Wednesday, April 06, 2016

SATSUKI SHO(Japanese 2000 Guineas)

Satsuki Sho(Japanese 2000 Guineas)
3-year-old colts and fillies
2,000-meter turf at Nakayama Racecourse

Brief History
The first run took place under the name of Yokohama Norinsho Shoten Yonsai Yobiuma in 1939 at Yokohama Racecourse over 1,850 meters on turf. The stage was moved to Tokyo Racecourse over 1,800 meters on turf in 1943 and the race name was changed to the Noushoushou Shoten Yonsai the following year. The race had to be suspended due to war in 1945.
In 1949, the Classic race was first called the Satsuki Sho and run over 1,950 meters at Nakayama Racecoure for the first time. The race distance was lengthened to 2,000 meters the following year. 
As the grading system began in 1984, the Satsuki Sho was graded as a grade one.
The door was open to NAR horses in 1995. The door was open to foreign-bred horses in 2002.
In 2010, the Satsuki Sho gained an international status and a maximum of eight foreign-bred or foregin-trained horses can enter the race. A maximum of nine foreign-trained horses can enter the race.

The Satsuki Sho equivalent to the English 2000 Guineas is the first leg of the Triple Crown Races for 3-year-olds. The Japanese Derby and Kikuka Sho(Japanese St. Leger) follow it to complete the Triple Crown series.

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