March 5, 2010

The incomparable 6-year-old Japanese turf mare Vodka is nearing the end of her illustrious career, which will culminate in the March 27 UAE-G1 Dubai World Cup, run over the new Tapeta synthetic surface at Meydan. On Thursday, in preparation for that race, Vodka made her first appearance on Tapeta in the G2 Al Maktoum Challenge Race 3, and unfortunately it was a tad disappointing, as she finished eighth of 14, 4-1/2 lengths back. However, the winner was the other Japanese filly in this field of older males, 4-year-old Red Desire who last out finished third to Vodka in the G1 Japan Cup on November 29.

Here’s the race replay; Vodka wears 8, and Red Desire is 13:

Unfortunately, the news is not good, as Vodka bled during the race, and will be retired immediately rather than risk running in the Dubai World Cup. Japanese sources report that she will be sent to Ireland, and bred to champion Sea the Stars.

Sayonara, great mare.


Anonymous said...

She has such a wonderful record. It's a shame she started bleeding again but I'm glad they decided to retire her rather than run her after another rest.

Amateurcapper said...


Have been remiss in checking out your posts, I'm sorry. How about a Sea the Stars - Vodka offspring called SEEING STARS. Do you have any ideas?

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