09/13/2014 10:25AM

Black Caviar delivers filly by Exceed And Excel


Unbeaten Australian champion Black Caviar delivered her first foal, a filly by Darley shuttle sire Exceed And Excel, on Saturday in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Australia.

"She was a champion on the track, and she's proved to be a champion mum with the safe arrival of her first foal overnight," co-owner Neil Werrett said in a statement. "We're incredibly proud that she's given birth to a filly and equally delighted that both Black Caviar and her foal are healthy and doing well.”

Black Caviar won all 25 of her starts and bankrolled $7,497,754 while earning both Horse of the Year and champion sprinter honors in Australia in 2011 and 2012. The 8-year-old Bel Esprit mare's 15 Group 1 victories included a score in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at the famed Royal Ascot meeting in June 2012.

Black Caviar's ownership team had previously indicated that it would retain her first foal for racing. No stallion selection for next season has been announced.