Yasuda Kinen

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Yasuda Kinen
Yasuda Memorial
安田記念
Grade 1 race
LocationTokyo Racecourse, Fuchu, Tokyo
Inaugurated1951
Race typeThoroughbred
Website japanracing.jp - Yasuda Kinen
Race information
Distance1600 meters
(About 8 furlongs / 1 mile)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
Qualification3-y-o & Up, Thoroughbreds
Weight3-y-o 54 kg \ 4-y-o & up 58kg [1]
Purse ¥ 190,000,000 (as of 2015)
1st: ¥ 100,000,000
Bonuses$1,000,000 (¥115,000,000) bonus is given to any horse who wins two legs of the four-race Asian Mile Challenge, including the Yasuda Kinen.

The Yasuda Kinen (English: Yasuda Memorial, Japanese and Chinese language: 安田記念) is a Japanese International Grade I Thoroughbred horse race held at the Tokyo Racecourse in Tokyo. Raced annually each June, the Yasuda Kinen is run at a distance of eight furlongs (one mile) on turf and is open to horses three years of age and up. The event was first run in 1951 as the Yasuda Sho in honor of Izaemon Yasuda, the founding chairman of the Japan Racing Association. Following the death of Mr. Yasuda, in 1958 the race name was changed to the Yasuda Kinen.

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In 1984 the race was promoted to Grade 1 status and in 1993 it was granted International Grade 1 status. In 2005, the race became the final leg of the Asian Mile Challenge. In addition to the US$1 million first place purse, another US$1 million bonus is given to any horse who wins two legs of the four-race Asian Mile Challenge.

Past winners of the Yasuda Kinen include Oguri Cap and Taiki Shuttle, both Horse of the Year honorees in Japan in 1990 and 1998 respectively. As well, the race has been won by international horses such as the Godolphin 1995 winner Heart Lake, and Fairy King Prawn who in 2000 became the first Hong Kong-trained horse to ever win a Grade I race outside of Hong Kong. In 2006 another Hong Kong-owned champion, Bullish Luck, won the race and earned the Asian Mile Challenge bonus money for winning both the Yasuda Kinen and the Champions Mile in Hong Kong.

Winners since 1984

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1984Happy Progress6Seiki TabaraShoji YamamotoS. Fujita1:37.8
1985Nihon Pillow Winner5Hiroshi KawachiMasatoshi HattoriHyakutaro Kobayashi1:35.1
1986Gallop Dyna6Isamu ShibasakiSusumu YanoShadai Race Horse1:35.5
1987Fresh Voice4Masato ShibataNaoyuki SakaiKazuo Enjo1:35.7
1988Nippo Teio5Hiroyuki GoharaFusamatsu OkuboYuichi Yamaishi1:34.2
1989Bamboo Memory4Yukio OkabeKunihiko TakeTatsuichi Takeda1:34.3
1990 Oguri Cap 5 Yutaka Take Tsutomo SetoguchiShunsuke Kondo1:32.4
1991Daiichi Ruby4Hiroshi KawachiYuji ItoHaruo Tsujimoto1:33.8
1992Yamanin Zephyr4Katsuharu TanakaHironori KuritaHajime Doi1:33.8
1993Yamanin Zephyr5Yoshitomi ShibataHironori KuritaHajime Doi1:33.5
1994North Flight4Koichi TsunodaKeiji KatoTaihoku Bokujo1:33.2
1995Heart Lake4 Yutaka Take Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:33.2
1996Trot Thunder7Norihiro YokoyamaKatsutoshi AikawaTeruo Fujimoto1:33.1
1997Taiki Blizzard6Yukio Okabe Kazuo Fujisawa Taiki Farm Co.1:33.8
1998 Taiki Shuttle 4Yukio Okabe Kazuo Fujisawa Taiki Farm Co.1:37.5
1999Air Jihad4 Masayoshi Ebina Masanori ItoLucky Field Co.1:33.3
2000 Fairy King Prawn 5 Robbie Fradd Ivan W. Allan Philip Lau Sak Hong1:33.9
2001Black Hawk7Norihiro YokoyamaSakae Kunieda Makoto Kaneko 1:33.0
2002Admire Cozzene6Hiroki GotoMitsuru HashidaRiichi Kondo1:33.3
2003 Agnes Digital 6Hirofumi ShiiToshiaki ShiraiTakao Watanabe1:32.1
2004Tsurumaru Boy6Katsumi AndoKojiro HashiguchiTakao Tsuruta1:32.6
2005Asakusa Den'en6Shinji FujitaMichifumi KonoGenichiro Tahara1:32.3
2006 Bullish Luck 7 Brett Prebble Tony Cruz Wong Wing Keung1:32.6
2007 Daiwa Major 6Katsumi AndoHiroyuki UeharaKeizo Oshiro1:32.3
2008 Vodka 4 Yasunari Iwata Katsuhiko SumiiYuzo Tanimizu1:32.7
2009 Vodka 5 Yutaka Take Katsuhiko SumiiYuzo Tanimizu1:33.5
2010Showa Modern6Hiroki GotoHiroaki SugiuraKeiichi Yamagishi1:31.7
2011 Real Impact 3Keita TosakiNoriyuki HoriCarrot Farm1:32.0
2012Strong Return6 Yuichi Fukunaga Noriyuki Hori Teruya Yoshida 1:31.3
2013 Lord Kanaloa 5 Yasunari Iwata Takayuki YasudaLord Horse Club1:31.5
2014 Just A Way 5 Yoshitomi Shibata Naosuke SugaiAkatsuki Yamatoya1:36.8
2015 Maurice 4Yuga KawadaNoriyuki HoriKazumi Yoshida1:32.0
2016 Logotype 6Hironobu TanabeTsuyoshi Tanaka Teruya Yoshida 1:33.0
2017Satono Aladdin6Yuga KawadaYasutoshi IkeeHajime Satomi1:31.5
2018 Mozu Ascot 4 Christophe Lemaire Yoshito YahagiCapital System1:31.3
2019 Indy Champ 4Yuichi FukunagaHidetaka OtonashiSilk Racing1:30.9
2020 Gran Alegria 4Kenichi IkezoeKazuo FujisawaSunday Racing1:31.6
2021 Danon Kingly 5Yuga KawadaKiyoshi HagiwaraDanox Co Ltd1:31.7

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