by Pat Cole
The horse, Black Caviar,is a six year old Thoroughbred mare from Australia, a legend in her own time, further solidified her unequaled record of 22 wins in as many starts for a 150 year period, when she won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, England, on Saturday, June 23, 2012.
This noble animal with a great charismatic spirit must have been recognized very early in her life as exceptional. She was given a worthy name and then was obviously well raised and then well trained by outstanding horsemen who developed her competitive attitude.
Her owners, trainer and jockey are blessed to have had the privilige of developing this amazing animal and she has rewarded their loving care with a legendary record.
The uninformed public that dares to say she did not do enough in Diamond Jubilee Stakes; that her margin of victory should have been greater; that jockey Luke Nolen rode her poorly, etc., etc., etc. should be forbidden entrance to any and all race tracks in the future. A Win is a Win, is a Win….. be it by an inch or by a mile !!
Black Caviar’s jockey,Luke Nolen , should be applauded for taking care of this beauty and not pushing her harder. He also did not allow her to be defeated, something that would break this great athlete’s heart.
This unbelievable feat was accomplished, it was later determined, with a grade-four muscle tear of the quadriceps and a grade-two tear to the sacroiliac suffered during her victory. This brilliant athlete just ran through her pain to chalk up her 22nd win.
Black Caviar, Queen of the Racetrack, met Elizabeth II, Queen of England and great lover of horses, in the winners’ ring after the race. They are both legends in their own time.
Should this brilliant and heroic animal’s trainer and owners choose to retire her when she returns to Australia after her quarantine period in England, they should be congratulated. Black Caviar has done more than any other. 22 wins in as many starts and still racing sound at six year of age rarely, if ever, happens. Personally, I would not want to take a chance on her sustaining a life ending injury after such a glorious career.
Best of luck and many green pastures to you, Black Caviar!!