06/25/12

Black Caviar – Racing Legend in Her Own Time

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!!

04/9/12

Lava Man…A Great Horse Story

Lava Man

Yesterday I wrote a tease about, Lava Man, and a most unusual situation. A champion thoroughbred who in his retirement chaperons younger thoroughbred from the stables to the starting gates and back at Santa Anita Race Track in California. The 11 year old retired Champion with over 5 milliom in Grade 1 stakes earnings seems to enjoy his new career.
Jennie Rees , winner of 3 Media Elipse Awards, has written an article for The Courier Journal. A brief excerpt is included below.

ARCADIA, CALIF. — The most accomplished horse to step onto the track shortly before today’s $750,000 Santa Anita Derby will not be favored Creative Cause, though the race favorite is a multiple graded-stakes winner who has never been worse than third.No, the distinction belongs to the stable pony accompanying second choice I’ll Have Another, who captured the Grade II Robert B. Lewis in his last start at 43-1. The pony will be the 11-year-old Lava Man, a $5.2 million-earner who won seven Grade I stakes, including the Hollywood Gold Cup three times and who remains the only horse to win a Grade I race on dirt, turf and synthetic. Continue here:

03/28/12

Secretariat vs Man O War Who was the greatest??

All you engineers, this is question for you. This video offers a unique approach to answering the question of which horse, Man O War or Secretariat was the greatest race horse. Almost 60 years separate the feats of the two horses. Track technology…. Horse shoe technology …. Veterinary medicine…electronic timing devices.. the list of developments and improvements in the world of racing goes on. Of course, it is a question that can never be answered, but will be argued by racing fans forever. At the end of the day, with the two horse’s statistics, what do you think?

03/23/12

Do Thoroughbred Horses have a Speed Gene?

Scientists have traced the origin of the “speed gene” back to a British Mare 300 years ago and linked it to modern racehorses according to an article written by University College Dublin which credits findings published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

The study used DNA collected from close to 600 horses, from 22 breeds, 12 lengendary thoroughbred stallions and 330 elite modern thoroughbreds from 3 continents.

Their article also provides some interesting facts about the evolution of hose racing. Will knowledge of a speed gene change convenional beliefs in breeding?  Time as always will tell.