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Buena Vista second, for real, in Arima Kinen

After being first past the post in the 2010 Japan Cup (G1) and placed second by disqualification, Buena Vista struggled with the short stretch in Nakayama and came up just short in the Arima Kinen (G1).  Victoire Pisa took a controlling interest after a slow early gallop and held off the hard-charging mare who galloped well past the winner just after the post.  While a March start in the Dubai Sheema Classic is far from confirmed, her continual gutsy efforts would make Buena Vista a confirmed favorite in the event.  However, some are even discussing the possibility of a Dubai World Cup (G1) appearance which would make the world’s richest race one of the most anticipated in its history.  Time will tell, but the excitement is building, even in late December. 

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  1. True enough. Buena Vista was second on merit this time. Although, anyone who saw the race, clearly saw that had Victoire Pisa not gotten a perfect trip on the rail, Buena Vista would’ve run him down. Buena Vista was closing from out wide in that race like she was shot out of a cannon anyway. Don’t get me wrong. Victoire Pisa is a very nice colt. But having the rail with a clear shot for 90% or better of the race is the only reason that Victoire Pisa won the Arima Kinen, IMO. Bottom line, Buena Vista traveled and looked better than other horse in the race. She was the class of the race. Victoire Pisa is extremely lucky that the Arima Kinen didn’t end up declared a dead-heat anyway. The finish really was that close. JMO.

  2. I’ve heard rumors, and only rumors mind you, that Buena Vista may be entered in the Dubai World Cup instead of a return engagement in the Sheema Classic in 2011? Either way, in either race, I really believe that Buena Vista is going to be a force to be reckoned with. Although, I think I’d like her chances better of winning the Sheema Classic on her preferred surface of turf, at her preferred distance of 1-1/2. But conventional wisdom has always been that the great horses can run on anything. So even if Buena Vista ends up in the Dubai World Cup on the Tapeta at 1-1/4? Given Red Desire’s success in the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd.3 in 2010. I don’t think you could discount Buena Vista’s chances of having a very realistic shot at winning the Dubai World Cup. JMO.

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