Japan Racing Association

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The Japan Racing Association (Japanese: 日本中央競馬会 Nippon Chūō Keiba Kai, or JRA) is a public company established to operate Chūō Keiba (中央競馬 Central horse racing) and to manage racecourses, betting facilities, and horse-training facilities.

It was founded in 1954, according to the Horse Racing Law (競馬法 Keiba Hō) and the Japan Racing Association Law (日本中央競馬会法 Nippon Chūō Keiba Kai Hō) and is operated under the strict oversight of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Japan).


Grade I Races[edit]



  • The Oka Sho (桜花賞, "The Japanese 1000 Guineas"), Hanshin, Turf 1600m (for Fillies)
  • The Satsuki Sho (皐月賞, "The Japanese 2000 Guineas"), Nakayama, Turf 2000m (for Colts and Fillies)
  • The NHK Mile Cup, Tokyo, Turf 1600m (for Colts and Fillies)
  • The Yushun Himba (優駿牝馬, "The Japanese Oaks"), Tokyo, Turf 2400m (for Fillies)
  • The Tokyo Yushun (東京優駿, "The Japanese Derby"), Tokyo, Turf 2400m (for Colts and Fillies)
  • The Shuka Sho (秋華賞, Triple Tiara Final Round), Kyoto, Turf 2000m (for Fillies)
  • The Kikuka Sho (菊花賞, "The Japanese St. Leger"), Kyoto, Turf 3000m (for Colts and Fillies)

Three (or Four) -year-olds and up[edit]

Turf 1600m or less[edit]

Turf 1800m and over[edit]

  • The Tenno Sho (Spring) (天皇賞・春, the Emperor's Cup), Kyoto, Turf 3200m
  • The Takarazuka Kinen (宝塚記念), Hanshin, Turf 2200m
  • The Tenno Sho (Autumn) (天皇賞・秋, the Emperor's Cup), Tokyo, Turf 2000m
  • The Queen Elizabeth II Cup (renamed from the Q. E. II Commemorative Cup), Kyoto, Turf 2200m (for Fillies and Mares)
  • The Japan Cup (International Invitational), Tokyo, Turf 2400m
  • The Arima Kinen (有馬記念, "The (Nakayama) Grand Prix"), Nakayama, Turf 2500m

Dirt course[edit]

Steeple-chase (J. GI)[edit]

See also[edit]

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