2021-12-09 | By jpkeiba | Filed in: colt,stallion(male), Hall of Fame, Turf.


Name / Japanese Haiseiko / ハイセイコー
Birth Year 1970
Sex male
Earnings 219,566,600 yen
Races-Wins  22-13 
Sire China Rock
Dam (Sire) Haiyu (Karim)
Other site link  JBIS / en.netkeiba
Awards Yushun Award for Public Award (1973)
Honours Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame (1984)
  • Haiseiko was highly regarded from birth, and when he was two years old, his connections were advised by the JRA trainer to debut him at JRA, but he was to debut at NAR’s Ohi Racing.
  • He has won all six of his races at Ohi Racing.
    It is said that his total margin of victory over second place was 56 lengths.
  • Even before he made his debut at Ohi Racing there were rumors that he would be transferred to JRA, and on January 12, 1973 he was sold to a JRA owner and transferred to JRA.

All JRA races 

Track Race No. Pl. Take Hope
Yayoi Sho 6 1 7   / G 
Spring Stakes 3 1     / G 
Satsuki Sho 7 1     / G 
NHK Hai 7 1     / G 
Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) 5 3 1   / G 
Kyoto Shimbun Hai  3 2 8   / G 
Kikuka Sho 4 2 1   / G 
Arima Kinen 6 3     / G 
American Jockeys Club Cup 3 9 1   
Nakayama Kinen 7 1 3   / G 
Tenno Sho (Spring) 6 6 1   / G 
Takarazuka Kinen  10 1     / G 
Takamatsunomiya Hai 5 1    
Kyoto Daishoten 6 4     / G 
over 4yo OP 5 2 5   
Arima Kinen 1 2 3   / G 
  • The transfer of the local horse racing monster was a big topic of conversation for horse racing fans and the media.
    In his debut race at JRA, Yayoi Sho, 123,000 spectators turned out.
    He won by 1+3/4 lengths, showing signs of distress.
    His future rival, Take Hope, also ran in this race and finished 7th.
  • His connections, concerned about his run in the Yayoi Sho, had him run in the Spring Stakes as well.
    He won by 2+1/2 lengths.
    However, his connections was not satisfied with this result.
  • Before the Satsuki Sho, his connections discovered that he was using the bit poorly and corrected it.
  • In the Satsuki Sho, the 1st classic race, he was the 1st favorite.
    He took the lead early and was caught up by other horses for a while, but on the final hill, he again outpaced the rest of the field and crossed the finish line.
  • His victory in the Satsuki Sho made him popular beyond the confines of horse racing.
    He was featured in more than just racing magazines and sports newspapers, and he became known and popular among people who were not interested in horse racing.
  • Before the Derby, his connections discussed whether to run him in the NHK Hai.
    There were two opinions: one was that he was cautious and should be allowed to experience Tokyo Racecourse before the Derby, and the other was that he should not run in the NHK Hai because it would be too crowded for him.
    In the end, he ran in the NHK Hai.
    In the NHK Hai, 200 meters before the finish line, he was in a bad position and it looked like he was going to lose.
    Even his trainer and jockey thought he would lose, but he overtook the lead horse and finished 1st.
    His idolatrous popularity for his strength reached a climax when he won ten straight games since his debut in NAR.
  • In the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), the second classic race, he was by far the most favorite.
    He was very tired, but he ran.
    He took the lead for a moment in the home stretch, but finished in 3rd place, 0.9 seconds behind the 1st place finisher, Take Hope.
    Take Hope had a great run, breaking the race record by 0.8 seconds.
    There was a strange feeling of buzz inside the Tokyo Racecourse as they watched the defeat of Haiseiko.
    His defeat in the Derby halted the idolatrous popularity of his strength, but his popularity with himself was not diminished by the defeat, but rather increased.
  • In the Kikuka Sho, the last classic race, he was the 1st favorite.
    Everyone thought that Haiseiko would win until halfway down the final stretch.
    However the deciding factor in the 3000 meter long distance race was decided at the last minute.
    Take Hope chased hard after Haiseiko, and the two finished as the same.
    Take Hope won by a nose.
    Takehope’s jockey, Kunihiko Take, had decided not to get too close to or in front of Haiseiko because of Haiseiko’s guts.
    Then, from the second-to-last corner, Kunihiko Take set his sights only on Haiseiko and overtook him at the last moment.
  • In the Arima Kinen (1973), he was the 1st favorite.
    Haiseiko’s jockey and Tanino Chikara’s jockey marked each other.
    As a result, they were unable to catch up with the leading horse.
    However, Haiseiko defeated Tanino Chikara.
    Strong Eight won the race.
  • The Best Horse of 1973 went to Take Hope, but Haiseiko won the Public Award for his contribution to expanding the popularity of horse racing by attracting many new horse racing fans.
  • In the Nakayamam Kinen, he won defeating Take Hope.
  • In the Tenno Sho (Spring), he lost to Take Hope and finished 6th.
    This defeat led to a decline in his popularity.
    He had plans for an American tour, but these plans were scrapped after this defeat.
    The winner, Take Hope, developed bowed tendon after this race.
  • In the Takarazuka Kinen, he was the 2nd favorite.
    The 1st favorite was Strong Eight, and it was the first time for Haiseiko not to be the 1st favorite.
    He took the lead early and won the race, setting a new record time.
    His popularity was revived by this victory.
  • In the autumn he ran in the Kyoto Daishoten, then he ran in an OP race as an adjustment to the Tenno Sho and finished 2nd.
    However, he was found after the race to have had a nose bleed during the race and the rules suspended him from racing for a month.
    This is why he was unable to run in the Tenno Sho (Autumn).
  • In the Arima Kinen, it was his retirement race.
    He was the 3rd favorite.
    (Take Hope was the 1st favorite and Tanino Chikara was the 2nd favorite.)
    Haiseiko and Take Hope almost caught up with the leading Tanino Chikara on the final corner, but Tanino Chikara widened the margin in the home stretch.
    Even after Tanino Chikara crossed the finish line, the crowd remained focused on the battle between Haiseiko and Take Hope, and cheered and applauded when Haiseiko crossed the finish line.
    There was a comment on this phenomenon, saying that this race consisted of the first race won by Tanino Chikara and the second race of the battle between Haiseiko and Take Hope.

