Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Takarazuka Kinen nominations

13 horses remain on the final nomination stage of the 2014 Takarazuka Kinen(g1) to be run this Sunday. The nominations include Gentildonna, Gold Ship and Win Variation.

The Takarazuka Kinen is a grade one 2,200-meter turf race for 3-year-olds and up at Hanshin Racecourse. The field will be drawn on Thursday afternoon.

Brief history
The first running of the Takarazuka Kinen took place in 1960 at the distance of 1,800 meters and the trip was lengthened to 2,000 meters the following year. In 1966, the distance was further extended to 2,200 meters. The race was open to foreign horses in 1999 and upgraded to an international g1 two years later. The Takarazuka Kinen is considered as the Spring edition of the Arima Kinen. As far as local entries are concered, the starters are based on voting from racing fans just like the Arima Kinen.

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