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Yasuda Kinen

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mozu ascot winning the yasuda kinen race at tokyo in japan
MOZU ASCOT winning the Yasuda Kinen Race at Tokyo in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

The Yasuda Kinen is a Grade 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for three year olds and above at Tokyo racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.
The Yasuda Kinen is run over 1600m. It was first run in 1951 and won by Issei.
It was run as the Yasuda Sho in honour 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.
In 1984 the race was promoted to Grade 1 status and in 1993 it was granted International Grade 1 status.
The Yasuda Kinen is worth JPY238,600,000 in 2019 (approx. AUD3million).
Tokyo racecourse is a left handed course with the mile start at the top of the back straight.
The six year olds have dominated in the last 20 years with 9 wins. Real Impact is the only 3yo to win of late.
Fairy King Prawn did Hong Kong proud in 2000. Bullish Luck did the same in 2006.
One of the great Japanese sprinters Lord Kanaloa won the race in 2013. He also won Sprinters Stakes x 2, Hong Kong Sprint x 2 and Yasuda Kinen in a sensational 15 month period.
Vodka is the only recent dual winner. She was good enough to take a Japan Cup.
In 2014, Just A Way won the Yasuda Kinen by a nose which came after taking the Dubai Duty Free by a furlong.
Probably Japan’s most recent international champion horse was Maurice. He won three majors in Hong Kong but his home record included a Tenno Sho (Autumn), Mile Championship and the 2015 Yasuda Kinen.
Some global jockeys have tasted success here including Robbie Fradd, Brett Prebble and Christophe Lemaire.
Even Godolphin came to Japan as Saeed bin Suroor won with Heart Lake in 1995.
Notable winners of the Yasuda Kinen include Logotype (2016), Maurice (2015), Just A Way (2014), Lord Kanaloa (2013), Real Impact (2011), Vodka (2008/2009), Daiwa Major (2007), Bullish Luck (2006), Black Hawk (2001), Fairy King Prawn (2000), Taiki Shuttle (1998), Yamanin Zephyr (1992/1993) and Oguri Cap (1990).
The 2018 Yasuda Kinen was won by Mozu Ascot from Aerolithe and Suave Richard.
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Previous Yasuda Kinen Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
INDY CHAMP (JPN) 4H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - WILL POWER (JPN) KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN)
Y FUKUNAGA58.0H OTONASHI5
MOZU ASCOT (USA) 4H
FRANKEL (GB) - INDIA (USA) HENNESSY (USA)
C P LEMAIRE58.0Y YAHAGI10
SATONO ALADDIN (JPN) 6H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MAGIC STORM (USA) STORM CAT (USA)
Y KAWADA58.0Y IKEE14
LOGOTYPE (JPN) 6H
LOHENGRIN (JPN) - STEREOTYPE (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
HIRONOBU TANABE58.0TSUYOSHI TANAKA6
MAURICE (JPN) 4H
SCREEN HERO (JPN) - MEJIRO FRANCES (JPN) CARNEGIE (IRE)
Y KAWADA58.0N HORI6
JUST A WAY (JPN) 5H
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - SIBYL (JPN) WILD AGAIN (USA)
Y SHIBATA58.0N SUGAI10
LORD KANALOA (JPN) 5H
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - LADY BLOSSOM (JPN) STORM CAT (USA)
Y IWATA58.0T YASUDA10
STRONG RETURN (JPN) 6
SYMBOLI KRIS S (USA) - CAUGHT OUT (USA) SMART STRIKE (CAN)
Y FUKUNAGA58.0N HORI4
REAL IMPACT (JPN) 3C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - TOKIO REALITY (USA) MEADOWLAKE (USA)
K TOSAKI54.0N HORI14
SHOWA MODERN (JPN) 6H
AIR JIHAD (JPN) - YUME SHIBAI (JPN) TONY BIN (IRE)
HIROKI GOTO58.0H SUGIURA17
VODKA (JPN) 5M
TANINO GIMLET (JPN) - TANINO SISTER (JPN) ROUSILLON (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE56.0KATSUHIKO SUMII3
VODKA (JPN) 4M
TANINO GIMLET (JPN) - TANINO SISTER (JPN) ROUSILLON (USA)
Y IWATA56.0KATSUHIKO SUMII5
DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) 6H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - SCARLET BOUQUET (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
KATSUMI ANDO58.0H UEHARA2
BULLISH LUCK (USA) 7G
ROYAL ACADEMY (USA) - WILD VINTAGE (USA) ALYSHEBA (USA)
B PREBBLE58.0A S CRUZ4
ASAKUSA DEN'EN (GB) 6H
SINGSPIEL (IRE) - WHITEWATER AFFAIR (GB) MACHIAVELLIAN (USA)
S FUJITA58.0M KON7
TSURUMARU BOY (JPN) 6H
DANCE IN THE DARK (JPN) - TSURUMARU GIRL (JPN) SOCCER BOY (JPN)
KATSUMI ANDO58.0K HASHIGUCHI14
AGNES DIGITAL (USA) 6H
CRAFTY PROSPECTOR (USA) - CHANCEY SQUAW (USA) CHIEF'S CROWN (USA)
H SHII58.0T SHIRAI3
ADMIRE COZZENE (JPN) 6H
COZZENE (USA) - ADMIRE MCARDY (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
HIROKI GOTO58.0M HASHIDA18
FAIRY KING PRAWN (AUS) 4G
DANEHILL (USA) - TWIGLET (AUS) TWIG MOSS (FR)
R FRADD58.0I W ALLAN

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