|Name / Japanese||Ines Fujin / アイネスフウジン|
|Races-Win / G1-Win||8-4 / 3-2|
|Dam (Sire)||Tesco Pearl (Tesco Boy)|
|Other site link||JBIS / Umanity / netkeiba|
|Awards||JRA Award for Best Two-Year-Old Colt (1989)
JRA Award for Best Three-Year-Old Colt (1990)
All grade races
|Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes (G1)||8||1||◆|
|Kyodo Tsushin Hai Yonsai Stakes (G3)||1||1||G|
|Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho (G2)||8||4||G|
|Satsuki Sho (G1)||2||2||◆|
|Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (G1)||12||1||◆|
- The jockey, Eiji Nakano, was an unremarkable presence.
In 1989, he was 36 years old.
He lost his credibility because of a weight loss failure and a car accident, and there were few horses he could ride.
He was chosen by Ines Fujin’s trainer to be the jockey.
- In the Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes, Ines Fujin was 5th favorite.
He equalled Maruzensky’s record time, which has been called “不滅のレコード (The Immortal Record)”.
It was his first G1 win.
It was also Nakano’s first G1 win.
- In the Satsuki Sho, the first classic race, he was first favorite.
He lost the race because of a delay just after the start of the race.
His connections were told to drop off Nakano.
His owner and trainer didn’t drop off Nakano.
- Before the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), Nakano said “Please make Ines Fujin as the most popular. My dream is to win the Derby as the most popular. I’m very confident.”
- In the Day of Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), Japan was at the height of its “The second horse racing boom” which was centered on Oguri Cap.
196,517 people gathered at Tokyo Racecourse.
That number is said to be a world record and is still unbroken to this day.
Ines Fujin was 3rd favorite.
Nakano said “(If I could buy a ticket,) I’d borrow money to make Ines Fujin the most favorite.”
In the race, he became a front runner and made the pace.
He finished with no one catching up to him.
He broke the record time.
He whispered, “Suck it up! I’m a jockey too!”
- After the race, the crowd shouted “Nakano!”
(Japanese Derby Ines Fujin Nakano Call)
This occurrence was unheard of at the time.
Many argue that this is the moment when horse racing in Japan turned from a gambling activity to a sport.
A lot of people wanted to know more about horses and jockeys.
And they wanted the dramatic stories that came from them.
New sense of values for horse racing since “The second horse racing boom” has taken hold.
- Looking back only at their records from posterity, they may be an unobtrusive horse and an unobtrusive jockey.
But they changed Japanese horse racing by driving more people crazy than any other in the world.
- He may not have been a successful sire, but he sired Fast Friend.