Takarazuka Kinen

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Takarazuka Kinen
宝塚記念
Grade 1 race
Location Hanshin Racecourse, Takarazuka, Hyōgo, Japan
Inaugurated1960
Race typeThoroughbred
Website japanracing.jp/
Race information
Distance2200 meters
(About 11 furlongs / 1+38 miles)
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed (inner course)
Qualification3-y-o & Up, Thoroughbreds
Weight3-y-o 53 kg \ 4-y-o & up 58kg
Purse ¥ 286,000,000 (as of 2015)
1st: ¥ 150,000,000

The Takarazuka Kinen (宝塚記念) is a Grade I flat horse race in Japan for three-year-old and above thoroughbreds where they run over a distance of 2,200 metres (approximately 1+38 miles) at Hanshin Racecourse (阪神競馬場) in late June. It is one of the two "All-Star" races in Japanese horse racing; the other is the Arima Kinen (the Grand Prix) in late December.

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It was first run in 1960 with a distance of 1,800 metres. From 1961 to 1965 the race was run over 2,000 metres and since 1966 it has been run over its present distance.

The race is run on the turf and is named after the city of Takarazuka, Hyōgo, the location of Hanshin Racecourse, which is the venue of the race.

As with the Arima Kinen, the majority of the runners in the field are selected by a vote from racing fans, while the remainder are determined by the amount of prizemoney won.

Winners since 1984

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1984 Katsuragi Ace 4Katsuichi NishiuraKazumi DomonIchizo Node2:12.4
1985Suzuka Koban5Yoshiyuki MuramotoMinoru KobayashiEiichi Nagai2:15.9
1986Persian Boy4Masato ShibataKunio TakamatsuHidekazu Date2:14.4
1987Suzu Parade6Seiji EbisawaRokuro TomitaYoshio Koshiki2:12.3
1988 Tamamo Cross 4Katsumi MinaiIsami ObaraTamamo Stable2:13.2
1989 Inari One 5 Yutaka Take Kiyoshi SuzukiHiroki Hotehama2:14.0
1990Osaichi George4Katsuhide MaruyamaKazumi DomonChoichi Node2:14.0
1991Mejiro Ryan4Norihiro YokoyamaShinji OkuhiraMejiro Farm2:13.6
1992Mejiro Palmer5Taisei YamadaMasaaki OkuboMejiro Farm2:18.6
1993 Mejiro McQueen 6 Yutaka Take Yasuo IkeeMejiro Farm2:17.7
1994 Biwa Hayahide 4Yukio OkabeMitsumasa HamadaBiwa Co Ltd2:11.2
1995 Dantsu Seattle *5Yoshiyuki MuramotoKenji YamauchiTetsuji Yamamoto2:10.2
1996 Mayano Top Gun 4Seiki TabaraMasahiro SakaguchiYuu Tadokoro2:12.0
1997 Marvelous Sunday 5 Yutaka Take Makoto OsawaSadao Sasahara2:11.9
1998 Silence Suzuka 4Katsumi MinaiMitsuru HashidaKeiji Nagai2:11.9
1999 Grass Wonder 4Hitoshi MatobaMitsuhiro OgataY. Hanzawa2:12.1
2000 T M Opera O 4Ryuji WadaIchizo IwamotoMasatsugu Takezono2:13.8
2001 Meisho Doto 5 Yasuhiko Yasuda Isao Yasuda Yoshio Matsumoto 2:11.7
2002 Dantsu Flame 4 Shinji Fujita Kenji Yamauchi Tetsuji Yamamoto 2:12.9
2003 Hishi Miracle 4 Koichi Tsunoda Masaru Sayama Masaichiro Abe 2:12.0
2004 Tap Dance City 7 Tetsuzo Sato Shozo Sasaki Yushun Horse Club2:11.1
2005 Sweep Tosho 4 Kenichi Ikezoe Akio Tsurudome Tosho Sangyo2:11.5
2006 Deep Impact *4Yutaka Take Yasuo Ikee Kaneko Makoto Holdings 2:13.0
2007 Admire Moon 4 Yasunari Iwata Hiroyoshi Matsuda Riichi Kondo 2:12.4
2008 Eishin Deputy 6 Hiroyuki Uchida Akira Nomoto Toyomitsu Hirai 2:15.3
2009 Dream Journey 5 Kenichi Ikezoe Yasutoshi Ikee Sunday Racing 2:11.3
2010 Nakayama Festa 4 Yoshitomi Shibata Yoshitaka Ninomiya Shinichi Izumi 2:13.0
2011 Earnestly 6 Sato Tetsuzo Sasaki Shozo Koji Maeda2:10.1
2012 Orfevre 4 Kenichi Ikezoe Yasutoshi Ikee Sunday Racing Co Ltd 2:10.9
2013 Gold Ship 4 Hiroyuki Uchida Naosuke Sugai Eiichi Kobayashi 2:13.2
2014 Gold Ship 5 Norihiro Yokoyama Naosuke Sugai Eiichi Kobayashi 2:13.9
2015 Lovely Day 5Yuga KawadaYasutoshi Ikee Kaneko Makoto Holdings 2:14.4
2016 Marialite 5Masayoshi EbinaTakashi KubotaU.Carrot Farm2:12.8
2017 Satono Crown 5Mirco DemuroNoriyuki HoriHajime Satomi2:11.4
2018Mikki Rocket5Ryuji WadaHidetaka OtonashiMizuki Noda2:11.6
2019 Lys Gracieux 5 Damian Lane Yoshito YahagiU Carrot Farm2:10.8
2020 Chrono Genesis 4Yuichi KitamuraTakashi SaitoSunday Racing2:13.5
* The 1995 and 2006 races took place at Kyoto Racecourse.

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