February Stakes

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February Stakes
フェブラリーステークス
Grade 1 race
Location Tokyo Racecourse
Inaugurated 1984
Race type Thoroughbred
Website japanracing.jp/_races/2011races/0220february.html
Race information
Distance 1,600 meters
(About 8 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track Left-handed
Qualification 4-y-o+, Thoroughbreds
Weight 57kg[1]
Purse ¥ 179,400,000 (as of 2015)
1st: ¥ 940,000,000

The February Stakes (フェブラリーステークス?) is a Grade 1 flat horse race in Japan for four-year-old and above thoroughbreds. It is run over a distance of 1,600 metres (approximately 8 furlongs) at Tokyo Racecourse in late February.

It was first run in 1984 as February Handicap, and was given Domestic Grade 3 status. This was elevated to Domestic Grade 2 in 1994, Domestic Grade 1 in 1997, and to its present level in 2007.

It was renamed February Stakes in 1994. Horses from National Association of Racing(NAR) have been eligible to run in the race since 1995, and 2007 for horses not trained in Japan. This race and Japan Cup Dirt are the only Grade 1 dirt race organized by the JRA (the other international Grade 1 dirt race(Tokyo Daishōten) and domestic Grade1 races are all organized by NAR).

It is considered as the stepping race to the Dubai World Cup Night meetings' dirt races.

Winners[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1984 Robaria Amon 5 Masato Yoshinaga Kichisaburo Matsuyama Uraichi Suga 1:40.1
1985 Andre Amon 6 Hiroyuki Nakajima Yasuhisa Matsuyama Amon Inc. 1:36.9
1986 Hatsuno Amoy 5 Eizaburo Otsuka Yoshio Nakazumi Hatsutaro Nakagawa 1:36.7
1987 Rikisan Power 6 Masato Shibata Kunio Takamatsu Saburo Iwai 1:36.5
1988 Roman Prince 7 Sueo Masuzawa Seizuke Sato Long Shoji co. 1:37.7
1989 Velvet Glob 6 Hiroyuki Gohara Fusamatsu Okubo Hideo Kuribayashi 1:37.2
1990 Carib Song 4 Masato Shibata Shuho Kato Ogifushi Bokujo RC co. 1:36.7
1991 Narita Hayabusa 4 Norihiro Yokoyama Kentaro Nakao Hidenori Yamaji 1:34.9
1992 Russian Gold 4 Masayoshi Ebina Yokichi Okubo Akihiro Ohara 1:35.4
1993 Meisho Homura 5 Masato Shibata Shigetada Takahashi Yoshio Matsumoto 1:35.7
1994 Cheers Atom 5 Masaru Honda Kaoru Hoshikawa Kiyoko Kitamura 1:37.8
1995 Lively Mount 4 Mamoru Ishibashi Fujio Shibata Tetsuo Kato 1:36.4
1996 Hokuto Vega 6 Norihiro Yokoyama Takayoshi Nakano Kanamorimori Shoji 1:36.5
1997 Shinko Windy 4 Yukio Okabe Kiyotaka Tanaka Osamu Yasuda 1:36.0
1998 Gourmet Frontier 6 Yukio Okabe Kiyotaka Tanaka Masayoshi Ishii 1:37.5
1999 Meisei Opera # 5 Isao Sugawara Shuichi Sasaki Meisei Shoji co. 1:36.5
2000 Wing Arrow 5 Olivier Peslier Yoshimi Kudo Minoru Ikeda 1:35.6
2001 Nobo True 5 Olivier Peslier Hideyuki Mori Ikebata 1:35.6
2002 Agnes Digital 5 Hirofumi Shii Toshiaki Shirai Takao Watanabe 1:35.1
2003 Gold Allure * 4 Yutaka Take Yasuo Ikee Shadai Race Horse co. 1:50.9
2004 Admire Don 5 Katsumi Ando Hiroyoshi Matsuda Riichi Kondo 1:36.8
2005 Meisho Bowler 4 Yuichi Fukunaga Toshiaki Shirai Yoshio Matsumoto 1:34.7
2006 Kane Hekili 4 Yutaka Take Katsuhiko Sumii Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co., Ltd. 1:34.9
2007 Sunrise Bacchus 5 Katsumi Ando Hidetaka Otonashi Takao Matsuoka 1:34.8
2008 Vermilion 6 Yutaka Take Sei Ishizaka Sunday Racing 1:35.3
2009 Success Brocken 4 Hiroyuki Uchida Hideaki Fujiwara Tetsu Takashima 1:34.6
2010 Espoir City 5 Tetsuzo Sato Akio Adachi Yushun Horse Club 1:34.9
2011 Transcend 5 Shinji Fujita Takayuki Yasuda Koji Maeda 1.36.4
2012 Testa Matta 6 Yasunari Iwata Akira Murayama Kazumi Yoshida 1.35.4
2013 Grape Brandy 5 Suguru Hamanaka Takayuki Yasuda Shadai Race Horse co. 1.35.1
2014 Copano Rickey 4 Hironobu Tanabe Akira Murayama Sachiaki Kobayashi 1.36.0
2015 Copano Rickey 5 Yutaka Take Akira Murayama Sachiaki Kobayashi 1.36.3
2016 Moanin 4 Mirco Demuro Sei Ishizaka Yukio Baba 1.34.0
2017 Gold Dream 4 Mirco Demuro Osamu Hirata Katsumi Yoshida 1.35.1
# Meisei Opera, winner of the 1999 race, belongs to the National Association of Racing(NAR) but not Japan Racing Association(JRA).
* The 2003 race took place at Nakayama Racecourse in distance of 1,800m.

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