Japan's graded racing calendar

Updated: 11rd March 2018

The following table contains all graded races currently held in Japan. Please note that the particular dates and the order of the races can vary. G3 races are included only concisely.

Colour distinction:
Tracks:

Chuk - Chukyo, Hak - Hakodate, Han - Hanshin, Fuk - Fukushima, Fun - Funabashi, Kaw - Kawasaki, Kok - Kokura, Mom - Mombetsu, Mor - Morioka, Nag - Nagoya, Nak - Nakayama, Nii - Niigata, Ohi - Ohi, Sag - Saga, Sap - Sapporo, Son - Sonoda, Tok - Tokyo, Ura - Urawa

MonthGr.RaceTrackDist.Surf.AgeSexNotes
Nakayama Kimpai, G3, 1 1/4m, 4yo+, Nak turf
Kyoto Kimpai, G3, 1m, 4yo+, Kyo turf
Shinzan Kine, G3, 1m, 3yo, Kyo turf
Fairy Stakes, G3, 1m, 3yof, Nak turf
Aichi Hai, G3, 1 1/4, 4yo+f, Chuk turf
Keisei Hai, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo, Nak turf
JanuaryG2Nikkei Shinshun HaiKyoto1 1/2 milest4+
JanuaryG2American Jockey Club CupNakayama1 3/8 milest4+
JanuaryG2Tokai StakesChukyo1 1/8 milesd4+
JanuaryG1Kawasaki KinenKawasaki1 5/16 milesd4+
Negishi Stakes, G3, 7f, 4yo+, Tok
Silk Road Stakes, G3, 6f, 4yo+, Kyo turf
Tokyo Shimbun Hai, G3, 1m, 4yo+, Tok turf
Kasaragi Sho, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo, Kyo turf
Daily Hai Queen Cup G3, 1m, 3yof, Tok turf
Tokinominoru Kinen, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo, Tok turf
FebruaryG2Kyoto KinenKyoto1 3/8 milest4+
Diamond Stakes, G3, 2 1/16m, 4yo+, Tok turf
Kyoto Himba Stakes, G3, 7f, 4yo+f, Kyo turf
FebruaryG1February StakesTokyo1 miled4+
Kokura Daishoten, G3, 1 1/8m, 4yo+, Kok turf
Arlington Cup, G3, 1m, 3yo, Han turf
FebruaryG2Nakayama KinenNakayama1 1/8 milest4+
Hankyu Hai, G3, 7f, 4yo+, Han turf
Ocean Stakes, G3, 6f, 4yo+, Nak turf
MarchG2Tulip ShoHanshin1 milet31000 Guineas trial
MarchG2Yayoi ShoNakayama1 1/4 milest32000 Guineas trial
MarchG2Diolite KinenFunabashi1 1/2 milesd4+
Chunichi Shimbun Hai, G3, 1 1/4m, 4yo+, Chuk turf
Nakayama Himba Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 4yo+f, Nak turf
MarchG2Kinko ShoChukyo1 1/4 milest3+
MarchG2Fillies' RevueHanshin7 furlongst3f1000 Guineas trial
Falcon Stakes, G3, 7f, 3yo, Chuk turf
MarchG2Spring StakesNakayama1 1/8 milest32000 Guineas trial
MarchG2Hanshin DaishotenHanshin1 7/8 milest4+
Flower Cup, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yof, Nak turf
MarchG2Nikkei ShoNakayama1 9/16 milest4+
Mainichi Hai, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo, Han turf
March Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 4yo+, Nak
MarchG1Takamatsunomiya KinenChukyo6 furlongst4+
Lord Derby Challenge Trophy, G3, 1m, 4yo+, Nak turf
AprilG2Sankei Osaka HaiHanshin1 1/4 milest4+
Tokyo Sprint, G3, 6f, 4yo+, Ohi
AprilG2New Zealand TrophyNakayama1 milet3
AprilG2Hanshin Himba StakesHanshin1 milet4+f
AprilG1Oka ShoHanshin1 milet3fJapanese 1000 Guineas
Marine Cup, G3, 1m, 3yo+, Fun