As a sire

  • He was quite popular as a stallion in his first year, but his popularity as a stallion declined as his crops were small and often bad.
    However, his popularity as a stallion recovered to a certain extent as his first crops produced successful horses such as Katsurano Haiseiko.
  • Katsurano Haiseiko ran as the 1st favorite in the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), and the medias were buzzing about “avenging his father’s loss.
    He brilliantly won the Derby that his sire could not win.
    He also won the Tenno Sho (Spring) that his sire could not win.
  • Other his crops include Sand Peeress, who won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, and Haku Taisei, who won the Satsuki Sho.
  • His crops were strong in the NAR races, which were mainly dirt races.
    He became the leading sire of NAR in 1990.

the First Horse Racing Boom

  • The expansion of the popularity of horse racing that accompanied his success is called the First Horse Racing Boom.
  • Thanks to him, the number of visitors to the racetracks has increased and the number of female horse racing fans has also greatly increased.
  • His popularity continued even after he became a stallion, and many people joined the Haiseiko tour and came to his farm in Hokkaido to see him.
  • His jockey, Sueo Masuzawa, sang a song called “さらばハイセイコー (Farewell Haiseiko),” which became a hit song, selling 450,000 records.
  • One of the reasons for his popularity is the longing to see someone from the countryside become a national star in the city.
    This is the same with Oguri Cap.
    Oguri Cap’s pedigree was not so good, and he was from Kasamatsu, Gifu Prefecture.
    However, Haiseiko’s pedigree was top-notch at the time, and when he was sold to his first owner, it was assumed that he would be transferred to JRA before he debuted at NAR, so he was an elite horse from the start.
  • The first horse racing boom was based solely on the popularity of Haiseiko.
    The second horse racing boom was centered on Oguri Cap, but other horses such as Tamamo Cross, Super Creek, and Inari One, as well as young jockeys such as Yutaka Take, also attracted attention.
    Although the first horse racing boom was immature, rough and fanatical compared to the second boom, it contributed very much to the popularization of horse racing.
    After the fever of the first horse racing boom subsided, the era of TTG showdowns and the popular Triple Crown winner Mr.C.B. and the absolute, if sometimes unpopular, Symboli Rudolf followed, leading to the second horse racing boom, which is sometimes considered the high point of Japanese horse racing.

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