Japan Racing Association

Japan Racing Association

Japan Racing Association

The Japan Racing Association (JRA) was established in 1954 as a public entity to ensure the integrity of horseracing and the development in the breeding of racehorses and livestock in Japan. The JRA operates the nationwide network of 10 racecourses, over 30 off-course betting facilities, two training centers (Miho and Ritto), horseracing school for jockeys and stable staff, training research centers and equestrian park etc. The JRA contributes to improvement of livestock breeding and to public and social welfare from its turnover to the National Treasury and engages in various activities concerning the operation of Japanese horseracing.

The fundamental policy of JRA management is as follows.

“JRA continues to run every week.”

  1. Together with our Customers
    We put the customer first and work to satisfy everyone.
  2. With Dreams and Excitement
    We enhance the appeal of horse racing, which combines the power of races, the beauty of horses, and the fun of handicapping, and deliver dreams and excitement to everyone.
  3. With Trust
    We steadily operate horse racing with integrity under a comfortable and safe environment trusted by everyone.
  4. With Societies
    We fulfill our responsibility to society by providing horseracing as an entertainment for everyone. We also assist to develop an equine culture and commit to environmental protection.
  5. And for the Future
    We strive to develop horse racing with its history and tradition and create horse racing as an international sports entertainment together with everyone.
Japan Racing Association

Past Conferences

Year
Month
The Conference
2008
November
32
Conference
Japan
1985
October
18
Conference
Japan
1969
March
8
Conference
Japan
1960
May
1
Conference
Japan

Member Updates

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New possibilities for Almond Eye after Victoria Mile victory

New possibilities for Almond Eye after Victoria Mile victory

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New possibilities for Almond Eye after Victoria Mile victory

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The win by Japan's champion Almond Eye (JPN) in the ¥ 226.8m, Grade 1 Victoria Mile (1600m) at Tokyo on Sunday opened up new globetrotting possibilities for the five-year-old mare as she gained an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge.

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Australia, Hong Kong and Japan are keeping major racing going with world-wide interest

Australia, Hong Kong and Japan are keeping major racing going with world-wide interest

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Australia, Hong Kong and Japan are keeping major racing going with world-wide interest

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Racing jurisdictions around the world continue to wait for official advice that they may resume racing after the Covid-19 suspension including Asian Racing Federation’s South Africa who had hoped to resume last week, however, were unable to do so without approval from government.

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Mozu Ascot dominates Toyko's Grade 1 February Stakes to set up Sydney trip

Mozu Ascot dominates Toyko's Grade 1 February Stakes to set up Sydney trip

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Mozu Ascot dominates Toyko's Grade 1 February Stakes to set up Sydney trip

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Before a crowd of 50,985 at Tokyo on Sunday race favorite Mozu Ascot under Christophe Lemaire captured his second Grade 1 victory in this year’s February Stakes (1600m) and has become the fifth horse to claim Grade 1 titles both on turf and dirt following Kurofune, Agnes Digital, Eagle Cafe and Admire Don.

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Hopeful Stakes final Japanese Grade 1

Hopeful Stakes final Japanese Grade 1

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Hopeful Stakes final Japanese Grade 1

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The Japanese Grade 1 season for 2019 finished with a flourish for trainer Yoshito Yahagi when two-year-old Contrail (JPN) continued undefeated to win the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes (2000m) at Nakayama on Saturday, December 28th, 2019, a week after his multiple Group 1 winning race mare Lys Graciuex (JPN) won the Grade 1 Arima Kinen.

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New star for Japan set for the international stage after Japan Cup win

New star for Japan set for the international stage after Japan Cup win

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New star for Japan set for the international stage after Japan Cup win

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Asian Racing jurisdiction Japan has a new star to present to the international stage after three-year-old Lord Kanaloa filly Almond Eye (JPN) won the ¥ 648 million Grade 1 Japan Cup in association with Longines (2400m) at Tokyo on Sunday.

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Japanese stayer Mer De Glace (JPN) wins Group 1 Caulfield Cup and becomes second favourite for Group 1 Melbourne Cup

Japanese stayer Mer De Glace (JPN) wins Group 1 Caulfield Cup and becomes second favourite for Group 1 Melbourne Cup

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Japanese stayer Mer De Glace (JPN) wins Group 1 Caulfield Cup and becomes second favourite for Group 1 Melbourne Cup

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Japanese stayer Mer De Glace (JPN), trained by Hisashi Shimizu and ridden by Australian jockey Damien Lane, became the 10th Japanese trained horse to contest the A$5m, Group 1 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield, Melbourne, and the second to win the world’s richest 2400m handicap on Saturday after Admire Rakti (JPN) won in 2014.

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Deirdre (JPN) secures an historic Group 1 victory for Japan

Deirdre (JPN) secures an historic Group 1 victory for Japan

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Deirdre (JPN) secures an historic Group 1 victory for Japan

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Asian Racing Federation member Japan provided an historic international victory when Deirdre (JPN) won the £600,000 Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes (2000m) on Day Three of the Glorious Goodwood meeting in England on Thursday.

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World Japan’s Nanako Fujita wins Women’s World Cup at Bro Park, Stockholm

World Japan’s Nanako Fujita wins Women’s World Cup at Bro Park, Stockholm

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World Japan’s Nanako Fujita wins Women’s World Cup at Bro Park, Stockholm

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Women’s World Cup victory was seized by Japan when the country’s only female rider, Nanako Fujita, was crowned champion at Bro Park, Stockholm, on Sunday.

