By Mike Curry, America’s Best Racing
Undefeated reigning European Horse of the Year Frankel ran his winning streak to 13 victories without a defeat and eight opponents into submission with a victory in the Juddmonte International Stakes (Eng-G1), the highlight of Wednesday's opening day card at the Ebor meeting at York.
Considered the best racehorse on the planet, Frankel further enhanced his already impeccable reputation by stretching out beyond a mile for the first time in his career and defeating 2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) winner St. Nicholas Abbey in the about 1 5/16-mile International Stakes.
Jockey Tom Queally reserved the Galileo colt well behind a solid pace and tracked St. Nicholas Abbey into the straight. The latter made his move first, with Farhh launching his bid from the center of the course, but when Queally gave Frankel his cue the response was powerful and immediate. Within just a few explosive strides, Frankel bounded clear and won easily with Farhh and St. Nicholas Abbet far behind battling for second.
Frankel completed the distance in 2:06.59 on turf rated as good to firm to prevail by seven lengths for owner-breeder Juddmonte Farms and trainer Sir Henry Cecil.
"For Henry and the team to bring Frankel in such great shape to York, in front of a brilliant crowd who appreciated him, is absolutely fantastic," Juddmonte Racing Manager Teddy Grimthorpe told England's Press Association. "Then for the horse to perform like he did, it's a dream, isn't it? The way he just comes there and does it is simply wonderful.
"It's hard to believe and I've never seen anything like it."
Frankel probably would be the favorite in at least four races on the Breeders' Cup World Championships card - the Classic (G1), Turf (G1), Mile (G1), or Dirt Mile. So far, Frankel's connections have given no indiaction that he will be pointed to the Breeders' Cup races in November at Santa Anita Park.