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Buena Vista, Red Desire meet in Arima Kinen

Buena Vista (pictured below), disqualified from the win in the Japan Cup (G1), and second home in the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), makes an appearance in Sunday’s Arima Kinen (G1) while Maktoum Challenge (G2) winner Red Desire returns from the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1).  The put-up winner of the Japan Cup, Rose Kingdom, will be present, as will last year’s Arima Kinen winner, Dream Journey.

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  1. The steward’s in Japan should truly be hiding their head’s in shame for disqualifying Buena Vista from her rightful spot in the winner’s circle in the 2010 Japan Cup. Buena Vista was CLEARLY much the best horse in the race. Any interference that Rose Kingdom incurred at the hand’s of Buena Vista in the race was ever so slight, and happened so far from the wire, that it had absolutely no bearing whatsoever in the ultimate outcome of the race. The decision to disqualify Buena Vista in the Japan Cup truly rivals the French steward’s decision to disqualify Dar Re Mi in the 2009 Prix Vermielle at Longchamp. When they declared Stacelita the winner of that race. That decision was so unpopular among racing fan’s at Longchamp that day, that the Parisian crowd booed Stacelita’s connection’s when they mounted the stand to accept the Prix Vermielle Trophy. Put that in perspective people. A crowd in France, booing a decision that awarded the local favorite the race, and disqualified a horse from Great Britain. Only this time, the stakes for Buena Vista being stripped of the Japan Cup were even higher than Dar Re Mi being stripped of Prix Vermeille. To win the Japan Cup is truly an honor, and very difficult to accomplish. No matter how good the horse? In that part of the world, winning the Japan Cup is very comparable to a European horse winning the Prix De l’ Arc De Triomphe. But, IMO, Buena Vista displayed, for all to see that day, that she truly is among the elite turf horses in the world. Right now, I’d say only the Irish filly, Snow Fairy, may rival her. I hope Buena Vista returns to Meydan in March to take another shot at the Sheema Classic. I think she’ll definitely be the horse to beat in 2011, if she returns? Because Dar Re Mi was a top class race-mare of the highest sort. And it took her getting the run of the race, and running a career best, to hold off Buena Vista at the wire in last year’s Sheema Classic. JMO.

  2. She may have lost by an inch? But, IMO, Buena Vista really stamped herself as the class of the Arima Kinen. Victoire Pisa was only able to hang on because he truly got the run of the race, and a sweet spot on the rail. Buena Vista closed out on him like she was shot out of a cannon. But I do think Christophe Soumillion slightly mistimed when to start his run. Buena Vista’s really shown form on the turf at 1-1/2 that’s been second to none this season. I truly don’t see her losing the Sheema Classic this time. If she’s sent back to Meydan for the 2011 carnival? JMO.

  3. I agree Medlocke. A no doubt early favorite.

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