She’s back! Black Caviar sets course record in win #23

by | 02.16.2013 | 12:38am

Black Caviar -‘The Wonder from Down Under' – remained undefeated with a scintillating 2 1/2-length victory in the race named in her honor, the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (Aus-I) at Flemington Feb. 16.

The 7-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit once again made it look easy, taking command with 400 meters left in the race and drawing off to win while under a hand ride. The Peter Moody-trained mare set a new course record in the race, covering the five furlongs in a swift 55.42, beating the old mark of 55.50 set in 1988.

Moment of Change was second, with Golden Archer third.

Black Caviar, who was ridden to victory by Luke Nolen, has now won this race three consecutive years.

  • Very impressive comeback.

  • Black Helen

    Easy as Pie,
    You go Girl!!! What a pleasure to watch this mare , she obviously LOVES to run,and quite a quick turn of foot when asked today, and easily sets the course record.


  • McGov

    Just awesome to watch.  Nothing more than a hand ride and she breaks the course record…while the competition are scrubbing away just to keep up a little…what an incredible horse.

  • BourbonGal

    Amazing mare!
    Question: Summer racing is wrapping up down there and they are heading into the colder months. I assume that makes no difference with the major races? Is it like our So Cal racing?

  • SteveG

    Like the proverbial fine wine…looking at her race times in the 3 Lightning wins – 2011 in :57.20, 2012 in :55.53 and now the course record –  :55.42!  Incredible.

    You just don’t see those kinds of winning margins (throughout her unblemished career) in sprint events.  Utterly (and disdainfully) dominant.

    I feel safe in saying we won’t see another like her.

  • Dave

    The Aussie season is “bi-modal”.  It builds to their Spring Carnival in Melbourne in  late October and early November, then a bit of a lull in December and January, and then builds again for the Fall Carnival in Sydney in April.  So they’ve got a good two months of top-quality racing left.

  • Jack W

    Her win in England was the epitome of guts & class,  anything she does for the remainder of her career is just punctuating the fact that she is one of the most phenomenal creatures to compete in any sport!

  • Tiznowbaby

    Look how hard Sham Express is working early in the race to stay with BC while she is simply strolling. Amazing mare.

  • Susan Watkins

    Absolutely an amazing mare……

  • Forego

    Thats beautiful but what happened to aussies breeding for middle distance and stayers?
    They have ignored the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup. Lets face it that these two races is their most recognize races in the world.

  • Tinky

    31.43 seconds for her last 600 meters, eased down.
    best. sprinter. ever.

  • Tiznowbaby

    The Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup get won every year by middle distance horses and stayers, and every year the Melbourne Cup is pretty much a national holiday. Nothing has changed except Aussies have made room in their hearts for a remarkable race horse who happens to sprint.

  • Katrab54

    She is so “ultra cool”!  Just love her! :)

  • Forego

    Of course sprinters not going to win the Cox or Melbourne cup but that wasnt the point. The aussies have abandoned the breediing for stayers.

  • Tinky

    Look, I’m as big a fan of varied breeding (and critic of the insidious trend of over-emphasizing speed) as anyone, but NO ONE is breeding “stayers”. There are still plenty of solid middle-distance (i.e. 10-12f.) runners being bred around the world, and some of them develop into outstanding stayers.

  • Forego

    Good point! but I think you are a tad mistaken about NO ONE is breeding stayers. The Japanese are breeding great thoroughbreds from 12 furlongs and beyond. Besides if the Melbourne Cup is now passe, then how long before the 12 furlongs are ignored? and then the 10 furlongs.

  • Tiznowbaby

    Hey, even a sprinter can run 12 furlongs. It just won’t be very impressive.

  • TJ

    Even nicer was a hand ride.

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