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Black Caviar (AUS) - aka 'Nelly' 25-0; retired Apr 17th

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    Nelly's connections suggest a particular November race goal target. DRF June 25, 2012 "Black Caviar suffers muscle injuries, still plans fall campaign" (abridged)

    Black Caviar’s connections now contemplating another campaign this fall, which is spring on Southern Hemisphere time.

    Nuclear scans performed on Black Caviar following her narrow victory Saturday revealed muscular injuries in a few locations, but the most serious was a tear to her quadriceps.

    Black Caviar, a huge muscle-bound mare, has suffered muscle injuries in the past. The most prominent such incident occurred in September 2009, when she tore muscles breaking awkwardly from the starting gate in the Rory’s Jester Stakes. Until Saturday, the three-quarter-length victory Black Caviar had recorded in the Royal Jester had been the smallest margin of victory in her career.

    While Black Caviar’s reputation took a hit in some quarters because of her performance Saturday, there is little doubt she ran far below her best form. Greg Carpenter, the official handicapper for Racing Victoria in Australia and a member of the World Thoroughbred Rankings panel, estimated Black Caviar ran 15 points below her rating of 130 in the Diamond Jubilee.

    Moody seemed pleased to get a specific diagnosis of Black Caviar’s injury and suggested there should be little problem getting her back into racing condition after a period of rest. Moody mentioned the Patinack Farm Classic in November, a race Black Caviar has won the last two seasons, as a possible goal. A December trip to the prestigious Hong Kong International Sprint also is being contemplated.

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    • Originally posted by Glimmerglass View Post
      Nelly's connections suggest a particular November race goal target. DRF June 25, 2012 "Black Caviar suffers muscle injuries, still plans fall campaign" (abridged)
      It does not sound as if anyone in Nelly's camp has the faintest clue what they are going to decide. It seems to change on the hour.

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      • Originally posted by Mara View Post
        It does not sound as if anyone in Nelly's camp has the faintest clue what they are going to decide. It seems to change on the hour.
        Probably not helped when she is owned by a fairly large syndicate of people.

        P.
        A Wandering Albertan - NEW Africa travel blog!

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          Up next? Still to be determined for Nelly although Peter Moody tweeted 7/30/12 that she won't be at the Melbourne spring carnival.

          Black Caviar has won the same three races at the carnival for the past two years - the Schillaci Stakes (Caulfield), the Schweppes Stakes (Moonee Valley) and the Patinack Farm Classic (Flemington) - but Moody said she requires an extended break to fully recover from a busy year on the track.

          Speaking to the Herald Sun, Moody added: "She's just needed time to get over her trip to England. She's had a really busy time in the past year or so and just needs a break to get over it.

          "She's fine in herself and she's recovered from her injuries, but it would be asking a lot of her to have only a couple of weeks off and then be ready for the spring."

          Black Caviar will also miss the Hong Kong International Sprint in December when she would have been chasing a $1 million bonus in the Global Sprint Challenge.

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            One recent update - Racing Post August 5, 2012: "Moody dreaming of farewell tour for Caviar"


            Moody, speaking to the Herald Sun, said: "It's a $50 million question on whether she'll even race again, and without telling a lie, I've got absolutely no idea."

            "My dream is to have a grand final tour of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

            "I would love something like that. If I can see it in her we'll do it. If she's not right, she has run her last race, as is the way I've approached her last five or six runs.

            "Right now my recommendation will be she won't go to stud this year and we'll put it off until next year.

            "I'll give her a preparation until around Christmas and if I think she's going well enough we'll see her at the races about February.

            "If she's not she'll sit in the paddock until the 2013 breeding season."

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              Will be back racing in 2013!

              Racing Victoria Sep 27, 2012: "Black Caviar set to race again"

              Black Caviar will be given the chance to add to her unprecedented race record in 2013.

              The champion mare's trainer Peter Moody this afternoon confirmed that, in consultation with the owners, a decision had been made to embark on another racing preparation with the six-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit.

              “We're going to give her a spell now and she will be geared towards and autumn preparation,” Moody said.

              “That's the extent of it at this stage, no races have even been thought of or discussed as potential targets.”

              Black Caviar has spent this week at Moody's Caulfield stable after undertaking three weeks of pre-training.

              She has not raced since stretching her unbeaten record to 22 with an unforgettable win in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in the UK, when she scored a narrow win despite suffering multiple muscle strains in the run.

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              • Just saw that on tv and Glimmer beat me to it!

                Also just saw that there is a book coming out about her. Haven't had a chance to order it yet. I do have the stamps, pics of her at the finish line in the first 20 wins.

                The book: http://www.booktopia.com.au/black-ca...733331367.html

                P.
                A Wandering Albertan - NEW Africa travel blog!

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                • HRTV is doing Black Caviar's story - Part 1 on October 26th!

                  http://www.hrtv.com/videos/black-cav...y-coming-soon/
                  But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson

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                    Success in the family ...

                    Racing Post, Oct 13, 2012: "Black Caviar brother gets his first Group 1 win"

                    BLACK CAVIAR'S younger half-brother All Too Hard gained a first Group 1 win in Australia on Saturday, with a surprise defeat of hot favourite Pierro in the Caulfield Guineas.

