|Name / Japanese||Taiki Shuttle / タイキシャトル|
|Earnings||615,485,000 yen (only Japan)|
|Races-Win / G1-Win||13-11 / 6-5|
|Dam (Sire)||Welsh Muffin (Caerleon)|
|Other site link||JBIS / Umanity / en.netkeiba|
|Awards||JRA Award for Best Sprinter or Miler (1997, 1998)
JRA Award for Best Older Male Horse (1998)
JRA Award for Horse of the Year (1998)
|Honours||Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame (1999)|
All grade races
|Unicorn Stakes (G3)||3||1||G|
|Swan Stakes (G2)||9||1||G|
|1997 16/11||Kyoto T1600||Mile Championship (G1)||5||1||◆|
|1997 14/12||Nakayama T1200||Sprinters Stakes (G1)||16||1||◆|
|Keio Hai Spring Cup (G2)||1||1||G|
|1998 14/06||Tokyo T1600||Yasuda Kinen (G1)||2||1||◆|
|1998 16/08||Deauville T1600||Prix Jacques le Marois (G1)||1||1||G|
|1998 22/11||Kyoto T1600||Mile Championship (G1)||9||1||◆|
|1998 20/12||Nakayama T1200||Sprinters Stakes (G1)||13||3||◆|
- Taiki Shuttle failed the starting gate test three times.
Therefore, his debut was delayed.
- In the Unicorn Stakes, he won by 2+1/2 lengths.
It was his first grade race win.
- In the Mile Championship (1997), he was the 2nd favorite.
He was easy to win by 2+1/2 lengths over 2nd place finisher, Kyoei March.
- In the Sprinters Stakes (1997), he was easy to win again.
- In the Yasuda Kinen, he was on a different level.
His connections decided to challenge in Europe.
- A week before the Prix Jacques le Marois, Seeking the Pearl won the Prix Maurice de Gheest.
She became a first Japanese-horse to win a G1-race in Europe.
Her jockey Yutaka Take said “Taiki Shuttle is stronger than Seeking the Pearl.”
- Just before the Prix Jacques le Marois, Taiki Shuttle finally became the most favorite.
However, there was a possibility that Taiki Shuttle would be excused from the race due to his excitements that day.
At the race, he was running without concentration at all in the first half.
His jockey Yukio Okabe signed him 100m before the finish-line.
He took the lead and won.
Okabe shed tears at the winner’s ceremony.
- In the Mile Championship (1998), he won by 5 lengths.
- Before the Sprinters Stakes (1998), his last-race, he hated to run and refused to train.
Almost everyone thought that he would surely win and have a post-race retirement ceremony.
However, he finished in 3rd place.
At his retirement ceremony, his racing-results were posted on the electric bulletin board.
It was written as 1st in the Sprinters Stakes (1998) space.
JRA also believed that he would win, and had made such a notation on the electronic bulletin board in advance.
- Many people say he is still the strongest miler ever.
As a sire
- Win Kluger won the NHK Mile Cup.
- Meisho Bowler won the February Stakes.
- Summer Wind won the JBC Sprint.
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