Race of the Week 2017

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Frankel ... 14-for-14!!!


In what has now been confirmed as his final career race, Frankel the Fantastic, faced with his most difficult challenge of his career, proved once again his greatness this afternoon at Ascot.


A poor start, softer conditions than he's ever seen, and a foe, in Cirrus des Aigles, tougher than he's ever faced, mattered little to the great son of Galileo today as he won the Group 1 Quipco Champion Stakes in magnificent style.


Waiting patiently under rider Tom Queally, Frankel was let loose in the final straightaway and quickly rushed past the classic winning Nathaniel, to join the classy gelding Cirrus des Aigles for a thrilling final quarter mile. While the French horse was very much at home on the soft course and 1 1/4 mile trip, and ran an absolutely huge race, he simply had no answer for the power and grace that the racing world has seen time after glorious time from Frankel. As both horses sprinted to the Ascot wire, the outcome was hardly in doubt, with Frankel stretching out under hard urging from his rider to win by two lengths.


For the Juddmonte owned and Sir Henry Cecil trained superstar, it marks a fourteenth consecutive win without a loss since beginning his career in 2010. He will go down in history as a horse the likes of which we seldom have ever had the pleasure of seeing.


I'll let the reader decide his place among the greatest horses of all-time, but I will say thank you, Frankel, it was a pure joy to have seen you run!


Much more to come from Dan Munn, our man at Ascot, coming soon... 




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I do not buy the argument about shipping to prove you are the best. Two of the greatest thoroughbreds of all time Man O'War and Secretariat never left North America.
Not sure you can say horse for course when he's won at six different venues ... also haven't the vast majority of America's all-time greats only run in one country?
Turf tends not to be horses for courses unless you count the putting greens in S. Califronia against the rest of the planet.
Strange enough many of the great ones never left the confines of home turf. Always rememberthere are horses for courses
I'm really surprised that he was not brought out for the B.C. considering he was named after one on America's all time best trainer's, the late Robert (Bobby) Frankel . No question he appears to be very gifted but how will anyone know for sure unless he leaves the confines of England. It's too bad it would have been a very special to the American fans to see the one named after such a talented trainer. Good luck on your final start and just maybe Juddmont will send out one of his offsprings to Bob Baffert to train now that they are joining force's . Just imagine that and what a better trainer to send one of Frankel's offsprings to.
Great horse yes. A pleasure to see. But....did he ever venture out of England? Why did they not try him in the Arc, or Dubai, or the Breeder's Cup. You can't be one of the greatest of all time if you only played on your home turf.
As a racing fan, I am privileged to witness a beautiful champion with heart and commitment to win. RIP Bobby Frankel.
Amazing. Just amazing. Probably one of Europes best turf horses in the last few decades.
Dan Munn is our European correspondent, and author of Across the Pond.
I had tears while watchung Frankel run his last race. Tears of joy at his perfect performance and tears of sadness that he is now retired.
Who is Dan Mun
I heard on a radio show this morning that Frankel has an estimated value of $150 million!
He just make it look so easy. He makes it seems like the competition is weak.
I always considered Secretariat and Spectacular Bid as the two best I have ever seen ... now I have three.
He seems (especially today) to be such a relaxed and unflappable competitor.
Do they knight horses? I continue to be in awe of his brilliance.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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