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Orfevre Joins Japan's Racing Hall Of Fame
Champion Japanese galloper Orfevre (Stay Gold-Oriental Art, by Mejiro McQueen) has been inducted into the Japanese Hall of Fame after receiving an incredible 95.9 per cent of the votes, reports Racing Post. The Japanese Triple Crown winner retired in 2013 after an outstanding career that yielded 12 wins from 21 starts, as well as two narrow losses in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. "For me, it is a huge honour to have Orfevre selected as a member of the Hall of Fame. He was a horse that gave us many varied memories," Orfevre's trainer Yasutoshi Ikee said. "I think the memories that most stay with us are his 2012 run in the Prix l'Arc de Triomphe when he came so close to achieving the pinnacle of racing and his last run in the Arima Kinen, a performance that just how big a cut above he was." He added: "He wasn't able to realise our dream of winning the Arc, but it is my belief that his children will carry on that dream." Orfevre defeated former champion sprinter Lord Kanaloa to become the 31st inductee into Japan's Hall of Fame. Both horses are now standing at stud.