03/22/2013 10:06AM

Black Caviar wins 24th straight race in Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley


Black Caviar career may be winding down but her ability is showing no signs of abating.

Extending her unbeaten streak to 24 races, Black Caviar, a 7-year-old mare, won the Group 1 William Reid Stakes by four lengths over 50-1 pacesetter Karuta Queen on Friday at Moonee Valley Racecourse in Australia.

“It’s scary how well she’s going,” trainer Peter Moody told the press after the race.

Ridden by Luke Nolen, Black Caviar showed her customary style to win the $412,000 Reid Stakes, run over about six furlongs on a left-handed turf course. She stalked the pace to early stretch, moved to the front with minimal urging and pulled away. Black Caviar was warmly received by the sell-out crowd of 25,000 as she crossed under the wire.

Fawkner, a 25-1 shot, finished third in the field of seven.

Owned by a partnership, Black Caviar is expected to race in Australia for the rest of her career, which may end this season. Moody has mentioned the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes at Randwick Racecourse on April 13 as Black Caviar’s next objective.

For the Reid, Black Caviar was odds of 1-25 and 1-33, with tote and bookmakers, respectively. According to the Herald-Sun in Australia, Black Caviar attracted one bet of approximately $521,250 from a bettor who made a profit of $15,637.

Jack More than 1 year ago
Love to watch this mare run but lets be realistic about her races this year.I watched the race and couldnt believe how the other jocks rode their mounts.It was basically dont go near Black Caviar even if your horse wants to challenge her.Im sure she would have beat them anyways but it was like give the sellout crowd what they came to see no matter what.Her next couple of races will be the same,she will retire undefeated.I just wish they would travel once more,to England or France or Hong Kong to face the best turf sprinters around today and really show her true ability.
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
People ! Stop hating............ She is a great mare. Chill out........ Shes 24/24.... thats what counts. Greatness is not measured by the distance they are bred to run at...... Just asmit she is the greatest we have seen recently. Keep your favorites dear to your hearts
Ken Wiener More than 1 year ago
It was awe inspiring to watch the race on my computer in Toronto through the Woodbine feed. Racing is truly becoming more international; not very long ago it would not have been possible for racing fans in North America to watch Black Caviar live. Hats off to those enthusiastic Aussie Black Caviar fans at Moonee Valley!
Black More than 1 year ago
They sure do seem to have an awful lot of Group I sprints over there ? If she's won 14 Gr. I & defeated 35 gr.I winning sprinters. Over here in the World Capitol of sprints you can almost count the open Gr I sprints on one hand. This is a heckuva nice mare ,buttZ... those Gr. I numbers are a bit inflated to say the least. She has never faced any field comparable to some of Goldikova's ! Not even remotely approaching that. At least one of those so-called 35 Gr.I winners couldn't win as the favorite going down the hill in an allowance at SA last year ! Comparing this good horse to Zenyatta is a joke. This horse couldn't beat Zenyatta over any distance. EVER. If you don't think Zenyatta could sprint just watch her maiden breaker !! Zenyatta competed in 3 Breeders Cups. This horse has done nothing remotely comparable to that. The horses at Ascot were confirmed slugs ,no two ways about that. Any of you that want to insist that the racing somewhere else is of generally higher calibur than the racing in the US are barking up the wrong tree. " with the economics of racing it's a fools game to butt heads with a horse you probably can't beat " Exactly why this horse has avoided Dubai like the plague even though the money was there and it's a short jaunt from her home base. I like the horse . I hope she retires undefeated while continuing to beat 2nd rate stock and avoiding any confrontation with the worlds BEST sprinters. It's impressive to win so many in a row anywhere at any level !! Lets face facts however and admit that there aren't 35 legit Gr.I winners in ALL of Australia & New Zealand combined at any distance. A Gr. I winner that can't win a N2X alw down the hill is not a legit Group horse no matter what a bunch of Aussies say IMO. Tracking down a Rabbit is not that impressive. Frankel always tracked his rabbit down too. So now the rabbit is GR. I placed ? LOL.
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
