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Japanese horse racing calendar for 2023
Feb 2, 2023, 6:34:00 AM

Japanese horse racing calendar for 2023

Horse racing is back on track with the most thrilling races in 2023. Which horses do you think will win the race, and will you bet on them? Start the year right and check this complete calendar of different horse racing events from both Japan and international tournaments to place your bets on below: 

Japan’s 2023 horse racing events

Japan has always loved horse racing, and you can trace back its history in the country. The 2023 Japan horse racing events calendar is filled with amazing races that will give you many chances to win your crypto bets at Sportsbet.io. 

October 1: Sprinters Stakes 

The Sprinters Stakes is a Grade 1 race open to Thoroughbreds 3 years old and older. It will run over 1,200 metres on turf at the Nakayama Racecourse. 

October 8: Saudi Arabian Royal Cup

The Saudi Arabia Royal Cup will be held at the Tokyo Racecourse and will run a distance of over 1,600 metres. This race will be considered Grade 3 and will only allow 2-year-old Thoroughbreds to compete. 

October 8: Crown Every Day 

The Crown Every Day is a horse race for Thoroughbreds aged 3 and older and will run over a distance of 1,800 metres at Tokyo Racecourse. It is classified as a Grade 2 race that will be run on turf. 

October 9: Kyoto Grand Prize

The Kyoto Grand Prize is a Grade 2 race held at the Kyoto Racecourse. It will run a distance of 2,400 metres on turf and will feature three-year-old Thoroughbreds and older. 

October 14: Fuchu Mare Stakes

The Fuchu Mare Stakes will run 1,600 metres and be held at the Nakayama Racecourse. This Grade 3 race will be open to 3-year-old Thoroughbred mares, and the winner will receive ¥41,000,000 prize money. 

October 15: Tokyo Hi Jump 

The Tokyo Hi Jump is a jump race that will take place at the Tokyo Racecourse. This Grade 2 race will run a whopping 3,110 metres and will have a lot of obstacles for the horses to jump over. Only 3-year-old Thoroughbreds and older can compete. 

October 15: Shinka Prize

The Shinka Prize is a Grade 1 flat race that will run a total distance of 2,000 metres on turf. This race will take place at the Kyoto Racecourse and open to 3-year-old fillies. 

October 21: Chrysanthemum Award

The Chrysanthemum Award is a fun and thrilling horse race that will take place at the Kyoto Racecourse that will run 3,000 metres on turf. This race is classified as Grade 1 and will feature 3-year-old Thoroughbreds of both genders. 

October 22: Fuji Stakes

The Fuji Stakes race will run 1,600 metres on turf and is classified as Grade 2. This will take place at the Tokyo Racecourse and is open to Thoroughbreds 3 years old and older. 

October 28: Artemis Stakes

The Artemis Stakes is one of Japan's most anticipated Grade 3 races and will take place at the grand Tokyo Racecourse. It will run over 1,600 metres on turf and feature Thoroughbred mares of 2 years to compete. 

October 28: Swan Stakes

The Swan Stakes is an annual Grade 2 horse racing event that will take place at the Kyoto Racecourse on turf with a total distance of 1,400 metres. Only 3-year-old Thoroughbreds or older can compete in this event. 


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October 29: Emperor Prize (Autumn)

The Emperor Prize Autumn is an annual Grade 1 horse racing event that will take place at the Kyoto Racecourse with a total distance of 3,200 metres on turf. Only Thoroughbreds of 4 years old and older can compete in this event. 

November 4: Keio Cup 2 years old Stakes

The Keio Cup 2 years will run 1,400 metres on turf and is classified as a Grade 2 race. This competition will take place at the Tokyo Racecourse and is open to 2-year-old Thoroughbreds.  

November 4: Fantasy Stakes

The Fantasy Stakes is a 1,400-metre turf race for 2-year-old Thoroughbred mares held at the Kyoto Racecourse and classified as a Grade 3 event. The winner of this race will receive a ¥130,000,000 purse prize. 

November 5: Argentina Cup

The Argentina Cup is a horse race for Thoroughbreds aged 3 classified as a Grade 2 event. The race is 2,500 metres long and takes place at Tokyo Racecourse on turf. 

November 5: Miyako Stakes 

The Miyako Stakes is a horse race for Thoroughbreds aged 3 and over that will take place at the Kyoto Racecourse in Japan. It is a Grade 3 race contested over 1,800 metres on dirt. Only Thoroughbreds of 3 years and older can compete in the tournament. 