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Advertise and Frankie Dettori winning the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup (1200m) at Royal Ascot, picture Liesl King

Advertise and Frankie Dettori winning the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup (1200m) at Royal Ascot, picture Liesl King

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Advertise and Frankie Dettori winning the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup (1200m) at Royal Ascot, picture Liesl King

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The 60th running of the ¥325 million, Grade 1 Takarazuka Kinen (2200m) at Hanshin on Sunday marked not just the final Grade I of the 2019 Japanese spring racing season, but also the second Grade 1 success in Japan for Australian jockey Damien Lane with Lys Gracieux (JPN).

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Japan’s Almond Eye (JPN) proves herself on the world stage with Meydan win

Japan’s Almond Eye (JPN) proves herself on the world stage with Meydan win

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Japan’s Almond Eye (JPN) proves herself on the world stage with Meydan win

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Japan’s Almond Eye (JPN) proved herself on the world stage winning the US6m, Group 1 Dubai Turf (1800M), sponsored by DP World, at Meydan on Saturday, March 30th, in her first race outside of Japan.

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First Japanese Grade 1 victory for International Jockey William Buick

First Japanese Grade 1 victory for International Jockey William Buick

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First Japanese Grade 1 victory for International Jockey William Buick

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Sunday's ¥ 238,600,000, Grade 1 Mile Championship (1600m) at Kyoto was not only the first Grade 1 victory of the Lord Kanaloa colt Stelvio (JPN), it was the first Grade 1 win for trainer Tetsuya Kimura and the first Japanese Grade 1 win for international jockey William Buick.

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Moreira and Lys Gracieux (JPN) win 43rd running of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup

Moreira and Lys Gracieux (JPN) win 43rd running of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup

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Moreira and Lys Gracieux (JPN) win 43rd running of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup

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Former Hong Kong and Singapore champion jockey Joao Moreira had a remarkable result from the Queen Elizabeth II Cup meeting at Kyoto on Sunday, not only winning the 43rd running of the ¥226,800,000, Grade 1 race over 2200m for fillies and mares on Lys Gracieux (JPN), but also winning four more races on the 12 race programme.

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Fine Needle (JPN) wins Sprinters Stakes

Fine Needle (JPN) wins Sprinters Stakes

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Fine Needle (JPN) wins Sprinters Stakes

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The internationalisation of Asian Racing Federation (ARF) racing was on display at Nakayama, Japan, on Sunday when the Darley bred Fine Needle (JPN) won the 52nd running of the Grade 1 Sprinters Stakes (1200m).

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Japan provides the winners for Korea's international 2018 Korea Cup and Sprint

Japan provides the winners for Korea's international 2018 Korea Cup and Sprint

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Japan provides the winners for Korea's international 2018 Korea Cup and Sprint

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Asian Racing Federation country Korea held its major international meeting at Seoul on Sunday and for the second year running it was fellow Asian Racing Federation jurisdiction Japan that provided the winners of both the KRW 1 Billion, KOR Grade 1 WFA Keeneland Korea Cup (1800m) and KRW 700 Million, KOR Grade 1 WFA Keeneland Korea Sprint (1200m).

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Japanese-bred Group 1 one two in Futurity Stakes

Japanese-bred Group 1 one two in Futurity Stakes

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Japanese-bred Group 1 one two in Futurity Stakes

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Two Asian Racing Federation jurisdictions combined in a unique way at Caulfield, Australia, on February 24th when two Japanese-bred gallopers Brave Smash (JPN) and Tosen Stardom (JPN), trained in Australia, were first and second in the 2018 renewal of the Group 1 WFA Futurity Stakes (1400m).

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Moreira brilliance wins Audemar Piguet QEII Cup with Neorealism (JPN)

Moreira brilliance wins Audemar Piguet QEII Cup with Neorealism (JPN)

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Moreira brilliance wins Audemar Piguet QEII Cup with Neorealism (JPN)

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A tactical piece of brilliance from Hong Kong’s champion jockey Joao Moreira secured a Japanese victory for the Noriyuki Hori trained Neorealism (JPN) in the HK$20m, Group 1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.

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Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan.

Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan.

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Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan.

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International wagering on Victorian Spring Racing Carnival, Singapore’s Gold Cup, 2016 LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship, Sha Tin racing steps up in preparation for LONGINES HKIR, Japan’s Mile Championship

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Spring Group1 racing in Japan

Spring Group1 racing in Japan

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Spring Group1 racing in Japan

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Six weeks of Japanese spring Group 1 racing commenced with the Y325m, 153rd Tenno Sho (Spring) (3200m) at Kyoto on May 1st before a crowd of 79,028 and it produced a close finish won by the Hisashi Shimizu trained Kitasan Black (JPN) under Yutaka Take with a nose to last year's third place getter Curren Mirotic (JPN) and Cheval Grand (JPN) 1 3/4L away in third.

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Third Leg of the Global Sprint Challenge at Chukyo, Japan

Third Leg of the Global Sprint Challenge at Chukyo, Japan

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Third Leg of the Global Sprint Challenge at Chukyo, Japan

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Odds-on-favorite Big Arthur (JPN), who has been made the race favourite in ten out of 11 career starts, measured up to the expectation of the fans by claiming his first grade-race title in his first Grade 1 challenge with a record time in the 46th Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m) at Chukyo Japan, on Sunday, the Third Leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.

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Japanese runners announced for Sydney’s autumn racing

Japanese runners announced for Sydney’s autumn racing

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Japanese runners announced for Sydney’s autumn racing

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Asian Racing Federation countries continue to travel to each other's Carnivals and for the second year in succession Japan will have runners over the Sydney Autumn Carnival with four Japanese horses travelling to Sydney.