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Japan Cup

Japan Autumn International: Grade 1, 3yo and up, 2400m, Turf, Special Weight, Open Class.

What the Nation is saying about the Japan Cup...

Gold Ship may not be in Dubai with his compatriots this week, but the performance of the five year old in the Hanshin Daishoten reminded us that he is sure to be a potent force this seasonRead More
No matter what happens in tomorrow’s Arima Kinen, Orfevre will be remembered as one of Japan’s greatest horses of recent years.Read More
  • Ann Maree · Thanks for covering the Japan racing scene, Brian. It will be exciting to see if Orfevre can go out a winner, but no matter what, he is a champion and his legacy is assured with Sunday Silence's blood running through is veins! · 120 days ago ·
  • BrianZipse · Simply extraordinary! · 120 days ago ·
Ryan Moore capped what has been an exceptional year, as he powered Gentildonna into Japanese horse racing folklore by becoming the first horse ever to win the Japan Cup twice.Read More
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  • EP Taylor · The chants and cheers pre race was very cool. Sounded almost like a European football match :) · 146 days ago ·
  • yukichan · I was fortunate to be in japan in 89 and 90 and a friend took me to the japan cup at Tokyo racecourse. It was an incredibly exciting experience and a big deal. I would compare to a playoff game or bowl game. In 89 a horlicks from NZ won it in world record time. Next year Better Loosen Up from AUS won it in second fastest time for race. Crowd went crazy both times. I became a fan and follower NZ and AUS horses... · 146 days ago ·
What time is the Cup set for?
Ryan Moore's mount Gentildonna has been identified as the horse to beat in Sunday's Japan Cup - by connections of all three European-trained horses trying to land the huge prize this weekend at Tokyo racecourseRead More
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  • ILuvTurfRacing · I really like Simenon and Joshua Tree both, but IMO Simenon is outclassed here taking on the best of Japan's middle distance brigade on their home turf and the PP draw absolutely killed any chance that Joshua Tree might've had to get a piece. Gentildonna's definitely a talented filly, but she's no Buena Vista. Can't see her winning back to back Japan Cup's, and frankly I thought she lucky to have nosed out Orfevre in last year's renewal. I think Gold Ship or Eishin Flash, who's been racing really well of late, are the horses to beat in this year's renewal. JMO. · 149 days ago ·
  • EP Taylor · ILTR- How can you not cheer for a blue collared horse like Simonen. Ya he is way over matched in here, especially vs the local horses. But I love horses like this. · 149 days ago ·
Friday marks the 15 year anniversary of Silence Suzuka and El Condor Pasa's memorable clash in the Grade 2 Mainichi Okan. Read More
  • yukichan · Thank you Doug for reminding and/or educating us of these two remarkable horses from a previous era. I have no doubt that we see an Arc winner from Japan one day soon. After all we still have Gentildonna (Deep Impact)! Until then, Gambatte! · 195 days ago ·
  • Northport · great article! I haven't ever heard of Silence Suzuka, but he had quite the remarkable, yet short lived career. Shame to see his end :( · 195 days ago ·
Gentildonna is a superbly talented three-year-old filly, and with the victory she became the first sophomore female ever to win the Cup, but the decision seem less than just. Simply stated, Orfevre deserved to win the race, just as Buena Vista did two years ago. Perhaps the four-year-old son of Stay...Read More
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  • On The Gallop's · All nonsense. If they felt Orfevre would beat Gentildonna they would run him in the Sheema Classic. · 466 days ago ·
  • On The Gallop's · Mike is 1000% correct. Orfevre did not run a straight line and the Filly simply muscled her way through. But hey you all above complaining can just simply not watch the race then :) · 466 days ago ·
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe second Orfevre will have a chance to exact revenge over his Longchamp conqueror Solemia when the two clash in the Japan Cup on November 25. Read More
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  • rafirox · Big like on the above comment ^^^^ · 523 days ago ·
  • mkstorm · Still think Orfevre is the horse to beat in JC. Don't agree with the naysayers that this horse tired in the Arc. This horse has already proven that he can win at longer distances. I think his Arc loss was just a matter of the horse just letting up thinking the race was over. Can't really blame his French jockey who was urging him all the the way to the wire. Orfevre seems to be his own worst enemy. · 513 days ago ·
Since some thought she hadn't done it right the first time, Buena Vista did it once again. And this time it was for keeps. On Sunday, Nov. 27 at Tokyo Racecourse, second pick Buena Vista fought a close battle in the stretch with sixth choice Tosen Jordan, then pulled ahead 100 meters out to top the ...Read More
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  • footlick · I thought it was nice to see her win also. Too bad the pace was slow and Danedream couldn't get better position early. I read she ran her last 6 furlongs in 1:08.8, but because of her draw and being farther off the pace than they wanted, she had too much to do. But Bravo! to Buena Vista! · 875 days ago ·
  • mkstorm · I've been following Buena Vista for the last four years and was so glad to see her win the Japan Cup. It was so deserving after last year's disqualification and this year's tough losses where it took track and stakes records to beat her. I still can't believe she went off in the JC at 5-1 here in the States?! Looking forward to her to taking on the Japan Triple Crown winner in the Arima Kinen, one of the biggest races of the year that nobody is talking about?! I'm a big fan of Buena Vista and will miss watching her run. · 863 days ago ·
Picking ZATT's Star of the Week 52 times a year can be a mixed bag. Sometimes it is easy, with one horse dominating in such a way that I do not give the decision a second thought. In some weeks, it comes down to a pair of performances in which I need to make a difficult decision that is likely to be...Read More
Karma baby ... Buena Vista wins the Japan Cup!
  • yukichan · I watched this race again as I was interested in the rather athletic way Iwata rode her in the last 400 yards--Iwata did not use, did not bring, a whip. · 876 days ago ·
Who else is excited to see Danedream and Victoire Pisa tonight!!
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  • shores · I would say the odds are reasonably high, I mean, with a field as big as that, It could happen. It's like in the Kentucky Derby, the best horse often doesn't do that well due to field size, post position, etc. But I think in the Japan Cup, these two will be right there in the end... at least I hope they will..... · 877 days ago ·
  • footlick · The Japan Cup can be a strangely run race, so anything can happen · 877 days ago ·
In a scene that has been played out on three continents over the past three years, Vodka, Japan’s reigning Horse of the Year, had the fans at Tokyo Race Course cheering wildly as she barely held on to win the Nov. 29 Japan Cup, joining other recent femme fatales Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, Rags to R...Read More
  • Medlocke · Speaking of talented mare's, here's another old 5yr.old mare that's taken it to the boy's more than once in her career. In what turned out to be a very close photo finish, Vodka really dug in to hold on in the stretch and win the Japan Cup. She alway's fight's on tough. She's sort of the Japanese version of Europe's Goldikova. The last time I had seen Vodka race, she faded in the stretch in the Dubai Duty Free trying to run down Gladiatorus. But like a true champion, she's come back and redeemed herself. · 1603 days ago ·
  • Rossington · When I saw Vodka run and fade in the stretch trying to catch Gladiatorus earlier in the year in the Dubai Duty Free, I thought that maybe the old champion mare may have reached her limit. But being the champion she is, she show's up big again winning the Japan Cup. I was kind of surprised that Conduit finished out of the money, but his jockey commented that he may have been a bit fatigued after racing in the Breeders Cup Turf, then shipping to Japan for this race. But he still managed a very respectable 4th place finish in the Japan Cup. · 1603 days ago ·

