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Race-favorite Almond Eye captured a record ninth turf Grade 1 victory on Sunday in the 40th running of the Japan Cup, her final race before retirement.

In the first head-to-head matchup between three winners of the Japanese Triple Crowns for colts and fillies, Almond Eye, the 2018 fillies champion, beat out this year’s champs, 3-year-old colt Contrail and 3-year-old filly Daring Tact, who both suffered their first career defeats.

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