Symboli Kris S. named Japan's Horse of the Year

The JRA has announced its list of 2002 champions, with American-bred Symboli Kris S. taking top honors as Japan's Horse of the Year.

Symboli Kris S., (Kris S. -- Tee Kay), who was bred in Kentucky by Takahiro Wada, is campaigned by Symboli Stud.

Another American-bred runner earned championship honors in Japan. Eishin Champ (Mi Cielo - Eishin Michigan) was named champion 2-year-old male. Eishin Champ was bred in Kentucky by Columbiana Farm.

The list of champions include: Peace of World, best 2-year old female; Fine Motion, best 3-year-old filly; Manhattan Café, best 4-year-old male; Diamond Biko, best 4-year-old female; Admire Cozzene, best short-distance runner; Tokai Point, best by domestic-bred sire (Tokai Teio); and Gold Allure, best dirt horse.

Kazuo Fujisawa was the leading trainer by wins, with 51 and Yuji Ito had the highest winning rate at 0.1878. Kazuo Fujisawa was the leading trainer by earnings with 2,131,057,000 yen.

Jockey Yutaka Take took all honors for riders. Take finished the season with 142 wins, at a 0.2934 rate. He earned 3,232,942,500 yen.