Japanese Horse Racing in 1996

2020-12-02 | By jpkeiba | Filed in: History.


  • The race conditions of Yasuda Kinen was changed from over 4 years old to over 3 years old.
  • The race conditions of Queen Elizabeth II Cup was changed from 2400 meters for 3-year-old fillies to 2200 meters for fillies over 3 years old.
  • Shuka Sho (G1) was newly established.
    The third classic title for fillies was switched from Queen Elizabeth II Cup to Shuka Sho.
    (Strictly speaking, Shuka Sho is not a classic race, but on this site I regard it as a classic race.)
  • The 2000 meters G2 race, Takamatsunomiya Hai, became a G1 race of 1200m.
    The race became the first G1 race at Chukyo Racecourse.
    In this year’s race, Narita Brian’s entry was the topic of conversation.
    His connections who sent the Triple Crown winner to the sprint race were also much criticized.
  • NHK Mile Cup (G1) was newly established.
    The race was also called “the Derby for Foreign-bred Horses” because foreign-bred horses were not allowed to run in classic races such as Derby at that time.
    In this year, the first to the eighth place finishers were foreign-bred horses.
  • Hokuto Vega made a big splash in dirt races.
  • This year’s Arima Kinen is still listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the race that sold the most tickets.
    The total amount of tickets sold was about 87.5 billion yen.

G1 races

Races Track age / (Colt Filly Gelding) 1st
Oka Sho Hanshin
3 / F Fight Gulliver
Satsuki Sho Nakayama
3 / CF Ishino Sunday
Tenno Sho (Spring) Kyoto
over 4 / CF Sakura Laurel
NHK Mile Cup Tokyo
3 / CF Taiki Fortune
Takamatsunomiya Hai Chukyo
over 4 / CFG Flower Park
Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) Tokyo
3 / F Air Groove
Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) Tokyo
3 / CF Fusaichi Concorde
Yasuda Kinen Tokyo
over 3 / CFG Trot Thunder
Takarazuka Kinen Hanshin
over 3 / CFG Mayano Top Gun
Shuka Sho Kyoto
3 / F Fabulous la Fouine
Tenno Sho (Autumn) Tokyo
over 3 / CF Bubble Gum Fellow
Kikuka Sho Kyoto
3 / CF Dance in the Dark
Queen Elizabeth II Cup Kyoto
over 3 / F Dance Partner
Mile Championship Kyoto
over 3 / CFG Genuine
Japan Cup Tokyo
over 3 / CFG Singspiel (UK)
Hanshin Sansai Himba Stakes Hanshin
2 / F Mejiro Dober
Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes Nakayama
2 / CG Meiner Max
Sprinters Stakes Nakayama
over 3 / CFG Flower park
Arima Kinen Nakayama
over 3 / CFG Sakura Laurel

JRA Award

Horse of the Year Sakura Laurel
Best Two-Year-Old Colt Meiner Max
Best Two-Year-Old Filly Mejiro Dober
Best Three-Year-Old Colt Dance in the Dark
Best Three-Year-Old Filly Fabulous la Fouine
Best Older Male Horse Sakura Laurel
Best Older Filly or Mare Dance Partner
Best Sprinter or Miler Flower Park
Best Dirt Horse Hokuto Vega
Best Steeplechase Horse Polaire
Best Horse By Home-bred Sire Flower Park


Leading sire in Japan Sunday Silence


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