|Name / Japanese||Tony Bin / トニービン|
|Dam (Sire)||Severn Bridge (Hornbeam)|
|Other Site Link||JBIS Stallion Reports
As a Racehorse Briefly
- He was born in Ireland and owned by an Italian businessman, Luciano Gaucci.
(Luciano Gaucci later attracted the attention of the Japanese media and football fans for his words and actions as the owner of the Italian professional football club Perugia, where he acquired the Japanese Hidetoshi Nakata.)
- Tony Bin had been a good runner but not a winner in G1 races before he turned 5 years old.
- In 1987, at the age of five, he won the Premio Presidente della Repubblica, Gran Premio di Milano, and Gran Premio del Jockey Club, the biggest races in Italy.
- In 1988, he won the Premio Presidente della Repubblica and the Gran Premio di Milano, as he had done the previous year.
He later won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe by a neck over Mtoto.
His ownership was transferred to the Shadai Group and he ran in the Japan Cup because he had been promised to become a stallion in Japan.
In the Japan Cup he broke a bone during the race and finished 5th. (The 1st place was Pay the Butler from USA, 2nd place was Tamamo Cross, 3rd place was Oguri Cap).
As a Stallion
- In his first year as a stallion he produced the Double Crown-winning filly Vega, who won the Oka Sho and the Oaks, and the Derby winner Winning Ticket.
- In 1994, he was the leading sire with only three years’ worth of foals.
Along with Sunday Silence and Brian’s Time, he became one of the leading stallions of the 1990s.
- His foals have a high capacity for sustained speed.
On the other hand, they are not very good at turning corners and do not have much instantaneous acceleration.
These characteristics make them very good at Tokyo Racecourse, where the corners are gentle and the stretches are wide and long.
Of the 13 G1 races won by his sons, 11 of them were at Tokyo Racecourse.
Foals that won the G1 races
Sakura Chitose O
- Jungle Pocket was his main successor and produced several good sires, including Oken Bruce Lee, Tosen Jordan, and Awardee.
However, Jungle Pocket’s foals have not done well as sires, making it almost impossible for Tony Bin Line to survive.
- Among the stallions in the Tony Bin line other than Jungle Pocket, Company (by Miracle Admire) also showed some promise, but did not do so well.
- Winning Ticket had a pretty good pedigree: dam-sire Maruzensky, grand-dam-sire Tesco Boy, great-grand-dam Star Roch. (in addition his brother is Royal Touch)
Winning Ticket was bred to quite a few mares, but no big names were born.
(This may have been due in large part to the quality of his mares, which were not very good due to the facility where he was offered as a stallion and the fact that he was Tony Bin’s first yearling.)
- Vega and Air Groove were also successful as broodmares.
Irish Dance, the dam of Heart’s Cry, is also the foal of Tony Bin.
- Although his name’s survival as a sire line is rather severe, Tony Bin’s name will not disappear in the future of Japanese horse racing through Heart’s Cry, Rulership, Duramante, and others.