The Japanese Racing Associations reports that horse racing between 19 and 27 March was held under the theme "Aid for Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake". The association expressed its sincere gratitude to all the racing fans who have contributed to the charity measures and donations, which amounted to 44,735,867 yen.
Apart from the immediate donation of 100,000,000 yen from JRA, JRA has decided to donate 1,000,000,000 yen from the total turnover held during that time, and together with the other measures the donations from JRA amounted to 1,138,140,000 yen.
The donations from each start during 19 to 21 March amounted to 27,600,000 yen from owners, 5,630,000 yen from trainers, and 5,121,000 yen from jockeys and together with the donations from JRA and the racing fans, all the donations collected during the "Aid for Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake" racing will be passed to the Japan Red Cross Society.
Further, The March Stakes (G3) which will be held on Japanese 1000 Guineas day on Sunday, 10 April at Hanshin Racecourse will also be held as "Aid for Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake" race and 5% of the turnover of this race will be donated to the earthquake victims.
Coupled with the win of Japan's Victore Pisa at the Dubai World Cup on Saturday, March 26, 2011, many in the equestrian world hope that these events will lift the spirits of survivors who face the task of rebuilding their communities after the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent and on-going nuclear power plant catastrophe.