Kurifuji

2021-12-29 | By jpkeiba | Filed in: Derby Horse, filly,mare(female), Triple Crown, Turf.

Details

Name / Japanese Kurifuji / クリフジ
Young Name and Name as a Broodmare
年藤 (Toshifuji)
Birth Year 1940
Sex mare
Earnings 73,200 yen
Races-Wins  11-11
Sire Tournesol
Dam (Sire) 賢藤 Kenfuji (Chapel Brampton)
Other site link  JBIS / netkeiba (Toshifuji) / netkeiba (Kurifuji)
Honours Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame (1984)

All races

Y
D/M
Track Race Current Supplement
No. Pl.   
1943
16/05
Tokyo
T1800
Shin Yobiuma Yobiuma means free trade horse.   1  
1943
30/05
Tokyo
T1600
Yonsai Yobiuma     1  
1943
06/06
Tokyo
T2400
Tokyo Yushun Kyoso Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) 10 1   / G 
1943
25/09
Kyoto
T2400
Ko Yobiuma     1  
1943
03/10
Kyoto
T2400
Hanshin Yushun Himba Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks)   1  
1943
23/10
Kyoto
T2000
Ko Yobiuma     1  
1943
31/10
Kyoto
T2600
Ko Yobiuma     1  
1943
14/11
Kyoto
T3000
Kyoto Noshosho Shoten Yonsai Yobiuma Kikuka Sho   1  
1944
23/04
Tokyo
T1600
呼駈 Gosai “呼駈” I don’t even know how to read that word in Japanese.   1  
1944
30/04
Tokyo
T2000
呼駈 Gosai     1  
1944
07/05
Tokyo
T2400
Yokohama Kinen (spring)     1  

(No races were held at the former Hanshin Racecourse or Yokohama Racecourse due to World War II.)

  • Her debut was delayed due to weakness in her legs.
    She made her debut on May 16 and won by a length.
    This race was the one in which she was the closest to the second place finisher.
  • She won her second race by a large margin over the 2nd place finisher Miss Theft.
    A “large margin” is a margin of more than 10 lengths.
    Miss Theft was the winner of the race that is now known as the Oka Sho.
  • In the Tokyo Yushun Kyoso (today’s Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby)), she was the 1st favorite.
    She got off to a very slow start.
    In those days, the Derby was sometimes run by more than 30 horses, and it was said that it would be very difficult to win if a horse did not pass the first turn in 10th place or better.
    (In this race, there were 25 horses in the field.)
    Her derby seemed to be over, but she pushed on from there and took the lead at the beginning of the final stretch.
    She ended up winning by 6 lengths and broke the Derby record by 1.5 seconds.
    It was only the second time in six years since Hisatomo that a filly had won the Derby.
    A filly did not win the Derby again until Vodka did 64 years later.
  • In the Hanshin Yushun Himba (today’s Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks)), she dominated the race, winning by 10 lengths over the 2nd place finisher, Miss Theft.
  • In the Kyoto Noshosho Shoten Yonsai Yobiuma (today’s Kikuka Sho), she won by a large margin.
    This is the largest margin of victory in the history of the Kikuka Sho, even in 2021.
  • In the Yokohama Kinen (spring), she won by 10 lengths.
    She was then scheduled to run in the Teishitsu Goshoten (spring) (today’s Tenno Sho spring), but due to fever, it was cancelled and she retired.

Her Incredible Achievement (written in 2021)

  • She is the only horse to have won the Oaks and the Derby.
    Under the current racing system, the Derby is held one week after the Oaks, making it nearly impossible to win both the Oaks and the Derby.
  • She has won the Oaks, the Derby and the Kikuka Sho, so she is called the irregular Triple Crown horse.
  • She has won all eleven of her races, and seven times she has beaten the 2nd place finishers by more than 10 lengths.
  • She is the most times won undefeated horse of all time in Japan.
    (There are horses that have won all 15 NAR races and horses that have won all 16 Anglo-Arab races.)
  • Some people claim that Kurifuji is the Best Horse in Japanese history.
    One such person is Yuji Nohira, who was active as a jockey and trainer and was nicknamed Mr. Horse Racing.

As a broodmare

  • She also worked as a stallion after her retirement.
    Her name on the Japanese studbook is 年藤 (Toshifuji).
  • Yamaichi finished 1st in the Oka Sho and the Oaks, and 3rd in the Kikuka Sho.
  • Ichijo finished 3rd in the Oka Sho.
    Ichijo’s mare line (family line) is the only existing Kurifuji’s mare line.
  • Her most recent successful offspring are Oe Raijin, the 2011 NAR Best 3-Year-Old Colt, and Angel Tweet, Oe Raijin’s sister and the 2011 NAR Best 2-Year-Old Filly.
    However, the survival of her mare line is in danger.

Her Jockey, Chokichi Maeda

  • Chokichi Maeda was still an apprentice jockey at the time, but he had the opportunity to ride Kurifuji, and he rode her in every race from her debut until her retirement.
  • He won the derby at the age of 20 years and 3 months.
    This is the youngest record in Japanese history.
  • He went from being an apprentice jockey to an official jockey on September 30, 1944.
    However, on October 14, he received his draft papers and headed for war.
    In the end, he never ran a single race as an official jockey.
  • He was captured by the Soviet Union and died in Siberia in 1946.
    His bones were identified by DNA analysis in 2006 and returned to Japan 60 years after his death to be placed in the grave of the Maeda family.
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