Mejiro Asama, Mejiro Titan and Mejiro Horses

2022-04-25 | By jpkeiba | Filed in: colt,stallion(male).

Details

Name / Japanese Mejiro Asama / メジロアサマ
Birth Year 1966
Sex horse
Earnings 186,369,200 yen
Races-Wins 48-17
Sire Partholon
Dam (Sire) Sweet / Sweet Sixteen (First Fiddle)
Sweet is the name of a Japanese racehorse
Sweet Sixteen is the name as a racehorse in the UK and in the studbook
Other site link  JBIS / netkeiba

Major races

Y
D/M
Track Race No. Pl.   
1969
12/01
Nakayama
T1600
Keisei Hai 10 4  
1969
02/03
Tokyo
D1400
Yayoi Sho 8 3  
1969
30/03
Nakayama
T1800
Spring Stakes  18 15  
1969
25/05
Tokyo
T2400
Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) 5 16  G 
1969
27/07
Hakodate
T2000
Hakodate Kinen 4 2  
1970
31/05
Tokyo
T1600
Yasuda Kinen 8 1  
1970
19/07
Sapporo
D2000
Sapporo Kinen 7 2  
1970
13/09
Hakodate
T2000
Hakodate Kinen 13 1  
1970
25/10
Tokyo
T2000
All Comers 8 3  
1970
08/11
Tokyo
T2500
Meguro Kinen 9 2   
1970
29/11
Tokyo
T3200
Tenno Sho (autumn) 13 1   / G 
1970
20/12
Nakayama
T2500
Arima Kinen 2 5  G 
1971
07/03
Nakayama
T2500
Meguro Kinen 12 2  
1971
18/04
Nakayama
T1800
Nakayama Kinen 4 8  
1971
09/05
Nakayama
T2500
Argentina Jockeys Club Cup 5 1  
1971
30/05
Hanshin
T2200
Takarazuka Kinen 3 2  G 
1971
20/06
Tokyo
T1600
Yasuda Kinen 6 5   
1971
19/12
Nakayama
T2500
Arima Kinen / /  / 
1972
12/03
Nakayama
T1800
Nakayama Kinen 9 3   
1972
30/04
Tokyo
T2400
American Jockeys Club Cup 1 1   
1972
04/06
Hanshin
T2200
Takarazuka Kinen 6 6   
1972
25/06
Chukyo
T2000
Takamatsunomiya Hai 11 3   
1972
17/12
Nakayama
T2500
Arima Kinen 8 2  G 
  • Mejiro Asama had run well in the major races but failed to win, finally winning his first major race in 1970 at the Yasuda Kinen.
  • In the Hakodate Kinen (1970), he beat Take Hope, Haiseiko’s rival.
  • In the Tenno Sho (autumn), he was the 5th favorite.
    He won by 1/2 lengths over 2nd place finisher, Phiny.
  • In the Meguro Kinen (1971), he was beaten to 2nd place by Mejiro Musashi, also of the Mejiro Grope.
    Since the Mejiro horses finished 1st and 2nd, this Meguro Kinen was also called Mejiro Kinen.
    (The origin of Meguro and Mejiro are place names, but their further origin is interesting historically, geographically and religiously, but it is difficult for me to explain it in English.)
  • In the Takarazuka Kinen (1971), he was beaten to 2nd place by Mejiro Musashi again.
  • Before the Arima Kinen (1971), the equine influenza (horse flu) pandemic spread widely, especially in the Kanto area.
    Mejiro Asama was also infected and cancelled his run at Arima Kinen.
  • In the Arima Kinen (1972), he lost to Ishino Hikaru and finished 2nd.
    If he had won, he would have been the first in Japanese history to win more than 200 million yen in prize money.
    He retired after this race and became a stallion.

