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Horse Racing Japan: Arima Kinen runs December 28th

Horse Racing Japan: Arima Kinen 2013 Orfevre

The finale in Japanese Thoroughbred racing is the Arima Kinen, which this year will be held on Sunday, December 28th ar Nakayama Racecourse. A Gr 1 race over 2400 metres, this $4m turf race was won last year for the second time by Orfevre in front of 125,000 adoring fans. From a betting perspective this single race was the world’s largest in 2013 in terms of turnover with some $376 million wagered nationally.

The Arima Kinen is named in memorium to Yoriyasu Arima, the second president of the Japan Racing Association, who had suggested the idea before his untimely death in 1957. The idea was to create a Gr 1 race that would garner similar fan interest at Nakayama Racecourse in Funabashi as the Japan Derby did at Tokyo Racecourse.  The Arima Kinen would be made unique, however, because Japanese horse racing fans were given a very special role to play – an opportunity to help set the field in this “All-Star” event. Fast-forward almost 60 years and votes through ballots cast at racecourses and off-track betting sites as well as through mail and internet, determine the ten most popular runners that are eligible to run. The remaining runners consist of selected foreign runners and Japanese horses automatically picked in the order of earnings during the season.

This year's race looks to be a great contest with several champion globetrotters in the field inclduing Harp Star, Just A Way, Gold Ship and Gentilldona. Clck here to access the race program from Nakayama Racecourse. The Arima Kinen is Race No. 10.

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