|Name / Japanese||Grass Wonder / グラスワンダー|
|Races-Win / G1-Win||15-9 / 6-4|
|Dam (Sire)||Ameriflora (Danzig)|
|Other site link||JBIS / Umanity / netkeiba|
|Awards||JRA Award for Best Two-Year-Old Colt (1997)
JRA Special Award (1999)
- His sister is Wonder Again, a two-time G1 winner in the United States.
There’s also a grade-race named after her, Wonder Again Stakes.
All races in 1997 (age 2)
|Keisei Hai Sansai Stakes (G2)||2||1||6||G|
|1997 07/12||Nakayama T1600||Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes (G1)||11||1||2.1/2||◆|
- In the Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes, he won by 2+1/2 lengths.
It was his first G1 win.
The track condition was so bad that one jockey complained, “This is a “Yielding Track” .”
(It was “Firm Track” in the official JRA announcement.)
Nevertheless he broke the record time by 0.4 seconds.
- He showed a great performance and won all four races at the age of two.
He won the JRA Award for Best Two-Year-Old Colt (1997).
He was also voted the Japanese Horse of the Year (1997) with 10 votes.
It was extremely unusual for a 2-year-old horse to be voted for Japanese Horse of the Year.
All G1 races + grade races he won + Mainichi Okan (1998) (since 1998)
|1998 11/10||Tokyo T1800||Mainichi Okan (G2)||6||5||G|
|1998 27/12||Nakayama T2500||Arima Kinen (G1)||2||1||◆|
|Keio Hai Spring Cup (G2)||5||1||G|
|1999 13/06||Tokyo T1600||Yasuda Kinen (G1)||7||2||◆|
|1999 11/07||Hanshin T2200||Takarazuka Kinen (G1)||5||1||◆|
|Mainichi Okan (G2)||8||1||G|
|1999 26/12||Nakayama T2500||Arima Kinen (G1)||7||1||◆|
|Takarazuka Kinen (G1)||11||6||◆|
- He had an injury and rested in the first half of 1998.
- Before the Mainichi Okan (1998), his jockey Hitoshi Matoba worried about whether to choose Grass Wonder or El Condor Pasa.
After all Matoba chose Grass Wonder.
In the race, he finished in 5th place due to his poor condition.
Grass Wonder and El Condor Pasa were treated like children by Silence Suzuka.
- In the Arima Kinen (1998), he got back his form.
He defeated other seven G1-horses.
It was his first victory in a year.
- In the Takarazuka Kinen (1999), it was the first showdown between Grass Wonder and Special Week.
His jockey marked on Special Week.
Special Week spurted before the last corner.
Grass Wonder followed Special Week and passed him in the home stretch.
He won by 3 lengths.
The difference between Special Week and the 3rd place Stay Gold was 7 lengths.
- In the Arima Kinen (1999), he was the 1st favorite.
He and Special Week finished side by side.
Grass Wonder’s connections thought they had lost.
And Special Week’s jockey did a winning run, thinking he had won.
However, as a result of the photo judgment, it was Grass Wonder’s win.
Grass Wonder won three consecutive Grand Prix races.
(Arima Kinen(1998) – Takarazuka Kinen(1999) – Arima Kinen (1999))
- He was often injured.
His jockey Hitoshi Matoba Said “I’m sorry I couldn’t show you the true strength of Grass Wonder.”
- He and Special Week met again at an event held at Hakodate Racecourse on July 12, 2014.
Special Week at the time was excited to see the chestnut horse, so he walked the paddock away from Grass Wonder.
Glass Wonder was walking around in heat.
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