Japanese Best Dirt Horse is a title awarded annually by the Japan Racing Association (JRA). Since 1987 the honor has been part of the JRA Awards.
Most successful horse (2 wins):
Leading trainer (2 wins):
Leading owner (4 wins):
|1989||Dyna Letter||Toshio Nihon'yanagi||Shadai Racing||5|
|1990||Caribbean Song||Osamu Kato Hajime||Ogifuji Ranch||4|
|1991||Narita Falcon||Kentaro Nakao||Hidenori Yamaji||4|
|1993||Meisho Homura||Takahashi Shigetada||Yoshio Matsumoto||5|
|1994||Fujino Makken O||Yoshio Nakamura||Hiroshi Nakamura||3|
|1995||Lively Mount||Fujio Shibata||Tetsuro Kato||4|
|1996||Hokuto Vega||Takao Nakano||Kanamori Shoji Mori||6|
|1998||Wing Arrow||Katsumi Minai||Minoru Ikeda||3|
|2000||Wing Arrow||Katsumi Minai||Makoto Kaneko||5|
|2001||Kurofune||Kunihide Matsuda||Makoto Kaneko||5|
|2002||Gold Allure||Yasutoshi Ikee||Shadai Racing||4|
|2003||Admire Don||Hiroyoshi Matsuda||Riichi Kondo||4|
|2004||Admire Don||Hiroyoshi Matsuda||Riichi Kondo||5|
|2005||Kane Hekili||Katsuhiko Sumii||Makoto Kaneko||3|
|2006||Alondite||Sei Ishizaka||Carrot Farm Co.||3|
|2007||Vermilion||Sei Ishizaka||Sunday Racing||5|
|2008||Kane Hekili||Katsuhiko Sumii||Makoto Kaneko||6|
|2009||Espoir City||Akio Adachi||Yushun Horse||4|
|2010||Espoir City||Akio Adachi||Yushun Horse||5|
|2011||Transcend||Yasuda Takayuki||Koji Maeda||5|
|2012||Nihonpiro Ours||Yuki Ohashi||Hyakutaro Kobayashi||5|
|2013||Belshazzar||Kunihide Matsuda||Shadai Race Horse||5|
|2014||Hokko Tarumae||Katsuichi Nishiura||Michiaki Yabe||5|
|2015||Copano Rickey||Akira Murayama||Sachiaki Kobayashi||5|
|2016||Sound True||Noboru Takagi||Hiroshi Yamada||6|
|2017||Gold Dream||Osamu Hirata||Katsumi Yoshida||4|
|2018||Le Vent Se Leve||Kiyoshi Hagiwara||G1 Racing||3|
|2019||Chrysoberyl||Hidetaka Otonashi||Carrot Farm||3|
|2020||Chuwa Wizard||Ryuji Okubo||Shinobu Nakanishi||5|
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