Takarazuka Kinen

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Takarazuka Kinen
宝塚記念
Grade 1 race
Location Hanshin Racecourse, Takarazuka, Hyōgo, Japan
Inaugurated 1960
Race type Thoroughbred
Website japanracing.jp/
Race information
Distance 2200 meters
(About 11 furlongs / 1 38 miles)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed (inner course)
Qualification 3-y-o & Up, Thoroughbreds
Weight 3-y-o 53 kg \ 4-y-o & up 58kg
Purse ¥ 286,000,000 (as of 2015)
1st: ¥ 150,000,000

The Takarazuka Kinen (宝塚記念) is a Grade I flat horse race in Japan for three-year-old and above thoroughbreds run over a distance of 2,200 metres (approximately 1 38 miles) at Hanshin Racecourse (阪神競馬場) in late June. It is one of the two "All-Star" races in Japanese horse racing; the other is the Arima Kinen (the Grand Prix) in late December.

It was first run in 1960 with a distance of 1,800 metres. From 1961 to 1965 the race was run over 2,000 metres and since 1966 it has been run over its present distance.

The race is run on the turf and is named after the city of Takarazuka, Hyōgo, the location of Hanshin Racecourse, which is the venue of the race.

As with the Arima Kinen, the majority of the runners in the field are selected by a vote from racing fans, while the remainder are determined by the amount of prizemoney won.

Winners since 1994[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1993 Mejiro McQueen 6 Yasuo Ikee Mejiro Shouji Co., Ltd. 2:17.7
1994 Biwa Hayahide 4 Yukio Okabe Mitsumasa Hamada Biwa Co Ltd 2:11.2
1995 Dantsu Seattle * 5 Yoshiyuki Muramoto Kenji Yamauchi Tetsuji Yamamoto 2:10.2
1996 Mayano Top Gun 4 Seiki Tabara Masahiro Sakaguchi Yuu Tadokoro 2:12.0
1997 Marvelous Sunday 5 Yutaka Take Makoto Osawa Sadao Sasahara 2:11.9
1998 Silence Suzuka 4 Katsumi Minai Mitsuru Hashida Keiji Nagai 2:11.9
1999 Grass Wonder 4 Hitoshi Matoba Mitsuhiro Ogata Y. Hanzawa 2:12.1
2000 T M Opera O 4 Ryuji Wada Ichizo Iwamoto Masatsugu Takezono 2:13.8
2001 Meisho Doto 5 Yasuhiko Yasuda Isao Yasuda Yoshio Matsumoto 2:11.7
2002 Dantsu Flame 4 Shinji Fujita Kenji Yamauchi Tetsuji Yamamoto 2:12.9
2003 Hishi Miracle 4 Koichi Tsunoda Masaru Sayama Masaichiro Abe 2:12.0
2004 Tap Dance City 7 Tetsuzo Sato Shozo Sasaki Yushun Horse Club 2:11.1
2005 Sweep Tosho 4 Kenichi Ikezoe Akio Tsurudome Tosho Sangyo 2:11.5
2006 Deep Impact * 4 Yutaka Take Yasuo Ikee Kaneko Makoto Holdings 2:13.0
2007 Admire Moon 4 Yasunari Iwata Hiroyoshi Matsuda Riichi Kondo 2:12.4
2008 Eishin Deputy 6 Hiroyuki Uchida Akira Nomoto Toyomitsu Hirai 2:15.3
2009 Dream Journey 5 Kenichi Ikezoe Yasutoshi Ikee Sunday Racing 2:11.3
2010 Nakayama Festa 4 Yoshitomi Shibata Yoshitaka Ninomiya Shinichi Izumi 2:13.0
2011 Earnestly 6 Sato Tetsuzo Sasaki Shozo Koji Maeda 2:10.1
2012 Orfevre 4 Kenichi Ikezoe Yasutoshi Ikee Sunday Racing Co Ltd 2:10.9
2013 Gold Ship 4 Hiroyuki Uchida Naosuke Sugai Eiichi Kobayashi 2:13.2
2014 Gold Ship 5 Norihiro Yokoyama Naosuke Sugai Eiichi Kobayashi 2:13.9
2015 Lovely Day 5 Yuga Kawada Yasutoshi Ikee Kaneko Makoto Holdings 2:14.4
* The 1995 and 2006 races took place at Kyoto Racecourse.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1960 - Homare Hiro
  • 1961 - Caesar
  • 1962 - Kodama
  • 1963 - Ryu Forel
  • 1964 - Hikaru Pola
  • 1965 - Shinzan
  • 1966 - Eight Crown
  • 1967 - Taiyo
  • 1968 - Hikaru Takai
  • 1969 - Date Horai
  • 1970 - Speed Symboli
  • 1971 - Mejiro Musashi
  • 1972 - Shofu Midori
  • 1973 - Hamano Parade
  • 1974 - Haiseiko
  • 1975 - Naoki
  • 1976 - Fujino Parthia
  • 1977 - Tosho Boy
  • 1978 - Erimo George
  • 1979 - Sakura Shori
  • 1980 - Teru Tenryu
  • 1981 - Katsu R
  • 1982 - Monte Prince
  • 1983 - Hagino Kamui O
  • 1984 - Katsuragi Ace
  • 1985 - Suzuka Koban
  • 1986 - Persian Boy
  • 1987 - Suzu Parade
  • 1988 - Tamamo Cross
  • 1989 - Inari One
  • 1990 - Osaichi George
  • 1991 - Mejiro Ryan
  • 1992 - Mejiro Palmer

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