Delta Blues (horse)

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Delta Blues
Delta Blues 20051225P1.jpg
Delta Blues
Sire Dance in the Dark (JPN)
Grandsire Sunday Silence (USA)
Dam Dixie Splash (USA)
Damsire Dixieland Band
Sex Stallion
Foaled 3 May 2001
Country Japan
Colour Bay
Breeder Northern Farm
Owner Sunday Rac ing Co Ltd
Trainer Katsuhiko Sumii
Record 29: 6-2-3
Earnings 401,562,000 yen
+A$3,300,000 = $8,492,037.[1]
Major wins
Kikuka Sho (2004)
Stayers Stakes (2005)
Melbourne Cup (2006)
JRA Best Horse by Home-Bred Sire (2004)
Australian Champion Stayer (2006/07)
Last updated on 1 August 2011

Delta Blues (デルタブルース, born 3 May 2001) is a Japanese Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 2006 Melbourne Cup.[2] He was the first Japanese horse to win the Cup. In doing so he defeated Pop Rock, another Japanese horse, also trained by Katsuhiko Sumii.

Racing career[edit]

Delta Blues was virtually unknown until he had his victory in the 2004 Kikuka Sho.[3] He defeated Heart's Cry and Cosmo Bulk then. Delta Blues placed third in the Japan Cup in November 2004.[4]

Other runs by Delta Blues include wins in the Domestic Grade One Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) in October 2004, the Domestic Grade Two Stayers Stakes in December 2005, a third in the Grade Two Hanshin Daishoten on 19 March 2006 fifth in the Arima Kinen, and 10th in the Domestic Grade One Tenno Sho (Spring) on 30 April 30.[4]

Delta Blues won the Best Horse by Home-Bred Sire JRA award in 2004.[5]

2006 in Australia[edit]

Taken to Australia Delta Blues finished third in the 2006 Caulfield Cup after racing wide throughout the race.[6]

In the 2006 Melbourne Cup, Delta Blues was ridden by Japanese jockey Yasunari Iwata who was the winner of the 2005 19th World Super Jockey Series.[7][8] Delta Blues won the Melbourne Cup by a nose ahead of Pop Rock, with Maybe Better finishing in third place.[9][10] Iwata Prior to the race, stable spokesman Keita Tanaka characterised Delta Blues as a "lazy horse", and trainer Sumii characterised him as "tough".[4]



Delta Blues was sired by Dance in the Dark with the dam Dixie Splash (sire Dixieland Band). The breeder was Northern Farm.[3]

Dance in the Dark won the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger), and was the son of "magnificent US-bred Sunday Silence, the ill-fated sire who has been unmatched in Japanese breeding history".[11]

Pedigree of Delta Blues (JPN), bay stallion, 2001
Dance in the Dark (JPN)
B. 1993
Sunday Silence (USA) Halo (USA) Hail to Reason (USA)
Cosmah (USA)
Wishing Well (USA) Understanding(USA)
Mountain Flower (USA)
Dancing Key (USA) Nijinsky (CAN) Northern Dancer (CAN)
Flaming Page (CAN)
Key Partner (USA) Key to the Mint (USA)
Native Partner (USA)
Dixie Splash (USA)
Dixieland Band (USA) Northern Dancer (CAN) Nearctic (CAN)
Natalma (USA)
Mississippi Mud (USA) Delta Judge (USA)
Sand Buggy (USA)
Ocean Jewel (USA) Alleged (USA) Hoist The Flag (USA)
Princess Pout (USA)
Lady Offshore (USA) Sir Ivor (USA)
Bonnie Google (USA)

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

  • ABC News - Photo gallery of Delta Blues winning the 2006 Melbourne Cup