ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Undefeated Black Caviar romped to her 21st straight victory Saturday in her final race before heading to England for the Royal Ascot.
Ridden by regular jockey Luke Nolen, Black Caviar had an effortless run in the 1,200-meter Goodwood Stakes at Morphettville, slowing down approaching the post for a one-length victory.
It was the smallest field in the race's 133-year history, with only eight other horses entered in what nearly everyone, particularly the bookmakers, figured was a sure thing.
The 5-year-old mare, owned by a consortium of families and friends in Melbourne, went off at odds of $1.04 to win on a $1 bet before a sellout crowd of 30,000.
Two weeks ago at Morphettville, Black Caviar broke an Australian record for consecutive wins that lasted nearly a century — Desert Gold won 19 consecutive races between 1915 and 1917 and Gloaming did it between 1919 and 1921.
The hype surrounding Black Caviar on Saturday was such that the Australian Football League moved forward the start of its scheduled match in Adelaide between the Crows and Geelong to allow fans a chance to watch the game and then head to suburban Morphettville to attend the race.
Several websites carried offers for grandstand tickets to the race, at a substantial markup — the $10 general admission seats were going for up to $50 each. And last week, Australia Post issued a stamp honoring her 20 unbeaten starts.