You are sick.... Have you seen her turn for home and seperate herself from the field ? That's anythng less than amazing ? Talking about fields..... What kind of fields does Zenyatta face to become one of the greatest racehorses of America ? How many times her gr1 wins posed a real threat ? Except a couple times. You think running down the field that she did in Europe coming out with an injury, was anything less than amazing ? I admit that they have lot of gr1s for sprinters, but how many of Santa Anita's graded stakes races for fillies n mares come up strong ? Recent example...... Joyful Victory. Who did she beat to become a gr1 winner ? Just admit she is a great mare. We dont have any like her right now. Stop talking about she cudnt beat zenyatta..... bogus argument. She has better numbers than zenyatta, lets just face that. Zenyatta lost, fair and square.....she won fair n square.... just enjoy racing.
Black More than 1 year ago
What kind of fields did Zenyatta beat ? Zenyatta beat a field with 11 gr I winners that combined for 25 gr.1 wins not counting her own *ALL* in the same race !! She beat the winners of over 50 gr I races. She beat the winners of over 200 stakes from Europe, Africa,South America , North America & Asia. I can't think of any Aussie's off the top of my head that faced her, buttZ there may have been one or two in her wake. She beat eclipse award winning champions like Gio Ponti , Summer Bird, Ginger Punch & Lookin at Lucky as well as European older horse champion Twice Over. She beat winners of The KY derby ,the Preakness, two Belmonts, two Travers, two JCGCs, two Pacific Classics, the Arlington million, two Juddmonte Internationals, the Queen EliZibeth II, the Sussex stakes, two Champion stakes, the Eclipse stakes, etc. etc. Name one champion that Black Caviar has ever beat ? Name one horse that she's ever faced that won a race comparable to any of those races ? Black Caviar has *probably* never faced a single horse of either sex of the same quality as mares like Ginger Punch, Hystericalady, Life is Sweet or Cocoa Beach etc. and she definetly hasn't faced males of anywhere near the same quality as Zenyatta did. I invite you to name some of them and the races they won if she has. I'm not sure about what you mean by better numbers ? If you mean more wins, than I agree she has more wins against nobodies than Zenyatta did. I didn't bring up Zenyatta ! Others down thread did in response to someone that mentioned Black Caviar and Pepper's Pride in the same breath. I had to point out that mentioning BC in the same breath as Zenyatta is just as foolish as they said the Peppers Pride comparison was. The horses BC faced at Ascot were bums. They couldn't get a placing against a field of good sprinters . They were slugs according to a local Brit that was there whom I'm aquainted with and whose opinion I respect. Anyway ,I hope I answered the questions you posed in a manner that puts to rest this idea that floats around that Zenyatta never really faced or beat much. Maybe you can do the same for me and tell me about all the champions that Black Caviar has been beating up on and just what races are they winning. ????? Can you tell me she has beaten the winners of two Melbourne cups ? I doubt it.
Sandra Swan More than 1 year ago
I have never seen a sport where there are so many sour, bitter people. I suppose it is from a lifetime of tearing up losing tickets and making excuses. Someone has to knock every single article about any horse posted on this site. Black Caviar has won 24/24 lifetime starts at the highest level on 2 continents. Why tear this down? It is a remarkable achievement. It is very difficult to string together two or three wins and this mare is now seven years old, has won 14 G1s, set track records and beat every single horse brave enough to step into the starting gate with her. Why isn't this good enough? Why don't you find a nice little league group you can go pick on?
mikey More than 1 year ago
That's because comparing sprinters to the great classic distance horses of the past rubs a lot of people the wrong way. Hell, I wish I own her but I will never compare Black Caviar to the great Phar Laps or Kingston Town. Big difference between a sprinter and a classic horse.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
The thing is that anyone with real knowledge does not make that comparison. And, to my eyes, the comparison is only a statiscal one. As a sprinter, she is amazing.
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
If no one make sTHAT comparison, why did you use the term "as a sprinter"....DUH
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
wow, you need that explained? Well because I'm making it clear I am not making the comparison to classic distance horses. You really didn't get that? DUH?
mikey More than 1 year ago
