Last year, Venezuelan mare Bambera was sent to the U.S. to take on Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta but the move became a non-starter after going to her knees after her first start in the states. She suffered a fracture and never became the high-stakes class mare her connections were hoping for. However, she's now in foal to Curlin and calls Kentucky home.
Venezuelan imports to the U.S. have not fared all that well since Canonero II's 1971 victory in the Kentucky Derby.
Last weekend, as Sid Fernando points out, a reverse invasion took place when G3 winner Z Humor was purchased from Zayat Stables for eventual stud duty in Venezuela and competed against the best horses from that country going a mile and a half. He wound up finishing last in a race where stamina trumps speed.
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