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Vodka (horse)

May 27, 2007 Tokyo Racecourse
Sire Tanino Gimlet
Dam Tanino Sister
Grandsire Brian's Time
Damsire Rousillon
Gender Mare
Foaled 2004
Country Japan
Color Bay
Breeder Country Bokujo
Owner Yuzo Tanimizu
Trainer Katsuhiko Sumii
Record 17: 7-4-2
Earnings 793,578,000 JPY
8,803, 350.16 USD
Vodka is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Tanino Sister by Tanino Gimlet. She was born around 2004 in Japan, and was bred by Country Bokujo.
Major wins
Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (2006)
Tokyo Yūshun (2007)
Yasuda Kinen(2008, 2009)
Tenno Sho (Autumn)(2008)
Victoria Mile (2009)
Japan Cup (2009)
Japanese Champion Two Year old Filly (2006)
Japanese Horse of the Year (2008, 2009)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on December 23, 2008

Vodka (ウオッカ?) (April 4, 2004 - ) is a Japanese racehorse that won the 2007 GI Tokyo Yūshun, Japanese Derby, the first filly to win this race in 64 years, as well as winning the 2009 Japan Cup.


Racing Career


In 2006, Vodka won the GI Hanshin Juvenile Fillies and became the 2007 2 year old filly champion.[1]

Won: Maiden, G1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies Second: Ungraded Kigiku Sho


In 2007, Vodka won her first two starts. Then in the G1 Oka Sho, the first jewel of the Japanese Filly Triple Crown , Daiwa Scarlet nosed out Vodka for the win.[2] Daiwa Scarlet and Vodka would go on to meet a total of 4 times that year. Daiwa Scarlet came out ahead in 3 of those meetings. One of those wasn't a win though, in the 2007 GI Arima Kinen Daiwa Scarlet came in 2nd to Admire Moon[3], with Vodka coming in 11th. Though Vodka did win the GIII Tulip Stakes, over Daiwa Scarlet, who came in coming in 2nd.

Vodka's next race was the GI Tokyo Yūshun, also known as the Japanese Derby, the second jewel in the Japanese Triple Crown. Thus making it Japan's Preakness Stakes, but it has the popularity of the Kentucky Derby. It is unusual for fillies to be into this race. Usually they are entered into the Yushun Himba, also known as the Japanese Oaks, which is the 2nd jewel of the Japanese Filly Triple Crown, the US equivalent of the Coaching Club American Oaks. In a move that shocked the racing world, Vodka won handily, beating a field of some of the best 3 year old colts in the country. She became the first filly to win the race in 64 years. [4]

Vodka was entered in the GI Shuka Sho, the last jewel of the Japanese Filly Triple Crown, equivalent of the US's GI Alabama Stakes. Daiwa Scarlet won the race, with Vodka coming in a non-threatening 3rd.[5]

Won: Ungraded Elfin Stakes, GIII Tulip Stakes, GI Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby)
Second: GI Oka Sho
Third: GI Shuka Sho
Fourth: GI Japan Cup[6]


In the spring of 2008, Vodka went to Dubai to race in the GI Dubai Duty Free on Dubai World Cup Night.[7] She came in a fast closing 4th. Vodka also narrowly lost the GI Victoria Mile in May.[8] She powerfully won the GI Yasuda Kinen in June[9] and nosed out Daiwa Scarlet in the GI Emperor's Cup (Autumn).[10] Even though she was heavily favored she was unable to win the GI Japan Cup and came in a close 3rd to Screen Hero.[11]

Won: GI Yasuda Kinen, GI Emperor's Cup (Autumn)
Second: GI Victoria Mile, GII Mainichi Okan
Third: GI Japan Cup
Fourth: GI Dubai Duty Free


In the 2009 edition, another photo finish decided the winner, in which the five-year-old mare Vodka on her third Japan Cup try with the French jockey Christophe Lemaire won by a nose over the 2008 Kikuka Sho winner Oken Bruce Lee, at a time of 2 minutes and 22.4 seconds, the third-fastest Japan Cup ever run at the standard 2400-meter distance. Vodka's win would make her the 2nd-richest racehorse in Japan and the world; the two-time Breeders' Cup Turf winner Conduit would finish 4th on his final race of his career. Vodka placed 4th in the 2007 running to Admire Moon and 3rd in the 2008 running to Screen Hero, in which the latter ran 13th in the 2009 race.

Vodka was voted for the second consective year honors of Horse of the Year, becoming the first female to win the title twice.


  1. [1], Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (JPN G1) - Vodka toast of her class 12/3/06.
  2. [2], Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) - Daiwa Scarlet gets a leg up on Vodka 4/9/07.
  3. [3], Matsurida Gogh springs stunning upset in Arima Kinen 12/23/07.
  4. [4], Vodka First Filly Since 1943 to Win Japanese Derby 5/27/07.
  5. [5], Shuka Sho - Scarlet knocks down Vodka 10/14/07.
  6. [6], Admire Moon wins the 27th Japan Cup! 11/25/07.
  7. [7], Dubai World Cup day - no joy for the Japanese contenders 3/30/08.
  8. [8], Gale Winds blow in Victoria Mile 5/18/08.
  9. [9], Vodka back to her best in the Yasuda Kinen! 6/8/08.
  10. [10], Vodka edges Daiwa Scarlet by 2 centimeters for historic Tenno Sho (Autumn) finish 11/2/08.
  11. [11], Screen Hero causes a boilover in the Japan Cup! 11/30/08.


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