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Frankel, Horse of a Lifetime, Goes Out a Winner

Frankel closed out his remarkable racing career with another scintillating performance on Saturday, winning the Champion Stakes (G1) at Ascot.

Shortly after the dramatic race, trainer Henry Cecil indicated it will be the final start of Frankel’s fabulous career.

Unbeaten in 13 starts heading into what would be his final start, Frankel overcame a tardy beginning to dispatch five rivals with consummate ease. Despite the soft going, Frankel’s efficient stride carried him to the leaders when the real running began. When asked to run by Tom Queally, Frankel leveled out like the champion he is and reached for the wire, collaring Cirrus Des Aigles (FR), to register his 14th straight victory, and 10th Group 1, much to the delight of the large crowd on hand to see one of racing’s all-time greats.

Queally explained Frankel’s slow exit from the gate. “He’s just getting more and more relaxed,” Queally said. “He traveled well the whole way. He’s all class, and he showed that today.”

The 2011 Horse of the Year in Europe and 2010 Champion 2-Year-Old Male, Frankel captured the hearts and imaginations of racing fans across the globe. Timeform ranks him as the No. 1 horse in the world with a 147 rating. In a BBC interview following the trophy presentation, Cecil said of the Juddmonte Farms colorbearer: “He’s the best I’ve had. He’s the best I’ve ever seen.”

Named for the late trainer Bobby Frankel, who enjoyed so much success with Juddmonte horses in the United States, Frankel, the racehorse, exuded class on the racetrack and is a living testament to the Hall of Fame trainer’s rich legacy in horse racing.

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  • Marcy Leonard

    The ultimate Champion that he is, I bet he was saying to himself, ‘I better let by peers have a little head start today. Poor fellows are over matched AGAIN!!’