Wednesday, November 23, 2011



Much like one ditsy blond, a level headed brunet, and a swinging bachelor dominated the American TV ratings in the late 70's likewise a similar Threes Company should dominate the boards in tomorrows running of the Japan Cup.

The cast of characters in this race include the two female leads Buena Vista and Danedream and Pelusa inheriting the role made famous by the late comic genius of John Ritter.

The Script: A dazzling 33.6 stretch time in his last race off an ill advised attempt at 3400m hints at an even bigger effort here especially on a predicted fast turf has #7 PELUSA, finally accepting the invite to the G1 winners circle after a career long campaign of simply being a contender. Ticket
holders will no doubt need ice water in their veins as Pelusa 's proverbial late kick will once again make for another climatic stretch run.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

#2 Buena Vista... There seems to be a silent majority that thinks Vista is vulnerable to another bad outing here. I'm not one of them. The comments from the connections about " revenge" from last year and the jockey insisting there will be a better ride than the error filled Tenno holds water with me. The fast track and course shapes up to be another superior run by the best horse in Japan if not the world.

#13 Danedream...I cant remember the last time I had a foreign entrant rated this high. What impressed me more than her " Ark" victory was that literally a few days before the race Japanese owner/breeder Teruya Yoshida bought majority shares in her and now is sitting on a gold mine. Most new owners merely run the Cup as the last race before retiring to stud in Japan. Not Danedream. The financial windfall of not only this race, but her bright future as a 3yr-old and beyond is not going unnoticed by anyone, including the connections that will have her ready for a big effort here.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
4 yr-old class

Yes, this brilliant group is not heading into the Cup with the same fanfare as last year but I'm not going to leave out any of these trifecta busters due to a disappointing race or layoff.

#3 Rose Kingdom, #6 To The Glory, #8 Victoria Pisa, #15 Eishin Flash

THE WAGER... 7-2, 7-13, ¥10,000 One Way Exacta
2-7,2-13,7-13, ¥10,000 Quinellas

Straight Exactas:( 2,7,13) &( 2,7,13) & (2,3,6,7,8,13,15) ¥1000 36 Tickets

Insurance Savers #7 with 3,6,8,15 ¥1000 Each-Way Exactas
#2 with 3,6,8,15 ¥2000 Each-Way Exactas

Total Ticket Package Outlay: ¥100,000

Matsuda trained Burton looks poised to make his debut mark at Tokyo a successful one. A fast running track looks to be a ideal set up for a horse that had a 32.7 time two races out. Hungry broke his maiden here last year in impressive fashion and a repeat visit to the winners circle is a very possible outcome.

The Wager: #10 with 1,2,4,13,14,15 ¥2000 Each-Way Exacta
#4 with 1,2,13,14,15 ¥1000 Each-Way Exacta

8th Race Will buy BRACKETS on the outside contenders #15 #16
The Wager: BRACKET QUINELLAS 2-8,5-8,7-8,8-8 ¥3000 Each

11th Race: An ending race day wager again dutching two horses #5 and #16

The Wager: #5 with 1,3,7,9,16 ¥1000 Each-Way Exacta
# 16 with 1,3,7,9 ¥1000 Each-Way Exacta


Keith Hagstrom said...

Robert, Adocate of Beer....looks like Ill be at Fuchu Honmatchi station JRA entrance gateway at number is 090-381-26809..Give me a ring when u get to the track..For reference point usually we're drinking on the grassy hillside adjacent to the far track corner heading into the stretch. The 7th race is looking good for a Japan cup bankroll builder to start the day. Ill post on that later today

An Advocate of Beer said...

Keith & Robert,

Sounds good. Look forward to meeting you both.
Robert- I'll be drinking everything out of wine glasses, beer, wine, oolong-hi etc. I'll bring some wine to share as well.

Keith, let's hope that Pelusa performs because that's a hefty bet!

I'm a big Buena fan and believe she's going to hit at least 2nd, if not first.


robert said...

Wow Keith! That's a huge bet to be placing on Pelusa! I hate the fact that Iwata is back on Buena but I'm still going to be backing her a bunch. I think Danedream is for real and it's going to be the 2 lovely ladies finishing 1&2 with Flash or maybe even Pelsua finishing third. This race should be great! I'll give you a shout if I can't find you. I'm looking forward to meeting Todd and you tomorrow. The weather forecast is saying it's going to be sunny and 20•C! :)

Keith Hagstrom said...

Sean, Whats ur take on the Cup. @Todd I fancy the 1995 Meursault Chardonnay :)

An Advocate of Beer said...

Well, it was a pleasure to meet you guys in real life. Too bad we didn't win big (Or much at all ha ha)

'Till next time