Japan

The Japan Racing Association (Japanese: 日本中央競馬会 Nippon Chūō Keiba Kai, or JRA) is a public company established to operate Chūō Keiba (中央競馬 Central horse racing) and to manage racecourses, betting f


The big race in Japan this coming Sunday (April 5) will be the Grade 1 Osaka Hai, to be run at Hanshin Racecourse.

Osaka Hai (G1) - Preview


The big race in Japan this coming Sunday (April 5) will be the Grade 1 Osaka Hai, to be run at Hanshin Racecourse.

Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1) - Preview


This Sunday, March 29, Nagoya’s Chukyo Racecourse hosts the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, the second Grade 1 of the year and the first over turf. With measures still in effect to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the 1,200-meter sprint will go down in history as the first Japan Racing Association top-level race to be run without spectators packing the stands.

Summary of sires results for 2019 (Japan)


Deep Impact the general ranking champion for the eighth consecutive year

Winners of the 2019 JRA Awards announced


On Jan. 7, Lys Gracieux was announced as a double winner for the JRA Awards for 2019. Lys Gracieux won both the Japan Racing Association's Horse of the Year for 2019 and Best Older Filly or Mare award. In the voting for the Horse of the Year award, Lys Gracieux received 271 votes out of 274.

2019 Hopeful Stakes (G1)

THE 36TH HOPEFUL STAKES (G1) 2-year-olds, Colts & Fillies, 2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs), turf, right-handed Saturday, December 28, 2019 Nakayama Racecourse

Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) (G1) - Preview


Sunday, Dec. 22, marks the 64th running of the Grade 1 Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix), arguably Japan’s most-beloved race and the year’s second of two races that draw their fields in part from fan ballots.

Undefeated Resistencia Wins Gate to Wire with Record-Breaking Speed in Hanshin Juvenile Fillies


Fourth favorite Resistencia showcased a perfect trip under Yuichi Kitamura to dominate the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies in an amazing 1:32.7, 0.4 seconds faster than the record set by Vodka in 2006.