Kawasaki Kinen

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Kawasaki Kinen
Domestic Grade I (JpnⅠ) race
Location Kawasaki Racecourse, Kawasaki,Kanagawa
Race type Thoroughbred Flat racing
Race information
Distance2,100 meters (About 10and1/2 furlongs)
Qualification4-y-o & Up
Weight4-y-o horses & geldings 56kg/mares 54kg/5-y-o & up horses & geldings 57kg / mares 55 kg
Purse¥102,000,000 (2012 Running)

The Kawasaki Kinen (Kawasaki Memorial) (川崎記念) is a Japanese thoroughbred horse race on dirt track for horses aged four years or older. It was graded as a domestic grade 1 race in 1998. It is held in January, so it is the first (domestic) grade 1 race in Japanese horseracing season. Its name “Kawasaki” comes from that of Kawasaki city in Kanagawa prefecture.

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Most successful horses (3 wins):

Other repeat winners (2 wins):

Winners since 2000

2000Intelli Power5Takashi HaritaShigemi AkiyamaIso-o Sahashi2:14.5
2001Regular Member4Mikio MatsunagaYamamoto SyoujiNorth Hills Ltd.2:12.9
2002Regent Bluff4Yutaka YoshidaYoukichi OkuboAkihiro Ohara2:16.2
2003Kanetsu Fleuve6Mikio MatsunagaYamamoto SyoujiLaurel Racing Co.2:14.8
2004Esprit-thes5Hiroshi MorishitaEi-ichi TakeiYasuo Yoda2:12.8
2005Time Paradox7Yutaka TakeHiroyoshi MatsudaShadai Racing Ltd.2:14.2
2006Adjudi Mitsuo5Hiroyuki UchidaMasayuki KawashimaMasao Orudo2:12.8
2007Vermillion5Christophe LemaireSei IshizakaSunday Racing Ltd.2:12.9
2008Fierld Rouge6Norihiro YokoyamaMasato NishizonoKatsumi Chida2:13.1
2009Kane Hekili7Christophe LemaireKatsuhiko SumiiKaneko Makoto Holdings Co.2:13.3
2010Vermillion8Yutaka TakeSei IshizakaSunday Racing Ltd.2:12.7
2011Furioso7Keita TosakiMasayuki KawashimaDarley Japan K.K.2:14.2
2012Smart Falcon7Yutaka TakeKen KozakiTouru Okawa2:10.7
2013Hatano Vainqueur4Hirofumi ShiiMitsugu KonGood Luck Farm2:15.4
2014Hokko Tarumae5Hideaki MiyukiKatsuichi NishiuraKoichi Yabe2:13.8
2015Hokko Tarumae6Hideaki MiyukiKatsuichi NishiuraMichiaki Yabe2:16.9
2016Hokko Tarumae7Hideaki MiyukiKatsuichi NishiuraMichiaki Yabe2:14.1
2017All Blush5Christophe LemaireAkira MurayamaShadai Racing Ltd.2:14.6

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