japanese thoroughbred breeders championship by michael nefdt
japanese thoroughbred breeders championship by michael nefdt

The Japanese Breeders’ Championship

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THE JAPANESE BREEDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

Those were the words of Texan oilman, Nelson Bunker-Hunt when his silver empire collapsed in 1987, forcing his bankruptcy and the sale of his breeding stock, which had earned him five Eclipse Awards as America’s Champion Breeder.

We turn now to a billion of a different kind, half of which and more is what it takes to win a Japanese Breeders’ Championship. Readers will have seen our piece yesterday on the state of affairs a week ago, and here we illustrate the subtle change at the top of the log following Saturday’s Arima Kinen (Gr1). What hasn’t changed is the family origins of the leaders : it’s simply a matter of one Yoshida replacing another. In South African terms, the margin would be material, irrecoverable at this time of the year. In Japanese terms however, you can see just how close things are, and there are still a couple of days left. This must surely be a world record in terms of the intensity of the battle, the earnings of the two protagonists, and the narrowness of the margin.

Japan Racing Association

Purse Rating / Breeder

#

Breeder

# of start

(head)

# of start

(race)

win

(head)

win

(race)

Total Purse

(ZAR)

Recent Winner

1

Shadai Farm

740

3362

279

393

594,728,478

Victoire Pisa

2

Northern Farm

701

3178

259

353

593,326,739

Rose Kingdom

3

Shiraoi Farm

230

1161

70

103

145,792,899

Aliseo

4

Chiyoda Farm

170

744

39

53

86,020,072

Birdie Birdie

5

Shimokobe Farm

150

674

40

48

85,288,768

Dasher Go Go

6

North Hills Management

104

484

33

44

84,441,884

Transcend

7

Big Red Farm

143

668

37

45

64,917,464

Meiner Kitz

8

Mishima Farm

67

367

21

26

43,628,478

Meisho Beluga

9

Oiwake Farm

90

392

21

26

42,742,391

Golski

10

Yanagawa Farm

64

369

25

33

42,156,522

Kopano Gingu

Courtesy of JRA 28 December 2010

Japan Racing Association

Leading Sire

#

Stallion

# of start

(head)

# of start

(race)

win

(head)

win

(race)

Total Purse

(ZAR)

Recent Winner

1

KING KAMEHAMEHA

313

1551

129

179

269,224,348

Rose Kingdom

2

FUJI KISEKI

283

1262

89

119

178,989,130

Kinshasa no Kiseki

3

SYMBOLI KRIS S

296

1381

90

118

172,785,072

Aliseo

4

KURUFUNE

299

1492

112

154

171,916,304

Whale Capture

5

MANHATTAN CAFE

269

1130

79

111

166,108,623

Gestalt

6

AGNES TACHYON

252

1028

79

101

155,602,101

Reve d’Essor

7

SPECIAL WEEK

237

1104

67

83

150,924,275

Buena Vista

8

SAKURA BAKUSHIN O

245

1156

86

107

145,624,058

Grand Prix Boss

9

NEO UNIVERSE

239

1067

64

96

135,115,000

Victoire Pisa

10

JUNGLE POCKET

220

950

55

74

126,197,029

Jaguar Mail

Courtesy of JRA 28 December 2010

Japan Racing Association

Leading Sire of 2 Year Olds

#

Stallion

# of start

(head)

# of start

(race)

win

(head)

win

(race)

Total Purse

(ZAR)

Recent Winner

1

DEEP IMPACT

74

187

34

41

38,916,159

Real Impact

2

SAKURA BAKUSHIN O

51

159

19

24

26,539,783

Grand Prix Boss

3

KING KAMEHAMEHA

82

213

30

32

22,667,391

Belshazzar

4

AGNES TACHYON

57

133

18

21

22,511,812

Reve d’Essor

5

FUJI KISEKI

56

139

22

23

19,847,319

Sadamu Patek

6

HEART’S CRY

50

131

16

18

18,074,855

Win Variation

7

KUROFUNE

51

147

13

16

18,475,145

Whale Capture

8

JUNGLE POCKET

74

191

11

12

15,968,551

Magical Pocket

9

MANHATTAN CAFE

52

125

16

19

13,945,580

Shonan Mighty

10

NEO UNIVERSE

73

185

12

13

13,604,928

All As One

Courtesy of JRA 28 December 2010

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