Special Week, the real-life Thoroughbred that’s the inspiration for the main character in Uma Musume, has passed away. The horse was 23-years-old, which is a few years shy of the breed’s average lifespan.
— ウマ娘プロジェクト公式アカウント (@uma_musu) April 27, 2018
Special Week was one of Japan’s most successful racehorses and earned a stunning 1.09 trillion yen ($9.95 million) in winnings. Through his career, Special Week would have a race record of 10-4-2 in the Japan Racing Association. Notable victories included:
- Kisaragi Sho (1998)
- Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho (1998)
- Tokyo Yushun (1998)
- Kyoto Shimbun Hai (1998)
- American Jockey Club Cup (1999)
- Hanshin Daishoten (1999)
- Tenno Sho (Spring) (1999)
- Tenno Sho (Autumn) (1999)
- Japan Cup (1999)
Special Week would enjoy retirement as a breeding stallion and was last stationed at the Lex Stud ranch.
Special Week and other famous Japanese racehorses are the stars of Uma Musume Pretty Derby. The anime follows Special Week, a horsegirl who dreams of becoming the best runner in Japan. P.A. Works is producing the anime.