12/17/2004 1:00AM

Japan tops list with 47 of 100 richest races


It should come as no surprise that a survey of this year's most valuable flat races worldwide reveals that Japan once again tops the list, with 47 of the top 100. In spite of a stagnant economy over the last 10 years, the Japan Racing Association, with 43, and the National Association of Racing, with four, have kept Japanese racing at the top of the world moneywise.

Led by the Japan Cup in second place, eight of the world's 12 richest races are run in Japan, with only the Dubai World Cup, Breeders' Cup Classic, Melbourne Cup, and Epsom Derby able to crack that elite group. A surge in Australian prize money this year gives the Aussies three places in the first 15, with the Golden Slipper Stakes - now the world's richest 2-year-old event and richest sprint - and the Cox Plate moving up on the list.

Hong Kong has 10 races in the first 100, chief among them the Hong Kong Cup at No. 13. By continent, Asia places 64 races on the list, followed by North America with 20, and Australia and Europe with 8 apiece.

While the United States does have 19 races in the top 100, good enough to rate second nationally behind Japan, 13 of them rank 80th or lower. Such is the state of international prize money these days - a million-dollar race places just 80th worldwide.

The Kentucky Derby comes in at 55th place, just one spot above the CBC Sho, the world's richest Grade 2 affair, which will be run at Hanshin, Japan, on Sunday. The Run for the Roses now ranks as the world's ninth most valuable national derby, behind those run in Japan, England, the UAE, Hong Kong, Ireland, Australia, France, and Italy.

On the jump-racing front, Japan's Nakayama Daishogai, to be run for the first time on Christmas Day, ranks first at $1,458,151, with the Nakayama Grand Jump second at $1,408,355. The Grand National Steeplechase is third at $1,093,080, although a 100,000-pound influx from brewers John Smith's will lift the Aintree fixture up to $1.35 million next year.

