Thursday 3 June 2010
The Japanese mare Vodka has been scanned in foal, at 15 days, to World Champion SEA THE STARS. The 2009 Japan Cup winner arrived at Gilltown Stud in mid March but she took time to let down from her racing career which meant she did not immediately go in foal. However, Vodka has now joined the long list of Group 1 winning mares in foal to SEA THE STARS that includes Zarkava, Speciosa, Love Divine and Look Here.
During a career spanning five seasons, Vodka accumulated ten successes of which seven came at the highest level. The daughter of Tanino Gimlet was precocious enough to win the Gr 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at two and she quickly demonstrated her extraordinary talent at three when becoming the first filly since 1943 to beat the colts in the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby). Vodka went on to win two editions of the international Gr 1 Yasuda Kinen, as well as the Gr 1 Victoria Mile and the important Gr 1 Tenno Sho over ten furlongs, however her greatest moment of glory came when taking the Gr 1 Japan Cup last November. Vodka retired this March with earnings of over 1.3 billion yen (€10.5m), she is the richest female racehorse in history.
Updated on 03/06/2010.