Race Results & Past Performances

View DetailsView Video11/24/13Tok111 1/2mT03+ MJapan Cup-G1GentildonnaDenim And RubyTosen Jordan2:26.10
View DetailsView Video11/25/12Tok111 1/2mT03+ MJapan Cup-G1GentildonnaOrfevreRulership2:23.10
View DetailsView Video11/27/11Tok101 1/2mT03+ MJapan Cup-G1Buena VistaTosen JordanJaguar Mail2:24.20
View DetailsView Video11/28/10Tok61 1/2mT03+ MJapan Cup-G1Rose KingdomBuena VistaVictoire Pisa2:25.20
View Details11/29/09Tok41 1/2mT03+ MJapan Cup-G1VodkaOken Bruce LeeRed Desire2:22.40
View Details11/30/08Tok101 1/2mT03+ MJapan Cup-G1Screen HeroDeep SkyVodka2:25.50
View DetailsView Video11/26/06Tok11 1/2mT03+ MJapan Cup-G1Deep ImpactDream Passport Ouija Board2:25.10
View DetailsView Video11/27/05Tok101 1/2mT03+ MJapan Cup-G1AlkaasedHeart's CryZenno Rob Roy2:22.10
View DetailsView Video11/28/04Tok111 1/2mT03+ MJapan Cup-G1Zenno Rob RoyCosmo BulkDelta Blues 2:24.20
View DetailsView Video11/30/03Tok21 1/2mT03+ MJapan Cup-G1Tap Dance CityThat's The Plenty Symboli Kris S.2:28.70
View DetailsView Video11/24/02Nak11 1/2mT03+ MJapan Cup-G1FalbravSarafanSymboli Kris S.2:12.20
View DetailsView Video11/25/01Tok11 1/2mT03+ MJapan Cup-G1Jungle PocketT M Opera ONarita Top Road2:23.80
View Details11/26/00Tok101 1/2mT03+ MJapan Cup-G1T M Opera OMeisho DotoFantastic Light2:26.10
View DetailsView Video11/28/99Tok11 1/2mT03+ MJapan Cup-G1Special WeekIndigenousHigh-Rise2:25.50
View DetailsView Video11/24/96Tok11 1/2mT03+ MJapan Cup-G1SingspielFabulous La FouineHelissio2:23.80
View DetailsView Video11/28/93Tok11 1/2mT03+ MJapan Cup-G1Legacy WorldKotashaanWinning Ticket2:24.40
View DetailsView Video11/22/86Tok11 1/2mT03+ MJapan Cup-G1Jupiter IslandAllez MilordMiho Shizan2:25.00