Breeders’ Cup lures Black Caviar

Breeders’ Cup officials are keen to attract Black Caviar on a ground-breaking trip to Santa Anita in November.

Black Caviar would become the first Australian-trained horse to run at North America’s two-day championship and Breeders’ Cup official Jim Gluckson stressed how keen he is to see the world champion mare in California.

“We are always looking to expand the international reach of the event and having Black Caviar run here would be a tremendous thrill for our fans in the USA,” he said.  “She would be permitted to wear the special barrier blanket and to have an attendant with to assist with the gate loading process.

“Her races have been followed closely over here.  The fact that she is an undefeated female like Zenyatta would certainly bring a lot of interest to our event.”

Black Caviar is due to run in the G1 Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide or the G1 BTC Cup at Doomben before heading overseas for the G1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.

There are a number of potential targets at the Breeders’ Cup.  While the BC Sprint race is run on dirt, the BC Turf Sprint (1300m) has been upgraded to G1 for 2012.

The BC Turf Sprint is run on the idiosyncratic downhill chute at Santa Anita.  Another option is the BC Mile which is run around the tight circuit.