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Tenno Sho

Grade 1 race
Tenno Sho (Spring)
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天皇賞・春 (Tenno Sho Haru)
Location Kyoto Racecourse, Kyoto
Inaugurated 1938
Race type Thoroughbred
Website japanracing.jp/
Race information
Distance 3200 meters
(About 16 furlongs / 2 miles)
Track Turf, Right-handed
Qualification 4-y-o & Up, Thoroughbreds
Weight 4-y-o & up 58 kg
Purse ¥281,560,000 (as of 2007)


Grade 1 race
Tenno Sho (Autumn)
File:Tenno Sho.jpg
天皇賞・秋 (Tenno Sho Aki)
Location Tokyo Racecourse, Fuchu, Tokyo
Inaugurated 1937
Race type Thoroughbred
Website japanracing.jp/
Race information
Distance 2000 meters
(About 10 furlongs / 1 ¼ miles)
Track Turf, Left-handed
Qualification 3-y-o & Up, Thoroughbreds
Weight 3-y-o 56 kg 4-y-o & up 58 kg
Purse ¥281,560,000 (as of 2007)


The Tenno Sho (天皇賞) is a horse race held twice a year, once in the spring and once in the autumn. "Tenno" means "Emperor of Japan". The races are both International Grade I races. Prio to the 2007 races, both Tenno Sho races were Japanese domestic Grade I races.

Spring

The Spring Tenno Sho is held at Kyoto Racecourse, in late April or early May. It is run over a distance of 3,200 metres (10,000 ft), making it the longest Grade I race in Japan.

Deep Impact won the 2006 version of the race setting the world record for a 3200 metre race with a time of 3:13.4. beating the Melbourne Cup record of 3:16.3.[citation needed]

Autumn

The Autumn Tenno Sho is held at Tokyo Racecourse, in late October. It is run over a distance of 2,000 metres (6,600 ft). It is considered the first leg of the Japanese Autumn Triple Crown (the other two are the Japan Cup and the Arima Kinen).

Originally, the Autumn Tenno Sho was ran over a distance of 3,200 metres (10,000 ft), but was shortened to its current distance to promote middle-distance horses and to promote 3-year-old horses as a shorter-distance alternative to the Kikuka Sho, the Japanese St. Leger, which is 3,000 metres (9,800 ft).



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