Japanese Horse Racing in 2021

2022-01-12 | By jpkeiba | Filed in: History.


  • Restrictions on the number of visitors and cancellation of events due to COVID-19 continued during the year.
  • The major renovation of Kyoto Racecourse will continue this year and is scheduled for completion in March 2023.
    Races originally held at Kyoto Racecourse were held at Hanshin, Chukyo and Kokura Racecourses.
  • Sodashi, the previous year’s queen of the two-year-olds and a popular white-haired horse, was active, winning the Oka Sho and Sapporo Kinen.
    She won the Best Three-Year-Old Filly.
  • Pixie Knight won the Sprinters Stakes.
    Following in the steps of his great-grandsire Grass Wonder, grandsire Screen Hero, and sire Maurice, his G1 victory marked the first time in JRA history that four generations of sires and crops had won a G1 race.
  • Efforia had a great performance, winning Satsuki-sho, Tenno Sho (Autumn) and Arima Kinen.
    He won the Horse of the Year.
  • Loves Only You won the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
    It was the first time in history that a Japanese-trained horse had won the Breeders’ Cup.
  • Marche Lorraine won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
    She became the first horse to win a international-dirt-G1 race outside of Japan.
    (Victoire Pisa won the Dubai World Cup, but it was an all-weather track at that time.
    Also, races such as the Korea Cup, which is a G1 race domestically but not under international standards, have been won by Japanese horses in the past.)
    The victory also marked the first time in the history of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff that a horse not trained in North America had won the race.
  • Omega Perfume has won the Tokyo Daishoten four times in a row.
    It was announced at one point that he would be retired and become a stallion, but that plan has been dropped and he will remain active in 2022.

Flat-G1 races held by JRA

Races Track age / (Colt Filly Gelding) 1st
February Stakes Tokyo
over 4 / CFG Cafe Pharoah E
Takamatsunomiya Kinen Chukyo
over 4 / CFG Danon Smash E
Osaka Hai Hanshin
over 4 / CFG Lei Papale E
Oka Sho Hanshin
3 / F Sodashi E
Satsuki Sho Nakayama
3 / CF Efforia E
Tenno Sho (Spring) Hanshin
over 4 / CFG World Premiere E
NHK Mile Cup Tokyo
3 / CF Schnell Meister E
Victoria Mile Tokyo
over 4 / F Gran Alegria E
Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) Tokyo
3 / F Uberleben E
Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) Tokyo
3 / CF Shahryar E
Yasuda Kinen Tokyo
over 3 / CFG Danon Kingly E
Takarazuka Kinen Hanshin
over 3 / CFG Chrono Genesis E
Sprinters Stakes Nakayama
over 3 / CFG Pixie Knight E
Shuka Sho Hanshin
3 / F Akaitorino Musume E
Kikuka Sho Hanshin
3 / CF Titleholder E
Tenno Sho (Autumn) Tokyo
over 3 / CFG Efforia E
Queen Elizabeth II Cup Hanshin
over 3 / F Akai Ito E
Mile Championship Hanshin
over 3 / CFG Gran Alegria E
Japan Cup Tokyo
over 3 / CFG Contrail E
Champions Cup Chukyo
over 3 /CFG T O Keynes E
Hanshin Juvenile Fillies Hanshin
2 / F Circle of Life E
Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes Hanshin
2 / CF Do Deuce E
Arima Kinen Nakayama
over 3 / CFG Efforia E
Hopeful Stakes Nakayama
2 / CF Killer Ability E

J・G1 races (Steeplechase)

Races Track age / (Colt Filly Gelding) 1st
Nakayama Grand Jump Nakayama
over 4 / CFG Meisho Dassai
Nakayama Daishogai Nakayama
over 4 / CFG Oju Chosan

G1 races held by NAR

Races Track age / (Colt Filly Gelding) 1st
Kawasaki Kinen Kawasaki
over 4 / CFG Casino Fountain
Kashiwa Kinen Funabashi
over 4 / CFG Casino Fountain
Teio Sho Ohi
over 4 / CFG T O Keynes
Japan Dirt Derby Ohi
3 / CFG Castle Top
Mile Championship Nambu Hai Morioka
over 3 / CFG Arctos
JBC Ladies’ Classic Kanazawa
over 3 / F Teorema
JBC Sprint Kanazawa
over 3 / CFG Red le Zele
JBC Classic Kanazawa
over 3 / CFG Mutually
Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun Kawasaki
2 / CFG Dry Stout
Tokyo Daishoten Ohi
over 3 / CFG Omega Perfume

JRA Award

Horse of the Year Efforia
Best Two-Year-Old Colt Do Deuce
Best Two-Year-Old Filly Circle of Life
Best Three-Year-Old Colt Efforia
Best Three-Year-Old Filly Sodashi
Best Older Male Horse Contrail
Best Older Filly or Mare Loves Only You
Best Sprinter or Miler Gran Alegria
Best Dirt Horse T O Keynes
Best Steeplechase Horse Oju Chosan

Loves Only You was also selected as the Eclipse Awards for American Champion Female Turf Horse (2021).
This was the first time in history that a Japanese-trained horse had won the Eclipse Award.

Leading sire in Japan Deep Impact


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