Hyacinth Stakes

  • Location: Toyko Racecourse
  • Inaugural Race: 2003
  • Distance: 1,600 meters (about one mile)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • 2020 Purse: $300,000
  • 2020 Race Date: Sunday, February 16th

2019 Hyacinth Stakes Entries and Results

6Oval AceMasayoshi EbinaNoboru Takagi3.71.38.6
9WeitblickKeita TosakiShoichiro Wada6.01.38.7
3Derma LouvreChristophe LemaireHirofumi Toda2.41.39.1
1Master FencerYasunari IwataKoichi Tsunoda12.81.39.2
10ImeruRyuji WadaHidetaka Otonashi37.31.39.4
5Nanyo IzayoiYutaka TakeMikio Matsunaga13.91.39.5
8R RossoKohei MatsuyamaTakeshi Matsushita34.51.40.1
2OrthographeHiroshi KitamuraMasakazu Ikegami46.01.40.1
4Make HappyMirco DemuroKoichi Shinkai6.01.40.8
7MiyakeNanako FujitaAkira Murayama58.31.41.1

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History of the Hyacinth Stakes

First run in 2003, the Hyacinth Stakes is the most important of Japan’s early dirt features for 3-year-olds. It carries Listed status, and its winners include the subsequent Japanese grade one dirt winners Success Brocken and Gold Dream.

In 2017 the Hyacinth Stakes was made one of the two races in the inaugural Japanese Road to the Kentucky Derby, and points were split on a 50-20-10-5, making it more important than the Cattleya Sho (40-16-8-4).

For the three-race 2018 series, however, it has become all-important. While the Cattleya Sho and the Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun were both 10-4-2-1 races, the Hyacinth is a 30-12-6-3 race. This means the only way the Hyacinth Stakes winner will not automatically earn the Japanese berth in the Derby is if that horse gained no other points and another horse won both the other series races and finished second in the Hyacinth Stakes.

The 2017 winner Epicharis didn’t head to Churchill Downs, but he did finish second in the UAE Derby, and was set to run in the Belmont Stakes before being withdrawn due to injury. American viewers may well see future winners of this race on the First Saturday in May.