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Delta Blues (horse)

Delta Blues
Delta Blues
Sire Dance in the Dark
Dam Dixie Splash
Grandsire Sunday Silence
Damsire Dixieland Band
Gender Stallion
Foaled 2001
Country Japan
Color Bay
Breeder Northern Farm
Owner Sunday Racing Co Ltd
Trainer Katsuhiko Sumii
Record 29: 6-2-3
Earnings 401,562,000 yen
+3,300,000 AUD
Delta Blues is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Dixie Splash by Dance in the Dark. He was born around 2001 in Japan, and was bred by Northern Farm.
Major wins
Kikuka Sho (2004)
Stayers Stakes (2005)
Melbourne Cup (2006)
JRA Best Horse by Home-Bred Sire (2004)
Australian Champion Stayer (2006/07)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 4, 2008

Delta Blues (デルタブルース, May 3, 2001 - ) is a Japanese Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 2006 Melbourne Cup[1]. He was the first Japanese horse to win the Cup. In doing so it beat Pop Rock, another Japanese horse, also trained by Katsuhiko Sumii.


2006 Melbourne Cup

In the 2006 Melbourne Cup, Delta Blues was ridden by Japanese jockey Yasunari Iwata[2] in his first race outside Japan[3]. Iwata was winner of the 2005 19th World Super Jockey Series.[4][5]

Prior to the race, stable spokesman Keita Tanaka characterised Delta Blues as a "lazy horse", and trainer Sumii characterised him as "tough"[6].


Delta Blues was virtually unknown until it won a spectacular upset victory in the Kikuka Sho.[7] He beat Heart's Cry and Cosmo Bulk then.

Delta Blues placed third in the Japan Cup in November 2004, and third in the Caulfield Cup in 2006[6].

Other runs by Delta Blues include wins in the Domestic Grade One Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) in October 2004, the Domestic Grade Two Stayers Stakes in December 2005, a third in the Grade Two Hanshin Daishoten on March 19, 2006 fifth in the Arima Kinen, and 10th in the Domestic Grade One Tenno Sho (Spring) on April 30[6].

Delta Blues won the Best Horse by Home-Bred Sire JRA award in 2004.[8]


  • Winner of the 2004 Best Horse by Home-Bred Sire JRA award.[8]


Delta Blues was sired by Dance in the Dark with the dam Dixie Splash (sire Dixieland Band). The breeder was Northern Farm[7].

Dance in the Dark won the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger), and was the son of "magnificent US-bred Sunday Silence, the ill-fated sire who has been unmatched in Japanese breeding history".[9]

Pedigree of Delta Blues (JPN)
Dance in the Dark (JPN)
Sunday Silence (USA) Halo (USA) Hail to Reason (USA)
Cosmah (USA)
Wishing Well (USA) Understanding(USA)
Mountain Flower (USA)
Dancing Key (USA) Nijinsky (CAN) Northern Dancer (CAN)
Flaming Page (CAN)
Key Partner (USA) Key to the Mint (USA)
Native Partner (USA)
Dixie Splash (USA)
Dixieland Band (USA) Northern Dancer (CAN) Nearctic (CAN)
Natalma (USA)
Mississippi Mud (USA) Delta Judge (USA)
Sand Buggy (USA)
Ocean Jewel (USA) Alleged (USA) Hoist The Flag (USA)
Princess Pout (USA)
Lady Offshore (USA) Sir Ivor (USA)
Bonnie Google (USA)

See also

  • Millionaire Racehorses in Australia

External links

  • ABC News - Photo gallery of Delta Blues winning the 2006 Melbourne Cup



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