Legendary racehorse Oguri Cap died in Hokkaido on Saturday at age 25, horse racing sources said.
Oguri Cap won 12 graded races, including four Grade One titles, while boosting the popularity of horse racing in Japan in the late 1980s.
The dapple-grey horse made his racing debut in Gifu in 1987 and started competing on the top-level Japan Racing Association circuit in 1988.
Oguri Cap ended his illustrious career with a surprise victory at the Arima Kinen in December 1990, when fans thought he was way off his prime.
“I rode that legendary horse twice. It was a great honor,” star jockey Yutaka Take said. “There are young horse racing fans who don’t know about Oguri, so I’ll try to tell them how great he was. He was a super horse.”