|Ban'ei Grade 1 race|
(About 1 furlongs)
|Qualification||4 years old or upper, Ban'ei|
|Weight||Weight-for-age (4yo or 5yo: 990kg, 6yo or upper: 1,000kg; -20kg for mare)|
|Purse||¥3,000,000 (as of 2013)|
The Ban'ei Kinen(ばんえい記念) is a Grade 1 Ban'ei horse race, held in Obihiro, Hokkaido, Japan for four-year-olds and up. The full name is Nōrin Suisan Daijin Shōten Ban'ei Kinen(農林水産大臣賞典 ばんえい記念) (Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award, Ban'ei Kinen).
Ban'ei (ばんえい競走) "pull play" is a form of Japanese horse racing in which draft horses pull heavy sleds up sand ramps, urged-on by jockeys balancing on the sleds. The horses used in the races are often either purebred or crosses of Percheron, Breton, and Belgian breeds.
Hokkaido, formerly known as Ezo, Yezo, Yeso, or Yesso, is the second largest island of Japan, and the largest and northernmost prefecture. The Tsugaru Strait separates Hokkaido from Honshu. The two islands are connected by the undersea railway Seikan Tunnel. The largest city on Hokkaido is its capital, Sapporo, which is also its only ordinance-designated city. About 43 km north of Hokkaido lies Sakhalin Island, Russia. To its east and north-east are the disputed Kuril Islands.
Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south.
The race is the championship race held in the end of the season (March) with the highest weight and prize money among all ban'ei races.
|2001||Sakano Taison||Kazuo Okawara||Haruo Nishimura||3:42.3|
|2002||Sakano Taison||Takumi Fujimoto||Haruo Nishimura||4:16.4|
|2003||Super Pegasus||Toshiharu Iwamoto||Eito Otomo||4:19.8|
|2004||Super Pegasus||Toshiharu Iwamoto||Eito Otomo||3:07.8|
|2005||Super Pegasus||Shunichi Fujino||Eito Otomo||3:15.3|
|2006||Super Pegasus||Shunichi Fujino||Eito Otomo||4:36.1|
|2007||Tomoe Power||Toichi Sakamoto||Hirofumi Matsui||4:50.6|
|2008||Tomoe Power||Hiromi Nishi||Hirofumi Matsui||5:35.8|
|2009||Tomoe Power||Hiromi Nishi||Hirofumi Matsui||4:50.8|
|2010||Nishiki Daijin||Shunichi Fujino||Isamu Kaneta||4:24.8|
|2011||Kanesa Black||Michiaki Matsuda||Hirofumi Matsui||4:07.7|
|2012||Nishiki Daijin||Keisuke Suzuki||Shinichi Murakami||2:34.0|
|2013||Kanesa Black||Michiaki Matsuda||Hirofumi Matsui||3:43.1|
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