                    Last year's A$1,025,000 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale topper, who is from the first crop of Casino Prince, won two Group 2 races at two: the Sires' Produce Stakes and the Pago Pago Stakes.
                    Not the same crew as Black Caviar, ATH is a Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes-trained colt

                    Video (youtube/Racing Victoria) - Group 1 BECK Caulfield Guineas

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                      Australia: Herald Sun Oct 29, 2012: Black Caviar races onto cover of Vogue Australia

                      Dazzling beauty and horse racing sensation Black Caviar will grace the cover of VOGUE Australia's December issue.

                      It's the first time in the magazine's 53-year history that a horse will appear on the cover.
                      Image: cover with Black Caviar and model Ms. Julia Nobis

                      The American market edition of Vogue featured - not on the cover - Rachel Alexandra in their August 2009 issue.

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                      • What's with the funky throat latch ?
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                        • Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
                          What's with the funky throat latch ?
                          All I can say, is "Choke."
                          "Random capitAlization really Makes my day." -- AndNirina

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                            She's resurfaced and nearing her debut for 2013: Racing Post JAN 22 "Black Caviar makes surprise appearance"

                            The unbeaten mare contested a jump-out, her first piece of serious racetrack competition since her famous Royal Ascot victory in June.

                            Sitting deep from the start of the 800m contest, Black Caviar domimated the jump-out from the home turn as she put a space between herself and her rivals.

                            "It was just a soft half-mile jump-out and I'm very happy with her," trainer Peter Moody told AAP.

                            "It was a great opportunity to have a little trip away on a great surface."

                            The Sandown excursion confirmed Black Caviar is making excellent progress as she prepares for an exhibition gallop between races on her home track at Caulfield on February 2.
                            Black Caviar is scheduled to make her racing return in the $500,000 Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington on February 16.

                            "That's the race we've always suggested will be the race she kicks off in," Moody said.

                            A farewell campaign for the $6.8 million earner is expected to take in races in Sydney and Brisbane.

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                              Black Caviar will face a field of seven in her 2013 debut - two of which are from her own yard. She's is aiming for her third successive Lightning Stakes win, and her 13th at Group 1 level, when she attempts to extend her unbeaten record against seven rivals on Saturday.

                              By the way this is one of those unique races as it was renamed in her honor by the Victoria Racing Club So no pressure to win it!

                              Group 1 $500,000 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes over 1000m.

                              Flemmington, Race 7, post position 6 - Black Caviar

                              Last year 22,000 watched Black Caviar win her second Lightning Stakes but as she hasn't raced in Melbourne since, officials are expecting an even bigger turnout.

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                              • Originally posted by Glimmerglass View Post
                                Black Caviar will face a field of seven in her 2013 debut - two of which are from her own yard. She's is aiming for her third successive Lightning Stakes win, and her 13th at Group 1 level, when she attempts to extend her unbeaten record against seven rivals on Saturday.

                                By the way this is one of those unique races as it was renamed in her honor by the Victoria Racing Club So no pressure to win it!

                                Group 1 $500,000 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes over 1000m.

                                Flemmington, Race 7, post position 6 - Black Caviar

                                Last year 22,000 watched Black Caviar win her second Lightning Stakes but as she hasn't raced in Melbourne since, officials are expecting an even bigger turnout.
                                Any chance of TVG or HRTV picking it up?
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                                • Tvg was advertising that they will show it fri night

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                                    Oh and she's getting inducted into the Aussie Hall of Fame, too

                                    Next week, she is expected to be announced as an inductee to the Australian racing Hall of Fame, the first active racehorse to be so honored since Sunline in 2002.

                                    Tuesday, Black Caviar had her final workout, going about a half-mile, or 800 meters, in 50.80 seconds at Caulfield Racecourse. She was timed in 36.65 for the final 600 meters, or about three furlongs. She has been in serious training for the last six weeks.

                                    “I can’t find a chink in her armor,” Moody told the Australian press earlier this week. “She is back, relaxed, and scorching the turf, which is the whole reason she is running again. I’m really pleased with her.”
                                    Post time in the United States, for her 23rd start is 12:30 a.m. Eastern Saturday morning.

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                                      One of the stories that never came out following her 22nd win at Ascot:

                                      Four days later, in the solitary confinement of a quarantine yard in Newmarket, she was attacked by a swarm of bees. They left the imposing mare squealing in pain, visibly distressed and badly swollen.

                                      Her closest companion, Tony Haydon, recalls the scene as the cruellest episode suffered by a horse in his care, and the immediate sense of dread it prompted.

                                      "I thought she wasn't going to make it. I thought I was going to be coming home without her."

                                      The emergency call had gone to the vet who, on arrival, shot her full of antihistamines.

                                      "She was in that much pain. It's one of the cruellest things I've ever seen."

                                      Black Caviar settled as antibiotics were administered but it left her in worse shape still. During the course of medication she tucked up to 545kg, the lightest Haydon had ever seen her.

                                      "I said to them 'of all the things we can get bitten by in Australia, we come to bloody England where you've got squirrels and bees and we got stung by the bees'. And they're the biggest bees you'll ever see. I've never seen bees that big."

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                                        In advance of tonight's run - in the Central Standard Time zone it'll be 11:30 pm - TVG did this teaser video (2/14)

                                        Also Racing Victoria did this "Black Caviar Lightning Day Preview" video

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                                          In case you're looking to watch the race and cannot choose between TVG or HRTV, please note that TVG will air the race LIVE. Whereas HRTV will show it on a delay ... they cited 12:58 am EST, so about 20+ minute after its occurred and likely uploaded on youtube

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