|Name / Japanese||El Condor Pasa / エルコンドルパサー|
|Earnings||376,078,000 yen (only Japan)|
|Races-Win / G1-Win||11-8 / 5-3|
|Dam (Sire)||Saddlers Gal (Sadler’s Wells)|
|Other site link||JBIS / Umanity / en.netkeiba|
|Awards||JRA Award for Best Three-Year-Old Colt (1998)
JRA Award for Best Older Male Horse (1999)
JRA Award for Horse of the Year (1999)
|Honours / Honors||Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame (2014)|
- El Condor Pasa’s owner had a deep knowledge of the pedigree.
(El Condor Pasa’s pedigree)
He longed for “a mare-line of Thong” and bought “Saddlers Gal”.
And he mated Kingmambo, who was also Thong-blooded, with Saddlers Gal.
As a result El Condor Pasa is a heavy inbreeding horse.
(Special, Lisadell (dam:Thong, sire:Foril): 25.00% 4×4×3
Northern Dancer : 18.75% 4×3
Native Dancer : 9.38% 4×5)
All grade races
|New Zealand Trophy Yonsai Stakes (G2)||17||1||G|
|NHK Mile Cup (G1)||9||1||◆|
|Mainichi Okan (G2)||4||2||G|
|Japan Cup (G1)||11||1||◆|
|Prix d’Ispahan (G1)||2||2||G|
|Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (G1)||1||1||G|
|Prix Foy (G2)||1||1||G|
|Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1)||2||2||G|
- El Condor Pasa was born in USA, so he could not run in the classics races due to the rule at that time.
His connections set the NHK Mile Cup as a spring goal.
- In the NHK Mile Cup, he was 1st favorite.
He met expectations and won.
- His connections set the Japan Cup as a autumn goal.
In the Mainichi Okan, his previous jockey Hitoshi Matoba chose Grass Wonder.
Masayoshi Ebina was selected as his new jockey.
He lost to Silence Suzuka. (5th: Grass Wonder)
It was his first lose and only lose in Japan.
- Before the Japan Cup, many thought that the race was long-distance for him.
In the race, he made a pace in front group.
He took the lead in the home stretch.
Air Groove and Special Week could not catch up with him.
- He won the JRA Award for Best Three-Year-Old Colt (1998) with 119 votes.
(Seiun Sky (the double crown horse): 77 votes
Special Week (the derby horse): 8 votes
Grass Wonder (He won the most popular race in Japan, the Arima Kinen.): 4 votes)
- His connections decided to let him run the races in France in 1999.
He initially struggled with European turf and rugged tracks.
He gradually got used to it and changed his body and running style.
- In the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, he won by 2+1/2 lengths.
It was a first win for him in France.
- In the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, there were eight G1 winners, including El Condor Passer.
He made a pace from the beginning.
He was overtaken by Montjeu 100m before the finish-line.
He lost to Montjeu by 1/2 lengths.
“There were two champions” the local media said.
“Montjeu wouldn’t win if it was a hard track” Montjeu’s trainer later said.
- He retired and was selected for the JRA Award for Best Older Male Horse (1999) and the JRA Award for Horse of the Year (1999).
However it was controversial because he didn’t run a race in Japan.
As a sire
- He could only leave three generations of crops because he died young.
Famous crops are such as Vermilion, Tokai Trick, Alondite and Song of Wind.
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