Those who have watch the great classic thoroughbreds raced would beg to differ. Today with the fawning over short speed horses, the game has changed for the worse. Back then when really great thoroughbreds ran, they ran more than a few races a year. Today it's 4-6 races and they retire you to stud after getting an acne. There is no comparison between a great classic horse and a sprinter. The only reason BC is still racing is because she is a female.
Steven Wells More than 1 year ago
I do not know what Black Caviar has to pay to supplement to get in the Breeders Cup. But I have a feeling Mizdirection's connections would be more than willing to participate in a winner take all match race as a prep for the BC Turf Sprint if Santa Anita ponies up the cash. I will do my part by showing up and betting. If Black Caviar doesn't want to come here to run twice in a month for a chance to take home say 1.5 million minus whatever her supplement fee is. Then I really don't need to hear much more about her.
nicola c More than 1 year ago
Connections don't like the use of drugs, so breeders cup will never be on the agenda for her im afraid.
mikey More than 1 year ago
She does not have to run with drugs even in the Breeders Cup.
nicola c More than 1 year ago
ye but the rest run with them so its unfair , it wont happen Mikey.
mikey More than 1 year ago
You are probably right but like I said - she does not have to.
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
It's a great achievement but it is a lot tougher to string together classic distance races form 10 furlongs or longer......that is when speed, stamina, sturdiness and lots of heart is a must.....and those kind of great thoroughbreds are getting rarer and rarer....
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
You can all negative and thumbs down me all you want but breeding for frail, short speed sprinting horses is the biggest reason this great sport is fading away....and fast!!
Al Peterson More than 1 year ago
You almost never see a horse of this caliber meeting the toughest stock in his/her division for a good reason; The other owners & trainers want to win races and they aren't concerned about "beating the champ." With the economics of racing it's a fool's game to butt heads with a horse you probably can't beat. As an owner I've been on both ends of this.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
How true ...
Neil More than 1 year ago
So who is the toughest stock in her division?? Beat best sprinters in England. Beat best in Australia/NZ. Horses running in Dubai have mediocre turf/sprint form compared to hers. The US has nothing to offer in terms of turf/sprint. I agree that it woul be great if she traveled and competed against different horses but why do that when you are the best. If there was a horse on par with her in Japan or Hong Kong, I think we'd see a matchup. However, none exists. Honestly, her only possible competition at this point is her half brother All Too Hard. Remember that name. You'll hear from him again in the future.
scott More than 1 year ago
Don't be bitter toward this mare. She is maybe a once in a lifetime talent. Her competition is in question??? "The victory put Black Caviar, a two-time Australian Racehorse of the Year, into a tie with Kingston Town at 14 Group 1 wins since the Group and Listed race classification system was introduced in 1979. Black Caviar, who has defeated 35 individual Group 1-winning rivals during her run for career prize money of $7.34 million. " (Aus. news earlier) BEAT 35 group winners for over 7 MIL $ in Aus. and England and is being compared to Pepper's Pride on here? P Pride was a cool horse and great to follow but this is Black Caviar and she belongs in discussions with fillies like Goldikova. Fillies that raced on two continents and beat males at the highest level. The only thing Pepper's Pride has in common with them is that she is a horse.
Kathy More than 1 year ago
Yow were doing well until you had to go and slag Peppers Pride. She beat everone her owners sent her out against. How good are your horses Scott.
scott More than 1 year ago
My apologies Kathy. Which articles may I comment on, as in which ones are for horse owners and which are for non horse owners? I said nothing bad about Pepper's Pride. She beat everyone on her level and it was fun to watch. She exhibited the same grit and heart as these mares in always bringing her A game. But in terms of ability, which is what we are talking about, she has nothing in common with the greats.
mikey More than 1 year ago
I do not even think they can even compare her to Kingston Town!
Tom Shea More than 1 year ago
What ? the competition has been legit ,, maybe the best horses in the world but definitely legit competition ,, there is always someone that will show negativity for greatness. 24 wins without a misstep is an awesome feat , the Caviar is not picking the other horses she races against , she just goes out and wins every time.