Oka-sho, Satsuki-sho to be run without spectators

More Sports / Horse Racing Apr 2, 2020

Oka-sho, Satsuki-sho to be run without spectators

The Japan Racing Association said Thursday it will extend its closed-door, audience-free events through April 19. The three upcoming Grade One events, the Osaka Hai, scheduled for Sunday, Oka-sho, scheduled for April 12, and Satsuki-sho, scheduled for April 19, will be among the races that ...

JRA bans horses over feed additive

More Sports / Horse Racing Jun 15, 2019

JRA bans horses over feed additive

The Japan Racing Association said Saturday it would exclude 156 horses from racing this weekend, an unprecedented number, after finding a prohibited substance in their feed additives. The JRA held its races as scheduled on Saturday, and will do likewise on Sunday with the remaining ...

Famed Japanese champion mare Vodka dies

More Sports / Horse Racing Apr 3, 2019

Famed Japanese champion mare Vodka dies

Japanese thoroughbred mare Vodka, who became the first filly to win the Japanese Derby in 64 years, has died from laminitis, the Japan Racing Association said Wednesday. The 15-year-old mare died Monday in Newmarket, England, where she had been staying to mate. She tied the ...

Kitasan Black to retire after Arima Kinen

More Sports / Horse Racing Oct 20, 2017

Kitasan Black to retire after Arima Kinen

Kitasan Black, a five-time Grade One race winner, will retire after the Arima Kinen in December, the stallion's trainer Hisashi Shimizu said on Friday. "(Kitasan Black's) owner (Saburo Kitajima) decided that he would retire this year after running the autumn Tenno-sho, the Japan Cup and ...

Teenage jockey Fujita earns first victory

More Sports / Horse Racing Mar 24, 2016

Teenage jockey Fujita earns first victory

Eighteen-year-old Nanako Fujita, the Japan Racing Association's first female jockey in 16 years, claimed her first win on Thursday. Fujita guided second choice 5-year-old gelding Ascii Code to a bright start in the third race at Urawa Racecourse and went onto win comfortably by two ...