Details (from Wikipedia)
|Name / Japanese||Kumohata / クモハタ|
|Dam (Sire)||星旗 / “Hoshihata” / ‘Fairy Maiden’ / (Gnome)
Kanji / “Romanize” / ‘Name in the U.S. and on the studbook’ / (Dam-sire)
|Other site link||JBIS / en.netkeiba|
|Honours||Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame (1984)|
The major races for him
|Track||Race Name||Current Supplement
|Shin Yobiuma (His Debut Race)||Yobiuma means free trade horse.
In those days, there was a distinction between horses purchased by lottery and horses purchased freely.
|Tokyo Yushun Kyoso||Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby)||13||1||▲ / G|
|Teishitsu Goshoten (spring)||Tenno Sho (Spring)||3|
|Teishitsu Goshoten (autumn)||Tenno Sho (Autumn)||2|
- He was a free trade horse, which was very rare at the time, so there were high expectations for him.
But he had rotten calluses on all four hooves and his debut was delayed.
- In the Tokyo Yushun Kyoso, he was the 8th favorite.
He took the lead 50 meters before the finish line and won by a length over the 2nd place finisher.
It was the shortest time in history for a horse to win the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) in just nine days after making its debut, and given the current racing structure, it is probably not likely to be broken again in the future.
- He then went on to finish 3rd and 2nd in the Koshitau Goshoten, the current Tenno Sho, before retiring.
As a sire
- As a stallion, he was the leading sire for six consecutive years from 1952 to 1957.
He was the first domestic-bred leading sire in the history of Japanese horse racing.
- He was elected to the Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame in 1984.
This was probably due to his superior sire ability.
He is the earliest born horse to be elected to the Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame.
His crops (eight-major-race-wins)
- Katsufuji (Tenno Sho (Autumn))
- Newford (Kikuka Sho, Tenno Sho (Autumn))
- Yashima Daughter (Oka Sho, Tenno Sho (Autumn))
- Hatakaze (Tenno Sho (Autumn))
- Mitsuhata (Tenno Sho (Spring))
- Kiyofuji (Yushun Himba)
- Queen Narubi (Tenno Sho (Autumn))
The Queen Narubi family line has produced successful horses such as Oguri Cap, Kyoei March, and Marche Lorraine.
After Marche Lorraine won the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Distaff, more than a few horse racing connoisseurs were surprised to see names like Kumohata and Queen Narubi listed in her pedigree.
- Meiji Hikari (Kikuka Sho, Tenno Sho (Spring), Nakayama Grand Prix (The 1st Arima Kinen))
He was elected to the Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame in 1990.
Kumohata and Meiji Hikari were elected to the Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame as sire and crop, following the earlier election of Tosho Boy and Mr. C.B..
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