After an Undefeatable Grade 1 Streak in 2023 Horse Racing Season, World’s no.1 Horse Raises the Bar Further High With an ‘Expensive’ Feat

Published 12/07/2023, 9:25 AM EST

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The horse racing world has seen hundreds of horses come and go, with only a few leaving a mark. And one of these horses has now retired leaving a stellar legacy behind. Considered the World’s highest-rated horse, the 4-year-old has now achieved significant feat after becoming a sire.

Equinox will always remain one of the best horses in the equestrian history. He made his debut in August 2019 and went on to win the 6 Group 1 races. The highest earner in the history of Japanese racing will now work as a sire, with a record-breaking fee announced on his name.

Equinox claims another summit

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Equinox has had one of the most remarkable horse racing careers. Making his debut on August 28 at Niigata Racehorse in 2019 as a two-year-old, he secured two victories. After an unbeatable season in 2023, the 4-year-old retired, and will work as a sire at Shadai Stallion Station. Now, his fee has been announced, and it is a record-breaking one.

Archie Brookes announced the record-breaking for Equinox on X. “The fee for 𝗘𝗤𝗨𝗜𝗡𝗢𝗫 has been announced ¥𝟮𝟬,𝟬𝟬𝟬,𝟬𝟬𝟬 (£𝟭𝟬𝟴,𝟳𝟯𝟬) This will be the highest fee for a first-season-sire in Japanese history”, Brookes’ post read. Marking Equinox’s first season as a sire, he has already started breaking records with a $119,297 first-year fee.

Earlier, Brookes also announced that Equinox had retired and would stand as a Stallion. The Japan Cup winner’s progeny will be seen on the tracks from 2027, and equestrian enthusiasts can’t wait to witness it. It is turning out to be a beautiful time for Equinox, earlier an undefeated season, and now a mammoth fee to start a new career.

Equinox retires undefeated

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Sired by Kitasan Black, Equinox was foaled in Japan in 2019. After making his debut at the Niigata Racehorse, he went on to become the highest earner in Japanese history, amassing $15,122,580 in the span of 4 years. Since the Tenmo Sho and Arima Kinen victories last year, the Northern Farm-bred equine has remained undefeated, and will always remain.

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Equinox made his international debut in 2023 and maintained his undefeated streak throughout the year. He emerged victorious at the Dubai Sheema Classic in March, propelling him to the top of Longines World Best Racehorse Ranking in April. The 4-year-old equine claimed Takarazuka on June 25, 2023, followed by Tenno Sho (Autumn) in October.

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The 2023 Japan Cup on November 26 marked his final race. Equinox rose above the expectations, mesmerizing the 85,000 fans inside the Tokyo Racecourse. He outpaced the 18 rivals with ease, ending his remarkable career on a high note. As he kickstarts his sire career, equestrian enthusiasts wish nothing but the best for the Japanese racing legend.

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