Horse Racing in Japan


2012 News

January 7, 2012

Winners of the 2011 JRA Awards announced

On Jan. 6, Orfevre was announced as a double winner for the JRA Awards for 2011. The 2011 JRA Triple Crown Winner won both the Japan Racing Association's Horse of the Year for 2011 and Best Three-Year-Old Colt award. Orfevre dominated the voting for the Horse of the Year award with 284 votes out of 285. Victoire Pisa had received one vote.

The Horse of the Year title is the highest honor given to JRA-registered race horses and is selected by the Horse of the Year Selection Committee represented by journalists of various dailies and magazines.

The JRA Awards ceremony will be held at a Tokyo Hotel on Jan. 23.

■RACEHORSES

Horse of the Year and Best Three-Year-Old Colt:

Orfevre (JPN)

3-Year-Old, Chestnut, Colt
Sire Dam (Sire of Dam) Stay Gold
Oriental Art (Mejiro McQueen)
Owner Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.
Trainer Yasutoshi Ikee
Jockey Kenichi Ikezoe
Breeder Shadai Corporation Inc.
Wins / Starts in 2011 6/ 8
Earnings in 2011 805,524,000 Yen
Principal Wins in 2011 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) (G1)
Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (G1)
Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) (G1)
Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) (G1)

Video (Orfevre):
Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) (G1 - English) HIGH LOW
Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (G1 - English) HIGH LOW
Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) (G1 - English) HIGH LOW
Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) (G1 - English) HIGH LOW

Orfevre award comments

Owner: Sunday Racing, Shunsuke Yoshida

“Not only did he capture the Triple Crown last year, but in the Arima Kinen he beat the older competition in racing against them for the first time. I am just overwhelmed at how strong he has become. This year, we are going to take on the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as one of our big challenges and I look forward to even greater things. Thank you.”

Trainer: Yasutoshi Ikee

“It is an honor to have received this recognition. At this time last year, there had been as yet no results that indicated he would be winning the Horse of the Year award. But, thanks to the work of the farm, the stable staff, and jockey Ikezoe, and the things they have taught (Orfevre) in racing, we were able to get the results that led to becoming Horse of the Year. From here on as well, with results fitting of such an honor, and if we can, a victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, I will strive to do my best to ready him to become No. 1 in the world. Thank you very much.”

Jockey: Kenichi Ikezoe

“I had never received this award before but had always thought how great it would be if I could. I am very proud to have met Orfevre and to have become the jockey of a Horse of the Year. And, in a way fitting of the title, I will strive to do my best this year together with him.”

Best Two-Year-Old Colt:

Alfredo (JPN)

2-Year-Old, Bay, Colt
Sire Dam (Sire of Dam) Symboli Kris S
Princess Camellia (Sunday Silence)
Owner Carrot Farm
Trainer Takahisa Tezuka
Jockey Craig Williams
Breeder Northern Farm
Wins / Starts in 2011 3 / 3
Earnings in 2011 88,414,000 Yen
Principal Wins in 2011 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1)

Video (Alfredo):
Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (G1 - English) HIGH LOW

Best Two-Year-Old Filly:

Joie de Vivre (JPN)

2-Year-Old, Bay, Filly
Sire Dam (Sire of Dam) Deep Impact
Biwa Heidi (Caerleon)
Owner Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.
Trainer Hiroyoshi Matsuda
Jockey Yuichi Fukunaga
Breeder Northern Racing
Wins / Starts in 2011 2 /2
Earnings in 2011 73,372,000 Yen
Principal Wins in 2011 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1)

Video (Joie de Vivre):
Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1 - English) HIGH LOW

Best Three-Year-Old Filly:

Aventura (JPN)

3-Year-Old, Bay, Filly
Sire Dam (Sire of Dam) Jungle Pocket
Admire Sunday (Sunday Silence)
Owner Carrot Farm
Trainer Katsuhiko Sumii
Jockey Yasunari Iwata
Breeder Northern Farm
Wins / Starts in 2011 3 / 4
Earnings in 2011 186,406,000 Yen
Principal Wins in 2011 Shuka Sho (G1)

Video (Aventura):
Shuka Sho (G1 - English) HIGH LOW

Best Older Colt or Horse:

Victoire Pisa (JPN)

4-Year-Old, Dark Bay, Horse
Sire Dam (Sire of Dam) Neo Universe
Whitewater Affair (Machiavellian)
Owner Yoshimi Ichikawa
Trainer Katsuhiko Sumii
Jockey Mirco Demuro
Breeder Shadai Farm
Wins / Starts in 2011 2 / 4 (Oversea 1 /1)
Earnings in 2011 552,742,800 Yen
(Oversea 487,874,800 Yen)
Principal Wins in 2011 Dubai World Cup (G1)

Best Older Filly or Mare:

Buena Vista (JPN)

5-Year-Old, Dark Bay, Mare
Sire Dam (Sire of Dam) Special Week
Biwa Heidi (Caerleon)
Owner Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.
Trainer Hiroyoshi Matsuda
Jockey Yasunari Iwata
Breeder Northern Racing
Wins / Starts in 2011 1 /6 (Oversea 0 / 1)
Earnings in 2011 364,520,000 Yen
(Oversea 0 Yen)
Principal Wins in 2011 Japan Cup (G1)

Video (Buena Vista):
Japan Cup (G1 - English) HIGH LOW

Best Sprinter or Miler:

