Japan Racing Association


Japan Racing Association

The Japan Racing Association (Japanese: 日本中央競馬会 Nippon Chūō Keiba Kai, or JRA) is a public company established to operate Chūō Keiba (中央競馬 Central horse racing) and to manage racecourses, betting facilities, and horse-training facilities.

It was founded in 1954, according to the Horse Racing Law (競馬法 Keiba Hō) and the Japan Racing Association Law (日本中央競馬会法 Nippon Chūō Keiba Kai Hō) and is operated under the strict oversight of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Japan).

Facilities

* Racecourses (競馬場 Keiba Jō)
** Tokyo Racecourse (Fuchu, Tokyo)
** Nakayama Racecourse (Funabashi, Chiba)
** Kyoto Racecourse (Kyoto, Kyoto)
** Hanshin Racecourse (Takarazuka, Hyogo)
** Sapporo Racecourse (Sapporo, Hokkaido)
** Hakodate Racecourse (Hakodate, Hokkaido)
** Fukushima Racecourse (Fukushima, Fukushima)
** Niigata Racecourse (Niigata, Niigata)
** Chukyo Racecourse (Toyoake, Aichi)
** Kokura Racecourse (Kitakyushu, Fukuoka)
* Off course betting facilities "WINS"
* Training Centers
** Miho Training Center (Miho, Ibaraki)
** Ritto Training Center (Ritto, Shiga)
* Horseracing School (Shiroi, Chiba)
* Equine Research Institute (Utsunomiya, Tochigi)
* Equestrian Park (Setagaya, Tokyo)
* Hidaka Yearling Training Farm (Urakawa, Hokkaido)
* Miyazaki Yearling Training Farm (Miyazaki, Miyazaki)
* Plaza Equus (Shibuya, Tokyo)
* Gate J. (Osaka, Osaka)

Grade I and JPN I Races

Two-year-olds

* The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (阪神ジュベナイル フィリーズ), Hanshin Turf 1600m (for Fillies)
* The Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (朝日杯フューチュリティステークス), Nakayama Turf 1600m (for Colts and Fillies)

Three-year-olds

* The Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) (桜花賞 Cherry Blossom Prize), Hanshin Turf 1600m (for Fillies)
* The Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) (皐月賞 May (Azalea) Prize), Nakayama Turf 2000m (for Colts and Fillies)
* The NHK Mile Cup, Tokyo Turf 1600m (for Colts and Fillies)
* The Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) (優駿牝馬 Fine Fillies), Tokyo Turf 2400m (for Fillies)
* The Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (東京優駿 Tokyo Fine Colts and Fillies), Tokyo Turf 2400m (for Colts and Fillies)
* The Shuka Sho (秋華賞 Autumn Flower Prize), Kyoto Turf 2000m (for Fillies)
* The Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) (菊花賞 Chrysanthemum Prize), Kyoto Turf 3000m (for Colts and Fillies)

Three (or Four) -year-olds and up

Turf 1600m or less

* The Takamatsunomiya Kinen (高松宮記念 Prince of Takamatsu commemoration), Chukyo Turf 1200m
* The Victoria Mile, Tokyo Turf 1600m (for Fillies and Mares)
* The Yasuda Kinen (安田記念 Yasuda Izaemon Commemoration), Tokyo Turf 1600m
* The Sprinters Stakes, Nakayama Turf 1200m
* The Mile Championship, Kyoto Turf 1600m

Turf 1800m and over

* The Tenno Sho(Spring) (天皇賞(春) the Emperor's Cup), Kyoto Turf 3200m (except Geldings)
* The Takarazuka Kinen (宝塚記念 Takarazuka Commemoration), Hanshin Turf 2200m
* The Tenno Sho (Autumn) (天皇賞(秋)), Tokyo Turf 2000m (except Geldings)
* The Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup, Kyoto Turf 2200m (for Fillies and Mares)
* The Japan Cup (International Invitational), Tokyo Turf 2400m
* The Arima Kinen (Grand Prix) (有馬記念 Lord Arima yoriyasu Commemoration), Nakayama Turf 2500m

Dirt course

* The February Stakes, Tokyo Dirt 1600m
* The Japan Cup Dirt (International Invitational), Tokyo Dirt 2100m

Steeple-chase

* The Nakayama Grand Jump (International Invitational) (Jump-GI), Nakayama Turf 4250m
* The Nakayama Daishogai (Jump-GI), Nakayama Turf 4100m

ee also

* National Association of Racing (NAR) - Other horse racing organization in Japan
* Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association (JBBA) - Thoroughbred breeder organization in Japan

External links

* [http://jra.jp/ Web Site]


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