Antares Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 4yo+, Han
AprilG1Satsuki ShoNakayama1 1/4 milest3Japanese 2000 Guineas, 1. leg of the Triple Crown
Fukushima HImba Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 4yo+f, Fuk turf
AprilG2Flora StakesTokyo1 1/4 milest3fOaks trial
AprilG2Yomiuri Milers CupKyoto1 milet4+
AprilG2Aoba ShoTokyo1 1/2 milest3Derby trial
MayG1Tenno Sho (Spring)Kyoto2 milest4+
Kakitsubata Kinen, G3, 7f, 4yo+, Nag
MayG2Hyogo ChampionshipSonoda1 3/16 milesd3
MayG1Kashiwa KinenFunabashi1 miled4+
MayG2Kyoto Shimbun HaiKyoto1 3/8 milest3
MayG1NHK Mile CupTokyo1 milet3
Niigata Daishoten, G3, 1 1/4m, 4yo+, Nii turf
MayG2Kaio Hai Spring CupTokyo7 furlongst4+
MayG1Victoria MileTokyo1 milet4+f
Heian Stakes, G3, 1 3/16m, 4yo+, Kyo
MayG1Yushun HimbaTokyo1 1/2 milest3fJapanese Oaks
MayG1Tokyo YushunTokyo1 1/2 milest3Japanese Derby, 2. leg of the Triple Crown
MayG2Meguro KinenTokyo1 9/16 milest4+
JuneG2Sakitama StakesUrawa7 furlongsd4+
Naruo Kinen, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Han turf
JuneG1Yasuda KinenTokyo1 milet3+
Hokkaido Sprint Cup, G3, 6f, 3yo+, Mom
Epsom Cup, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo+, Tok turf
Mermaid Stakes, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+f, Han turf
JuneG2Kanto OaksKawasaki1 5/16 milesd3f
Unicorn Stakes, G3, 1m, 3yo, Tok
Hakodate Sprint Stakes, G3, 6f, 3yo+, Hak turf
JuneG1Takarazuka KinenHanshin1 3/8 milest3+
JuneG1Teio ShoOhi1 1/4 milesd4+
Nikkei Sho, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo, Fuk turf
CBC Sho, G3, 6f, 3yo+, Chuk turf
Sparking Lady Cup, G3, 1m, 3yo+, Kaw
Tanabata Sho, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Fuk turf
Procyon Stakes, G3, 7f, 3yo+, Chuk
JulyG1Japan Dirt DerbyOhi1 1/4 milesd3or 'Tokyo Derby'
Hakodate Kinen, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Hak turf
Mercury Cup, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Mor
Hakodate Nisai Stakes, G3, 6f, 2yo, Hak turf
Chukyo Kinen G3, 1m, 3yo+, Chuk turf
Queen Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo+f, Sap turf
Ibis Summer Dash, G3, 5f, 3yo+, Nii turf
Leopard Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo, Nii
Kokura Kinen, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Kok turf
Breeders' Gold Cup, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Mom
Elm Stakes, G3, 1 1/16m, 3yo+, Sap
Sekiya Kinen, G3, 1m, 3oy+, Nii turf
Cluster Cup, G3, 6f, 3yo+, Mor
Summer Champion, G3, 7f, 3yo+, Sag
AugustG2Sapporo KinenSapporo1 1/4 milest3+
Kitakyushu Kinen, G3, 6f, 3yo+, Kok turf
Keeneland Cup, G3, 6f, 3yo+, Sap turf
Niigata Nisai Stakes, G3, 1m, 2yo, Nii turf
Sapporo Nisai Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 2yo, Sap turf
Niigata Kinen, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Nii turf
Kokura Nisai Stakes, G3, 6f, 2yo, Kok turf
