DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Kyodo) Buena Vista came up short in a bid to win her first Grade One title overseas on Saturday, settling for second behind Britain’s Dar Re Mi at the Dubai Sheema Classic.
Buena Vista, winner of last year’s Oka-sho and Japanese Oaks, made a strong burst down the final stretch but finished three-quarters of a length behind Dar Re Mi at Meydan Racecourse.
“I am a little disappointed but she’s a great filly. I want to race on her again. She can aim for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe,” said jockey Olivier Peslier, who mounted Buena Vista for the first time.
“She raced so strongly I thought she could win it but I am satisfied with the result,” said her trainer Hiroyoshi Matsuda. Buena Vista finished in the top three for the 11th straight race.