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Updated on 06/26/2012 1:49PM
Royal Ascot: Black Caviar just holds on to notch her 22nd straight win
By Marcus Hersh
Black Caviar remained undefeated winning the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday, closing day at Royal Ascot. Of that there can be no dispute. The devil is in the details, though, and the way in which Black Caviar won for the 22nd time in her career should lend itself to international racing chatter for weeks, if not longer.
Black Caviar’s winning margin, a nose, was the shortest in her career, and just the second time a horse has been within one length of her at the finish, but jockey Luke Nolen must shoulder some of the blame for the race's closeness.
Nolen, Black Caviar’s regular rider back home in Australia, got Black Caviar out of the gates in good order from the outside post in a 15-horse field. Soul set the pace, while Black Caviar, racing third and in the clear, stalked and appeared fairly comfortable. Midway through the six-furlong race, Nolen subtly asked for a little more run and got it, Black Caviar inching toward the lead. But when Nolen called on his mount perhaps 300 yards from the finish, Black Caviar failed to deliver her usual brilliant acceleration. Still, Black Caviar edged clear and appeared to be on the way to a slogging if definitive victory when, with 50 yards to run, Nolen stopped riding, perhaps misjudging the finish. Black Caviar relaxed and in that moment was nearly caught by onrushing Moonlight Cloud, who came up just inches short. Restiadargent finished another neck back in third. Time for the six furlongs was 1:14.20.
Nolen said afterward he’d underestimated the testing nature of the Ascot turf, which was laboring and slow-playing Saturday, assuming that Black Caviar had done enough to win. Whatever the specifics of his mistake, Nolen was fortunate to avoid the far greater ignominy that would have descended had his miscue cost Black Caviar her unbeaten career.
Pilot error aside, Black Caviar did not look like her best self racing half a world from home while shipping for the first time. The 6-year-old mare reportedly had travelled well but certainly did not appear to produce a top performance over a course that might’ve been wetter than any she’d raced over before.
“Black Caviar was not 100 percent in the race,” said Peter Moody, who trains Black Caviar for a 10-owner partnership. “We’ll look at her when we got home, and she might be retired.”
The trip home will come immediately, with Black Caviar set to depart England on Sunday. She leaves with her perfect record intact while failing to deliver the kind of jaw-dropping performance Frankel turned in winning the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes on opening day at Royal Ascot. Frankel, undefeated in 11 starts, and Black Caviar have been the two highest-rated performers in the world this year. At Royal Ascot, Frankel staged a show featuring utter brilliance. To Black Caviar, it was left to demonstrate the heart that propels a champion.
why cant I post a comment on here without this "your comment is being moderated"
Be serious Kyri, The Diamond Jubillee has been a Gr I for 10 yrs. Its been around forever under other names & you can't find 10 horses that you'd recogniZe their names. This was an opportunity for them to run outside of Australia without having to face fast horses. Its nice that she won
wow!! u really have to watch what u say on this site!!! talk about censorship!!!
This wonderful horse won despite shipping across the world, getting a confused ride, apparently not liking the ground, and hurting herself. She's a champ. And incidentally, I didn't think going into the race that she would get in the trifecta. The class of the horse will hopefully eventually overshadow the idiotic commentary (especially by McCririck), the tacky race call, and the general air of negativity surrounding the race. The reality is she won, and now she will hopefully make a great broodmare. As for those who think she should have come to the Breeders' Cup, she went to Ascot instead, which is also one of the world's premier race meets, and after being injured there she clearly would not make the BC. In addition, the Diamond Jubilee is a more prestigious race than the BC Turf Sprint. So I don't find that decision odd at all.
The narrow victory by Black Caviar in front of Queen Elizabeth II at Royal Ascot June 23 may have been the unbeaten Australian mare's last race. The 6-year-old Black Caviar's mere presence created a real buzz at Ascot, but the Australian horse tore back muscles during her Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I) victory Saturday. She is now 22-for-22. Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/70781/black-caviars-injury-may-end-her-career#ixzz1yokCgXxP
who has she really beat?????
You know for a horse to win 11- 12 races in a row is an accomplishment . Anyone working with horses can tell you theres more ways of getting beat. Staying sound for that long , horse waking up on the wrong side of the bed, bad racing luck, etc.. To consistently overcome those obstacles is amazing. To put together 22 wins in a row at any level in the horse biz is an AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT.
News Update from Europe: Black Caviar Tears Two Muscles in Diamond Jubilee Stakes Win at Royal Ascot By Ray Thomas The Daily Telegraph June 24, 2012 7:20PM CHAMPION mare Black Caviar has suffered two muscle tears and severe bruising to her hind quarters in her famous win in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Sunday. Trainer Peter Moody confirmed Black Caviar had pulled up sore after her narrow win. Veterinarians inspected the mare this morning at her Newmarket stable base and located the muscle injury and bruising. Moody said he was unsure at what stage of the race Black Caviar suffered her injuries. However, the trainer said veterinarians had informed him "she would have definitely felt it during the run." "She's had something like this before," Moody said. "She's entering quarantine today, we're sending her home, but we'll be able to have the injuries treated whilst she's in quarantine." Moody said Black Caviar ate up after her Royal Ascot win but admitted the mare was "very flat and tired" this morning. Moody said no decision on Black Caviar's racing future would be made until after the mare had returned to Australia, recovered from her injuries and enjoyed a deserved spell. Moody is still hopeful Black Caviar will be right to race in Melbourne again during the coming spring carnival. Black Caviar's muscle injuries and bruising could explain why her customary acceleration and speed were missing during the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. The 'Wonder from Down Under' was still poised to register another comfortable win when jockey Luke Nolen controversially dropped his hands near the line, almost costing the mare her unbeaten record. Once again Black Caviar has been able to overcome the odds to keep her 22-race undefeated streak going. In hindsight, given the vagaries of travel, Nolen's riding blunder and the injuries the mare sustained during the race, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes may now go down as one of her greatest ever wins.
Some people refuse to be happy when an athlete like Black Cavier overcomes whatever adversity falls her way. We should be cheering her on and share the joy of yet another great win. Peasants.
if this horse is so great why has it never run in any of the Breeders Cup races?
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