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Frankel Finishes 14-0
Over the years, sports have changed drastically. The competition level has gone to great heights as more money, information, and exposure are unavoidable in today’s world. The era of the dynasty may be gone for good due to those things, but sometimes you can still be amazed at the dominance of a team or an athlete. One such athlete is the British thoroughbred, Frankel. Frankel has reeled off 13 consecutive dominating wins to begin his career and has captured the attention of racing lovers all over the world.
Frankel is owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah of Juddmonte Farms and is trained by Sir Henry R. A. Cecil. Frankel was sired by Galileo, who was a champion distance runner that won prestigious European races such as the Grade I Irish and Epsom Derby’s. He took his name from Hall of Fame trainer Eddie Frankel, who won five Eclipse Awards in his career, in addition to training his thoroughbreds to 3,654 wins.
Before his being stretched out to a 1 5/16 mile on August 22nd, in the Grade I Juddmonte International, Frankel had never raced over a mile in distance. With his dam being Kind, a sprint horse that has had three highly successful foals, many believed he would have more difficulty dominating his challengers when moving up in distance. Over a stretch of 12 races at seven furlongs or a mile, Frankel blew away the competition in some of Britain’s most heralded races that include the English 2000 Guineas and the Sussex Stakes twice. Any doubts about the colt being able to step up were dispelled in the Juddmonte International, where he faced some of his toughest competition yet, in Fahr and St. Nicholas Abbey. Jockey Tom Quelly was as cool as it gets as he was content to let Frankel trail most of the field out of the gate and for much of the race. Only at the final turn did he begin to push Frankel and the colt responded by pulling up to the leaders in quick fashion just after the top of the stretch. After moving up, he began to pull away, with Quelly never having to break out the whip in a seven length victory. The victory was Frankel’s eight consecutive grade I win.
In his final race, Frankel performed in front of a frenzied packed house at Ascot in the Qipco Champion Stakes. Queen Elizabeth was in attendance and the horse that many regard as the best in the world didn’t disappoint. Frankel ran a patient race, staying just behind the leaders for much of the race before exploding down the stretch to take out frontrunners Cirrus Des Aigles and Nathaniel to cap off a perfect 14-0 career. Frankel will now begin a new career in breeding and we won’t have to wait very long before we find out if this magnificent thoroughbred will pass along his winning ways through his lineage.
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