Number of rides: 1586
Career Wins: 62
Prize money: JPY 855,580,000
Highlight: Hokuriku Stakes on Belmont Lahaina in 2017
Lowest riding weight: 48 kg
The 22-year-old Nanako Fujita is the only female rider in the Japan Racing Association (JRA) ranks and is already the winning most female jockey in JRA history, eclipsing the previous record of 34 held by Yukiko Masuzawa.
Fujita debuted in 2016 as an apprentice to former jockey, Yasuhiro Nemoto, based in Miho Training Centre, east Japan. The country’s first female jockey for more than three years, she rapidly built a large fan base attracting huge media attention.
Fujita’s first season yielded a tally of six winners and her talent continued to show with 14 wins in 2017 and a further 27 victories last year.
Success continues and in February Fujita rode her 50th JRA winner in her three-year career and made history by becoming the first female JRA jockey to compete in a Grade 1 race, riding Copano Kicking in the February Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse. As of 2nd June, she has won 15 races in 2019 and is ranked 33rd in JRA.