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Desert Party rolls, Buena Vista, Youmzain nipped

Making his first start since failing as the favorite in the 2010 Godolphin Mile (G2), Mahab Al Shimaal (G3) winner Desert Party rolled to a 3.5 length win in the Don Levine Memorial (Listed) at Philadelphia Park.  Over seven furlongs, jockey David Cohen guided Desert Party from the rear of a compact field and never asked the Godolphin runner for much, winning geared down at the finish. Watch the Levine Memorial below.

On Sunday, Japanese star and Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) second Buena Vista was tagged on the line by longshot Nakayama Festa in the Takarazuka Kinen (G1).  The 2,200 meter trip may have been the undoing of Buena Vista, who was entering off a win in the Victoria Mile (G1).  Click HERE for more from Thoroughbred Times.  In France, Youmzain continued his string of tough beats when nipped at the end of the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (G1) by Plumania.  Click HERE for more from the Daily Racing Form.


  1. Although Youmzain has a history of 2nd place finishes in big races. This is a race that Youmzain could have and should have won. Youmzain’s rider in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud just slightly mistimed his ride, or Youmzain is in the winner’s circle. He made a magnificent from last to the front dash. Finishing all over the top of both 3rd place finisher, Daryakana. And race winner Plumania. But Youmzain ultimately adds Plumania to an ever growing list of horses that he has suffered narrow defeats to.

  2. I saw the race replay of the Takarazuka Kinen from Japan. Even the great one’s can have an off day. That’s exactly what happened to the great Japanese filly, Buena Vista, in this race. She just got nailed at the wire by a 35-1 shot in the race. She traveled magnificently throughout. Although staying closer to the pace in this race than is customary for Buena Vista to do. But I really believe Buena Vista is the very best horse racing in Japan right now. Male or female. As evidenced in her outstanding 2nd place finish in the Sheema Classic. Then returning to Japan to win the Victoria Mile. A race in which Al Maktoum Challenge Rd.3 winner, Red Desire, ran 4th.

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