- 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 23rd
2020 Hyacinth Stakes Entries and Results
|Exacta (3-12)||$6.58 (730 JPY)|
|Trifecta (3-12-10)||$22.01 (2,440 JPY)|
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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 became 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 meant the only way the Hyacinth Stakes winner would 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to Churchill Downs, but he did finish second in the UAE Derby, and was set to run in the Belmont Stakes before being withdrawn due to injury.
Beginning in 2019, the Hyacinth Stakes became the penultimate race in the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby, followed by the Fukuryu Stakes in Late March at Nakayama Racecourse. With the Fukuryu set as a 40-16-8-4 race from a points perspective, the Hyacinth Stakes still has a large impact on determining the now 4-race series winner, but is not the primary determining factor any longer.
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