November 11: Musashino Stakes

The Musashino Stakes is a horse race for Thoroughbreds aged 3 and older. It is a Grade 3 race at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan. The race is run on dirt at a distance of 1,600 metres and will have a ¥38,000,000 purse reward for the winner. 

November 11: Kyoto Jump Stakes

The Kyoto Jump Stakes is an annual horse racing event that will take place at the Kyoto Racecourse with a total distance of 3,140 metres. This Grade 3 race will only be open to 3-year-old Thoroughbreds and older. 

November 11: Daily Cup 2 years old Stakes

The Daily Cup 2 years old Stakes is a Japanese horse race for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds and is held at Kyoto Racecourse. The race is run at a distance of 1,600 metres on turf and is classified as a Grade 2 event. 

November 12: Queen Elizabeth Cup

The Queen Elizabeth II Cup is a horse racing event for Thoroughbred mares 3 years old and older, and it runs on turf at the Kyoto Racecourse. The race is 2,200 metres in length and will run on turf. 

November 12: Fukushima Memorial

The Fukushima Memorial is a Thoroughbred horse race for horses 3 years old and older with a Grade 3 classification. The race takes place every November, running a distance of 2,000 metres on a turf track at Fukushima Racecourse. 

November 18: East Sport Cup 2 years old Stakes

The East Sport Cup 2 years old Stakes is an annual Grade 2 race featuring 2-year-old Thoroughbreds. The race will take place at the Tokyo Racecourse on the turf of over 1,800 metres. 

November 19: Mile CS

The Mile CS (Championship) is a Grade 1 race open to 3-year-old Thoroughbreds and older. It has a total distance of  1,600 metres on turf and will take place at the Kyoto Racecourse.

November 19: Mile Championship

The Mile Championship is a 1,600-metre Grade 1 race. This will take place at the Kyoto Racecourse on turf and will only be exclusive to Thoroughbreds 3 years old and older. 

November 25: Kyoto 2-year-old Stakes

The Kyoto Kyoto 2 -year-old Stakes is for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds classified as Grade 3 races held every November at Kyoto Racecourse. The race runs a distance of 2,000 metres on turf.

November 26: Keihan Cup 

The Keihan Cup is one of Japan's most prestigious Grade 3 horse racing events that take place in November. It has a total distance of 1,200 metres on turf and will take place at the Kyoto Racecourse with 3-year-old Thoroughbreds and older. 

December 2: Stayers Stakes 

The Stayers Stakes is a fantastic race for beginner Sportsbet.io punters and will run at the Nakayama Racecourse at a distance of 3,600 metres on turf. This Grade 2 race will showcase 3-year-old Thoroughbreds and older to compete in the race. 

December 2: Challenge Cup 

The Challenge Cup is a Grade 3 horse racing event that will take place in the Hanshin Racecourse on turf with a 2,000-metre distance. It will feature 3-year-old and older Thoroughbreds to compete for ¥41 million prize money.

December 3: Champions Cup 

The Champions Cup is a Grade 1 race open to 3-year-old Thoroughbreds with a total distance of 1,800 metres on dirt. This event will take place at the Chukyo Racecourse.

December 9: Chunichi Shimbun Cup 

The Chunichi Shimbun Cup is a Grade 3 horse racing tournament that will take place at the Chukyo Racecourse on turf. This race will only be open to Thoroughbreds 3 years old and older with a total distance of 2,000 metres on turf. 

December 10: Capella Stakes 

The Capella Stakes is a Grade 3 horse racing event open to Thoroughbreds 3 years old and older. This event happens every December and will be held at the Nakayama Racecourse on dirt with a distance of 1,200 metres. 

December 10: Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

The Hanshin Juvenile Fillies is a horse racing event held at the Hanshin Racecourse and will only be exclusive to Thoroughbreds mares who are 2 years old and older. This race will have a distance of 1,600 metres on turf. 

December 16: Turquoise Stakes 

The Turquoise Stakes is a Grade 3 horse race for Thoroughbred mares aged 3 years and older. It is held every December at the Nakayama Racecourse. It runs a distance of 1,600 metres on turf. 

December 17: Asahi Cup Futurity Stakes 

The Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes is a 1,600-metre-long race that will take place at the Hanshin Racecourse on turf. This Grade 1 race will also feature 2-year-old Thoroughbreds of either gender. 

