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Black Caviar suffers muscle injuries, still plans fall campaign
By Marcus Hersh
Black Caviar’s narrow victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday at Royal Ascot came despite the mare racing with muscle injuries, it was discovered Sunday. The undefeated Australian mare, 22 for 22 in her career, has entered quarantine and will return home in coming weeks, but immediate post-race speculation about imminent retirement was premature, with Black Caviar’s connections now contemplating another campaign this fall, which is spring on Southern Hemisphere time.
Nuclear scans performed on Black Caviar following her narrow victory Saturday revealed muscular injuries in a few locations, but the most serious was a tear to her quadriceps. Veterinarians and trainer Peter Moody asserted that Black Caviar would have felt the injury during the running of the Diamond Jubilee, which she won by inches after jockey Luke Nolen eased up on the mare in the race’s late stages.
Black Caviar, a huge muscle-bound mare, has suffered muscle injuries in the past. The most prominent such incident occurred in September 2009, when she tore muscles breaking awkwardly from the starting gate in the Rory’s Jester Stakes. Until Saturday, the three-quarter-length victory Black Caviar had recorded in the Royal Jester had been the smallest margin of victory in her career.
While Black Caviar’s reputation took a hit in some quarters because of her performance Saturday, there is little doubt she ran far below her best form. Greg Carpenter, the official handicapper for Racing Victoria in Australia and a member of the World Thoroughbred Rankings panel, estimated Black Caviar ran 15 points below her rating of 130 in the Diamond Jubilee.
Moody seemed pleased to get a specific diagnosis of Black Caviar’s injury and suggested there should be little problem getting her back into racing condition after a period of rest. Moody mentioned the Patinack Farm Classic in November, a race Black Caviar has won the last two seasons, as a possible goal. A December trip to the prestigious Hong Kong International Sprint also is being contemplated.
Frankel to get another start at mile
Frankel, the shining star of the Royal Ascot meeting with his freakish 11-length victory in the Queen Anne Stakes, is likely to have yet another race over one mile before stretching out to 1 1/4 miles later this year.
The one-mile Sussex Stakes on Aug. 1 at Goodwood is the likely next start for Frankel, now 11 for 11 in his career. Frankel, who has never raced beyond one mile, could then be stretched to 10 furlongs Aug. 22 in the Juddmonte International at York, his connections announced late last week.
The key to helping any horse is to point it toward races which it can win. Pushing it too far can only break it's spirit/heart. Like putting a "rabbit" in a race only teaches that horse how to lose. BC and F have been run where they were likely to win, and did, just as their respective bloodlines dictated.
Black Caviar and Frankel are great superstars! But it is strange to me that a horse can achieve a lot of success at distances other than 1 1/8 to 1 1/25 here in the US and not get a lot of credit. If it is on the turf, it is ignored even further. Turf, sprints, the mile or a marathon seem to be considered as secondary to the "classic distances". If turf races were given more respect, the US might have better turf horses.
This is for ALL the ignorant people that want to bash American Breeding. I''ll go slow because I'm sure not many of you have an understanding of the subject. A horse has 62 ancestors in its 5 generation pedigree. In Black Caviar's pedigree there are : 18 USA bred animals inbred to Silly Season 5x5 18 GB breds 13 Aus breds inbred to Vain 3x4 5 Can breds inbred to ND 4x5 4 NZ breds 2 FR bred Vains sire -Wilkes 1 Arg bred 1 Den bred So just stop the baloney about NA bred horses being inferior . Replace that Canadian & American blood with something else and this horse wouldn't be able to get out of her own way. I know you TWEETERS don't like facts & figures so choke on that for awhile.
Secretariat, considered the greatest American horse EVER, LOST 4 races so I guess that makes him complete garbage in the minds of a lot of you people, who seem to have no perspective on anything. Black Caviar is still undefeated. http://www.secretariat.com/past-performances/
I read these posts just about every day and I know my posts are very abrupt to say the least...........YOU KNOW WHY??????? You people NEVER have anything nice to say. Sure, a few nice comments here and there, but mostly you complain about the state of rACING, THE TRAINERS, THE DRUG PROBLEMS, WHICH YOU BLOW WAAAAAY OUT OF PORPORTION AND YOU ARGUE ABOUT STUPID THINGS LIKE "CLASSIC HORSES" when you should just appreciate a hore that is 11 for 11 or 22 for 22. I love this game for two reasons. (1) The handicapping puzzle that exists in every race & (2) the money i take from enept, clueless people like you who wouldn't know class if a horse won the Lewis/SA Derby/Ky Derby and Preakness and was 1/5 to win thw Belmont when injured. YEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS - Ill have Another "was" a triple crown winner and I would have taken the Japanese money (As would ALL of you) ONCE AGAIN..All of you - please bet early and often and large sums!!! i love taking it from "classless" people. The End.
you jokers are talking outtta you butt,,at least they didn't "RETIRE" the horse like i'll have another!
LOL. Now sprints are called Classics. LOL. To paraphrase Crocodile Dundee, thats not a classic mate !!
Circle your calendar, the Patinack Farm Classic is a $1,000,000 Gr I race to be run on Saturday November 10, 2012 [or for US fans, it's Friday November 9, 2012] Probable opponents: the undefeated 3yo filly Atlantic Jewel ( 9 for 9), Mosheen, Streama, Hayl List, the speedball Rain Affair, and more. Although Atlantic Jewel is cappable of sprinting as she has done many times, her connections probably will stretch her out from here on out to find out if she can go long. The same is true for Mosheen and Streama. So the likelihood those three meeting Black Caviar is extremely unlikely. Stay tuned!!!
I just sit and wonder why the best turf horse in Europe and Australia don't come for the breeders cup. I'd like to see them in action up close and personal. The Turf mile in right up Frankel's alley as is the Turf Sprint, a fit for Black Caviar.
Frankel is horse racing Floyd mayweather alot fo hype never faces anyone. Americans dont understand ALL the good to great horses in Europe run longer then 1 mile, just look at Goldikova she ran a mile and 1/8th a few different times just to hook better horses. Frankel needs to go further to be in same breath as Sea the Stars and Zarkava and many other great horses. Sorry Frankel fans until then he is a great miler thats it.
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