Japan Dirt Derby

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Japan Dirt Derby
Domestic Grade I (JpnI) race
Location Oi Racecourse
Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Race type Thoroughbred
Race information
Distance2000 meters
WeightColt & Geldings 56 kg, Filly 54 kg
Purse¥85 million

The Japan Dirt Derby (ジャパンダートダービー) is a Japanese Domestic Grade 1 flat horse race in Japan for three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies run over a distance of 2,000 metres (approximately 1 mile 2 furlongs) at the Oi Racecourse, Shinagawa, Tokyo in late July.

It was first run in 1999 and is the Japanese equivalent of the American Kentucky Derby. But this race is the last leg of triple crown of minami-kanto keiba (nankan keiba), while Kentucky Derby is the first one of American triple crown races.

The majority of winners comes from the Japan Racing Association (JRA), another Japan horse racing governing body. As JRA do not host any dirt Grade 1 race exclusively for 3-year-old horses. It is also the only 3-year-old Grade 1 race in Japan that Geldings can enter.


  • 1999: Orion the Thanks
  • 2000: Meiner Combat
  • 2001: Toshin Blizzard
  • 2002: Gold Allure
  • 2003: Big Wolf
  • 2004: Cafe Olympus
  • 2005: Kane Hekili
  • 2006: Friendship
  • 2007: Furioso
  • 2008: Success Brocken
  • 2009: Testa Matta
  • 2010: Magunifika
  • 2011: Transcend
  • 2012: Hatano Vainqueur
  • 2013: Chrysolite
  • 2014: Kazenoko
  • 2015: Nonkono Yume
  • 2016: Kyoei Gere
  • 2017: Higashi Will Win
  • 2018: Le Vent Se Leve
  • 2019: Chrysoberyl
  • 2020: Danon Pharaoh

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