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.
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.
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.
Second pick Chrysoberyl beat strong G1 dirt winners with race record time of 1:48.5 and claimed this year’s Champions Cup with an unbeaten six-race winning streak.
Third favorite Suave Richard claimed this year’s Japan Cup while capturing his much awaited second G1 title since his Osaka Hai victory last year and has now collected five grade-race titles. After the Osaka Hai, he marked four third-place finishes—the Yasuda Kinen (1,600m) and the Japan Cup last year, along with the Dubai Sheema Classic (2,410m) and the Takarazuka Kinen (2,200m) earlier this season.