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Breeders' Cup 2017

Frankel Dominates Juddmonte International


Frankel raised his undefeated streak to 13 with another scintillating performance, this time in the race named for his owners, the G1 Juddmonte International at York. Stretching out past a mile for the first time to take on the best middle-distance horses in Europe at 1 1/4 plus miles, Frankel left no doubt that he is a true great. Despite a slow start, the 4-year-old son of Galileo swept past the field in the stretch and drew away to win by 7 lengths. Godolphin's Farhh was second, a nose in front of 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf winner St. Nicholas Abbey.


Stay tuned for more about Frankel's amazing win from our on-the-scene blog, Across The Pond!



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Grass is the racing of the world, not dirt
icy-you can say and believe whatever you want. They also have the right to do what they want with their horse. As far as stretching Frankel out, I have stated the reason it took so long, as Sir Henry has said it many times and has been confirmed by Frankel's jockey. Cecil did not want to stretch Frankel out until he learned to relax behind horses. He has not done that until this year. I think the constant retirement of the 3 yr old crop this year would be far more worrying
Why should anyone like a horse that only runs on dirt or only sprints or only you name it. Frankel wins med free and I hope American mares are bred to him. Enjoy the standardbreds and the past greats, icy. Looking forward to your weekend picks. I'll be figuring out my picks later.
Maybe the solution is a Secret Gelder who wears a mask, takes from the rich and gives to the poor (us). I think a lot of these sound and unsound horses would find strength to race for their owners again. I think I'll go back to standardbred where they race em 20 time a year put em away then bring em out the next year. This is BS and I'm not happy nor should I be. They got 33% more out of Secretariat and he was the one who showed them the path to the gold and ruination of thoroughbred racing so why should anyone like this guy who can only run on grass.
icy, I keep reading that the top turf racing is in England. disagree that Frankel's owner waited two full years to show his best. I think he's been showing that, at the mile, for some time. Oh for the days of fill in the blank. You don't have to be happy or thankful for anything. P.S., I'm sure she was out grazing today, just to add to your reference.
I guess I haven't understood some racing concepts and of life in general since I was born. Why should I be happy to support anything that doesn't give me maximum satisfaction when I'm paying and they can but don't? Why should a horse racing on a tiny Island, who's owners waited two full years to show his best be considered the best when he hasn't met the best. In her 2010 trip to the BCC Zenyatta traveled farther than this horses lifetime totality in miles and that's just a recent example. If this is horse racing, then race them, otherwise close the show! The idea that I should be thankful for the greed thrown in my face is insulting, oh for the days of Kelso.
They have the best horse ..why not run in the best races... He can make 12F without breaking a sweat... The Juddmont solidified his greatness to me.. And I was all over the connections before this race. More 10-12 F please... Arc is logical
should have been "runs" not "urns"
yukichan- the Arc trip is rather unique where there is also a false straight before the final straight. And remember his uphill urns were at 8 furlongs, not 12. It may not make a difference, but it is 4 furlongs farther with an uphill final run
Frankel has won at Newmarket/Rowley which has a notable uphill final furlong finish.
Many odds on horses have faltered in the Bois de Boulogne. It has a notable UPHILL STRETCH
This horse needs to run in the ARC!
icy- not on their home turf. And Frankel has raced for 3 seasons now, longer than many. But the money is in breeding. Be thankful they have run him as long as they have. They didn't need to.
I've haven't questioned his ability since he beat Canford Hills as a 3yo but Is the name of this game breeding or racing. One of the best England ever had. Didn't Zenyatta beat a couple in that group today EZ?
Now there is no reason to question Frankel's ability
very true. It has been a privilege. Well said.
Frankel handled 10-1/2f today at York with as much ease as he's handled 8f over the past couple of seasons. He ambled into contention at his own leisure and totally blew apart G1 Coral-Eclipse runner-up, Farhh, and back to back G1 Coronation Cup and G1 BC Turf winner, St Nicholas Abbey by an easy 7 lengths in the Juddmonte International Stakes. Almost immediately after the race ended, the cries from many in the racing media started to allow Frankel to go to Longchamp and face the best of Europe's best over 12f in the G1 Prix De l' Arc De Triomphe. But Juddmonte Farms owner, Prince Khalid Abdullah, told RacingUK post Juddmonte International that the same plan that Sir Henry Cecil, Lord Teddy Grimthorpe, and himself have had for Frankel all along will not change because of this victory. He said no Arc De Triomphe for Frankel, no Breeders Cup for Frankel. He will run one more race in the G1 Champion Stakes at 10f in October at Royal-Ascot, and then Frankel will be retired to stud. Even if the Champion Stakes turns out to be Frankel's last hurrah, I still feel damn privileged to have bore witness to the ability this mighty champion possessed in my lifetime!!
what a awesome race, just a shake and boom he wins. Frankel is fantastic!
I knew he'd win. Great job, Frankel.

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