Si Que Es Buena

Yes, that’s good!  That’s her name in English.  She ran a very good 4th in her States debut a month ago and ran a terrific race today in the Via Borghese at Gulfstream.  Her jockey Chris Landeros made a good move round the turn keeping the favorite in so he could get the jump on her and Si Que Es Buena went for home and didn’t look back, even when the favorite made a run at her nearing the wire; keeping one step ahead.  Congratulations to owner Takaya Shimakawa whose Manager from Ireland was there with his family for the win.

Photo credit Leslie Martin of Coglianese Photos

Photo credits to Leslie and Kenny Martin of Coglianese Photos

Takaya Shimakawa’s Si Que Es Buena visited the winner’s circle for the first time in the U.S. Saturday after scoring a victory in the $75,000 Via Borghese for fillies and mares on turf.

The 5-year-old Argentina-bred mare, a graded-stakes winner in Peru, had previously finished a close fourth in her U.S. debut in the Nov. 24 Long Island (G3) at Aqueduct. The daughter of Equal Stripes was the beneficiary of a perfect trip under Chris Landeros while prevailing over 6-5 favorite Holy Helena in the 1 3/16-mile stakes by a head.

Si Que Es Buena ($13) was rated in fourth around the first turn and along the backstretch as Top Cats set slow fractions of 25.91 and 57.62 seconds for the first half mile, stalked by Majestic Angel on the outside and Holy Helena, who saved ground under Tyler Gaffalione. Leaving the turn into the homestretch, Landeros swung his mount around the tiring pacesetters, getting the jump on Holy Helena, who lacked running room until mid-stretch. The Jimmy Jerkens-trained multiple-stakes winner made a late rush, but it was too late to overtake the Motion trainee. Peru closed under Jose Ortiz to finish third, another 1 ¾ lengths back.

Si Que Es Buena ran 1 3/16 miles in 1:46.75.

“In her last race she came from a long way out of it on a softer turf course going one mile and a half, so we thought today she’d probably have to be a bit handier. They went pretty slow, so Chris had her in a great spot, she’s a pro this filly. I think she needed that first race to kind of get used to the American style and she really has figured it out,” Motion said. “She’s worked really well in the morning at Palm Meadows. I think since she’s been here, she’s gradually improved every month, even in her works at Fair Hill and then since her last race, she’s really stepped it up. I was looking for her to run well today, you never necessarily think you’re going to win, but I thought she’d be very competitive.”

Motion said Si Que Es Buena is likely to start next in the $200,000 La Prevoyante (G3) on the Jan. 26 Pegasus World Cup undercard.

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