- The demotion system was introduced in Japan.
The ostensible reason for it is internationalization
The system has been around since the 1950s in England, France, America, etc.There was a disqualifying system in Japan originally.
However, disqualification had an impact on ticket sales and the responsibility for the decision was very heavy.
As a result, disqualification was not common in Japanese horse racing up to that point, and often only sanctions were given to the jockeys.
This led to a lot of rough riding in major races, on the contrary.(The new system, on the contrary, has made the criteria for demotion in Japanese horse racing stricter and more docile than in the rest of the world.
There have sometimes been complaints and criticism of it from foreign jockeys and foreign media.)The demotion of Mejiro McQueen in the Tenno Sho (autumn) this year was highly controversial.
- Tokai Teio won the Double Crown undefeated.
He was so much expected to become the next undefeated Triple Crown horse following his sire, Symboli Rudolf, but was unable to challenge for the Triple Crown due to a broken bone.
- Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes turned into a race for stallions and geldings.
- Hanshin Sansai Stakes was renamed to Hanshin Sansai Himba Stakes and became a race for only fillies.
|Races||Track||age / (Colt Filly Gelding)||1st|
|3 / F||Sister Tosho||◆|
|3 / CF||Tokai Teio||◆|
|Tenno Sho (spring)||Kyoto
|over 4 / CF||Mejiro McQueen||◆|
|over 4 / CFG||Daiichi Ruby||◆|
|Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks)||Tokyo
|3 / F||Isono Roubles||◆|
|Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby)||Tokyo
|3 / CF||Tokai Teio||◆|
|over 3 / CFG||Mejiro Ryan||◆|
|Tenno Sho (autumn)||Tokyo
|over 3 / CF||Prekrasnie||◆|
|3 / CF||Leo Durban||◆|
|Queen Elizabeth II Cup||Kyoto
|3 / F||Rinden Lily||◆|
|over 3 / CFG||Daitaku Helios||◆|
|over 3 / CFG||Golden Pheasant (UK)||◆|
|Hanshin Sansai Himba Stakes||Hanshin
|2 / F||Nishino Flower||◆|
|Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes||Nakayama
|2 / CG||Mihono Bourbon||◆|
|over 3 / CFG||Daiichi Ruby||◆|
|over 3 / CFG||Dai Yusaku||◆|
|Horse of the Year||Tokai Teio|
|Best Two-Year-Old Colt||Mihono Bourbon|
|Best Two-Year-Old Filly||Nishino Flower|
|Best Three-Year-Old Colt||Tokai Teio|
|Best Three-Year-Old Filly||Sister Tosho|
|Best Older Male Horse||Mejiro McQueen|
|Best Older Filly or Mare||Daiichi Ruby|
|Best Sprinter or Miler||Daiichi Ruby|
|Best Dirt Horse||Narita Hayabusa|
|Best Steeplechase Horse||Symboli Kriens|
|Best Anglo-Arabian||Affect Dancer|
|Best Horse By Home-bred Sire||Tokai Teio|
|Leading sire in Japan||Northern Taste|
|← 1990||All||1992 →|