Estimate Gives Queen Elizabeth Historic Ascot Win

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Queen Elizabeth II enjoyed a historic win on Thursday at Royal Ascot when her runner, Estimate, captured the Group 1 Gold Cup. The event marked the first time in the race’s 207-year history that it has been won by a reigning monarch.

Estimate won last year’s Queen’s Vase for Her Majesty and conditioner Sir Michael Stoute. She rallied just in time for the wire under jockey Ryan Moore to nose out rivals Top Trip and Simenon in the 2 ½-mile contest.

“It’s a great thrill and honour as we know how much she [the Queen] loves the game,” Stoute told the Racing Post after the race.

The elated Queen was scheduled to present the trophy for the race, but it was instead presented to her by her son, Prince Andrew.

Read more at Racing Post

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  • WereAllJustHumans

    The queen takes a dump just like the rest of us.

  • nu-fan

    That country is so fortunate to have had their queen reign for as long as she has–and, so well, regardless of what some detractors (and there are always some) say. But, it is also wonderful to have her (and her family) be so involved in horses and horseracing. We’ve had presidents who have loved their dogs but have we had one who loved horses? Except for, maybe, Teddy Roosevelt, none that I can think of, at least, in recent times.

    • Richard C

      Ronald Reagan was an avid horse rider at his ranch. Check out the Ronald Reagan Equestrian Campground at Malibu Creek State Park for additional information.

      • nu-fan

        You’re so right! How could I have forgotten especially since I am very familiar with the area close to his ranch along the coast? He and Nancy were often photographed on their horses at the ranch. I guess I was thinking originally of how popular Portuguese Water dogs became, with the public, when President Obama received one for his family. Wondered if we had a leader that was a horseperson if the public might not start supporting horses and their various sports events as well? But, thank you for reminding me about President Reagan. How could I have forgotten about this? (The sound you hear is of me smacking myself on the forehead.)

        • First Watcher

          You’ve got the wrong ranch in mind.
          He raised TB’s at his ranch near Malibu Lake, in the Agoura area. I grew up in that area and drove past it often in the 60′s, after Reagan had pretty much abandoned the breeding game. The Santa Barbara ranch was purchased some time after he left Agoura–no TB’s were raised there. But he had riding horses, one of which The Queen rode with him on a trail ride near the ridge of the Santa Ynez mountains.

  • betterthannothing

    Gracious Queen, lovely filly and great racing! So much fun to watch.

    • nu-fan

      And, wasn’t it great seeing the queen so beaming and a huge smile?! Found a photo and article about the queen and the Royal Ascot races in today’s sports section of my newspaper. Now, how often do we find that combination found in any sports section?! This was great and, yes, so much fun to watch.

  • millstone

    Actually, we did have a president involved in racing: from the CTBA website:

    “However, the public may not realize that Reagan was also a great friend of horse racing during his two terms as Governor of California, signing several pieces of legislation that have benefited the state’s Thoroughbred industry to this day.

    “A horse enthusiast nearly all his life, Reagan became interested in Thoroughbreds by riding and showing Hunters. Shortly after his arrival in California, he embarked upon a modest breeding partnership with Nino Pipitone in the San Fernando Valley and became a member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association in 1947. Midway through his first term as Governor, Reagan and his wife Nancy were made lifetime members in 1968. The Reagans bred Thoroughbreds during the fifties and sixties and were active participants in the major California sales. Their most notable horse was stakes winner One Peso, who sold at the Del Mar Yearling Sale in 1959. They also sold homebred Fourth Base at Del Mar in 1967, and the horse went on to score consecutive wins at Santa Anita Park in 1969.

    • nu-fan

      Wow. I did not realize this even though I am a very long-time resident of California. I remember their ranch not too far away from the Santa Ynez area which, also, has some thoroughbred horse farms. But, didn’t realize that Reagan had more involvement with horses than his movie career and his ranch. Wasn’t it covered in the mainstream media or was it because I was kind of young at that time and didn’t pay much attention to what was going on in the news? I don’t know. It seemed like everything that I saw about Reagan and horses had to do with his Death Valley Days series.

  • Ida Lee

    The race was so exciting and fun to watch…Estimate is a beautiful and talented mare. I just love it when we see Girl Power at it’s best. I almost felt sorry for the Queen. She looked like she just wanted to let go and start cheering and screaming like the rest of us but of course the “stiff upper lip” must be maintained. It is the happiest I’ve ever seen her though. Congratulations to all…

  • Don Reed

    “Frankel Who?”

  • Don Reed

    Reminds me of…

    “Part of horse racing lore took place at the 1990 Kentucky Derby when trainer Carl Nafzger called the race aloud to… Mrs. [Francis] Genter because she was unable to see over the crowd as her horse [Unbridled] headed down the stretch en route to winning the race.”

    It pays to be the Queen and thus, to have an unobstructed view of the race.

    (Quote source: FG profile, Wikipedia 06/21/13)

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