His sire and dam

  • His sire, Partholon, was an Irish stallion purchased jointly by the owners of Mejiro and Symboli.
    Partholon was not a very successful racehorse, but he was very successful in Japan as a stallion.
    He later sired the Derby winner Sakura Shori and the Triple Crown winner Symboli Rudolf.
  • His dam, Sweet Sixteen, was born in the U.S. and ran as a racehorse in the U.K. and then in Japan.
    In Japan, her name is only Sweet without Sixteen, perhaps due to the character limit of the Japanese language.
    She was owned by the owner of Symboli Farm and was a broodmare of Symboli Farm.
    The racehorses at the Symboli farm are famous for being named “Symboli” for colts and “Sweet” for mares.
    In the beginning, only the Sweet (Sixteen) family was named “Sweet”, but it seems that the name “Sweet” was given to other families in addition to the Sweet family, and it became a customary name.
    (Note that this theory about the name “Sweet” may be uncertain.)

As a sire

  • As a stallion, Mejiro Asama faced a serious problem.
    His sperm implantation rate was very low due to the aftereffects of a treatment for equine influenza that he contracted when he was a racehorse.
    In his first year as a stallion, none of the broodmares bred to him were conceived.
    The syndicate was therefore disbanded, increasing the likelihood that he would not live to be a stallion.
    (Mejiro Asama is famous, but there have been some other cases of stallions and mares ruined by equine influenza remedies.)
  • Mejiro Asama was taken in by Toyokichi Kitano, owner of the Mejiro Group.
    Kitano showed what could be called exceptional love for Mejiro Asama.
    Kitano continued to treat Mejiro Asama and also purchased good quality broodmares for Mejiro Asama.
    (This was exceptional compared to the treatment of Mejiro Musashi and Mejiro Taiyo during the same period.)
    Kitano’s goal was to win a Tenno Sho with Mejiro Asama’s colt.
  • Mejiro Asama ended up with only 19 crops during his lifetime.
    In addition to Mejiro Titan, who will be discussed later, his crops include Mejiro Chara, who finished 2nd in the Oka Sho, 4th in the Oaks, and 1st in the Kyoto Daishoten, and Mejiro Espada, who had great ability but was unable to show it due to injury.
    Although the quality of the broodmares bred to him was good, his true ability as a stallion was probably high.
    In addition to Mejiro Titan, Mejiro Espada is also a stallion, which shows Kitano’s obsession with the continuation of the Mejiro Asama sire line.
    Mejiro Laurent, the one-eyed broodmare who fed the milk to Mejiro Dober, who was born unable to drink his own mother’s milk, is also a crop of Mejiro Asama.

Details

Name / Japanese Mejiro Titan / メジロティターン
Birth Year 1978
Sex horse
Earnings 175,508,000 yen
Races-Wins  27-7 
Sire Mejiro Asama
Dam (Sire) Cheryl (Snob)
Other site link  JBIS / netkeiba
Awards Best Horse By Home-bred Sire (1982)
  • He entered the Tokichi Ogata Stable like his sire, Mejiro Asama.

Major races

Y
D/M
Track Race No. Pl.   
1981
27/09
Nakayama
T2200
St.Lite Kinen 13 1  G 
1982
16/05
Tokyo
T2500
Nikkei Sho 9 1  G 
1982
06/06
Hanshin
T2200
Takarazuka Kinen 14 9  G 
1982
31/10
Tokyo
T3200
Tenno Sho (autumn) 4 1   / G 
1982
26/12
Nakayama
T2500
Arima Kinen 8 8  G 
1983
15/05
Tokyo
T2500
Nikkei Sho 7 3   
1983
27/11
Tokyo
T2400
Japan Cup 10 12  G 
1983
25/12
Nakayama
T2500
Arima Kinen 11 6  G 
  • In the St.Lite Kinen, he won his first major race.
    Fifteen minutes before his victory, his trainer, Tokichi Ogata, had died.
    Tokichi Ogata was the greatest trainer in Japan, with 1,670 victories, the most in JRA history ( and his total number of victories is estimated to be 2,776 if we include his victories at the time of JRA’s predecessor organization).
    Mejiro Titan’s victory was recorded as Tokichi Ogata’s last major race victory.
    With this victory, he was considered a strong contender for the Kikuka Sho, but after the race it was discovered that he had suffered a cracked fracture, and he was forced to withdraw from the Kikuka Sho.
    The trainer managing him was changed to Moritsugu Ogata, the son of Tokichi Ogata.
  • In the Tenno Sho (autumn), he was the 4th favorite.
    He began a long spurt before the last corner.
    He took the lead at the beginning of the long home stretch and ran to the finish line in 1st place.
    He won by 1+1/2 lengths over 2nd place finisher, Hikari Duel.
    He broke the record time by one second and set a Japanese record.
    Toyokichi Kitano, owner of Mejiro Asama, achieved his dream of a Tenno Sho victory by a Mejiro Asama colt.
    Mejiro Titan’s jockey is the child of Mejiro Asama’s jockey, and his trainer is also the child of the trainer at the time of Mejiro Asama, as noted earlier.
  • The Best Horse By Home-bred Sire award began in 1982, and he was selected as the first Best Horse By Home-bred Sire.
  • He continued to run in the following year but retired without a single win and became a stallion.
    His retirement ceremony was held jointly with Amber Shadai.
    (Amber Shadai later sired Mejiro Ryan.)

