Minoru, the famous horse

Ever wonder who Minoru was and why there is a park in Richmond (Minoru Park) and a boulevard (Minoru Boulevard) with that same name?


The story starts with a boy named Minoru Eida whose name was given to a thoroughbred horse that belonged to King Edward VII. Minoru the boy was the son of Lord Wavertree's Japanese master gardener. In 1909 Minoru the horse won two of England's most famous horse races: the 2000 Guineas and the Epson Derby. Later that year, Richmond's first thoroughbred horseracing park was christened "Minoru Park Racetrack" in recognition of Minoru's success. The park opened on August 21, 1909 with a crowd of 7000 spectators! Minoru the horse never raced here but his spirit definitely remains. One hundred years later on August 21, 2009, the bronze life-size statue of Minoru was unveiled at the entrance to the park in the grassy area to the south of the library. The statue which was donated to the city and sponsored by the Milan and Maureen Ilich Foundation was created by Richmond sculptor Sergei Traschenko and paid for entirely by Milan Ilich who requested that Sergei be commissioned for the project. "Minoru Horse" can be seen as you are driving along Minoru Boulevard just north of Granville Avenue in Richmond, BC. Today the race track is used for human sprinters (and walkers).

 Looking at the track from the grandstand.


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