Japanese Horse Racing in 1988

2020-11-24 | By jpkeiba | Filed in: History.


  • Nakayama Racecourse was renovated.
    Accordingly, the Satsuki Sho was held at Tokyo Racecourse as an alternative.
  • Oguri Cap transferred to JRA from Kasamatsu Keiba of NAR.
  • Oguri Cap and Tamamo Cross remained undefeated in this year until then, when they faced off in the Tenno Sho (Autumn).
    The two gray-haired horses ran three races, which made horse racing fans very excited.
  • Super Creek won the Kikuka Sho.
    His jockey, Yutaka Take, was the youngest ever to win a G1 race.

第二次競馬ブーム / The Second Horse Racing Boom

  • The second horse racing boom occurred in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
  • A major role was taken by Oguri Cap.
    Other horses that were popular include Tamamo Cross, Soccer Boy, Super Creek, Inari One, Ines Fujin, Mejiro Ryan and Tokai Teio.
  • Young jockeys, led by Yutaka Take, also played an active role.
  • And due to the impact of the bubble economy, the racetrack drew large crowds.
    Women and children also took an interest in horse racing and the number of horse racing fans surged.
    There were also many young female fans at the racetrack, who were called Oguri-gals and Yutaka-gals.

G1 races

Races Track age / (Colt Filly Gelding) 1st
Oka Sho Hanshin
3 / F Ara Hotoku
Satsuki Sho Tokyo
3 / CF Yaeno Muteki
Tenno Sho (Spring) Kyoto
over 4 / CF Tamamo Cross
Yasuda Kinen Tokyo
over 4 / CFG Nippo Teio
Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) Tokyo
3 / F Cosmo Dream
Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) Tokyo
3 / CF Sakura Chiyono O
Takarazuka Kinen Hanshin
over 3 / CFG Tamamo Cross
Tenno Sho (Autumn) Tokyo
over 3 / CF Tamamo Cross
Kikuka Sho Kyoto
3 / CF Super Creek
Queen Elizabeth II Cup Kyoto
3 / F Miyama Poppy
Mile Championship Kyoto
over 3 / CFG Soccer Boy
Japan Cup Tokyo
over 3 / CFG Pay the Butler (USA)
Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes Nakayama
2 / CF Sakura Hokuto O
Hanshin Sansai Stakes Hanshin
2 / CF Lucky Guerlain
Arima Kinen Nakayama
over 3 / CFG Oguri Cap

JRA Award (From this year, it was changed from Yushun Award.)

Horse of the Year Tamamo Cross
Best Two-Year-Old Colt Sakura Hokuto O
Best Two-Year-Old Filly Idol Marie
Best Three-Year-Old Colt Oguri Cap
Best Three-Year-Old Filly Ara Hotoku
Best Older Male Horse Tamamo Cross
Best Older Filly or Mare Dyna Actress
Best Sprinter or Miler Soccer Boy
Best Dirt Horse /
Best Steeplechase Horse Yamanin Appeal
Best Anglo-Arabian Akihiro Homare
Best Horse By Home-bred Sire Tamamo Cross


Leading sire in Japan Northern Taste


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