Curren Chan (JPN)

4-Year-Old, Gray, Mare
Sire Dam (Sire of Dam) Kurofune
Spring Ticket (Tony Bin)
Owner Takashi Suzuki
Trainer Takayuki Yasuda
Jockey Kenichi Ikezoe
Breeder Shadai Farm
Wins / Starts in 2011 5 / 7 (Oversea 0 / 1)
Earnings in 2011 261,049,900 Yen
(Oversea 4,812,900 Yen)
Principal Wins in 2011 Sprinters Stakes (G1)

Video (Curren Chan):
Sprinters Stakes (G1 - English) HIGH LOW

Best Dirt Horse:

Transcend (JPN)

5-Year-Old, Bay, Horse
Sire Dam (Sire of Dam) Wild Rush
Cinema Scope (Tony Bin)
Owner Koji Maeda
Trainer Takayuki Yasuda
Jockey Shinji Fujita
Breeder North Hills Management
Wins / Starts in 2011 3 / 5 (NAR 0 /1, Oversea 0 / 1)
Earnings in 2011 469,914,900 Yen
(NAR 28,000,000 Yen; Oversea 162,624,900 Yen)
Principal Wins in 2011 February Stakes (G1)
Mile Championship Nambu Hai (Listed)
Japan Cup Dirt (G1)

Video (Transcend):
February Stakes (G1 - English) HIGH LOW
Mile Championship Nambu Hai (Listed) HIGH LOW
Japan Cup Dirt (G1 - English) HIGH LOW

Best Steeplechase Horse:

Majesty Bio (JPN)

4-Year-Old, Bay, Horse
Sire Dam (Sire of Dam) Opera House
High Grade Bio (Hector Protector)
Owner Bio Co. Ltd.
Trainer Tsuyoshi Tanaka
Jockey Koshi Yamamoto
Breeder Bio Co. Ltd.
Wins / Starts in 2011 4 / 9
Earnings in 2011 177,696,000 Yen
Principal Wins in 2011 Nakayama Daishogai (J-G1)

Video (Majesty Bio):
Nakayama Daishogai (J-G1) HIGH LOW

■TRAINERS & JOCKEYS

Best Trainer (races won): Katsuhiko Sumii (60 wins)

Best Trainer (winning average): Noriyuki Hori (0.2009%)

Best Trainer (money earned): Yasutoshi Ikee (2,433,946,500 Yen)

Best trainer (training technique): Katsuhiko Sumii

Best Jockey (races won): Yasunari Iwata (138 wins)

Best Jockey (winning average): Yuichi Fukunaga (0.1583%; at least 250 rides are required)

Best Jockey (money earned): Yasunari Iwata (3,134,279,000 Yen)

Best Steeplechase Jockey:None (at least 10 wins are required)

Best Jockey (newcomer):None (at least 30 wins are required)

JRA Equine Culture Award

“Vanished Jockey Extraordinaire – The Miracle of Chokichi Maeda, Youngest Derby Winner” by Mr. Akihiro Shimada

Note: All information, including ages and race performances, are as of December 31, 2010, unless otherwise indicated. Wins and earnings figures include NAR and overseas starts designated by the JRA for consideration in award voting.

Results of the 2011 JRA Awards (Total Votes: 285)

Horse of the Year
Place Horse Votes
1 Orfevre(JPN) 284
2 Victoire Pisa (JPN) 1
Total   285

Best Three-Year-Old Colt
Place Horse Votes
1 Orfevre(JPN) 285
Total   285

Best Two-Year-Old Colt
Place Horse Votes
1 Alfredo(JPN) 279
2 Adam's Peak(JPN) 3
3 Deep Brillante (JPN) 2
4 Obruchev (USA) 1
Total   285

Best Two-Year-Old Filly
Place Horse Votes
1 Joie de Vivre (JPN) 283
2 I'm Yours (JPN) 2
Total   285

Best Three-Year-Old Filly
Place Horse Votes
1 Aventura (JPN) 268
2 Marcellina (JPN) 6
3 Erin Court (JPN) 3
3 Whale Capture (JPN) 3
  None 5
Total   285

Best Older Colt or Horse
Place Horse Votes
1 Victoire Pisa (JPN) 129
2 Tosen Jordan (JPN) 104
3 Transcend (JPN) 41
4 Earnestly (JPN) 1
4 Smart Falcon (JPN) 1
4 Hiruno d'Amour (JPN) 1
  None 8
Total   285

Best Older Filly or Mare
Place Horse Votes
1 Buena Vista (JPN) 277
2 Curren Chan (JPN) 4
3 Apapane (JPN) 1
3 Snow Fairy (IRE) 1
  None 2
Total   285

Best Sprinter or Miler
Place Horse Votes
1 Curren Chan (JPN) 270
2 Eishin Apollon (USA) 4
3 Kinshasa no Kiseki (AUS) 3
4 Real Impact (JPN) 2
4 Transcend (JPN) 2
  None 4
Total   285

Best Dirt Horse
Place Horse Votes
1 Transcend (JPN) 271
2 Smart Falcon (JPN) 13
  None 1
Total   285

Best Steeplechase Horse
Place Horse Votes
1 Majesty Bio (JPN) 274
2 Meiner Neos (JPN) 6
  None 5
Total   285

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