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Champion racehorse Kaburaya O, who captured the first two legs of Japan’s Triple Crown series in 1975, died Saturday at the age of 31 (about 90 years in human terms) at the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders Association Stallion Station in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture. His death was attributed to old age.

Kaburaya O was named Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old in 1975 after ending the year with a perfect six for six record. Following his win in the Satsukisho in April that year, Kaburaya O extended his winning streak to eight the next month with a thrilling high-paced wire-to-wire victory in the Nippon Derby, with jockey Yasuo Sugawara up.

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