06/25/2012 2:26PM

Black Caviar suffers muscle injuries, still plans fall campaign

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Black Caviar (left) holds off Moonlight Cloud to win the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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.

Liz Ullrick More than 1 year ago
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.
hoopersremuda More than 1 year ago
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.
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
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.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
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/
Perl More than 1 year ago
Oh good lord don't awaken the anti Ssecretariat crew. Here we go again...
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
PeterG More than 1 year ago
I'm not anti-Secretariat. I just don't get all the negativity surrounding Black Caviar that I'm reading here and elsewhere.. She still won the race even with the jockey easing her before the wire. And she had to travel half way around the globe to get to that race.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Peter, some people are never happy, no matter what you do. Black Caviar could win 100 straight races and there would still be some people out there who would spout off that her wins were not good enough for them. Don't let them upset you. Black Caviar is an incredibly classy, accomplished champion horse and nobody can ever take that away from her. Some might try, but they will never be able to do it. I admire BC's tenacity and heart - she's a wonderful horse.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
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.
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
I would appreciate it if you would put a 'some of' in front of 'You people.' Thank you very much.
Perl More than 1 year ago
All hail the almighty gambler extraordinaire, Steve Szmanski. He's smarter than you, in case you didn't know it he'll tell you himself!
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
Mr. Professional again ? Talk about classless & clueless ! LOL. Try reading the stronaching rules the next time you enter a contest bright boy. LOL. You say the same stronaching thing in every post you make. BORING!!!!!!!!! You had IHA , BFD ! That makes you a superstar ? LOL. You don't take anybodies money. You are an obvious loser with a boca grande. BSB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's chalk players like you that make it so profitable for knowledgable handicappers to make money on Triple Crown Races. Get a clue.By the way, the Japanese are known for over paying on everything from real estate to horses.
Rosie More than 1 year ago
you jokers are talking outtta you butt,,at least they didn't "RETIRE" the horse like i'll have another!
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
AH we have IHA ,black cav- now union rags with the dreaded (tendon deals) ret??$$$$$ we love our horses --Yea Right-lolk-DS
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
Blk Cav Report 2 the breeding Shed-Soon-lolk-DS
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
LOL. Now sprints are called Classics. LOL. To paraphrase Crocodile Dundee, thats not a classic mate !!
James Turner More than 1 year ago
Those sprint races Jesse Owens won in the 1936 Olympics are considered Classics.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Jaws, There is difference between Classic Horses and the Classic Distances. She's Classy, Classical and Classic all unto herself. After thinking on this for a bit, she's done enough. This is not the first time she's been injured and I don't want to see her take a misstep and be put down. She's done enough... Let her make babies.
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
Chad, I agree. To say she has earned her keep would be an understatement.
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
I was making fun of the race name. I don't care if its for 100 million, it's a sprint, not a classic
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
Yeah, I bet that horse owners and trainers in Australia are laughing (at your joke) all the way to the bank!
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I agree, Chad. She's done all that's been asked of her, and far more besides. She should be giving birth to future champions. Black Caviar has already proven she a great one, time to let her rest on her well-deserved laurels. She's earned it.
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Mark More than 1 year ago
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.
Neil More than 1 year ago
Why come over here when they could run for a similar purse in their home country?? Australia has plenty of million dollar races for sprinters. It would be stupid for them to come to the US to run for a million in the turf sprint, especially when they can run for that much at their home track. Want to see them up close, take a vacation.
Hammertime More than 1 year ago
Turf sprints and even many mile races in Europe and Australia feature a flat distance with no turns. If you're Frankle or Black Caviar and have never lost, why risk shipping to the US to run against horses running on Salix and Butte, then drawing the one hole and never getting out. Especially Black Caviar in the sprint where trip is everything.
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
Why don't American horses go somewhere besides throwing a few 'bones' to the Dubai World Cup now and then? Same difference.
Alex More than 1 year ago
Yeah, and why doesn't LeBron James go play for the East London Royals?
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
Frankel Maybe ,Blk Cav-OH OH breeders cup coming >>The dreaded Tendon deal Strikes )we will see her next year maybe??-lolk_DS
Dan Cronin More than 1 year ago
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.
Jay Friedman More than 1 year ago
unfortuneatly that is true
Alex More than 1 year ago
Well, he did beat Canford Cliffs (by 5 under a hand ride), who beat Goldikova and was an awfully good miler in his own right. Goldi won twice at 9 furlongs; you think Frankel couldn't? There's nothing wrong with being a great miler when you're winning every race you run in with ease. That's what's really impressive to me: the ease and margin of his victories. Goldi, 9f races or not, was a miler. And a great one. And an international star. Everyone wanted to get a look at her at the BC last year. She was top billing. And she was just a great miler. Don't get me wrong, though. I'd love to see Frankel stretch, think he can and will, and think that, yes, it will make him more impressive to go longer.
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
Needs 2 Prove It At The Breeders Cup(And Most Likely Will-)lolk-DS