December 23: Nakayama Great Disability

The Nakayama Daishogai is a jump Grade 1 horse racing event that will take place at the Nakayama Racecourse on obstacle turf and run 4,100 metres, making it among the longest races in the year. It will only feature 3-year-old Thoroughbreds and older. 

December 23: Hanshin Cup 

One of the primetime events on Christmas eve, the Hanshin Cup, is a Grade 2 race that will take place at the Hanshin Racecourse on turf. The race will run at a distance of 1,400 metres on turf and feature 3-year-old Thoroughbreds and older. 

December 24: Arima Memorial or Arima Memorial 2022

The Arima Memorial Special is a Christmas day classic Grade 1 horse racing event that will only feature Thoroughbreds 3 years old and older. It will take place at the legendary Nakayama Racecourse on turf with a 2,500-metre distance. 

December 28: Hopeful Stakes

The final Japanese horse racing event is the Hopeful Stakes which will take place at the Nakayama Racecourse on turf with a 2,000-metre distance. This Grade 1 race will feature two-year-old Thoroughbred fillies. 

Top horse racing international events to bet on at Sportsbet.io

Just like the Japanese horse racing events, there are also international races that you should be excited about. Below is the complete 2023 international horse racing calendar for your reference:

January to May: Horse racing G1

The G1 is the highest classification of a horse racing tournament. This is a rating given to a horse race that is considered the highest-valued tournament in the sport. 

January 28: Pegasus World Cup

The Pegasus World Cup is a flat horse race held at Gulfstream Park, United States, since its inception in 2017. It's a Grade 1 race that is only limited to 12 horses. Entry conditions are Thoroughbreds that are 4 years old and older with a distance of 1,800 metres on dirt. 

Feb 24-25: Saudi Cup

The Saudi Cup is an international horse racing event held at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh. This race has a distance of 1,800 metres on dirt and will only allow 4-year-old Northern Hemisphere Thoroughbreds and older. It will also allow 3-year-old Southern Hemisphere Thoroughbreds and older to compete. 

March 25: Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup is one of the world's most lucrative horse racing events. It takes place at the Meydan Racecourse on dirt that will run a total distance of 2,000 metres. The race will only allow Northern Hemisphere 4-year-old Thoroughbreds and older and 3-year-old Southern Hemisphere Thoroughbreds and older.

Apr-May: Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is arguably the biggest Grade 1 horse racing event in the world that will take place at the Churchill Downs Racecourse on dirt. The race will run a total distance of approximately 2,011 metres and will only allow 3-year-old Thoroughbreds to compete. 

April 13-15: Grand National 

The Grand National is an annual Grade 3 horse racing event that takes place at the Aintree Racecourse on turf With a total distance of 6,907 metres. The racing conditions of the race are 7-year-old Thoroughbreds and older. 

April 15: Nakayama Grand Jump

The Nakayama Grand Jump is an annual steeplechase race with a distance of 4,250 metres on obstacle turf at the Nakayama Racecourse. It's a Grade 1 race that only allows 4-year-old Thoroughbreds and older to compete. 

1st Sunday of October: Arc de Triomphe Award

The Arc de Triomphe Award will take place at the Paris Longchamp Racecourse with a distance of 2,400 metres on turf. This Grade 1 race only allows 3-year-old Thoroughbred mares to compete. 

November 3-4: Breeder’s Cup

The Breeder's Cup is an annual championship horse racing competition that is held on a rotating basis. The distance will also vary depending on the race, where turf tracks will have an average distance of 1,005 to 1,609 metres while dirt will have an average of 1,005 to 1,709 metres. Only Thoroughbreds can participate in this race. 

November 7: Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is a horse racing tournament held at the Flemington Racecourse with a total distance of 3,200 metres on turf. Thoroughbreds aged 3 and older are only allowed in this race. 

November 26: Japan Cup 

The Japan Cup is among the country's most prominent Grade 1 horse racing events. It will take place at the Tokyo Racecourse with a distance of 2,400 metres. This race will only allow Thoroughbred fillies and mares 3 years old and older. 

December 10 Hong Kong Cup

The Hong Kong Cup is a Group 1 flat race based in Hong Kong. This race is open to 3-year-old Thoroughbreds and older to compete on a 2,000-metre turf. 

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