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Posted 2018-01-10 17:36:09  
Kitasan Black Named Horse of the Year


On Jan. 9, Kitasan Black was announced as the Japan Racing Association’s Horse of the Year for the second consecutive year. Kitasan Black was also awarded the Best Older Colt or Horse award. In the voting for the Horse of the Year award, Kitasan Black received 287 votes out of 290.
The Horse of the Year title is the highest honor given to JRA-registered race horses and is selected by the Horse of the Year Selection Committee represented by journalists of various dailies and magazines.
The JRA Awards ceremony will be held on January 29.
Note: All information, including ages and race performances, are as of December 31, 2017, unless otherwise indicated.

2017 Horse of the Year Connection Comments
Kitasan Black
Owner: Ono Shoji (Mr. Saburo Kitajima)
“The retirement ceremony for Kitasan Black was held just the other day, and in midst of the sadness, I am extremely thrilled to hear that my horse has been recognized with the prestigious Horse of the Year award for the second straight year. I am sure Kitasan Black, who will be pursuing his new endeavors, is also delighted to hear this news. Looking back, the three years with him was short, but I want express my thanks to not only those in the racing industry, but also to all the racing fans who rooted for him during his career. Thank you very much.”
Trainer: Hisashi Shimizu
“I am thrilled to have been given the Horse of the Year honor for two consecutive years. My hat goes off to Kitasan Black, who really gave it his best.”
Jockey: Yutaka Take
“Having been selected Horse of the Year for two straight years is something special. It was truly an honor to be his partner.” 

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