100 richest Thoroughbred flat races of 2004

1Dubai World Cup (G1)Nad Al Sheba (UAE)1 1/4m(D) 4yo+$6,000,000
2Japan Cup (G1)Tokyo (Jpn)1 1/2m(T) 3yo+ 4,674,818
3Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)Lone Star Park (USA)1 1/4m(D) 3yo+3,668,000
4Melbourne Cup Hcp (G1)Flemington (Aus)2m(T) 3yo+3,363,300
5Arima Kinen (G1)Nakayama (Jpn)1 9/16m(T) 3yo+3,303,107
6Tokyo Yushun (G1)Tokyo (Jpn)1 1/2m(T) 3yo c&f3,092,900
  Japanese Derby      
7Kikuka Sho (G1)Kyoto (Jpn)1 7/8m(T) 3yo2,560,570
  Japanese St Leger      
8Epsom Derby (G1)Epsom (GB)1 1/2m(T) 3yo c&f2,537,269
9Spring Tenno Sho (G1)Kyoto (Jpn)2m(T) 4yo+ c&f2,527,166
10Japan Cup Dirt (G1)Tokyo (Jpn)1 5/16m(D) 3yo+2,460,891
11Autumn Tenno Sho (G1)Tokyo (Jpn)1 1/4m(T) 3yo+ c&f2,408,553
12Takarazuka Kinen (G1)Hanshin (Jpn)1 3/8m(T) 3yo+2,372,608
13Hong Kong Cup (G1)Sha Tin (HK)1 1/4m(T) 3yo+2,314,800
14Golden Slipper Stakes (G1)Rosehill (Aus)6f(T) 2yo2,260,500
15Cox Plate (G1)Moonee Valley (Aus)1 1/4m,44y(T) 3yo+2,218,500
16Satsuki Sho (G1)Nakayama (Jpn)1 1/4m(T) 3yo c&f2,174,352
  Japanese 2000 Guineas      
17Yushun Himba (G1)Tokyo (Jpn)1 1/2m(T) 3yo f2,042,680
  Japanese Oaks      
18Dubai Duty Free (G1)Nad Al Sheba (UAE)1 1/8m(T) 4yo+2,000,000
18Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1)Nad Al Sheba (UAE)6f(D) 3yo+2,000,000
18Dubai Sheema Classic (G1)Nad Al Sheba (UAE)1 1/2m(T) 4yo+2,000,000
18UAE Derby (G2)Nad Al Sheba (UAE)1 1/8m(D) 3yo2,000,000
22Pr de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1)Longchamp (Fr)1 1/2m(T) 3yo+ c&f1,985,920
23Oka Sho (G1)Hanshin (Jpn)1m(T) 3yo f1,981,644
  Japanese 1000 Guineas      
24Queen Elizabeth IIKyoto (Jpn)1 3/8m(T) 3yo+ f&m1,856,658
  Commemorative Cup (G1)      
25Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1)Lone Star Park (USA)1 1/8m(D) 3yo+ f&m1,834,000
25Breeders' Cup Turf (G1)Lone Star Park (USA)1 1/2m(T) 3yo+1,834,000
27Hong Kong Mile (G1)Sha Tin (HK)1m(T) 3yo+1,800,400
27Hong Kong Vase (G1)Sha Tin (HK)1 1/2m(T) 3yo+1,800,400
29Hong Kong Derby (G1)Sha Tin (HK)1 1/4m(T) 4yo1,796,200
30Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1)Sha Tin (HK)1 1/4m(T) 4yo+1,794,800
31Doncaster Handicap (G1)Randwick (Aus)1m(T) 3yo+1,789,200
32Mile Championship (G1)Kyoto (Jpn)1m(T) 3yo+1,788,201
33Takamatsunimiya Kinen (G1)Chukyo (Jpn)6f(T) 4yo+1,753,610
34February Stakes (G1)Tokyo (Jpn)1m(D) 4yo+1,690,743
35Yasuda Kinen (G1)Tokyo (Jpn)1m(T) 3yo+1,674,427
36Sprinters Stakes (G1)Nakayama (Jpn)6f(T) 3yo+1,667,931
37Singapore AirlinesKranji (Sin)1 1/4m(T) 3yo+1,646,284
  International Cup (G1)      
38JBC Classic (G1)Ohi (Jpn)1 1/4m(D) 3yo+1,600,040
39Shuka Sho (G1)Kyoto (Jpn)1 1/4m(T) 3yo f1,596,291
40Irish Derby (G1)Curragh (Ire)1 1/2m(T) 3yo c&f1,584,180
41Caulfield Cup Handicap (G1)Caulfield (Aus)1 1/2m(T) 3yo+1,571,650
42Breeders' Cup Mile (G1)Lone Star Park (USA)1m(T) 3yo+1,540,560
43BMW Classic (G1)Rosehill (Aus)1 1/2m(T) 3yo+1,516,000
44AJC Australian Derby (G1)Randwick (Aus)1 1/2m(T) 3yo1,416,450
45King George VI and Queen Ascot (GB)1 1/2m(T) 3yo+1,381,125
 Elizabeth Diamond Stks (G1)      
46Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)Lone Star Park (USA)1 1/16m(D) 2yo1,375,500
47Prix du Jockey Club (G1)Chantilly (Fr)1 1/2m(T) 3yo c&f1,325,060
  French Derby      
