Tuesday, May 17, 2016


3-year-old fillies, 2,400-meter turf left-handed at Tokyo Racecourse

Brief history
The first running of the Japanese Oaks(Yushun Himba), initially called the Hanshin Yushun Himba, took place at Hanshin racecourse in 1938. The race was not run due to war in 1944.
Tokyo racecourse hosted the Oaks for the first time in 1946 and at the same time the race name was changed to the Yushun Himba.
As the grading system began in 1984, the Japanese Oaks was graded as a grade one. The door was open to NAR horses in 1995. The door was open to foreign horses in 2003.
The Yushun Himba gained an international grade one status.

The major preps for the Oaks are the Flora Stakes and Sweetpea Stakes.

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