Shion Stakes, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yof, Nak turf
Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap, G3, 1m, 3yo+, Nak turf
SeptemberG2Centaur StakesHanshin6 furlongst3+
Oval Sprint, G3, 7f, 3yo+, Ura
SeptemberG2St. Lite KinenNakayama1 3/8 milest3St. Leger trial
SeptemberG2Rose StakesHanshin1 1/8 milest3fShuka Sho trial
SeptemberG2Ladies' PreludeOhi1 1/8 milesd3+trial for JBC Ladies' Classic
SeptemberG2All ComersNakayama1 3/8 milest3+
SeptemberG2Kobe Shimbun HaiHanshin1 1/2 milest3St. Leger trial
Sirius Stakes, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Han
OctoberG1Sprinters StakesNakayama6 furlongst3+
Saudi Arabia Royal Cup, G3, 1m, 2yo, Tok turf
OctoberG2Mainichi OkanTokyo1 1/8 milest3+
Mile Championship Nambu Hai, G3, 1m, 3yo+, Mor
OctoberG2Kyoto DaishotenKyoto1 1/2 milest3+
Edelweiss Shoe, G3, 6f, 2yof, Mom
OctoberG2Fuchu Himba StakesTokyo1 1/8 milest3f
OctoberG1Shuka ShoKyoto1 1/4 milest3ffinal leg of the Fillies' Triple Crown
Fuji Stakes, G3, 1m, 3yo+, Tok turf
OctoberG1Kikuka ShoKyoto1 7/8 milest3Japanese St. Leger, 3. leg the of the Triple Crown
Artemis Stakes, G3, 1m, 2yof, Tok turf
OctoberG2Swan StakesKyoto7 furlongst3+
OctoberG1Tenno Sho (Autumn)Tokyo1 1/4 milest3+
Nissai Yushun, G3, 1 1/8m, 2yo, Mom
NovemberG1JBC Classicvarious1 5/16 milesd3+
NovemberG1JBC Sprintvarious7 furlongsd3+
NovemberG1JBC Ladies' Classicvarious1 miled3+
NovemberG2Keio Hai Nisai StakesTokyo7 furlongst2
Fantasy Stakes, G3, 7f, 2yof, Kyo turf
NovemberG2Copa Republica ArgentinaTokyo1 9/16 milest3+
Miyako Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo+, Kyo
Musashino Stakes, G3, 1m, 3yo+, Tok
NovemberG2Daily Hai Nisai StakesKyoto1 1/2 milest2
NovemberG1Queen Elizabeth II. CupKyoto1 3/8 milest3+
Fukushima Kinen, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo+, Fuk turf
Tokyo Nisai Stakes, G3, 1 1/8m, 2yo, Tok turf
NovemberG1Mile ChampionshipKyoto1 milet3+
NovemberG2Urawa KinenUrawa1 1/4 milesd3+
NovemberG2Hyogo Junior Grand PrixSonoda7 furlongsd2
Kyoto Nisai Stakes, G3, 1 1/4m, 2yo, Kyo turf
NovemberG1Japan CupTokyo1 1/2 milest3+
Keihan Hai, G3, 6f, 3yo+, Kyo turf
DecemberG2Stayers StakesNakayama2 1/4 milest3+
DecemberG1Champions CupChukyo1 1/8 milesd3+ex Japan Cup Dirt until 2013
Queen Sho, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo+f, Fun dirt
Challenge Cup, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo+, Han turf
Capella Stakes, G3, 6f, 3yo+, Nak
DecemberG1Hanshin Juvenile FilliesHanshin1 milet2
DecemberG1Nippon Nisai YushunKawasaki1 miled2
DecemberG2Nagoya Grand PrixNagoya1 9/16 milesd3+
DecemberG1Asahi Hai Futurity StakesHanshin1 milet2
DecemberG2Hanshin CupHanshin7 furlongst3+
DecemberG1Hopeful StakesNakayama1 1/4 milest2
DecemberG1Arima KinenNakayama1 9/16 milest3+
Hyogo Gold Trophy, G3, 7f, 3yo+, Son
DecemberG1Tokyo DaishotenOhi1 1/4 milesd3+