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Takarazuka Kinen

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History

LYS GRACIEUX winning the Takarazuka Kinen in Hanshin, Japan.
LYS GRACIEUX winning the Takarazuka Kinen in Hanshin, Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

The Takarazuka Kinen is a Grade 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for three year olds and above at Hanshin racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.
The Takarazuka Kinen is run over 2200m. It was first run in 1960 and won by Homare Hiro.
It is one of the two 'All-Star' races in Japanese horse racing along 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.
When first run it was over 1800m. From 1961 to 1965 the race was run over 2000m and since 1966 it has been run over its present distance.
The race is named after the city where Hanshin Racecourse is located.
The Takarazuka Kinen was worth JPY289,660,000 in 2019.
Hanshin racecourse is a right handed course with the start at the top of the home straight.
The 1995 and 2006 Takarazuka Kinens were run at Kyoto.
The five year olds have taken the last six runnings of the race.
Deep Impact took it out during his 2006 season where only the Arc was a defeat. It was a top win down in trip off the Tenno Sho (Spring).
The big grey Gold Ship could do some weird and wonderful things but he did win this race twice.
After winning the Hong Kong Vase the previous December, Satono Crown won the Takarazuka Kinen in 2017.
Lys Gracieux winning in 2019 gave Australian jockey Damian Lane another G1 during his Japanese stint. The horse would be invited to the Cox Plate after this win and would superbly take the race out coming from near last.
The jockeys have spread this race around with Ryuji Wada winning it 18 years apart following the great TM Opera O's win in 2000.
Yasutoshi Ikee is a trainer with three wins in the last decade including the sometimes unbelievable Orfevre.
Notable winners of the Takarazuka Kinen include Lys Gracieux (2019), Satono Crown (2017), Lovely Day (2015), Gold Ship (2013/2014), Orfevre (2012), Admire Moon (2007), Deep Impact (2006), Sweep Tosho (2005), Tap Dance City (2004), TM Opera O (2000), Grass Wonder (1999), Mejiro McQueen (1993), Katsuragi Ace (1984), Haiseiko (1974) and Shinzan (1965).
The 2019 Takarazuka Kinen was won by Lys Gracieux from Kiseki and Suave Richard.
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Previous Takarazuka Kinen Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
LYS GRACIEUX (JPN) 5M
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - LILISIDE (FR) AMERICAN POST (GB)
DAMIAN LANE 56.0 Y YAHAGI 12
MIKKI ROCKET (JPN) 5H
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - MONEYCANTBUYMELOVE (IRE) PIVOTAL (GB)
R WADA 58.0 H OTONASHI 4
SATONO CROWN (JPN) 5H
MARJU (IRE) - JIOCONDA (IRE) ROSSINI (USA)
M DEMURO 58.0 N HORI 11
MARIALITE (JPN) 5M
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - CHRYSOPRASE (JPN) EL CONDOR PASA (USA)
M EBINA 56.0 T KUBOTA 16
LOVELY DAY (JPN) 5H
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - POPCORN JAZZ (JPN) DANCE IN THE DARK (JPN)
Y KAWADA 58.0 Y IKEE 16
GOLD SHIP (JPN) 5H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - POINT FLAG (JPN) MEJIRO MCQUEEN (JPN)
N YOKOYAMA 58.0 N SUGAI 11
GOLD SHIP (JPN) 4H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - POINT FLAG (JPN) MEJIRO MCQUEEN (JPN)
H UCHIDA 58.0 N SUGAI 10
ORFEVRE (JPN) 4H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - ORIENTAL ART (JPN) MEJIRO MCQUEEN (JPN)
K IKEZOE 58.0 Y IKEE 11
EARNESTLY (JPN) 6H
GRASS WONDER (USA) - LETTRE D'AMOUR (JPN) TONY BIN (IRE)
TETSUZO SATO 58.0 SHUICHI SASAKI 2
NAKAYAMA FESTA (JPN) 4H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - DEAR WINK (JPN) TIGHT SPOT (USA)
Y SHIBATA 58.0 Y NINOMIYA 17
DREAM JOURNEY (JPN) 5H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - ORIENTAL ART (JPN) MEJIRO MCQUEEN (JPN)
K IKEZOE 58.0 Y IKEE 9
EISHIN DEPUTY (JPN) 6H
FRENCH DEPUTY (USA) - EISHIN MCALLEN (USA) WOODMAN (USA)
H UCHIDA 58.0 AKIRA NOMOTO 9
ADMIRE MOON (JPN) 4H
END SWEEP (USA) - MY KATIES (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
Y IWATA 58.0 H MATSUDA 6
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) 4H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - WIND IN HER HAIR (IRE) ALZAO (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE 58.0 YASUO IKEE 8
SWEEP TOSHO (JPN) 4M
END SWEEP (USA) - TABATHA TOSHO (JPN) DANCING BRAVE (USA)
K IKEZOE 56.0 A TSURUDOME 11
TAP DANCE CITY (USA) 7H
PLEASANT TAP (USA) - ALL DANCE (USA) NORTHERN DANCER (CAN)
TETSUZO SATO 58.0 SHUICHI SASAKI 15
HISHI MIRACLE (JPN) 4H
SOCCER BOY (JPN) - SHUNSAKU YOSHIKO (JPN) SHADY HEIGHTS (GB)
KOICHI TSUNODA 58.0 M SAYAMA 10
DANTSU FLAME (JPN) 4H
BRIAN'S TIME (USA) - INTER PYRENEES (JPN) SANQUIRICO (USA)
S FUJITA 58.0 KAZUAKI YAMAUCHI 3