Speed Symboli

2021-12-19 | By jpkeiba | Filed in: colt,stallion(male), Hall of Fame, Turf.

Details

Name / Japanese Speed Symboli / スピードシンボリ
Birth Year 1963
Sex male
Earnings 160,300,000 yen (only Japan)
Races-Wins  43-17
Sire Royal Challenger
Dam (Sire) Sweet Inn (Rising Light)
Other site link  JBIS / Umanity / netkeiba
Awards Keishusha Award for Best Older Male Horse (1967, 1970)
Keishusha Award for Horse of the Year (1967, 1970)
Honours Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame (1990)

Major races

Y
D/M
Track Race No. Pl.   
1966
17/04
Nakayama
T2000
Satsuki Sho 10 21 ▲ / G 
1966
29/05
Tokyo
T2400
Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) 21 8 / G 
1966
13/11
Kyoto
T3000
Kikuka Sho 8 2 / G 
1966
25/12
Nakayama
T2500
Arima Kinen 6 3 ▲ / G 
1967
29/04
Kyoto
T3200
Tenno Sho (spring) 10 1 / G 
1967
11/11
Laurel Park
T12F
Washington, D.C. International   5 ▲ / G 
1967
24/12
Nakayama
T2500
Arima Kinen 5 4 / G 
1968
22/12
Nakayama
T2500
Arima Kinen 2 3 / G 
1969
26/07
Ascot
T12F
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes   5 ▲ / G 
1969
31/08
Deauville-La Touques
T2600
Grand Prix de Deauville   10 ▲ / G 
1969
05/10
Longchamp
T2400
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe   -11 ▲ / G 
1969
21/12
Nakayama
T2500
Arima Kinen 9 1 / G 
1970
31/05
Hanshin
T2200
Takarazuka Kinen 3 1 / G 
1970
20/12
Nakayama
T2500
Arima Kinen 5 1 / G 

In 1966 (age 3)

  • He did not do so well in the Classic races in the spring of his third year due to overcrowding and poor health.
  • In the Kikuka Sho, Speed Symboli and Nasuno Kotobuki finished side by side.
    After a long photo judgment, it was determined that Speed Symboli had lost to Nasuno Kotobuki.
  • In the Arima Kinen, he had a good run to finish 3rd behind Korehide and Kabuto Ciro.

In 1967 (age 4)

  • In the Tenno Sho (spring), he was the 1st favorite.
    He passed Kabuto Ciro just before the finish line and finished in 1st place.
    It was his first major race victory.
  • He has been invited to Washington, D.C. International.
    His owner accepted the invitation because of his strong foreign orientation.
  • In the Washington, D.C. International, Fort Marcy, an American turf horse, won the race against Damascus, a Double Crown winner.
    Speed Symboli finished 5th, 8+1/4 lengths behind the winner.
    A total of nine Japanese horses had run in the Washington, D.C. International through 1980, including two by Takeshiba O, but Speed Symboli had the best records in terms of placing and margin of defeat.
  • He was tired from the overseas tour and was not in good shape after that.

In 1968 (age 5)

  • He didn’t get back in shape and didn’t do well in the first half of the year.
    For a while, it was said that he was past his peak as a racehorse, but in the second half of the year, he got back in shape.

In 1969 (age 6)

  • He continued his good form and his owner now sent him to tour in Europe.
  • In the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, he took the lead at one point, but finished in 5th place.
    It was a good performance for a Japanese horse at that time.
  • He then ran in the Grand Prix de Deauville in France, and finished 10th.
    He also ran in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and finished 11th or lower.
  • In the Arima Kinen, he was the 6th favorite due to concerns about fatigue from the Europe tour.
    He took the lead in the home stretch and won the race by a nose over Akane Tenryu.
    He won the Arima Kinen for the first time in his fourth try.
  • There were predictions that he would retire at the Arima Kinen, but he will continue his career next year.
    At the time, the Japanese horse racing associations was planning to host an international invitational race, and his owner was eager to have him run in it.
    However, the race was not going to hold due to protests from domestic breeders against the liberalization of racehorse imports.
    The international invitational race would not be held until the first Japan Cup in 1981.

In 1970 (age 7)

  • In the Takarazuka Kinen, he was the 1st favorite.
    He won with a dominant run, setting a new record time.
  • In the autumn he began to show signs of decline, finishing 2nd in the Mainichi Okan and 7th in the Hollywood Turf Club Sho.
    His connections set their sights only on the Arima Kinen.
  • In the Arima Kinen, he was the 3rd favorite.
    He took the lead by running on the inside of the last corner.
    In the final stretch he stumbled over bad track but was not passed by the following horses and finished in 1st place.
    It was the first time in history that a horse won Arima Kinen in consecutive years and won eight major races at the age of seven.

As a sire

  • He did not do very well as a stallion.
  • However, he did produce Symboli Rudolf as a broodmare sire.
    Yuji Nohira, who was Speed Symboli’s main jockey, trained Symboli Rudolf as a trainer.

Hall of Fame

  • He was elected to the Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame in 1990.
    Although his racing record is not so outstanding as to make him a Hall of Fame Horse, his achievements will be appreciated by future generations.
  • He was an old hero who remained active until he was seven years old without being injured.
  • He was a pioneer in the internationalization of horse racing in Japan and the challenge of the Japanese horse racing community to the world.
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