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Spencer A. Stewart 14 March 2008 Reaction Paper 5 The Cult of Oguricap This article begins with a brief history of the rise of horse racing’s popularity in Japan during the 1980s. The article then goes on to discuss what the author refers to as cult-like following of a horse, Oguricap, and a jockey, Take Yutaka, that were responsible for the sport’s surge in popularity. The next section of this article is a history of horse racing in Japan and its association with gambling. It is no wonder that horse racing lost favor when Japanese people began betting on the sport since gambling is so taboo in Japan. It is interesting that horse racing lost such favor and public support yet continued to exist in that state for nearly 70 years.
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Unformatted text preview: The next section focuses on the horse responsible for making horse racing publicly acceptable again. Oguricap was not born of any horses of note and was expected to be a weak horse. Many people flocked to his success and in particular, many women began showing their support at races. The article continues to catalog Oguricap’s wins and losses over the next few years. The real interesting part of this article is the discussion of the jockey, Take Yutaka. The female fan’s adoration of this sport’s figure is one that is seen the world over in nearly every sport. Women flock to the pretty boys of every sport. Examples of this are the fan bases of Derek Jeter, David Beckham, Oscar Delahoya, and Tony Romo....
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course JPN 245 taught by Professor Mcveigh during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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