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Shinzan statue(Kyoto
Sire Hindostan (horse) (jp)
Grandsire Bois Roussel
Dam Hayanobori
Damsire Hayatake
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1961
Country Japan
Colour Bay
Breeder Yoshimatsu Matsuhashi
Owner Kokichi Hashimoto
Trainer Bungo Takeda
Record 19: 15-4-0
Earnings 60,219,700 JPY
Major wins
Spring Stakes (1964)
Satsuki Sho (1964)
Tokyo Yushun (1964)
Kikuka Sho (1964)
Takarazuka Kinen (1965)
Meguro Kinen (Autumn) (1965)
Tenno Sho (Autumn) (1965)
Arima Kinen (1965)
Japanese Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1964)
Japanese Horse of the Year (1964, 1965)
Japanese Champion Older Colt or Horse (1965)
Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame (1984)
Statue at Kyoto Racecourse
Shinzan Kinen at Kyoto Racecourse
Last updated on January 31, 2008
Miho Shinzan(Tanikawa Bokujō Kiyohata Jigyōsho, in Hidaka Town, Hokkaido)

Shinzan(シンザン, 2 April 1961 - 13 July 1996) was a thoroughbred racehorse that won the Japanese Triple Crown.


Shinzan was a bay horse bred by Yoshimatsu Matsuhashi. He was sired by Irish Derby winner Hindostan. His dam, Hayanobori was a great-granddaughter of the Irish mare Beautiful Dreamer who was imported to Japan in the 1930s and became extremely influential: her other descendants included the Japanese classic winners Kazuyoshi, Jitsu Homare, Hakuryo and Meiji Hikari.[1] Shinzan was foaled on April 2, 1961, in the Hokkaidō Prefecture.

Racing career[edit]

Shinzan was generally considered to be the best Japanese racehorse of the post-war era and became the first horse to win all 5 big titles of Japan including the Japanese Triple Crown.

He became the second horse to win the Japanese Triple Crown and was named Japanese Horse of the Year in 1964. Shinzan won the Arima Kinen, Takarazuka Kinen and Tenno Sho (Autumn) as a four-year-old, defending his Horse of the Year title.

Stud record[edit]

Shinzan was a successful sire in Japan. His most successful offspring was Miho Shinzan (ミホシンザン) who won the Japanese 2,000 Guineas, Japanese St. Leger, and the Tenno Sho (Spring).

Pensioned form stud duties in 1987, Shinzan spent the rest of life at Tanikawa Stud. He lost the sight in his right eye in his later years and also lost all of his teeth. Eventually, he could not stand by himself at times, and his physical weakening became more prominent after February, 1994. He died of old age at about 2:00 a.m. on July 13, 1996. He was 35 years, three months and 11 days old. He is (to date) the longest-lived thoroughbred horse ever recorded in Japan.

A funeral service was held posthumously. Shinzan's grave is located in the Tanikawa Stud of Urakawacho, Urakawa-gun, Hokkaido, and a bronze statue of Shinzan was built in this stud.

Principal Race Wins[edit]

Satsuki Sho, Tokyo Yushun, Kikuka Sho, Tenno Sho (Autumn), Arima Kinen was 5 of the 8 major races in Japan (the other 3 are Oka Sho, Yushun Himba, and Teio Sho (Spring)), before the introduction of Grade in 1984 which categorized all as GI in 1984. Also, before 1981, a horse can only win Tenno Sho once in their career.


  • 1964 Horse of the Year and Best Three-year-old Colt (Keishu Award)
  • 1965 Horse of the Year and Best Older Colt or Horse (Keishu Award)
  • 1984 JRA Hall of Fame horse

(Keishu Award is current JRA Award.)

See also[edit]


Pedigree of Shinzan (JPN), bay stallion 1961[2]
Hindostan (GB)
Bois Roussel (FR) Vatout Prince Chimay
Plucky Liege Spearmint
Sonibai (GB) Solario Gainsborough
Sun Worship
Udaipur Blandford
Hayanobori (JPN)
Hayatake (JPN) Theft Tetratema
Hiryū Clackmannan
Daigo Buchanum Beauty (JPN) Tournesol Gainsborough
Buchanum Beauty Shian Mor
Daisan Beautiful Dreamer (Family 12)[1]


  1. ^ a b "Thoroughbred Bloodlines - Royal Mare - Family 12". Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  2. ^ "Shinzan pedigree". 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2013-05-27.