48Breeders' CupLone Star Park (USA)1 3/8m(T) 3yo+ f&m1,292,970
 Filly & Mare Turf (G1)      
49Hong Kong Sprint (G1)Sha Tin (HK)5f(T) 3yo+1,286,000
50JBC Sprint (G1)Ohi (Jpn)6f(D) 3yo+1,280,032
51Teio Sho (G1)Ohi (Jpn)1 1/4m(D) 4yo+1,249,704
52Canadian International (G1)Woodbine (Can)1 1/2m(T) 3yo+1,228,350
53Irish Champion Stakes (G1)Leopardstown (Ire)1 1/4m(T) 3yo+1,226,600
54Derby Italiano (G1)Capannelle (Ity)1 1/2m(T) 3yo c&f1,209,186
55Kentucky Derby (G1)Churchill Downs (USA)1 1/4m(D) 3yo1,184,000
56CBC Sho (G2)Chukyo (Jpn)6f(T) 3yo+1,181,031
57Sankei Osaka Hai (G2)Hanshin (Jpn)1 1/4m(T) 4yo+1,173,099
58Nikkei Sho (G2)Nakayama (Jpn)1 9/16m(T) 4yo+1,170,969
59Nikkei Shinshun Hai (G2)Kyoto (Jpn)1 1/2m(T) 4yo+1,162,376
60American JockeyNakayama (Jpn)1 3/8m(T) 4yo+1,157,755
 Club Cup (G2)      
61Hanshin Daishoten (G2)Hanshin (Jpn)1 7/8m(T) 4yo+1,151,397
62Kyoto Kinen (G2)Kyoto (Jpn)1 3/8m(T) 4yo+1,139,595
63Nakayama Kinen (G2)Nakayama (Jpn)1 1/8m(T) 4yo+1,134,951
64Mainichi Okan (G2)Tokyo (Jpn)1 1/8m(T) 3yo+1,125,869
65Kyoto Daishoten (G2)Kyoto (Jpn)1 1/2m(T) 3yo+1,125,137
66Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1)Hanshin (Jpn)1m(T) 2yo f1,122,567
67Sapporo Kinen (G2)Sapporo (Jpn)1 1/4m(T) 3yo+1,121,371
68Sankei Sho All-Comers (G2)Nakayama (Jpn)1 3/8m(T) 3yo+1,120,967
68Victoria Derby (G1)Flemington (Aus)1 9/16m(T) 3yo1,120,200
70Futurity Stakes (G1)Nakayama (Jpn)1m(T) 2yo c&f1,096,752
71Swan Stakes (G2)Kyoto (Jpn)7f(T) 3yo+1,088,460
72Copa Repub Argentina (G2)Tokyo (Jpn)1 9/16m(T) 3yo+1,060,786
73Yomiuri Milers Cup (G2)Hanshin (Jpn)1m(T) 4yo+1,060,115
74Stewards Cup (G1)Sha Tin (HK)1m(T) 4yo+1,030,400
75Hong Kong Classic Mile (G1)Sha Tin (HK)1m(T) 4yo+1,029,600
76Hong Kong Gold Cup (G1)Sha Tin (HK)1 1/4m(T) 4yo+1,028,800
77Hong Kong ChampionsSha Tin (HK)1 1/2m(T) 4yo+1,025,600
  & Chater Cup (G1)      
78Keio Hai Spring Cup (G2)Tokyo (Jpn)7f(T) 4yo+1,014,125
79Hanshin Himba Stakes (G2)Hanshin (Jpn)1m(T) 3yo+ f&m1,103,899
80Arkansas Derby (G2)Oaklawn Park (USA)1 1/8m(D) 3yo1,000,000
80Arlington Million (G1)Arlington Park (USA)1 1/4m(T) 3yo+1,000,000
80Barretts/CTBA ClassicSanta Anita (USA)1 1/8m(D) 4yo+1,000,000
80Belmont Stakes (G1)Belmont Park (USA)1 1/2m(D) 3yo1,000,000
80Delta JackpotDelta Downs (USA)1 1/16m(D) 2yo1,000,000
80Florida Derby (G1)Gulfstream Park (USA)1 1/8m(D) 3yo1,000,000
80Godolphin Mile (G2)Nad Al Sheba (UAE)1m(D) 3yo+1,000,000
80Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1)Belmont Park (USA)1 1/4m(D) 3yo+1,000,000
80Pacific Classic (G1)Del Mar (USA)1 1/4m(D) 3yo+1,000,000
80Preakness Stakes (G1)Pimlico (USA)1 3/16m(D) 3yo1,000,000
80Santa Anita Handicap (G1)Santa Anita (USA)1 1/4m(D) 4yo+1,000,000
80Travers Stakes (G1)Saratoga (USA)1 1/4m(D) 3yo1,000,000
92Tokai Stakes (G2)Chukyo (Jpn)1 7/16m(D) 3yo+999,609
93New Zealand Trophy (G2)Nakayama (Jpn)1m(T) 3yo c&f998,558
94Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1)Lone Star Park (USA)6f(D) 3yo+972,000
95Kawasaki Kinen (G1)Kawasaki (Jpn)1 5/16m(D) 4yo+967,164
96Spring Stakes (G2)Nakayama (Jpn)1 1/8m(T) 3yo c&f965,654
97Grosser Prs von Baden (G1)Baden-Baden (Ger)1 1/2m(T) 3yo+965,280
98St Lite Kinen (G2)Nakayama (Jpn)1 3/8m(T) 3yo956,984
99Aoba Sho (G2)Tokyo (Jpn)1 1/2m(T) 3yo954,407
100Kobe Shimbun Hai (G2)Hanshin (Jpn)1 1/4m(T) 3yo c&f951,554