Champion mare Black Caviar easily extended her unbeaten streak to 25 wins in as many starts April 13 as she ran 10 overmatched opponents off their feet in the AUS$1 million Darley T. J. Smith Stakes (Aus-I) at Royal Randwick.
The 6-year-old Bel Esprit mare won by three lengths over 3-year-old group I winner Epaulette while easily making one of the toughest fields of her career look quite ordinary. Last-out The Galaxy (Aus-I) winner Bel Sprinter finished 2 1/4 lengths back in third.
Black Caviar won her 18th race at the 1,200-meter (about six-furlong) distance, finishing in 1:09.65. She scored her second T. J. Smith victory after winning the 2011 edition of the race from familiar rival Hay List, who finished 10th this year.
After breaking from post one and racing in third, one off the rail on less than ideal softer ground, Black Caviar was guided to the middle of the track at the top of the straight, where she secured the victory in the matter of a few devastating strides. She shook free of pacesetter Rain Affair at the 200-meter mark and drew clear as the overwhelming favorite under Luke Nolen.
Black Caviar posted a record eighth consecutive Australian group I win and a record 15th in her native country, surpassing the great Kingston Town.
A huge crowd thundered their approval as a proud Nolen guided Black Caviar to the winners' enclosure.
''They were going to make her earn it today but she still kicked their arse," Nolen told The Age. "If there are any knockers today, they can come and see me and I will sort them out."
Trainer Peter Moody was thrilled with Black Caviar's record victory.
"I'm told that is the best field she has ever faced. What can you say...she just gets the job done," he said.
Black Caviar earned an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.
As a part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge program benefits, the Breeders’ Cup will pay the $20,000 in entry fees and provide a $40,000 travel allowance to the winning connections for the $1 million Turf Sprint at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the Santa Anita hillside course. Black Caviar must be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by Oct. 21.
Moody said no decision about the future would be made until next week after the owners, managed by co-partner Neil Werrett, were consulted.