Narita Brian

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Narita Brian
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Hanshin Daishōten (March 9, 1996)
Sire Brian's Time
Grandsire Roberto
Dam Pacificus
Damsire Northern Dancer
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1991
Country Japan
Colour Dark Bay
Breeder Hayata Farm
Owner Hidenori Yamaji
Trainer Masaaki Ookubo
Record 21: 12-3-1[1]
Earnings 1,026,916,000 yen
Major wins
Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes (1993)
Spring Stakes (1994)
Satsuki Sho (1994)
Tokyo Yushun (1994)
Kikuka Sho (1994)
Arima Kinen (1994)
Hanshin Daishōten (1995, 1996)
Japanese Champion 2-Year-Old Colt (1993)
Japanese Horse of the Year (1994)
JRA Award for Best Three-Year-Old Colt (1994)
Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame (1998)
Last updated on February 2, 2010

Narita Brian (Japanese : ナリタブライアン), May 3, 1991 – September 27, 1998) was a Japanese racehorse. Until T M Opera O surpassed him in 2000, Narita Brian was the world's top money earner.


Narita Brian was a bay horse sired by the American-bred stallion Brian's Time, out of the mare Pacificus, a daughter of Northern Dancer. He was a brother of Biwa Hayahide, the Champion horse in Japan in 1993.

Racing career[edit]

Racing as a two-year-old in 1993, Narita Brian won the Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes at Nakayama Racecourse. In the following year he completed the Japanese Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing by winning the Satsuki Shō, Tokyo Yūshun and Kikuka Shō[2] before defeating older horses in the Arima Kinen.

He stayed in training for a further two years winning the Hanshin Daishōten in 1995 and 1996. In the latter year he defeated the 1995 Japanese Horse of the Year Mayano Top Gun.

Awards and honours[edit]

Narita Brian was voted JRA Award Best Two-year-old Colt in 1993. In 1994 he was voted Best Three-year-old Colt and Japanese Horse of the Year in 1994. He was declared "Horse of the 20th century" in Japan. In 1998 he was elected to the JRA Hall of Fame.

Stud career[edit]

Narita Brian's most successful offspring was Daitaku Flag who was 4th in the Japanese 2000 Guineas. He died in 1998 because of a gastric rupture.


Pedigree of Narita Brian (JPN), dark bay, 1991[3]
Brian's Time (USA)
Roberto (USA)
Hail To Reason Turn-To
Bramalea Nashua
Kelly's Day (USA)
Graustark Ribot
Flower Bowl
Golden Trail Hasty Road
Sunny Vale
Pacificus (USA)
Northern Dancer (CAN)
Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma Native Dancer
Pacific Princess (USA)
Damascus Sword Dancer
Fiji Acropolis
Rififi (Family:13-a)[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Narita Brian (JPN)". JBIS. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  2. ^ November 07, 1994 (1994-11-05). "Narita Brian Completes Japanese Triple Crown". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  3. ^ "Narita Brian". 2013-12-28. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  4. ^ "Thoroughbred Bloodlines - Woodbine - Family 13-a". Retrieved 2013-12-28.