Centaur Stakes

The Centaur Stakes (セントウルステークス, Sentouru Sutekusu) is a Grade 2 flat horse race in Japan for three-year-old and above thoroughbreds run over a distance of 1,200 metres (approximately 6 furlongs) at Hanshin Racecourse in September.

Centaur Stakes
Grade 2 race
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The 25th (2011) Centaur Stakes
LocationHanshin Racecourse
Inaugurated1987
Race typeThoroughbred
Websitejapanracing.jp - Centaur Stakes & Sprinters Stakes
Race information
Distance1200 meters
(About 6 furlongs)
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed (inner course)
Qualification3-y-o & Up, Thoroughbreds
Weight3-y-o 55 kg \ 4-y-o & up 57kg[1]
Purse¥110,500,000 (as of 2011)

It was first run in 1987 and takes its name from a statue at the racecourse in the form of the mythological creature Centaur.

Prior to 2000 the race was run over a distance of 1,400 metres (7 furlongs), and having originally been classed as a Domestic Grade 3 race, it was promoted to Domestic Grade 2 status in 2006 and it was promoted to International Grade 2 status in 2007.

From 2005 to 2010 it was a leg of the Global Sprint Challenge series. It has now been replaced as a Japanese leg of the series by the Takamatsunomiya Kinen.

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1987 Mr Boy 5 Hiroshi Kawachi Tadashi Nakao Iwao Obara 1:22.5
1988 Sankin Hayate 4 Hiroshi Kawachi Kōjirō Hashiguchi Sakino Kawahara 1:21.7
1989 Hoei Sovereign 5 Yoshiyuki Muramoto Tetsuya Meno Suetsugu Kitagawa 1:20.9
1990 Eiko Caesar 5 Nobuyuki Tajima Isao Yasuda Ken'ichi Ikeuchi 1:08.5
1991 Nifty Niece 4 Keiji Takehara Yasuhisa Matsuyama Zenya Yoshida 1:07.9
1992 My Superman 6 Katsumi Minai Yukiharu Shikato Goichi Sugawara 1:07.6
1993 Elizabeth Rose 4 Hiroshi Kawachi Sakae Watanabe Katsumi Yoshida 1:22.1
1994 Eishin Washington 3 Shigefumi Kumazawa Shigeharu Naitō Toyomitsu Hirai 1:08.7
1995 Biko Pegasus 4 Yutaka Take Tsugio Yanagida Legend 1:21.2
1996 Fujino Makken O 5 Yutaka Take Yoshio Nakamura Hirotoshi Nakamura 1:21.0
1997 Osumi Tycoon 6 Kōshirō Take Kunihiko Take Hidenori Yamaji 1:21.0
1998 Meiner Love 3 Yutaka Take Ryūichi Inaba Thoroughbred Club Ruffian 1:21.3
1999 Eishin Guymon 6 Jun'ichi Serizawa Tadashi Kayō Toyomitsu Hirai 1:20.7
2000 Behind the Mask 4 Yūichi Fukunaga Shūji Kitahashi Sunday Racing Co; Ltd. 1:07.6
2001 Tennessee Girl 4 Kazuhiro Yamada Masanao Tsubo Toyomitsu Hirai 1:08.1
2002 Believe 4 Yasunari Iwata Shigeki Matsumoto Kōji Maeda 1:07.1
2003 Tenshino Kiseki 5 Norihiro Yokoyama Kōjirō Hashiguchi Masuo Sugitani 1:07.8
2004 Golden Cast 4 Yutaka Take Kōjirō Hashiguchi Kōji Maeda 1:08.2
2005 Golden Cast 5 Futoshi Komaki Kōjirō Hashiguchi Kōji Maeda 1:08.3
2006 She Is Tosho * 6 Ken'ichi Ikezoe Akio Tsurudome Tōshō Sangyō Corporation 1:08.6
2007 Sans Adieu 5 Yuga Kawada Hidetaka Otonashi Takao Matuoka 1:07.1
2008 Kanoya Zakura 4 Futoshi Komaki Kōjirō Hashiguchi Kaoru Kanda 1:07.3
2009 Ultima Thule 5 Masami Matsuoka Masashi Okuhira Shadai Race Horse 1:07.8
2010 Dasher Go Go 3 Yūga Kawada Takayuki Yasuda Shin Ashida 1:08.0
2011 A Shin Virgo 4 Hironobu Tanabe Ken Kozaki Eishindō Co Ltd 1:08.5
2012 Epice Arome 3 Yutaka Take Sei Ishizaka Katsumi Yoshida 1:07.3
2013 Hakusan Moon 3 Manabu Sakai Masato Nishizono Goichi Kawasaki 1:07.5
2014 Little Gerda 5 Kyosuke Maruta Ippo Sameshima Yoshiko Kuriyama 1:07.4
2015 Active Minoru 3 Kota Fujioka Yoshihito Kitade Minoru Yoshioka 1:07.8
2016 Big Arthur 5 Yuichi Fukunaga Kenichi Fujioka Akira Nakatsuji 1:07.6
2017 Fine Needle 4 Mirco Demuro Yoshitada Takahashi Godolphin 1:07.5
2018 Fine Needle 5 Yuga Kawada Yoshitada Takahashi Godolphin 1:08.8
2019 Tower of London 4 Christophe Lemaire Kazuo Fujisawa Godolphin 1:06.7
2020 Danon Smash * 5 Kosei Miura Takayuki Yasuda Danox Co Ltd 1:07.9
* The 2006 and 2020 race took place at Chukyo Racecourse.

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