noriyuki Hori Teruya Yoshida 1:31.3
2013 Lord Kanaloa 5 Yasunari Iwata Takayuki Yasuda Lord Horse Club 1:31.5
2014 Just A Way 5 Yoshitomi Shibata Naosuke Sugai Akatsuki Yamatoya 1:36.8

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1951 - Issei
  • 1952 - Sweet Sue
  • 1953 - Sweet Sue
  • 1954 - Fuso
  • 1955 - Kuri Chikara
  • 1956 - Yoshifusa
  • 1957 - Hekiraku
  • 1958 - Rhapsody
  • 1959 - Hishi Masaru
  • 1960 - Onward Bell
  • 1961 - Homareboshi
  • 1962 - Tokon
  • 1963 - Yamano O
  • 1964 - Shimofusa Homare
  • 1965 - Panasonic
  • 1966 - Hishi Masahide
  • 1967 - Buchan
  • 1968 - Shesquay
  • 1969 - Hard Way
  • 1970 - Mejiro Asama
  • 1971 - Harbor Game
  • 1972 - Rafale
  • 1973 - Haku Hosho
  • 1974 - Kyoei Green
  • 1975 - Sakura Iwai
  • 1976 - Nishiki Ace
  • 1977 - Squash Tholon
  • 1978 - Nippo King
  • 1979 - Royal Shinzan
  • 1980 - Blue Hallez
  • 1981 - Takeden
  • 1982 - Sweet Native
  • 1983 - Kiyo Hidaka
  • 1984 - Happy Progress
  • 1985 - Nihon Pillow Winner
  • 1986 - Gallop Dyna
  • 1987 - Fresh Voice
  • 1988 - Nippo Teio
  • 1989 - Bamboo Memory
  • 1990 - Oguri Cap
  • 1991 - Daiichi Ruby
  • 1992 - Yamanin Zephyr
  • 1993 - Yamanin Zephyr

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