2012 Japan Cup (G1)

11/25/2012, Tokyo-JPN
1 1/2m (Turf)
3+ M

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FinSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast Start / Next Start
1st Gentildonna
Deep Impact
S. Ishizaka
Y. Iwata
1st, 2014 Arima Kinen (G1) View Video
2nd Orfevre
Stay Gold
Y. Ikee
K. Ikezoe
1st, 2013 Arima Kinen (G1) View Video
3rd Rulership
King Kamehameha
K. Sumii
C. Williams
3rd, 2012 Arima Kinen (G1) View Video
4th Dark Shadow
Dance in the Dark
N. Hori
M. Demuro
10th, 2015 American Jockey Club Cup (G2) View Video
5th Fenomeno
Stay Gold
H. Toda
M. Ebina
8th, 2015 Nikkei Sho (G2) View Video
6th Tosen Jordan
Jungle Pocket
Y. Ikee
C. Soumillon
14th, 2014 Japan Cup (G1) View Video
7th Beat Black
H. Nakamura
S. Ishibashi
8th, 2014 Osaka Hai (G2) View Video
8th Red Cadeaux
Cadeaux Genereux
E. Dunlop
G. Mosse
24th, 2015 Melbourne Cup (G1) View Video
9th Eishin Flash
King's Best
H. Fujiwara
C. Lemaire
10th, 2013 Japan Cup (G1) View Video
10th Jaguar Mail
Jungle Pocket
N. Hori
W. Buick
16th, 2014 Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1) View Video
11th Jakkalberry
Storming Home
M. Botti
C. O'Donoghue
1st, 2014 Conditions Stakes View Video
12th Mount Athos
L. Cumani
R. Moore
1st, 2014 Aston Park Stakes (LS) View Video
13th Solemia
C. Laffon-Parias
O. Peslier
13th, 2012 Japan Cup (G1) View Video
14th Oken Bruce Lee
Jungle Pocket
H. Otonashi
S. Hamanaka
14th, 2012 Arima Kinen (G1) View Video
15th Meisho Kampaku
Grass Wonder
Y. Arakawa
H. Uchida
14th, 2016 Tanabata Sho (G3) View Video
16th Rose Kingdom
King Kamehameha
K. Hashiguchi
Y. Take
11th, 2013 Niigata Daishoten (G3)
17th Sri Putra
Oasis Dream
R. Varian
N. Callan
5th, 2013 Rose of Lancaster Stakes (G3) View Video
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Older Comments about the 2012 Japan Cup (G1)...

After seeing the head on replay a few times now, I have to say there was much more contact caused by Gentildonna in this race against Orfevre than Buena Vista caused with Rose Kingdom in the 2010 Japan Cup and she was taken down as the winner. A great run from this 3YO filly, and I really like her, but after seeing the replay a few times I'm fairly convinced that without the bumping she did against Orfevre it's doubtful she holds him off from crossing the wire 1st, IMO.
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  • cocoa2 · I read Hillenbrand's book which does mention it as far as I remember.. I read it in 4th grade so I continue to pick up on parts I missed · 3494 days ago
  • travel_vic · if this if that woulda shoulda if only....One has heard all this nonesense before and NO ONE has produced any evidence of it, BUT stablemates often do not try if one of theirs is ahead of them....Par for the course. · 3494 days ago
I went back a few minutes ago and watched both replays of the 2010 and 2012 Japan Cups and this is my take. In 2010, Buena Vista made brief, incidental contact with Rose Kingdom about mid-stretch, which Rose Kingdom's jockey tried to make look worse than it really was by checking Rose Kingdom off of Buena Vista's heels. But Buena Vista cruised on across the wire easily and won by some 2 or 3 lengths, much the best horse in the race, and the stewards at Tokyo take Buena Vista down as the winner? In this year's race, Gentildonna looked like she was playing roller derby with Orfevre in the final 200-250 meters of the race, bumping into him multiple times, which resulted in a win for her which was barely even a nose, and the stewards let that order of finish stand? I've always said I think the stewards in Japan are pretty quick to DQ horses in their races over there for making minimal contact. But since they are that way I have to ask, where's the fair play here? If Gentildonna was not taken down as the winner this year, there's no way Buena Vista should've been taken down in 2010, IMO. I half way wonder if the stewards at Tokyo let the finish stand the way it was for fear that a second DQ in three years might make owners of other international horses hesitant to send them over to Japan for any future running's of the race? JMO.
  • yukichan · I was thinking that perhaps they made no change because both horses are owned by same owner--Sunday Racing. In fact, Sunday Racing owns show horse, Rulership, as well. · 3504 days ago
  • mkstorm · If I recall, Buena Vista was disqualfied in 2010 because she cut off Rose Kingdom causing him to be checked and his momentum clearly slowed (although I don't believe he would have caught her anyway). In this year's race, Orfevre was bumped, but he was not checked and it was hard to determine if his momentum was noticeably slowed when he bumped with Gentidonna. Perhaps if Orfevre was running in a straight line and not coming in, then the filly would have been disqualifed for coming out and bumping him? I actually had a win bet on the filly and thought she was going to come down too so I still can't believe the results. · 3504 days ago
Any update on the stewards enquiry?
Checking it out on my xpressbet mobile, post time is less than one hour at 10:40pm (pst) to watch a special horse named Orfevre. I also like Rulership and Gentildonna.
Post time for this race?

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