06/29/2012 4:48PM

Letters to the Editor July 1


Frankel's fine, but it takes more for greatness

The British Horseracing Authority recently gave Frankel a rating of 140 for his winning performance in the Queen Anne Stakes, the second-highest rating ever issued by the group. It is fair, however, to question whether the hype the horse is receiving is justly deserved.

First, his time of 1:37.85 was slower than the time posted by Goldikova in winning the 2010 edition of the Queen Anne Stakes in 1:37.74. Yet the rating surpasses the rating given to Goldikova.
Second, Frankel has beaten only one horse who could arguably be called world-class, when he defeated Canford Cliffs last season. His work in 2012, while scintillating, has hardly been challenging. Beating up on Excelebration, a mere one-time Group 1 winner, is hardly the stuff legends are made of.

Third, Frankel has yet to leave the friendly confines of his home country. Sure, many American horses who are truly great never venture out of the States, but racing in Europe is a different beast. Frankel has yet to match the feats of many of his contemporaries in traveling across the water in either direction and winning.

Juddmonte Farms, Frankel's owner and breeder, has a long history of campaigning its horses worldwide. If Frankel is to prove that he really is as great as hyped, then hopefully Juddmonte will take a more aggressive approach to the remaining campaign for Frankel. Beating up on the same old foes in England and being called great does not equate to actual greatness. Perhaps a trip to Longchamp or Santa Anita should be in order if we are to ever truly see "The Great Frankel."

Richard Ilharreguy - Sacramento, Calif.