|Name / Japanese||T.M. Opera O / テイエムオペラオー|
|Races-Win / G1-Win||26-14 / 14-7|
|Dam (Sire)||Once Wed (Blushing Groom)|
|Other site link||JBIS / Umanity / netkeiba|
|Awards||JRA Award for Best Three-Year-Old Colt (1999)
JRA Award for Horse of the Year (2000)
JRA Award for Best Older Male Horse (2000)
|Honours / Honors||Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame (2004)|
All grade races: In 1999 (age 3)
|Mainichi Hai (G3)||1||1||G|
|1999 18/04||Nakayama T2000||Satsuki Sho (G1)||12||1||◆|
|1999 06/06||Tokyo T2400||Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (G1)||14||3||◆|
|Kyoto Daishoten (G2)||10||3|
|1999 07/11||Kyoto T3000||Kikuka Sho (G1)||4||2||◆|
|Stayers Stakes (G2)||10||2|
|1999 26/12||Nakayama T2500||Arima Kinen (G1)||11||3|
- In 1999 (age 3), T.M. Opera O won the Mainichi Hai (G3) and he went to the classic races.
His connections had not pre-registered him for the classic races, but they were able to pay an additional registration fee and register him to run.
- In the Satsuki Sho, he was the 5th favorite.
He showed a great finishing kick.
He won the first classic race.
T.M. Opera O was the first horse to win a classic race under the additional registration system that was established when Oguri Cap was unable to run in a classic race because he was not registered.
- He ran in the rest of the classic races, however, he lost to Admire Vega in the Tokyo Yushun and lost to Narita Top Road in the Kikuka Sho.
- After the Kikuka Sho, his owner got angry with his jockey, Ryuji Wada.
His owner told his trainer to change his jockey, but the trainer refused.
- In the Stayers Stakes, he was by far the most favorite, but he finished 2nd.
- In the Arima Kinen (1999), he was the 5th favorite.
He was defeated by Grass Wonder and Special Week by a neck.
He had run a distance of 3,600 meters only three weeks ago and 3,000 meters before that, so he did very well in this race.
Undefeated season: In 2000 (age 4)
|2000 20/02||Kyoto T2200||Kyoto Kinen (G2)||
|2000 19/03||Hanshin T3000||Hanshin Daishoten (G2)||1||1||G|
|2000 30/04||Kyoto T3200||Tenno Sho (spring) (G1)||5||1||◆|
|2000 25/06||Hanshin T2200||Takarazuka Kinen (G1)||1||1||◆|
|2000 08/10||Kyoto T2400||Kyoto Daishoten (G2)||1||1||G|
|2000 29/10||Tokyo T2000||Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1)||13||1||◆|
|2000 26/11||Tokyo T2400||Japan Cup (G1)||8||1||◆|
|2000 24/12||Nakayama T2500||Arima Kinen (G1)||7||1||◆|
- In 2000 (age 4), he had an incredible season.
He won all the major races for old horses.
His achievement is called “the Grand Slam.”
- In the Takarazuka Kinen, he was the 1st favorite.
There was a lot of attention on the two-horse race between him and Grass Wonder, but Grass Wonder broke his leg during the race, finished sixth, and retired after the race.
T.M. Opera O finished 1st and Meisho Doto finished 2nd.
It was the first time he had faced Meisho Doto.
- In the Japan Cup, he was by far the most favorite, even though he was racing against foreign horses and horses a year younger than him.
(In the win-tickets, T.M. Opera O was 1.5 times, the 2nd favorite Fantastic Light was 8.9 times, and the 3rd favorite Air Shakur was 9.5 times.)
He fought hard with Meisho Doto and Fantastic Light in the home stretch and won.
- In the Arima Kinen, it was the last race of the year for him after a year of running and winning.
He was probably not in perfect physical condition, having suffered an injury to his leg in the previous race.
On the morning of the race, he hit his face on the wall and had a nosebleed, and it was doubtful whether he would be able to run.
(Running with a bloody nose can cause a horse to choke to death.)
He was allowed to run, but his face was swollen and one of his eyes was nearly blocked.
He was very tightly marked by other horses.
He broke through a narrow space 200m before the finish-line.
He finished in 1st place.
His owner said, “I felt so sorry for both the horse and the jockey that I almost cried.
- His breeding farm, horse owner, trainer, and jockey had little influence in the horse racing community.
Therefore, all the horses around him were his enemies.
It was a tremendous feat for him to keep winning for a whole year despite being heavily marked by the horses around him.
He won the Japan Horse of the Year (2000) and the Best Older Horse (2000) with full votes.
G1 races: In 2001 (age 5)
|2001 29/04||Kyoto T3200||Tenno Sho (spring) (G1)||1||1||◆|
|2001 24/06||Hanshin T2200||Takarazuka Kinen (G1)||4||2||◆|
|2001 28/10||Tokyo T2000||Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1)||6||2||◆|
|2001 25/11||Tokyo T2400||Japan Cup (G1)||4||2||◆|
|2001 23/12||Nakayama T2500||Arima Kinen (G1)||12||5||◆|
- He lined up for Symboli Rudolf’s G1wins-record in Japan by winning Tenno Sho (spring).
(Symboli Rudolf had won seven G1 races.)
- In the Takarazuka Kinen, it seemed certain that he would broke the record.
He was marked very hard by the other horses, especially by the No. 7, Daiwa Texas, ridden by Yukio Okabe, who had been Symboli Rudolf’s jockey in the past.
He showed a great finishing kick, but lost to Meisho Doto.
- In the autumn season, he couldn’t win G1 races due to the effects of aging.
He lost to Agnes Digital in the Tenno Sho (autumn) and lost to Jungle Pocket in the Japan Cup.
He retired after finishing 5th in the Arima Kinen, losing to Manhattan Cafe.
In the end, he was not able to set a new G1wins-record.