On Jan. 10, Kitasan Black was announced as a double winner for the JRA Awards for 2016. Kitasan Black won both the Japan Racing Association's Horse of the Year for 2016 and Best Older Colt or Horse award. In the voting for the Horse of the Year award, Kitasan Black received 134 votes out of 291, with Maurice and Satono Diamond receiving 90 and 66 votes, respectively.
The Horse of the Year title is the highest honor given to JRA-registered race horses and is selected by the Horse of the Year Selection Committee represented by journalists of various dailies and magazines.
The JRA Awards ceremony will be held on January 30.