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Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby)

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History

DANON DECILE winning the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) at Tokyo in Japan.
DANON DECILE winning the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) at Tokyo in Japan. Picture: Japan Racing Association

The Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) is a Grade 1 race run under Set Weight conditions for three year old colts and fillies at Tokyo racecourse conducted by the Japan Racing Association.

The Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) is run over 2400m. It was first run in 1932 and was won by Wakataka.

The Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) was worth JPY648,000,000 in 2024.

Tokyo racecourse is a left handed course with the start halfway up the home running.

The Derby forms the middle pin of the Japanese Triple Crown after the 2000 Guineas and then the St Leger (Kikuka Sho).

Editions prior to 2001 (along with the other Japanese classics) were limited to Japanese-bred horses. Since 2001, foreign-breds are allowed, but until 2010, this race (and the other classics) were limited to Japanese-trained horses. The current rule allows fielding at most seven entries either not bred/trained in Japan.

Many leading Japanese horses have won the Tokyo Yushun.

Deep Impact is one of the all-time greats of Japanese racing. He only lost twice with one coming in the Arc. The Derby win was a demolition. All his work off the course is as good, producing horses good enough to win G1s around the world including in Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, England, France and Dubai.

King Kamehameha went from winning the Mile Cup to the Derby three weeks later and defeated a top field in style.

Vodka was a filly good enough to win the Derby. She was beaten in the 1000 Guineas but subsequently took on the boys and won easily.

In 2019 Roger Barows won the race at huge odds outstaying all the favoured runners in a strongly run race.

Contrail made it five from five doing his father Deep Impact proud and emulating his success by winning so impressively in 2020. He would go on to win the Triple Crown and be brave into second in the Japan Cup.

Australian jockey Damian Lane continued his love affair with Japan winning the 2023 Derby on Tastiera.

Yutaka Take has taken six Japanese Derbies. Yuichi Fukunaga has won 3 of the last 7 runnings.

Several trainers have two recent wins but Yasuo Tomomichi has three.

Notable winners of the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) include Tastiera (2023), Do Deuce (2022), Shahryar (2021), Contrail (2020), Rey De Oro (2017), Duramente (2015), Kizuna (2013), Orfevre (2011), Vodka (2007), Meisho Samson (2006), Deep Impact (2005), King Kamehameha (2004), Neo Universe (2003), Jungle Pocket (2001), Special Week (1998), Narita Brian (1994), Tokai Teio (1991), Symboli Rudolf (1984), Mr. C.B. (1983), Shinzan (1964), Tokino Minoru (1951), Kurifuji (1943) and St Lite (1941).

The 2024 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) was won by Danon Decile from Justin Milano and Shin Emperor.


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Previous Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
DANON DECILE (JPN) 3C
EPIPHANEIA (JPN) - TOP DECILE (USA) CONGRATS (USA)
N YOKOYAMA57.0SHOGO YASUDA5
TASTIERA (JPN) 3C
SATONO CROWN (JPN) - PARTITURA (JPN) MANHATTAN CAFE (JPN)
DAMIAN LANE57.0N HORI12
DO DEUCE (JPN) 3C
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - DUST AND DIAMONDS (USA) VINDICATION (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE57.0Y TOMOMICHI13
SHAHRYAR (JPN) 3C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - DUBAI MAJESTY (USA) ESSENCE OF DUBAI (USA)
Y FUKUNAGA57.0H FUJIWARA10
CONTRAIL (JPN) 3C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - RHODOCHROSITE (USA) UNBRIDLED'S SONG (USA)
Y FUKUNAGA57.0Y YAHAGI5
ROGER BAROWS (JPN) 3C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - LITTLE BOOK (GB) LIBRETTIST (USA)
S HAMANAKA57.0KATSUHIKO SUMII1
WAGNERIAN (JPN) 3C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - MISS ENCORE (JPN) KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN)
Y FUKUNAGA57.0Y TOMOMICHI17
REY DE ORO (JPN) 3C
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - LA DORADA (JPN) SYMBOLI KRIS S (USA)
C P LEMAIRE57.0K FUJISAWA12
MAKAHIKI (JPN) 3C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - WIKIWIKI (JPN) FRENCH DEPUTY (USA)
Y KAWADA57.0Y TOMOMICHI3
DURAMENTE (JPN) 3C
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) - ADMIRE GROOVE (JPN) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
M DEMURO57.0N HORI14
ONE AND ONLY (JPN) 3C
HEART'S CRY (JPN) - VIRTUE (JPN) TAIKI SHUTTLE (USA)
N YOKOYAMA57.0K HASHIGUCHI2
KIZUNA (JPN) 3C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - CATEQUIL (CAN) STORM CAT (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE57.0SHUICHI SASAKI1
DEEP BRILLANTE (JPN) 3C
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) - LOVE AND BUBBLES (USA) LOUP SAUVAGE (USA)
Y IWATA57.0Y YAHAGI10
ORFEVRE (JPN) 3C
STAY GOLD (JPN) - ORIENTAL ART (JPN) MEJIRO MCQUEEN (JPN)
K IKEZOE57.0Y IKEE5
EISHIN FLASH (JPN) 3C
KING'S BEST (USA) - MOONLADY (GER) PLATINI (GER)
H UCHIDA57.0H FUJIWARA1
LOGI UNIVERSE (JPN) 3C
NEO UNIVERSE (JPN) - ACOUSTICS (JPN) CAPE CROSS (IRE)
N YOKOYAMA57.0K HAGIWARA1
DEEP SKY (JPN) 3C
AGNES TACHYON (JPN) - ABI (GB) CHIEF'S CROWN (USA)
H SHII57.0M KON1
VODKA (JPN) 3F
TANINO GIMLET (JPN) - TANINO SISTER (JPN) ROUSILLON (USA)
H SHII55.0KATSUHIKO SUMII3
MEISHO SAMSON (JPN) 3F
OPERA HOUSE (GB) - MY VIVIEN (JPN) DANCING BRAVE (USA)
MAMORU ISHIBASHI57.0TSUTOMU SETOGUCHI2
DEEP IMPACT (JPN) 3C
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - WIND IN HER HAIR (IRE) ALZAO (USA)
YUTAKA TAKE57.0YASUO IKEE5
KING KAMEHAMEHA (JPN) 3C
KINGMAMBO (USA) - MANFATH (IRE) LAST TYCOON (IRE)
KATSUMI ANDO57.0K MATSUDA12
NEO UNIVERSE (JPN) 3C
SUNDAY SILENCE (USA) - POINTED PATH (GB) KRIS (GB)
M DEMURO57.0TSUTOMU SETOGUCHI13
TANINO GIMLET (JPN) 3C
BRIAN'S TIME (USA) - TANINO CRYSTAL (JPN) CRYSTAL PALACE (FR)
YUTAKA TAKE57.0K MATSUDA3

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