|Grade 2 race|
|Location||Kyoto Racecourse, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan|
|Inaugurated||May 17, 1942|
|Race type||Thoroughbred Flat racing|
|Qualification||4-y-o & Up, Thoroughbreds|
|Weight||4-y-o 56kg, 5-y-o & up 57kg|
filly allowance -2kg
The Kyōto Kinen (京都記念 Kyōto Kinen) is a Grade II race in Japan that is open to international horses. It is held mid February at Kyoto Racecourse in Kyoto, Japan.
The race was first run in 1942. It was not run from 1944 to 1947 due to World War II. Initially the race was run over 3,500 metres (about 2 miles or 1.5 furlongs) and the present race is run over 2,200 metres (about 11 furlongs).
Kyōto Kinen has been rated as a Grade II race since 1984 and was opened for foreign trained horses at that time, although foreign horses have never run the race until recently.
It is a popular prep race for Tenno Sho (spring). Takeshiba O, Ten Point, Biwa Hayahide and T M Opera O are horses that won both the Kyōto Kinen and the Tenno Sho. Some horses run this race before going to Dubai. In 2007, Admire Moon won this race and the Dubai Duty Free.
Initially Kyōto Kinen was held twice a year in spring and autumn. The autumn race was abolished 1984 when Japanese domestic race grading was started.
Before the autumn part was abolished, some horses ran both races and five horses won both. Notably, Final Score (1954) and Sky Leader (1974) won both races in the same year.
List of recent winners
|2000||T M Opera O||4||Ryuji Wada||Ichizo Iwamoto||Masatsugu Takezono||2:13.8|
|2001||Maquereau||4||Yasuhiko Yasuda||Hiroyoshi Matsuda||Katsumi Yoshida||2:12.3|
|2002||Narita Top Road||6||Kunihiko Watanabe||Yoshio Oki||Hidenori Yamaji||2:11.8|
|2003||My Sole Sound||4||Masaru Honda||Katsuichi Nishiura||Kiyoshi Sano||2:16.5|
|2004||Silk Famous||5||Hirofumi Shii||Ippo Samejima||Silk Co. Ltd.||2:12.8|
|2005||Narita Century||6||Hirokazu Tajima||Kazuo Fujisawa||Hidenori Yamaji||2:15.7|
|2006||Six Sense||4||Yutaka Take||Hiroyuki Nagahama||Shadai Race Horse||2:13.5|
|2007||Admire Moon||4||Yutaka Take||Hiroyoshi Matsuda||Riichi Kondou & Katsumi Yoshida||2:17.2|
|2008||Admire Aura||4||Katsumi Andou||Hiroyoshi Matsuda||Riichi Kondou||2:13.6|
|2009||Asakusa Kings||5||Hirofumi Shii||Ryuji Ookubo||Keiko Tahara||2:14.6|