Hokuto Vega

Hokuto Vega (in Japanese: ホクトベガ, March 26, 1990 – April 3, 1997) was a Japanese Thoroughbred racehorse and the winner of the 1993 Queen Elizabeth II Cup.

Hokuto Vega
Grandsire Nijinsky
DamTakeno Falcon
DamsirePhilip of Spain
FoaledMarch 26, 1990
DiedApril 3, 1997 (aged 7)
BreederSakai Farm
OwnerKanamorimori Corporation
TrainerTakao Nakano
JockeyKazuhiro Kato
Major wins
Queen Elizabeth II Cup (1993)
Sapporo Kinen (1994)


Hokuto Vega's first race was on January 5th, 1993 at Nakayama, where he came in first. She picked up her next win at the 1993 Cattleya Sho on February 20th.[2] She competed in her first graded race on March 20th, 1993, when she won the 1993 Flower Cup.[2] This win helped her gain entry into the 1993 Oka Sho, where she came in 5th place. On May 23rd, 1993, she competed in the Grade-1 Yushun Himba, where she came in 6th.[2] She came in 2nd place at the October 3rd, 1993, Grade-3 Queen Stakes. On November 14th, 1993, she scored a major upset by winning the 1993 Grade-1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup, the biggest win of her career.[2]

She went winless in 1994 except for picking up wins at the June 12th, Sapporo Nikkei Open and a win at the Grade-3 Sapporo Kinen.[2] She did not see victory again until June 13th, 1995, when she captured the 1995 Empress Hai. This was her only win of the year.[2]

She has one of the most successful racing seasons ever in 1996. She won 8 of the 10 races she competed in during the 1996 season. Her wins in 1996 included victories at the Kawasaki Kinen, the February Stakes, the Diolite Kinen, the Gunma Kinen, the Grade-1 Teio Sho, the Grade-1 Mile Championship Nambu Hai and the Urawa Kinen.[2]

Hokuto Vega's career fatally ended during the 1997 season. She won the 1997 Kawasaki Kinen on February 5, 1997, but her next race was her last.[2][3] During the 1997 Dubai World Cup, she fell and collided with another horse. She was euthanized shortly after.[4] Due to transportation regulations, she could not be buried in Japan. Due to her sudden death, she did not produce any offspring.


Pedigree of Hokuto Vega (JPN), 1990[2]
Nagurski (CAN)
Nijinsky (CAN)
Northern Dancer Nearctic
Flaming Page Bull Page
Flaring Top
Deceit (USA)
Prince John Princequillo
Not Afraid
Double Agent Double Jay
Takeno Falcon (JPN)
Philip of Spain (GB)
Tudor Melody Tudor Minstrel
Lerida Matador
Cool Fair (JPN)
Yellow God Red God
Sally Deans
Sharkskin Silver Shark


  1. ^ "Hokuto Vega". Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Hokuto Vega". Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Hokuto Vega". Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  4. ^ "1997 Dubai World Cup flashback". Retrieved 5 January 2020.