King Kamehameha

2020-07-08 | By jpkeiba | Filed in: (Turf G1 wins)2, colt,stallion(male), Derby Horse, Turf.


Name / Japanese King Kamehameha / キングカメハメハ
Birth Year 2001
Sex horse
Earnings 429,733,000 yen
Races-Win / G1-Win 8-7 / 2-2
Sire Kingmambo
Dam (Sire) Manfath (Last Tycoon)
Other site link JBIS / Umanity / en.netkeiba
Awards JRA Award for Best Three-Year-Old Colt (2004)
Leading sire in Japan (2010, 2011)

All grade races

Y D/M Track Race No. Pl.
2004 18/01 Nakayama T2000 Keisei Hai (G3) 4 3 G
2004 27/03 Hanshin T2000 Mainichi Hai (G3) 8 1 G
2004 09/05 Tokyo T1600 NHK Mile Cup (G1) 13 1
2004 30/05 Tokyo T2400 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (G1) 12 1   
2004 26/09 Hanshin T2000 Kobe Shimbun Hai (G2) 7 1 G
  • In the Keisei Hai, he was the 1st favorite.
    It was his only lose.
  • In the Mainichi Hai, he was the 2nd favorite.
    He took the lead in the home stretch and won by 2.5 lengths.
    It was his first grade race win.
  • His connections chose the NHK Mile Cup instead of Satsuki Sho because they thought he wasn’t good at Nakayama Racecourse.
  • In the NHK Mile Cup, he was the 1st favorite.
    He showed a great performance.
    He won by 5 lengths and broke the race-record-time. 
  • In the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), he was 1st favorite.
    He won by 1+1/2 lengths.

    He broke the derby record by two seconds.
    (Supplementally, there is also a reason that the Tokyo Racecourse was renovated in 2002 and it became a course where it was easy to get good time.)
  • In the Kobe Shimbun Hai, he won by 1+1/4 lengths.
  • He was ready for the next race, but he got injured and had to retire.
    He had a short racing life but showed excellent performances.

Criticism of his trainer Kunihide Matsuda / Matsuda Kunihide and “Matsu Kuni Rōte”

  • His trainer Kunihide Matsuda had a strong belief that racehorses (colts) were happiest when they were stallions.
    And he thought winning the NHK Mile Cup (1600m) and the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby 2400m) would increase colts’ value as a stallion.
    He rigorously trained KuroFune, Tanino Gimlet and King Kamehameha to compete in the NHK Mile Cup and the Derby.
  • In Japan, the English word “rotation” is used as the Japanese word for the order of the races and interval between races.
    (Here’s an example of how to use it.
    ディープインパクトの2006年春の ローテーション は、阪神大賞典、6週間後の天皇賞(春)、そして宝塚記念。
    Deep Impact’s spring 2006 rotation is the Hanshin Daishoten, Tennou-sho (spring) six weeks later and Takarazuka Kinen.)
  • People called the order of the races, from the NHK Mile Cup to the Derby, “Matsu Kuni Rōte”.
    (“Matsuda Kunihide(‘s) Rotation” is abbreviated to “Matsu Kuni Rōte”.
    As an alias it was also called “Death-Rōte”.)
  • Kurofune, Tanino Gimlet and King Kamehameha retired at age three due to injury.
    Some people criticized him for his harsh training and the harsh “Matsu Kuni Rōte” may have injured them.
    In King Kamehameha’s case, it was his third time, so he was especially critical of it.

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