Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun

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The Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun (全日本2歳優駿) is an international listed flat horse race in Japan open to two-year-old horses. It is run at Kawasaki Racecourse over a distance of 1600 metres.

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The race was first run in 1999 and is an important race in Japan for two-year-olds on dirt. In 2017, the race began to be included as part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series. [1]

Winners

YearWinnerJockeyTrainerTimeReference
2020 Alain Barows
2019 Vacation
2018 Nova LendaYuichi KitamuraTakashi Saito1:42.6 [2]
2017 Le Vent Se LeveMirco DemuroKiyoshi Hagiwara1:41:6 [2]
2016Rieno TesoroHayato YoshidaRyo Takei1:42.8
2015Sound SkyKeita TosakiMasao Sato1:43.1
2014Dear Domus Kousei Miura Yutaka Takahashi1:45.3
2013Happy SprintMitsuyuki MiyazakiJunji Tanaka1:40.4
2012SomeriesYusuke FujiokaKenichi Fujioka1:41.9
2011ObruchevEiji NakadateKiyoshi Hagiwara1:41.6
2010Big RomanceKatsuharu TanakaMichifumi Kono1:41.2
2009Love MichanKusuhiko HamaguchiHitoshi Yanae1:40.0
2008SuniHiroyuki UchidaNaohiro Yoshida1:40.5
2007Iide KenshinShinji FujitaMitsugu Kon1:41.8
2006FuriosoHiroyuki UchidaMasayuki Kawashima1:41.8
2005Grace TiaraKatsuharu TanakaTakahisa Tezuka1:42.3
2004Pride KimKenichi IkezoeKaneo Ikezoe1:40.6
2003Admire Hope Yutaka Take Mitsuru Hashida1:42.8
2002UtopiaHiroshi KawachiKojiro Hashiguchi1:42.4
2001Principal RiverFuyuki IgarashiHaruo Narita1:42.5
2000Toshin BlizzardTakayuki IshizakiKenji Sato1:42.6
1999 Agnes Digital Hitoshi MatobaToshiaki Shirai1:41.1

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