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Vodka wins Japan Cup

Vodka captures the 2009 Japan Cup
In a scene that has been played out on three continents over the past three years, Vodka, Japan’s reigning Horse of the Year, had the fans at Tokyo Race Course cheering wildly as she barely held on to win the Nov. 29 Japan Cup, joining other recent femme fatales Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, Rags to Riches, Zarkava, and Goldikova. Read More


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When I saw Vodka run and fade in the stretch trying to catch Gladiatorus earlier in the year in the Dubai Duty Free, I thought that maybe the old champion mare may have reached her limit. But being the champion she is, she show's up big again winning the Japan Cup. I was kind of surprised that Conduit finished out of the money, but his jockey commented that he may have been a bit fatigued after racing in the Breeders Cup Turf, then shipping to Japan for this race. But he still managed a very respectable 4th place finish in the Japan Cup.
Speaking of talented mare's, here's another old 5yr.old mare that's taken it to the boy's more than once in her career. In what turned out to be a very close photo finish, Vodka really dug in to hold on in the stretch and win the Japan Cup. She alway's fight's on tough. She's sort of the Japanese version of Europe's Goldikova. The last time I had seen Vodka race, she faded in the stretch in the Dubai Duty Free trying to run down Gladiatorus. But like a true champion, she's come back and redeemed herself.

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