Joyful Victory changes from game face to derp face after winning the Santa Margarita (I). (Photo by Andre Gabriel Stock)
I’m not the only one who stayed up in the States here to watch Black Caviar return, right?
At the start she had me scared like I always am, but just like her other races, as the pack continued down the grassy lane, the other nameless horses looked like they were pumping hard while Nelly was just striding along before letting it loose in the final jumps. Nelly’s return was one for the books as she is now 23-for-23 and still the world’s finest sprinter with a new track record for 5 furlongs; I don’t know any horse that could best :55 and change on any surface while not being “100%” according to her trainer, and not being asked!
Whether she continues racing or retires, she’s truly the untouchable kind of legend! (Photo by Michael Scanlan)
The news came late last night after I got home from work around 1am: Godolphin has retired Questing [GB] and is breeding her to Bernardini after she recovered too slowly from a bout pneumonia while trying to return to training. This sucks. I really wanted to see her this year, especially because I almost went to go to the Coaching Club American Oaks (I) this past summer but instead went to the Whitney (I) weekend AND we all know she could have beaten at least My Miss Aurelia this year.
Many sads. I’m sure even Reinier is saddened.
That was shorter-lived than I thought. New trainer Todd Pletcher announced the retirement of Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint runner-up Dust and Diamonds yesterday after having her win just once for him. She will be sent to Three Chimneys soon to start motherhood (looking at their roster, Caleb’s Posse is probably too closely-related a match, but it doesn’t have to be from their farm).