Sprinters Stakes

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Sprinters Stakes
Grade 1 race
LocationNakayama Racecourse
2014: Niigata Racecourse
Inaugurated1967
Race typeThoroughbred
Website japanracing.jp - Centaur Stakes & Sprinters Stakes
Race information
Distance1,200 meters
(About 6 furlongs)
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed
2014: Left-handed
Qualification3-y-o+, Thoroughbreds
Weight3-y-o 55kg / 4-y-o+ 57kg [1]
Purse ¥ 180,500,000 (as of 2014)
1st: ¥ 95,000,000
Bonusessee Global Sprint Challenge

The Sprinters Stakes (スプリンターズステークス) is a Grade 1 flat horse race in Japan open to thoroughbreds which are three-years-old or above. It is run over a distance of 1,200 metres (approximately 6 furlongs) at Nakayama Racecourse, and it takes place annually in late September or early October.

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It was first run in 1967, and was given Domestic Grade 3 status when race grading was introduced to Japan in 1984. This was elevated to Domestic Grade 2 in 1987, Domestic Grade 1 in 1990, and to its present level in 2006. Horses trained outside Japan have been eligible to run in the race since 1994. Prior to 2000 the race was run in December, the week before the Arima Kinen (Grand Prix).

It is now the seventh leg in the nine race Global Sprint Challenge series, preceded by the July Cup and followed by The Age Classic.

The 2014 running of the Sprinters Stakes was held at Niigata Racecourse, since Nakayama Racecourse was closed for renovations to the grandstand. The race was previously held in Niigata in 2002.

Winners since 1994

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1994 Sakura Bakushin O 5Futoshi KojimaKatsutaro SakaiSakura Commerce1:07.1
1995Hishi Akebono3Koichi TsunodaMasaru SayamaMasaichiro Abe1:08.1
1996 Flower Park 4Seiki TabaraShouichi MatsumotoKatsumi Yoshida1:08.8
1997 Taiki Shuttle 3 Yukio Okabe Kazuo Fujisawa Taiki Farm Co.1:07.8
1998 Meiner Love 3Yutaka YoshidaRyuichi InabaThoroughbred Club Ruffian1:08.6
1999 Black Hawk 5Norihiro YokoyamaSakae Kunieda Makoto Kaneko 1:08.2
2000 Daitaku Yamato 6Teruo EdaSei IshizakaKazuo Nakamura1:08.6
2001 Trot Star 5 Masayoshi Ebina Eiji NakanoMinoru Takano1:07.0
2002 Believe [1] 4 Yutaka Take Shigeki Matsumoto Koji Maeda 1:07.7
2003 Durandal 4Kenichi IkezoeMasahiro Sakaguchi Teruya Yoshida 1:08.0
2004 Calstone Light O 6Naohiro OnishiHiroyuki OnedaSadamitsu Shimizu1:09.9
2005 Silent Witness 6 Felix Coetzee Tony Cruz Archie & Betty da Silva1:07.3
2006 Takeover Target 7Jay FordJoe JaniakJoe & Ben Janiak1:08.1
2007 Aston Machan 3Eiji NakadateSei IshizakaMayumi Tosa1:09.4
2008 Sleepless Night 4Hiroyuki UemuraKojiro HashiguchiSunday Racing1:08.0
2009 Laurel Guerreiro 5Shinji FujitaMitsugu KonLaurel Racing1:07.5
2010 Ultra Fantasy 8 Alex H W Lai Ricky P F YiuThe Hon T F Lam1:07.4
2011 Curren Chan 4Ken'ichi IkezoeTakayuki YasudaTakashi Suzuki1:07.4
2012 Lord Kanaloa 4 Yasunari Iwata Takayuki YasudaLord Horse Club1:06.7
2013 Lord Kanaloa 5 Yasunari Iwata Takayuki YasudaLord Horse Club1:07.2
2014Snow Dragon6Takuya OnoNoboru TakagiMakio Okada1:08.8
2015 Straight Girl 6Keita TosakiHideaki FujiwaraHirosaki Toshihiro Hd Co Ltd1:08.1
2016Red Falx5Mirco DemuroTomohito OzekiTokyoHorseRacing Co. Ltd1:07.6
2017Red Falx6Mirco DemuroTomohito OzekiTokyoHorseRacing Co. Ltd1:07.6
2018Fine Needle5Yuga KawadaYoshitada Takahashi Godolphin 1:08.3
2019Tower Of London4 Christophe Lemaire Kazuo Fujisawa Godolphin 1:07.1
2020 Gran Alegria 4 Christophe Lemaire Kazuo Fujisawa Sunday Racing1:08.3

1 The 2002 race took place at Niigata Racecourse.

Earlier winners

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