Oguri Cap

2020-06-29 | By jpkeiba | Filed in: (Turf G1 wins)4, colt,stallion(male), Hall of Fame, Turf.


Name / Japanese Oguri Cap / オグリキャップ
Birth Year 1985
Sex horse
Earnings 912,512,000 yen
Races-Win / G1-Win 32-22 / 12-4
Sire Dancing Cap
Dam (Sire) White Narubi (Silver Shark)
Other site link JBIS / Umanity / en.netkeiba
Awards JRA Award for Best Three-Year-Old Colt (1988)
JRA Special Award (1989)
JRA Award for Best Older Male Horse (1990)
JRA Award for Horse of the Year (1990)
Honours Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame (1991)

Chuo Keiba (Central-Horse-Racing) : Operated by JRA
JRA (Japan Racing Association) : Managed by Government of Japan
Chiho Keiba  (Local-Horse-Racing) : Operated by local government
NAR (National Assosiation of Racing) : NAR manages all Chiho Keiba

  • Kasamatsu Keiba is Chiho Keiba that was operated by Gifu Prefecture at Kasamatsu Racecourse.
  • Oguri Cap had ran in the races of Kasamatsu Keiba.
  • His racing results were 10 wins out of 12 races of Kasamatsu Keiba.
  • He was transferred to the ownership of Chuo Keiba.
  • He was later called “葦毛の怪物 (the Gray Monster)”.

All grade-races: In 1988 (age 3)

Y D/M Track Race No. Pl.
Pegasus Stakes (G3) 4 1  G 
Mainichi Hai (G3) 10 1 G
Mainichi Hoso Kyoto Yonsai Tokubetsu (G3) 15 1 G
New Zealand Trophy Yonsai Stakes (G2) 11 1 G
Takamatsunomiya Hai (G2) 2 1 G
Mainichi Okan (G2) 8 1 G
Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1) 1 2
1988 27/11 Tokyo T2400 Japan Cup (G1) 8 3
1988 25/12 Nakayama T2500 Arima Kinen (G1) 10 1   
  • Oguri Cap ran G3 races and G2 races because he was not entered in the classic races.
    He won 6 times in a row. (G3: 3 wins, G2: 3 wins)
    He took a step up to the stage of G1 race.
  • In the Tenno Sho (Autumn 1988), he lost to Tamamo Cross and finished 2nd.
  • In the Japan Cup(1988), he lost to Pay the Butler and Tamamo Cross.
  • In the Arima Kinen (1988), he won defeating Tamamo Cross and Super Creek.
    It was his first G1 win.
    He finally beat Tamamo Cross that has a grey hair like him.
    Tamamo Cross retired after the race.

All races: In 1989 (age 4)

Y D/M Track Race No. Pl.
Sankei Sho All Comers (G3) 11 1  G 
Mainichi Okan (G2) 6 1 G
1989 29/10 Tokyo T2000 Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1) 4 2
1989 19/11 Kyoto T1600 Mile ChampionShip (G1) 1 1
1989 26/11 Tokyo T2400 Japan Cup (G1) 3 2
1989 24/12 Nakayama T2500 Arima Kinen (G1) 1 5   
  • He rested in the first half of the season due to injury.
  • In the Tenno Sho (Autumn 1989), he lost to Super Creek.
  • In the Mile Championship, when he was in the home stretch, the margin between Oguri Cap and Bamboo Memory in the lead was quite large.
    It looked like he was going to lose it, but he sputtered out of it and finished side-by-side.
    He won the race and his next race was set to be the Japan Cup in a week’s time.
  • In the Japan Cup (1989), he finished in 2nd place.
    He was defeated by Horlicks (New Zealand).

    The time (2.22.2) that Horricks and Oguri Cap recorded was a new world record.
    It can be said that Oguri Cap showed a phenomenal performance in a row of races without a break.
  • In the Arima Kinen (1989), his condition was bad due to an overcrowded schedule.
    After all, he finished in 5th place.
    Inari One won the race.

G1 races: In 1990 (age 5)

Y D/M Track Race No. Pl.
1990 13/05 Tokyo T1600 Yasuda Kinen (G1) 9 1   
1990 10/06 Hanshin T2200 Takarazuka Kinen (G1) 6 2
1990 28/10 Tokyo T2000 Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1) 12 6
1990 25/11 Tokyo T2400 Japan Cup (G1) 7 11   
1990 23/12 Nakayama T2500 Arima Kinen (G1) 8 1


  • In the Yasuda Kinen, he won and broke the course record.
  • In the Takarazuka Kinen, he lost to Osaichi George.
  • He lost twice in the second half of the season.
    Horse racing fans said to each other, “Oguri Cap is already a dead horse.
    Sometimes his owner received a threatening letter that “Make Oguri Cap Retire”.
    This year could be considered the height of the horse racing boom.
    As a result, there were many vicious fans and media, and it was difficult for him to keep himself in shape.
    On one occasion, the media broke into the stables in the middle of the night, woke up a sleeping Oguri Cap, and fed him to get his attention while they took pictures of him.
  • In the Arima Kinen(1990), his condition was still bad.
    He was no longer a hero of the past.
    He was the 4th favorite.

    The race was a slow pace.
    Oguri Cap was patient and followed.

    He took the lead 200m before the finish-line and finished in 1st place.
    When he was doing a winning-run, the crowd shouted “Oguri” very loudly.
    This victory was said “Miracle Come Back” and “Impressed Last Run”.
    This race is probably one of the most talked about in the history of Japanese horse racing.

The second horse racing boom

  • The second horse racing boom is sometimes attributed to the strong Japanese economy and the success of young jockeys such as Yutaka Take, but everyone agrees that it was Oguri Cap who was at the center of the boom.
  • He caused “第二次競馬ブーム (The second horse racing boom)” in Japan.
    Everyone in Japan, young and old, man and woman, knew about him.
    (The first horse racing boom was caused by Haiseiko (birth 1970).)
  • The factor of Oguri Cap’s popularity is that a provincial horse defeated the elites horse continuously.
    He gave courage to people who came from the countryside to the city and worked hard.
  • Another reason he’s so popular is that he had attractive rivals.
    (Tamamo Cross, Super Creek, Inari One, etc.)
  • When Yutaka Take defeated Oguri Cap riding Super Creek, he said he received many threatening letters.
    When he rode Oguri Cap to victory in the 1990 Arima Kinen, the number of antagonists decreased considerably.
    He said that Oguri had turned an enemy into an ally.
  • Many female fans came to the racecourse to see him.
    They were called “Oguri Gals”.
  • His related goods sold very well.
    Especially stuffed animals sold well.

    The stuffed animals of racing horse had since become a typical horse racing merchandise.
  • He has greatly increased Japanese horse racing fans.
    He is one of the greatest horse in the history of Japanese horse racing.

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