Australian mare Black Caviar won the 25th consecutive race of her illustrious career, breaking out of a tight pack about 500 metres from the finish to win the 1,200-metre T. J. Smith Stakes on Saturday by two lengths.
Before a capacity crowd of 25,000 at Royal Randwick, Black Caviar, with regular rider Luke Nolen aboard, went off at odds of about $1.15 to pay on a $1 wager in the $1 million race.
It was the six-year-old sprinter's third win since coming back from an eight-month injury layoff in February and an Australian-record 15th Group One victory overall.
Black Caviar narrowly won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, England, on June 23 of last year and faced possible retirement after tearing a quadriceps muscle at Ascot. But laser therapy and exercise enabled her to return to the track for another season.
"She's a special horse and words escape me,'' Nolen said.
"I'm not a wordsmith or a very well-educated man by any stretch but she totally touches me. You can see what she means to racing and to be a part of it just blows you away.''
Black Caviar increased her career earnings to more than $8 million.
Trainer Peter Moody said before the race that he would not rule out future Australian races for Black Caviar in Adelaide and Brisbane or a return to England.