October 29, 2006 Tokyo Racecourse
Darley Japan Farm Co Ltd
|Yayoi Sho (2006)|
Dubai Duty Free Stakes (2007)
Takarazuka Kinen (2007)
Japan Cup (2007)
|Japanese Horse of the Year (2007)|
|Last updated on January 31, 2008|
2006: three-year-old season
Admire Moon ran in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) in 2006, his first Grade I race. He placed 4th to Meisho Samson. He then went to Tokyo for the Japanese Derby, the Tokyo Yushun, where he placed 7th, also to Meisho Samson.
He returned to Tokyo in late October for the Tenno Sho, not the Kikuka Sho (the Japanese St. Leger), and finished 3rd to Daiwa Major. In December, he traveled to Hong Kong for the Hong Kong Cup, his first-ever race outside Japan. He finished second to Pride by a nose.
2007: four-year-old season
In 2007, he raced in Kyoto Kinen and won. He then headed to Dubai for the Dubai Duty Free Stakes. He finished first, winning his first ever Group One race, over Linngari, Daiwa Major, etc. On June 24, he took on the Takarazuka Kinen by a vote of fans and finished first ahead of Vodka (the 2007 Tokyo Yushun winner), Daiwa Major etc., winning his first Grade I race in Japan.
He then ran in the Japan Cup the same year in November and won by a head over Pop Rock. With the Takarazuka Kinen win earlier in the year, Admire Moon earned a ¥130 million bonus in addition to over ¥250 million in prize money. Admire Moon retired after winning the Japan Cup.
At the end of his racing career Admire Moon was retired to become a breeding stallion. The best of his offspring have included the sprinters Fine Needle and Seiun Kosei, both of whom won the Takamatsunomiya Kinen.
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