As a sire

  • His owner, Toyokichi Kitano, died in 1984 when he began his career as a stallion.
    Kitano left a last will and testament: ” Make sure that Mejiro Titan’s colt wins the Tenno Sho.
  • Mejiro McQueen was born as Mejiro Titan’s third yearling.
    Mejiro McQueen won the Kikka Sho in 1990 and the following year won the Tenno Sho (spring).
    Toyokichi Kitano’s last will became a reality.
    The three generations of Mejiro Asama, Mejiro Titan, and Mejiro McQueen winning the Tenno Sho was hailed as a great feat.
  • At first, Mejiro Titan did not have high breeding numbers, partly due to the impression that Mejiro Asama was difficult to fertilize.
    When Mejiro Marsyas and the Mejiro McQueen began to be active, he was in high demand and the number of breeding increased.
    However, after that, his crops did not do so well.

Mejiro Horses

Since this is a good opportunity, I will explain a little about the Mejiro Horses.
Mejiro Farm had something of a “Tenno Sho First Policy”.
Therefore, the Mejiro horses had abundant stamina and were strong in long-distance races and steeplechase races.
Even today, I have the impression that horses from the Mejiro bloodline are often strong in tough races.
The number of long-distance and steeplechase races is now reduced, such as Tenno Sho (autumn) from 3,200 to 2,000 meters, making it harder for stayers to be successful, and the demand for stayer stallions has decreased significantly.
The use of horses for such purposes as chariot racing, dressage, and polo is also in almost no demand in Japan, so Mejiro’s sire line is nearly extinct.
(As of 2022, a stallion named Ginza Green Grass, a colt by Mejiro McQueen, is active in Japan on a very small scale.)
(Also, apparently there is a horse in China named Wu Di, a foal of Mejiro Ardan, who is a successful racehorse and stallion.
Mejiro Ardan is a member of the Northern Taste sire line, which had already ceased to exist in Japan, although it had become a major sire line.)

The following section will focus on the four families.

Asama Yuri Family

Asama Yuri Family (JBIS) (Wikipedia in Japanese)
Asama Yuri was considered to have potential as a racehorse but failed to show her potential.
Famous successful horses are the brothers Mejiro Durren and Mejiro McQueen.
The Asama Yuri family has also produced other talented horses such as Mejiro Marsyas and Mejiro Thomas.
Shonan Kampf , Regent Bluff, and others from the Asama Yuri family, which left Mejiro Farm, were active in racing.
After the dissolution of the Mejiro Farm, the Asama Yuri family produced Triomphe and others.

