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Frankel, again!

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  • #41
    Originally posted by Glimmerglass View Post

    American hay shipped to the UK? And I thought our hay was expensive now - think of the shipping and VAT on that
    Indeed. Including from way out here in Utah. I know of one big hay operation in Vernal whose production goes for the most part to UK and Japan.

    The baler stacks 'em all (after wrapping in plastic) on pallets before placing them on the ground, then forklift puts pallets on trucks. The baler also has little sensors on it to add moisture if need be or add a preservative to prevent mold if suggested by moisture content. All very fancy.

    BTW You Tube link didn't work, copyright thing, but hopefully someone will post another option? (I could've gotten my act together but lost track of the time!).


    • Original Poster

      Updating the replay link!

      (Earlier one was pulled.)


      • #43

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        • #44
          Originally posted by Glimmerglass View Post
          The race is off at approx. 11:05 EST a.m. although I'm in Kentucky and not near a tv with HRTV/TVG - go figure.

          Wicked cool was this - see pictures - The Queen's Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment sporting Frankel's silks

          I thought this was interesting from the Paulick Report: 13 Facts about British hero Frankel

          American hay shipped to the UK? And I thought our hay was expensive now - think of the shipping and VAT on that
          Thanks for those interesting articles! "23lbs of Canadian oats per day" just wow. I want to see his TV commercial.
          "Random capitAlization really Makes my day." -- AndNirina


          • #45
            I am so happy that he won his last race. What a horse!


            • #46
              Here's the TV commercial. Don't know if it's been posted already, but here it is:

              "Random capitAlization really Makes my day." -- AndNirina


              • #47
                Originally posted by PeteyPie View Post
                I want to see his TV commercial.
                You asked ... delivered: youtube video: Frankel promo tv advert (Aug 17, 2012 released)

                CONGRATS to the whole Frankel team with the first recipient being the horse himself Way to go 14-0 and done. Enjoy retirement!

                BBC: Frankel the wonder horse - story behind equine Usain Bolt

                @ 100 Meters, Frankel is tagged at 43mph!

                Shoe size: 7.5 in front, 7 behind (measured in inches). Frankel has big feet, compared to the average of about five for racehorses his age, and is the rough equivalent of a 12-year-old boy wearing size 11 shoes.


                • #48
                  Shortly after the race Frankel’s breeder and owner, Khalid Abdullah, announced that Frankel had raced for the last time and would go to stud for the 2013 breeding season. Anyone want to speculate as to the price (after conversion) into USD$?

                  $150k per live foal?


                  • #49
                    from the BBC link above; "He is set to command a fee of £100,000 (x approx 1.6=$) a time at stud, leading to a £100m valuation. "
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                    • #50
                      GOOD for FRANKEL! But in a way bittersweet...

                      We had a good long run w/ Zenyatta; Britain with Frankel, only the Australians have a perfect record to watch. USA needs another - wonder when it will be.

                      Re stud fee, not making a guess but you can bet it will be pricey
                      We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


                      • #51
                        Can you imagine a Frankel x Zenyatta baby?!

                        I can only dream ...
                        Fils Du Reverdy (Revy)- 1993 Selle Francais Gelding
                        My equine soulmate
                        Mischief Managed (Tully)- JC Priceless Jewel 2002 TB Gelding


                        • #52
                          Amazing picture of Frankel and Sir Henry Cecil on Juddmonte's FB page.

