Race of the Week 2017

Buena Vista wins Japan Cup; Danedream 6th

Since some thought she hadn't done it right the first time, Buena Vista did it once again. And this time it was for keeps.
On Sunday, Nov. 27 at Tokyo Racecourse, second pick Buena Vista fought a close battle in the stretch with sixth choice Tosen Jordan, then pulled ahead 100 meters out to top the 16-strong field of the Japan Cup by a neck and lay rightful claim to her sixth G1 victory. Longshot Jaguar Mail crossed the wire in third, with Trailblazer and Win Variation following to make it a Japanese sweep of the top five spots in the international invitational's 31st running.
As Buena Vista pulled away in the final strides, the roar from the stands rose to a deafening level, as if the fans wished to push her over the finish line with the volume. And later, as jockey Yasunari Iwata, bent over in the saddle and overwhelmed with emotion, returned before the crowd, the feeling throughout the packed stands was as one. The words on everyone's lips the same. "It's so, so good she won!"
The tears shed by Iwata and the sob that was to burst from the lips of trainer Hiroyoshi Matsuda both came from the same place. One of relief born of frustration. This was a champion that deserved to win, that had won many a time before and could surely win again. But after her first time out of the money in Japan in her last time out, some of the less faithful had begun to doubt. After victory in last year's Japan Cup was snatched from her in a demotion, Buena Vista had failed to win. She had come close, heartbreakingly close, but had not seen the winner's circle in her five starts from the ill-fated Japan Cup. Matsuda, who said he had nonetheless never lost faith in his mare, had declared them "jinxed." For the first time in Japan, Buena Vista went to the gate less than the favorite.
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I've been following Buena Vista for the last four years and was so glad to see her win the Japan Cup. It was so deserving after last year's disqualification and this year's tough losses where it took track and stakes records to beat her. I still can't believe she went off in the JC at 5-1 here in the States?! Looking forward to her to taking on the Japan Triple Crown winner in the Arima Kinen, one of the biggest races of the year that nobody is talking about?! I'm a big fan of Buena Vista and will miss watching her run.
I thought it was nice to see her win also. Too bad the pace was slow and Danedream couldn't get better position early. I read she ran her last 6 furlongs in 1:08.8, but because of her draw and being farther off the pace than they wanted, she had too much to do. But Bravo! to Buena Vista!
Buena Vista is such a class race-mare!! Again, she comes out and proves that at her best, she's still one of the very best middle distance turf horses in the world. After the DISGRACEFUL disqualification that she suffered in this race last season, it really was sweet to see Buena Vista come right back a year later, better than ever, and stick that awful decision right back up the as-es of the Japanese stewards. There couldn't have been a more deserving winner of the race than Buena Vista, IMO. I was a little disappointed to hear that next month's G1 Arima Kinen will be the final race of her career. I was hoping she'd return to Dubai one more time. But for another crack at the Sheema Classic instead of the Dubai World Cup. Still, the Arima Kinen should be an exciting race. As it will be the one and only time that Buena Vista will face this year's Japanese Triple Crown winner, Orfevre.

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