10/21/2011 12:00PM

Black Caviar runs for the record book


It's been quite a year for streaks in horse racing around the world. Frankel has lit the European scene on fire with a 9-for-9 win streak to start his career. Here in the States we have Rapid Redux's 18-race win streak, albeit in starter allowance races at smaller parks and to far less acclaim.

In Australia, the horse of the hour is a 5-year-old mare named Black Caviar. She's got the national record in her sights: A win tonight in the Group 2 Schweppes Stakes would mark her 15th in a row, breaking the record she shares with the iconic Phar Lap. Download her PPs right here.

The Schweppes is Race 5 of the Cox Plate card that you can watch live tonight on DRF.com.

Just how big has Black Caviar become Down Under? At $1.04 she is the shortest favorite in an Australian feature race in 50 years. A record crowd is expected at Moonee Valley for the race. And there's also this: At her connections' request, the stall next to her on the gate will be empty. It's not something you could imagine happening here in the States even for the biggest horse. In this particular case the draw for the Schweppes put Black Caviar next to the unruly Here De Angels, known as a "notorious barrier rogue."

From today's Sidney Morning Herald: "Racing authorities confirmed last night that Black Caviar would have a vacant stall on her outside at Moonee Valley tomorrow after it was agreed that notorious barrier rogue Here De Angels will be moved one stall further out so as not to pose any threat of physical harm to the precious mare."

If nothing else, check out the cartoon accompanying that Sidney Morning Herald story. 

Global racing pundits already are clamoring for a Frankel vs. Black Caviar match, perhaps at next year’s Royal Ascot meet. A win tonight would only add fuel to that fire.