                          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


                          • #53
                            The Daily Mail: The £100million unbeaten champion

                            Nicknamed ‘Usain Colt’, the thoroughbred was cheered on by a 32,000 sell-out crowd, which included the Queen, who looked positively ecstatic and held her arms aloft and cheered.
                            Image: Her Majesty celebrating after Frankel's win

                            On odd thing I read about Juddmonte in Sunday's Lexington Herald

                            History: Prince Khalid Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, a top European breeder and racehorse owner, bought the 592-acre Belair Farm in Fayette County in 1982. Now it totals 2,508 acres and has been renamed Juddmonte Farms, just like his Eureopean operation, a name apparently plucked from thin air. The iconic Juddmonte colors of pink and green, as seen on Queen Elizabeth's Household Cavalry last week in Hyde Park in tribute to unbeaten wonder horse Frankel and Juddmonte, allegedly were based on curtains the prince admired.
                            Anyhow .. let the silly season commence and not just with the stud fees but with chatter back and forth as to the 'greatest' ... toss in some sharp elbows from US commentators such as this piece from Mike Watchmaker - "Is Frankel an All-Time Great?"

                            Instead of recognizing that the British fans/press/trainers never said he was he greatest horse that stepped on the track. Yet any chance to mention Secretariat comes up ... ugh. Two different horses entirely. Moot discussion.


                            • #54
                              I wish him all the best at stud, may he be even half as successful there as he was on the track. I really enjoyed watching him.


                              • #55
                                UK's Daily Record 10-22-12; Punters keep winning Frankel betting slips in hope they become worth more as collector's item

                                Not surprisingly, grateful bookies said their customers were making a shrewd investment by allowing them to keep the cash in the tills.

                                Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Donohue said: “The Frankel phenomenon is just exactly that – something unprecedented in racing history.

                                “For instance, a mint-condition race card from his first appearance on a track at Newmarket two years ago recently fetched more than £600 on eBay.

                                “And a copy of the Racing Post for the same day went for £50.

                                “Industry-wide, there are stakes of £20,000 placed on Frankel which have not been claimed. If someone has had a bet of £100 and is due to collect £120, they are thinking the ticket will be worth an awful lot more than that and it would be a better investment to hold on to it.
                                I could only find one listing at present: ebay - £2 Tote win ticket Frankel last ever race


                                • #56
                                  BBC Oct 22, 2012: What lies in store for the retired £100m wonder horse?

                                  But first of all, he will have to prove his fertility. Some top racehorses have returned to the course after failing at stud.

                                  "He'll probably have a few test mares early on to see that all is well and he could get them in foal," said former champion jockey Willie Carson, himself a horse breeder.

                                  With an expected annual roster of 100 mares, that could generate at least £10m every year and upwards of £100m during his lifetime.

                                  "All being well, provided he's a fertile horse and his libido's good, he could be covering three mares a day, or even four at peak times. That's quite demanding," said Grimthorpe.


                                  • #57
                                    Frankel's new home; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rac...=feeds-newsxml
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                                    • #58
                                      Racing Post Nov 14, 2012: "Frankel to stand first season for £125,000"

                                      A STUD fee of £125,000 has been set by Juddmonte Farms for the mighty Frankel, who last night was crowned the Cartier Horse of the Year for the second consecutive season.

                                      The four-year-old son of Galileo returned last week to his birthplace Banstead Manor Stud, where he will stand alongside leading sires Dansili and Oasis Dream.
                                      That's roughly equal to $198,387 USD with current currency conversions.


                                      • #59

                                        "Already Danedream, winner of last year’s Arc, has been lined up, as well as multiple Group One winners Stacelita and Alexander Goldrun. Beyond Europe, Japanese champion Vodka and US mare Oatsee are also blazing the trail to the breeding shed 'chez’ Frankel."

                                        I have Oatsee's dam, With Every Wish. It is very exciting!


                                        • #60
                                          One of his future dates: In Lingerie who was just retired today without injury.

                                          Lord only knows what names could come from that! A video flashback to her victory at Keeneland in the Grade 1, $500,000 Juddmont Spinster Stakes, Oct 7, 2012

                                          The 3-year-old Empire Maker filly will be bred to two-time Cartier European Horse of the Year and Juddmonte Farms stallion Frankel in 2013, his first season at Banstead Manor Farm in England.

                                          Trained by Todd Pletcher, In Lingerie won four of eight career starts, all this year, and earned $712,265.
                                          That's a $200,000 date plus shipping