cold wars hot wars and the japanese breeders championship pi
cold wars hot wars and the japanese breeders championship pi

“All’s fair in love and war”

So they say, provided the game is played according to the Queensberry Rules. We’ve always said that the South African Breeders’ Championship is one of the tightest competitions in the thoroughbred world, and that’s because only six farms have aspired to the title in all of recorded history. 

But the closest contest in the world right now, rests with the Japanese, and the intriguing thing is the three principal protagonists. The 31st December will hail the champion, and there is very little separating the top two, Shadai Farm of Teruya Yoshida, and his brother Katsumi’sNorthern Farm. Yes, there is a difference R34 million keeping them apart, but this is a bagatelle in the context of totals of the order of half a billion in each of their respective earnings. Earlier in the season, they were separated by several hundred million, but a late charge by Northern Farm sees the battle going right to the line, and amazingly, the third in the contest also happens to be a Yoshida family entity.

We’ve said this before, but it’s worth another look. The stallion lists (reproduced here) are the starkest reminder of the extent of the Yoshida dominance of the Japanese domestic breeding scene, with all ten on the General Sires log and the first ten on the Two Year Old Sires; log, being residents of the family’s Shadai Stallion Station.

From a dim and distant past, Japanese breeding has almost singlehandedley been catapulted into the world of breeding superpowers by the Yoshidas and its anyone’s guess as to how long their monopoly on the country’s racing affairs can be maintained. The manifestation of a Darley stallion station in the Land of the Rising Sun by Sheikh Mohammed one poser for the future, but it’s our bet that the name Yoshida will stick like a barnacle to their leader boards for decades to come.

2010 JRA Purse Rating / Breeder

Breeder

# of start

(head)

# of start

(race) 

win

(head) 

win

(race) 

total purse

/ZAR 

recent winner

SHADAI FARM

681

2945

250

345

532,778,861

Eishin Flash

NORTHERN FARM

662

2768

229

303

498,693,028

Buena Vista

SHIRAOI FARM

217

1017

64

89

133,744,003

Aliseo

SHIMOKOBE FARM

145

621

39

47

81,903,973

Dasher Go Go

CHIYODA FARM

160

645

30

41

73,961,994

Daiwa Barbarian

NORTH HILL MANAGEMENT

99

445

29

38

72,274,963

Ernestly

MBIG RED FARM

140

584

37

41

58,384,933

Meiner Kitz

YANGAWA FARM

61

335

23

31

40,856,072

Kopano Gingu

OIWAKE FARM

86

356

21

26

40,158,171

Oro Meister

MISHIMA FARM

64

329

18

22

39,800,825

Meisho Beluga

2010 JRA Leading Sire

Breeder

# of start

(head)

# of start

(race) 

win

(head) 

win

(race) 

total purse

/ZAR 

recent winner

KING KAMEHAMEHA (N)

296

1354

116

155

223,768,741

Apapane

SYMBOLI KRIS S

279

1225

85

111

163,660,420

Aliseo

FUJI KISEKI (S*)

271

1130

80

100

156,093,403

Kinshasa no kiseki

KUROFUNE

285

1320

102

136

152,742,354

Bateau d’Or

MANHATTAN CAFE (S)

251

991

71

97

147,846,477

Getstalt

AGNES TACHYON (S)

231

910

69

89

143,038,906

Kopano Gingu

SPECIAL WEEK

226

990

60

74

133,322,114

Buena Vista

SAKURA BAKUSHIN O (S*)

232

1012

77

89

126,391,079

Dasher Go Go

JUNGLE POCKET (N)

194

815

48

64

112,776,612

Jaguar Mail

NEO UNIVERSE (S)

217

941

58

84

105,471,214

Victoire Pisa

2010 JRA Leading Sire of 2yo

Breeder

# of start

(head)

# of start

(race) 

win

(head) 

win

(race) 

total purse

/ZAR 

recent winner

DEEP IMPACT (N)

51

100

24

25

20,857,121

Real Impact

SAKURA BAKUSHIN O (S*)

40

105

13

14

15,395,652

Grand Prix Boss

KING KAMEHAMEHA (N)

65

141

18

19

13,900,225

Tsurumaru One Piece

HEART’S CRY (S)

32

67

12

14

12,813,043

Meisho Naruto

FUJI KISEKI (S*)

43

91

14

14

12,753,598

Admire Sagas

AGNES TACHYON (S)

39

78

10

11

12,095,502

Reve d’Essor

JUNGLE POCKET (N)

49

115

6

7

10,811,844

Magical Pocket

MANHATTAN CAFE (S)

34

69

12

14

9,956,447

Shonan Mighty

KUROFUNE

38

94

6

8

9,848,351

Marumo Seila

NEO UNIVERSE (S)

52

116

8

9

9,523,763

All As One

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