|Name / Japanese||Air Jihad / エアジハード|
|Races-Win / G1-Win||12-7 / 4-2|
|Sire||Sakura Yutaka O|
|Dam (Sire)||Icy Goggle (Royal Ski)|
|Other site link||JBIS / Umanity / netkeiba|
|Awards||JRA Award for Best Sprinter or Miler (1999)
Best Horse By Home-bred Sire (1999)
|Fuji TV Spring Stakes (G2)||8||4||G|
|NHK Mile Cup (G1)||16||8||◆|
|Fuji Stakes (G3)||5||1||G|
|Keio Hai Spring Cup (G2)||18||2||G|
|Yasuda Kinen (G1)||12||1||◆|
|Tenno Sho (autumn) (G1)||1||3||◆|
|Mile Championship (G1)||6||1||◆|
- In the Fuji TV Spring Stakes, he was 2nd favorite.
He went berserk inside the starting-gate.
He finished 4th.
He was to be re-examined for gate training.
He couldn’t quite pass the examination, so he went straight to the NHK Mile Cup.
- In the NHK Mile Cup, he lost to El Condor Pasa and finished 8th.
At that time, NHK Mile Cup was called the Derby for foreign horses, but he was the highest placed Japanese born horse.
- In the Fuji Stakes, he won by a neck.
It was his first grade-race win.
After the race, his trainer said that he could be the next Taiki Shuttle.
- In the Keio Hai Spring Cup, he was 4th favorite.
Grass Wonder passed the other horses, including Air Jihad, from the outside at once and crossed the finish line.
Air Jihad finished 2nd.
- In the Yasuda Kinen, he was 4th favorite.
Grass Wonder was by far the most favorite.
Air Jihad’s jockey, Masayoshi Ebina, marked Grass Wonder.
Grass Wonder and Air Jihad competed hardly in the home stretch.
Air Jihad won by a nose.
It was his first G1 win.
- In the Mile Championship, he won by 1+1/2 lengths.
He broke the race record.
He followed the previous year’s Taiki Shuttle to win the spring and autumn mile G1 races.
- He then went to Hong Kong to run in the Hong Kong Cup, but due to injury he was unable to run and retired.
As a sire
- Showa Modern won the Yasuda Kinen (2010).
- He’s sired several horses that have done well, mostly in short distance races, but no successor stallion.