The Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun

  • Location: Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun
  • Inaugural Race: 1999
  • Distance: 1,600 meters (about one mile)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Two-year-olds
  • 2017 Purse: 59,500,000 yen (about $524,000)
  • 2017 Race Date: Wednesday, December 13th
Le Vent Se Leve winning the Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun at Kawasaki Racecourse (Photo courtesy Akihiro Takeda/Churchill Downs)

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2017 Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun Entries and Results

POSTHORSEJOCKEYTRAINERWINSHOWRTKD POINTS EARNED
9Le Vent Se LeveMirco DemuroKiyoshi Hagiwara3.602.4010
8Don FortisYutaka TakeMitsunori Makiura2.804
11Haseno PyroMasashige HondaKenji Sato9.602
3Dark RepulserKeita TosakiTakashi Kanari1
14Big SmokySuguru HamanakaHisashi Shimizu0
7Riko WaltherTaito MoriKatsunori Arayama0
5Tosen BullShogo NakanoTakanori Yamanaka0
12Southern VigorousHiroto YoshiharaHiroto Kawashima0
4Happy GrinTakafumi HattoriJunji Tanaka0
2Hayabusa Maca OChristophe LemaireKeizo Ito0
1DombeyJoji WadaMitsuhiro Okabayashi0
6Soy CowboyNorifumi MikamotoJunji Tanaka0
13Mr BachShun IshizakiYoshiyuki Yano0
10DamondeRyo TakamatsuJunji Tanaka0
 

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The History of the Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun

The Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun has been the premier dirt race for juveniles in Japan for some years. It is held on the second-tier National Association of Racing (NAR) circuit, which is generally on dirt courses and usually of a lower standing than the Japanese Racing Association (JRA) circuit. It is the only NAR juvenile race with local grade one status and has international listed status.

The race gained increased international standing when the 2017 edition was included in the Japanese Road to the Kentucky Derby series. Along with the Cattleya Sho, run a month earlier, the Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun awards points to the first four horses in the race on a 10-4-2-1 basis.

Though it is the most prestigious dirt race for juveniles in Japan, recent winners haven’t had a great record later in their careers, with many flaming out very quickly. The best have been 2013 winner Happy Sprint, who won another four times in his career and finished fourth in the Tokyo Daishoten, the only international grade one race on the NAR circuit; and last year’s winner Rieno Tesoro (Speightstown), who finished second in the NHK Mile Cup (G1) on turf for 3-year-olds on the JRA circuit this year.