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Yasuda Kinen

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MOZU ASCOT winning the Yasuda Kinen Race at Tokyo in Japan.
MOZU ASCOT winning the Yasuda Kinen Race at Tokyo in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

The Yasuda Kinen is a Grade 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for three year olds and above at Tokyo racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.
The Yasuda Kinen is run over 1600m. It was first run in 1951 and won by Issei.
It was run as the Yasuda Sho in honour of Izaemon Yasuda, the founding chairman of the Japan Racing Association. Following the death of Mr. Yasuda, in 1958 the race name was changed to the Yasuda Kinen.
In 1984 the race was promoted to Grade 1 status and in 1993 it was granted International Grade 1 status.
The Yasuda Kinen is worth JPY238,600,000 in 2019 (approx. AUD3million).
Tokyo racecourse is a left handed course with the mile start at the top of the back straight.
The six year olds have dominated in the last 20 years with 9 wins. Real Impact is the only 3yo to win of late.
Fairy King Prawn did Hong Kong proud in 2000. Bullish Luck did the same in 2006.
One of the great Japanese sprinters Lord Kanaloa won the race in 2013. He also won Sprinters Stakes x 2, Hong Kong Sprint x 2 and Yasuda Kinen in a sensational 15 month period.
Vodka is the only recent dual winner. She was good enough to take a Japan Cup.
In 2014, Just A Way won the Yasuda Kinen by a nose which came after taking the Dubai Duty Free by a furlong.
Probably Japan’s most recent international champion horse was Maurice. He won three majors in Hong Kong but his home record included a Tenno Sho (Autumn), Mile Championship and the 2015 Yasuda Kinen.
Some global jockeys have tasted success here including Robbie Fradd, Brett Prebble and Christophe Lemaire.
Even Godolphin came to Japan as Saeed bin Suroor won with Heart Lake in 1995.
Notable winners of the Yasuda Kinen include Logotype (2016), Maurice (2015), Just A Way (2014), Lord Kanaloa (2013), Real Impact (2011), Vodka (2008/2009), Daiwa Major (2007), Bullish Luck (2006), Black Hawk (2001), Fairy King Prawn (2000), Taiki Shuttle (1998), Yamanin Zephyr (1992/1993) and Oguri Cap (1990).
The 2018 Yasuda Kinen was won by Mozu Ascot from Aerolithe and Suave Richard.
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Previous Yasuda Kinen Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
INDY CHAMP (JPN) 4H
STAY GOLD (JPN) - WILL POWER (JPN) KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN)
Y FUKUNAGA 58.0 H OTONASHI 5
MOZU ASCOT (USA) 4H
FRANKEL (GB) - INDIA (USA) HENNESSY (USA)
C P LEMAIRE 58.0 Y YAHAGI 10
SATONO ALADDIN (JPN) 6H
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MAGIC STORM (USA) STORM CAT (USA)
Y KAWADA 58.0 Y IKEE 14
LOGOTYPE (JPN) 6H
LOHENGRIN (JPN) - STEREOTYPE (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
HIRONOBU TANABE 58.0 TSUYOSHI TANAKA 6
MAURICE (JPN) 4H
SCREEN HERO (JPN) - MEJIRO FRANCES (JPN) CARNEGIE (IRE)
Y KAWADA 58.0 N HORI 6
JUST A WAY (JPN) 5H
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - SIBYL (JPN) WILD AGAIN (USA)
Y SHIBATA 58.0 N SUGAI 10
LORD KANALOA (JPN) 5H
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - LADY BLOSSOM (JPN) STORM CAT (USA)
Y IWATA 58.0 TAKEHIRO YASUDA 10
STRONG RETURN (JPN) 6
SYMBOLI KRIS S (USA) - CAUGHT OUT (USA) SMART STRIKE (CAN)
Y FUKUNAGA 58.0 N HORI 4
REAL IMPACT (JPN) 3C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - TOKIO REALITY (USA) MEADOWLAKE (USA)
K TOSAKI 54.0 N HORI 14
SHOWA MODERN (JPN) 6H
AIR JIHAD (JPN) - YUME SHIBAI (JPN) TONY BIN (IRE)
HIROKI GOTO 58.0 H SUGIURA 17
VODKA (JPN) 5M
TANINO GIMLET (JPN) - TANINO SISTER (JPN) ROUSILLON (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE 56.0 KATSUHIKO SUMII 3
VODKA (JPN) 4M
TANINO GIMLET (JPN) - TANINO SISTER (JPN) ROUSILLON (USA)
Y IWATA 56.0 KATSUHIKO SUMII 5
DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) 6H
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - SCARLET BOUQUET (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
KATSUMI ANDO 58.0 H UEHARA 2
BULLISH LUCK (USA) 7G
ROYAL ACADEMY (USA) - WILD VINTAGE (USA) ALYSHEBA (USA)
B PREBBLE 58.0 A S CRUZ 4
ASAKUSA DEN'EN (GB) 6H
SINGSPIEL (IRE) - WHITEWATER AFFAIR (GB) MACHIAVELLIAN (USA)
S FUJITA 58.0 M KON 7
TSURUMARU BOY (JPN) 6H
DANCE IN THE DARK (JPN) - TSURUMARU GIRL (JPN) SOCCER BOY (JPN)
KATSUMI ANDO 58.0 K HASHIGUCHI 14
AGNES DIGITAL (USA) 6H
CRAFTY PROSPECTOR (USA) - CHANCEY SQUAW (USA) CHIEF'S CROWN (USA)
H SHII 58.0 T SHIRAI 3
ADMIRE COZZENE (JPN) 6H
COZZENE (USA) - ADMIRE MCARDY (JPN) NORTHERN TASTE (CAN)
HIROKI GOTO 58.0 M HASHIDA 18
FAIRY KING PRAWN (AUS) 4G
DANEHILL (USA) - TWIGLET (AUS) TWIG MOSS (FR)
R FRADD 58.0 I W ALLAN

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