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Arima Kinen

Grade I race
Arima Kinen
Nakayama Grand Prix
有馬記念
中山グランプリ
Location Nakayama Racecourse
Inaugurated 1956
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat race
Website japanracing.jp
Race information
Distance 2,500 metres (1m 4½f)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 55 kg (3yo); 57 kg (4yo+)
Allowances
2 kg for fillies and mares
2 kg for S. Hemisphere 3yos
Purse ¥379,400,000 (2010)

The Arima Kinen (有馬記念) is a Grade I flat horse race in Japan open to thoroughbreds which are three-years-old or above. It is run over a distance of 2,500 metres (approximately 1 mile and 4½ furlongs) at Nakayama Racecourse, and it takes place annually in late December. It is one of the two "All-Star" races in Japanese horse racing; the other is the Takarazuka Kinen in late June.

The event was first run in 1956, and it was initially titled the Nakayama Grand Prix (中山グランプリ). The following year it was renamed in memory of Yoriyasu Arima (1884–1957), the founder of the race. The distance was originally set at 2,600 metres, and it was shortened to the present length, 2,500 metres, in 1966.

The majority of the runners in the field are selected by a vote from racing fans, while the remainder are determined by the amount of prize money won.

Until 1999 the Arima Kinen was open to Japanese trained horses only. However, the Japan Racing Association introduced a new condition in 2000 which allowed for the participation of a foreign trained horse, if it had won that year's Japan Cup. The Arima Kinen was classed as a Domestic Grade I until 2006, and it was then promoted to an International Grade I in 2007. Consequently, it is now possible for more foreign trained horses to compete in the race. The maximum number of these was set at four in 2007, and this increased to six for the 2008 running.

Contents

Records

Speed record:

  • 2:29.5 – Zenno Rob Roy (2004)

Most wins:

  • 2 – Speed Symboli (1969, 1970)
  • 2 – Grass Wonder (1998, 1999)

Winners since 1998

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1998 Grass Wonder 3 Hitoshi Matoba Mitsuhiro Ogata Y. Hanzawa 2:32.1
1999 Grass Wonder 4 Hitoshi Matoba Mitsuhiro Ogata Y. Hanzawa 2:37.2
2000 T M Opera O 4 Ryuji Wada Ichizo Iwamoto Masatsugu Takezono 2:34.1
2001 Manhattan Cafe 3 Masayoshi Ebina Futoshi Kojima Ken Nishikawa 2:33.1
2002 Symboli Kris S 3 Olivier Peslier Kazuo Fujisawa Symboli Stud 2:32.6
2003 Symboli Kris S 4 Olivier Peslier Kazuo Fujisawa Symboli Stud 2:30.5
2004 Zenno Rob Roy 4 Olivier Peslier Kazuo Fujisawa Shinobu Oosako 2:29.5
2005 Heart's Cry 4 Christophe Lemaire Kojiro Hashiguchi Shadai Racehorse 2:31.9
2006 Deep Impact 4 Yutaka Take Yasuo Ikee Kaneko Makoto Holdings 2:31.9
2007 Matsurida Gogh 4 Masayoshi Ebina Sakae Kunieda Fumie Takahashi 2:33.6
2008 Daiwa Scarlet 4 Katsumi Ando Kunihide Matsuda Keizo Oshiro 2:31.5
2009 Dream Journey 5 Kenichi Ikezoe Yasutoshi Ikee Sunday Racing 2:30.0

Earlier winners

  • 1956 - Meiji Hikari
  • 1957 - Hakuchikara
  • 1958 - Onward There
  • 1959 - Garnet
  • 1960 - Star Roch
  • 1961 - Homareboshi
  • 1962 - Onslaught
  • 1963 - Ryu Forel
  • 1964 - Yamato Kyodai
  • 1966 - Korehide
  • 1967 - Kabuto Ciro
  • 1968 - Ryuzuki
  • 1969 - Speed Symboli
  • 1970 - Speed Symboli
  • 1971 - Tomei
  • 1972 - Ishino Hikaru
  • 1973 - Strong Eight
  • 1974 - Tanino Chikara
  • 1975 - Ishino Arashi
  • 1976 - Tosho Boy
  • 1977 - Ten Point
  • 1978 - Kane Minobu
  • 1979 - Green Grass
  • 1980 - Hoyo Boy
  • 1981 - Amber Shadai
  • 1982 - Hikari Duel
  • 1983 - Lead Hoyu
  • 1985 - Symboli Rudolf
  • 1986 - Dyna Gulliver
  • 1987 - Mejiro Durren
  • 1988 - Oguri Cap
  • 1989 - Inari One
  • 1990 - Oguri Cap
  • 1991 - Dai Yusaku
  • 1992 - Mejiro Palmer
  • 1996 - Sakura Laurel
  • 1997 - Silk Justice


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