By Asama Yuri

Mejiro Iris (Asama Yuri – Hindostan) – JRA 6 wins
Mejiro Suisei (Asama Yuri – Never Beat) – Kyoto Kinen
Mejiro Toyama (Asama Yuri – Fidalgo) – JRA 7 wins
Mejiro Hawk (Asama Yuri – Faringdon) – Chukyo Kinen

Successful Horses from Asama Yuri Family

Mejiro Thomas (Mejiro Tsushima – Fidion) – Kyoto Kinen, Kyoto Kim Pai
Mejiro Marsyas (Mejiro Tsushima – Mejiro Titan) – Hakodate Kinen
Triomphe (Mejiro Tonkinese – Turtle Bowl) – Kokura Daishoten, Kokura Kinen, Nakayama Kim Pai
Mejiro Durren (Mejiro Aurola – Fidion) – Kikuka Sho, Arima Kinen
Mejiro McQueen (Mejiro Aurola – Mejiro Titan) – 4 G1 wins, Hall of Fame
Mejiro Phantom (Mejiro Harima – Lombardo) – Meguro Kinen, Tokyo Shimbun Hai, Tenno Sho (autumn): 2nd
Mejiro Jupiter (Mejiro Harima – White Fire) – Nakayama Daishogai (spring)
Shonan Kampf (Shonan Grace – Sakura Bakushin O) – Takamatsunomiya Kinen
Paris Napoleon (Mejiro Canyon – Mejiro Titan) – Mercury Cup
Mejiro Heine (Mejiro Harima – Mejiro Gekko) – St.Lite Kinen, Nakayama Himba Stakes
Shonan Tachyon (Shonan My Love – Agnes Tachyon) – Niigata Nisai Stakes
Russian Gold (Sally Belle – Russian Roubles) – February Handicap
Regent Bluff (Sally Belle – Park Regent) – Kawasaki Kinen
Mejiro Ronzan (Mejiro Risk – Mejiro Ryan) – Tokyo High Jump, Tokyo Autumn Jump

Amazon Warrior Family

Amazon Warrior Family (JBIS) (Wikipedia in Japanese)
Amazon Warrior was a broodmare imported from the United States.
Eight of her nine foals were mares, which later created a great family line.
A prominent horse in the Amazon Warrior line is Mejiro Ramonu, the first Triple Crown filly in Japan.
Even more recently, Glory Vase, a descendant of Mejiro Ramonu, has won the Hong Kong Vase twice.
Mejiro Eagle was a successful racehorse and also sired Mejiro Palmer as a stallion.
Mejiro Ardan, mentioned above, is also a member of the Amazon Warrior family.

By Amazon Warrior

Mejiro Kazusa (Amazon Warrior – Partholon) – JRA 3 wins
Mejiro Hiryu (Amazon Warrior – Never Beat)  – JRA 5 wins
Mejiro Eagle (Amazon Warrior – Mejiro Samman) – Kyoto Shimbun Hai, Kikuka Sho: 3rd, Arima Kinen: 3rd
Mejiro Emma (Amazon Warrior – Mogami) – JRA 6 wins

Successful Horses from Amazon Warrior Family

Mejiro Kammuri (Mejiro Crown – Pas de Seul) – Queen Elizabeth II Cup: 2nd, Fuchu Himba Stakes: 2nd
Mejiro Ramonu (Mejiro Hiryu – Mogami) – Triple Crown filly, Hall of Fame
Field Rouge (Mejiro Romer – Croco Rouge) – Kawasaki Kinen
Kosoku Straight (Mejiro Alice – Victoire Pisa) – Falcon Stakes
Glory Vase (Mejiro Tsubone – Deep Impact) – Hong Kong Vase (2019, 2021)
Mejiro Lambada (Mejiro Merlin – Telios) – Nikkei Shinshun Hai, Hakayama Himba Stakes
Mejiro Ardan (Mejiro Hiryu – Aswan) – Takamatsunomiya Hai, Japanese Derby: 2nd, Tenno Sho (autumn): 2nd

Mejiro Bosatsu Family

Mejiro Bosatsu Family (JBIS) (Wikipedia in Japanese)
Mejiro Bosatsu won the Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes against colts and was Best Two-Year-Old Filly.
She went on to finish third in the Oka Sho and second in the Oaks.
Many successful horses, such as Mejiro Dober, were born from the Mejiro Bosatsu family.
Maurice has also been successful not only in Japan but also in Hong Kong as a racehorse, and is now active as a stallion not only in Japan but also in Australia.

