With out the winners of the Derby, the forty second Cup is as much as whoever wins it

It was 1981 when the Japan Cup was first held at Tokyo Racecourse in an try to see how Japanese horses would fare in opposition to challengers from different nations. That first race went the way in which of a 5-year-old American mare, Mairzy Doates, ridden by Money Asmussen.

The horse was despatched off by the fifth favorite, however not solely gained but in addition set a brand new course document for the two,400m race of two:25.3 seconds. That point has since been decreased over time, exhibiting simply how a lot better horses within the race have change into. However on the time the Japanese racing fraternity was fairly involved about whether or not the native racers would ever have the ability to attain a world-class customary.

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