Tokai Teio

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Tokai Teio
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Tokai Teio in retirement
Sire Symboli Rudolf
Grandsire Partholon
DamTokai Natural
Damsire Nice Dancer
Sex Stallion
Country Japan
Colour Bay
BreederNagahama Farm
OwnerMasanori Uchimura
TrainerShouichi Matsumoto
Record12: 9-0-0
Earnings625,633,500 yen
Major wins
Satsuki Sho (1991)
Tokyo Yushun (1991)
Osaka Hai (1992)
Japan Cup (1992)
Arima Kinen (1993)
Japanese Horse of the Year (1991)
JRA Award for Best Three-Year-Old Colt (1991)
Best Horse By Home-bred Sire (1991)
JRA Special Award (1993)
Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame (1995)
Last updated on February 2, 2010

Tokai Teio (Japanese: トウカイテイオー, April 20, 1988 – August 30, 2013) was a champion Japanese thoroughbred racehorse. In 1991 he won the Satsuki Sho and the Tokyo Yushun. He was the 1991 Japanese Horse of the Year. In 1992 he won the Japan Cup where champion horses like the European Horse of the Year and the Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year participated. In 1993, after he has just rested his broken leg injury for a whole year (364 days), he won the Arima Kinen. Tokai Teio was inducted into the Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame in 1995.



Tokai Teio was sired by triple crown winner Symboli Rudolf. Tokai Teio's dam was Tokai Natural, the half sister of Yushun Himba winner Tokai Roman. Because Natural had foot problems, she could not debut and became a brood mare. [1] Natural and Roman's owner Masanori Uchimura had obtained the breeding right to Symboli Rudolf and originally planned to breed him with Roman. [1] However, Roman, who was supposed to retire after the Niigata Daishoten, placed second, and it was decided that she would race for one more year. [2] Natural was bred with Rudolf instead. [3] [lower-alpha 1]

Tokai Natural gave birth on April 20, 1988, at the Nagahama Ranch in Niikappu, Hokkaido. [5] Immediately after birth, the foal was referred to as「帝王」"Teio", meaning monarch, referring to his sire Symboli Rudolf's nickname「皇帝」"Koutei", meaning emperor. [6] [1] Thus, the foal was named Hamano Teio. [7] Teio had long legs and a delicate frame and did not receive high valuations. [3] However, once he started exercising, his flexible movement became apparent, garnering expectations. [3] In October the following year, Teio was transferred to the Nibutani Training Center in Biratori, Hokkaido where his flexibility and competitive spirit was highly received. [8] Teio would remain at Nibutani for an entire year until reaching the racing age of 3 years in October, 1990, after which he entered the Rittō Training Center in Rittō, Shiga under trainer Shoichi Matsumoto. Teio's racing name was registered as Tokai Teio.

During training, Tokai Teio was outstanding on the ramp course where horses with long strides are not supposed to record good times, giving Matsumoto high expectations. [9] Believing Teio to have a chance in the Japanese Triple Crown, Matsumoto back-calculated from the Satsuki Shō and Tokyo Yūshun and planned a schedule with leeway. [3] Furthermore, Teio's farrier was surprised at the flexibility of his joints, [lower-alpha 2] saying to his groom that "the derby horse has arrived". [10]

Racing career

Major Racing Wins


Tokai Teio was inducted into the Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame in 1995.

Stud career

Tokai Teio's descendants include:

c = colt, f = filly, g= gelding

FoaledNameSexMajor Wins
1996Tokai PulsarcAichi Hai
1996Tokai Pointg Mile Championship
1996Taiki Polarc Mermaid Stakes
1999Strong Bloodc Kashiwa Kinen
2001Yamanin Sucref Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

Tokai Teio was the inspiration for the main character of the 2021 anime Uma Musume Pretty Derby Season 2 . Just like the real Tokai Teio, the character suffers multiple injuries and struggles to remain one of the best racers.


Pedigree of Tokai Teio (JPN), bay stallion, 1988
Symboli Rudolf (JPN)
B. 1981
Partholon Milesian My Babu
Paleo Pharis
Sweet Luna Speed Symboli Royal Challenger
Sweet Inn
Dance Time Palestine
Tokai Natural (JPN)
B. 1982
Nice Dancer Northern Dancer Nearctic
Nice PrincessLe Beau Prince
Happy Night
Tokai MidoriFaberge Princely Gift
Spring Offensive
Tokai QueenAtlantis
Top Ryu (F-No.19-b)

See also


  1. Tokai Roman retired in 1988 and bred with Symboli Rudolf, producing the colt Tokai Thames, who retired without winning. [4]
  2. 「繋」vaguely means "connection", interpreted at "joints"


  1. 1 2 3 江面 2017, p. 218.
  2. 『優駿』2013年6月号、p.83
  3. 1 2 3 4 『優駿』2005年12月号、p.41
  4. 『名馬列伝トウカイテイオー』, p. 77.
  5. 吉川 2003, p. 40.
  6. 『優駿』1991年8月号、p.12
  7. 『トウカイテイオー栄光の蹄跡』p.62
  8. 『トウカイテイオー栄光の蹄跡』p.47
  9. 『優駿』1991年7月号、p.84
  10. 『優駿』2013年6月号、p.84

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