By Mejiro Bosatsu

Mejiro Gekko (Mejiro Bosatsu – Partholon) – Spring Stakes, Yayoi Sho
Mejiro Nagasaki (Mejiro Bosatsu – Never Beat) – JRA 7 wins, All Comers: 3rd

Successful Horses from Mejiro Bosastu Family

Sound Rihanna (Otemba Komachi – Came Home) – Fantasy Stakes
Mejiro Henry (Mejiro Nagasaki – Lombardo) – Kyoto Kinen: 2nd, Hanshin Daishoten: 2nd
Mejiro Mantle (Mejiro Tiffany – Hector Protector) – Naruo Kinen
Mejiro Dober (Mejiro Ryan – Mejiro Beauty) – 5 G1 wins
Shonan Lagoon (Mejiro Charade – Symboli Kris S) – Aoba Sho
Ho O Ixelles (Mejiro Audrey – Rulership) – Flower Cup
Mejiro Stork (Mejiro Nagasaki-Mogami) – Radio Tampa Hai: 3rd
Mejiro Pharaoh (Mejiro Stork – Allez Milord) – Nakayama Grand Jump
Mejiro Basinger (Mejiro Stork – Mejiro Ryan) – Niigata Jump Stakes, Nakayama Daishogai: 3rd
Mejiro Boaru (Mejiro Porsche – Fidion) – Hanshin Daishoten
Mejiro Monterey (Mejiro Quincey – Mogami) – American Jockey Club Cup, Copa Republica Argentina
Mejiro Atlas (Mejiro Monterey – Mejiro McQueen) – Diolite Kinen: 3rd
Maurice (Screen Hero – Mejiro Frances) – 6 G1 wins

Cheryl Family

Cheryl Family (JBIS) (Wikipedia in Japanese)
Cheryl came from a prestigious family that has produced successful horses in France and Ireland.
She was the winner of the first Prix de l’Opera as a racehorse owned by Toyokichi Kitano.
She was an excellent racehorse from the prestigious broodmare family, and some in the French horse racing community were opposed that she go to Japan.
(Perhaps a very few French horse racing connoisseurs may have noted the presence of the name “Cheryl” on the pedigree charts of Orfevre and Gold Ship, who ran in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.)
Some people questioned or worried about Toyokichi Kitano’s decision to breed his excellent and expensive Cheryl with Mejiro Asama, which has a low fertilization rate.

By Cheryl

Mejiro Longchamp (Cheryl – Hitting Away) – JRA 3 wins
Mejiro Titan (Cheryl – Mejiro Asama) – Tenno Sho (autumn)
Mejiro Enif (Cheryl – Fidion) – Oaks: 7th, Tokyo Shimbun Hai: 3rd

Successful Horses from Cheryl Family

Mejiro Ryan (Mejiro Chaser – Amber Shadai) – Takarazuka Kinen
Mejiro Fulmar (Mejiro Chaser – Lombardo) – Nikkei Sho, Meguro Kinen
Mejiro Anita (Mejiro Chaser – Mejiro Espada) – Kyoto Daishogai (Spring)
Mejiro Ormond (Mejiro Union – Lindo Shaver) – Nakayama Daishogai: 2nd, Nakayama Grand Jump: 3rd

These four families are the main families of Mejiro and have produced many successful horses.

Other famous families include the Reru du Temps family, which produced the brothers Mejiro Bright and Mejiro Bailey, and Suzuka Presto. (JBIS)

The stallion Mogami, like Partholon, was purchased jointly by the owners of Symboli and Mejiro.
Mejiro Farm also purchased the sisters of Mogami and utilized them as broodmares, but their families were rarely successful, with Mejiro Palmer being the only one who did well.

Mejiro Taiyo, Mejiro Asama, and Mejiro Musashi, three Tenno Sho winners from the early days of Mejiro, were purchased from other farms before Mejiro Farm was opened.

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One comment on “Mejiro Asama, Mejiro Titan and Mejiro Horses

  1. Fujiko Fujio says:

    It sad in the end mejiro bloodline failed and Yoshida families win . I hope in another reality universe mejiro family bloodline win

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