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February Stakes

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CAFE PHAROAH winning the February Stakes at Tokyo in Japan.
CAFE PHAROAH winning the February Stakes at Tokyo in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

The February Stakes is a Grade 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for four year olds and above at Tokyo racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.
The February Stakes is run over 1600m. It is run on the dirt. It was first run in 1984 and was won by Robaria Amon.
Originally a Domestic Grade 3 race, it was elevated to Domestic Grade 2 in 1994 then Domestic Grade 1 in 1997 and now at its present level in 2007.
Horses from the National Association of Racing (NAR) have been eligible to run in the race since 1995 and from 2007 for horses not trained in Japan.
This race and the Champions Cup in December are the only Grade 1 dirt race organized by the JRA (the other international Grade 1 dirt race (Tokyo Diashoten) and domestic Grade1 races are all organized by NAR).
It is considered as a progression for the dirt races conducted on Dubai World Cup night in March.
The February Stakes was worth JPY216,000,000 in 2021.
Tokyo racecourse is a left handed course with the mile start in the back straight.
The 2003 February Stakes was run at Nakayama over 1800m.
The only multiple winner of the race is Copano Rickey in 2014 & 2015.
No one age group has dominated but the five year olds have won it most with 15.
The most successful jockey is Yutaka Take who has five wins.
Akira Murayama has won the February Stakes three times since 2012.
Mozu Ascot's win in 2020 meant he had won G1s on the dirt and the grass in Japan.
Notable winners of the February Stakes include Cafe Pharoah (2021), Mozu Ascot (2020), Gold Dream (2017), Copano Rickey (2014/2015), Transcend (2011), Espoir City (2010), Success Broken (2009), Vermillion (2008) and Agnes Digital (2002).
The 2021 February Stakes was won by Cafe Pharoah from Air Spinel and Wonder Lider.
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Previous February Stakes Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
CAFE PHAROAH (USA) 4H
AMERICAN PHAROAH (USA) - MARY'S FOLLIES (USA) MORE THAN READY (USA)
C P LEMAIRE57.0N HORI3
MOZU ASCOT (USA) 6H
FRANKEL (GB) - INDIA (USA) HENNESSY (USA)
C P LEMAIRE57.0Y YAHAGI12
INTI (JPN) 5H
CAME HOME (USA) - KITTY (JPN) NORTHERN AFLEET (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE57.0K NONAKA6
NONKONO YUME (JPN) 6G
TWINING (USA) - NONKO (JPN) AGNES TACHYON (JPN)
H UCHIDA57.0Y KATO12
GOLD DREAM (JPN) 4H
GOLD ALLURE (JPN) - MON VERT (JPN) FRENCH DEPUTY (USA)
M DEMURO57.0O HIRATA3
MOANIN (USA) 4H
HENNY HUGHES (USA) - GIGGLY (USA) DISTORTED HUMOR (USA)
M DEMURO57.0S ISHIZAKA14
COPANO RICKEY (JPN) 5H
GOLD ALLURE (JPN) - COPANO NIKITA (JPN) TIMBER COUNTRY (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE57.0AKIRA MURAYAMA4
COPANO RICKEY (JPN) 4H
GOLD ALLURE (JPN) - COPANO NIKITA (JPN) TIMBER COUNTRY (USA)
HIRONOBU TANABE57.0AKIRA MURAYAMA13
GRAPE BRANDY (JPN) 5H
MANHATTAN CAFE (JPN) - WINE AND ROSE (JPN) JUDGE ANGELUCCI (USA)
S HAMANAKA57.0TAKAYUKI YASUDA2
TESTA MATTA (USA) 6H
TAPIT (USA) - DIFFICULT (USA) CONCERN (USA)
Y IWATA57.0AKIRA MURAYAMA16
TRANSCEND (JPN) 5H
WILD RUSH (USA) - CINEMA SCOPE (JPN) TONY BIN (IRE)
S FUJITA57.0TAKAYUKI YASUDA12
ESPOIR CITY (JPN) 5H
GOLD ALLURE (JPN) - EMINENT CITY (JPN) BRIAN'S TIME (USA)
TETSUZO SATO57.0AKIO ADACHI4
SUCCESS BROCKEN (JPN) 4H
SYMBOLI KRIS S (USA) - SUCCESS BEAUTY (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
H UCHIDA57.0H FUJIWARA15
VERMILION (JPN) 6H
EL CONDOR PASA (USA) - SCARLET LADY (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE57.0S ISHIZAKA15
SUNRISE BACCHUS (JPN) 5H
HENNESSY (USA) - REAL SAPPHIRE (JPN) REAL SHADAI (USA)
KATSUMI ANDO57.0H OTONASHI12
KANE HEKILI (JPN) 4H
FUJI KISEKI (JPN) - LIFE OUT THERE (USA) DEPUTY MINISTER (CAN)
YUTAKA TAKE57.0KATSUHIKO SUMII14
MEISHO BOWLER (JPN) 4H
TAIKI SHUTTLE (USA) - NICE RAISE (USA) STORM CAT (USA)
Y FUKUNAGA57.0T SHIRAI14
ADMIRE DON (JPN) 5H
TIMBER COUNTRY (USA) - VEGA (JPN) TONY BIN (IRE)
KATSUMI ANDO57.0H MATSUDA10
GOLD ALLURE (JPN) 4H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - NIKIYA (USA) NUREYEV (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE56.0YASUO IKEE5
AGNES DIGITAL (USA) 5H
CRAFTY PROSPECTOR (USA) - CHANCEY SQUAW (USA) CHIEF'S CROWN (USA)
H SHII57.0T SHIRAI9

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