Is Black Caviar the greatest racehorse in the world?

The man who sold Black Caviar for $200,000 says he doesn’t regret his decision, even though the champion mare is now regarded as the greatest racehorse in the world.

As Black Caviar aims for her 12th win from 12 in this Saturday’s TJ Smith Stakes at Royal Randwick, the man who bred and sold the mare says he is thrilled for her new owners.

“I actually wanted to keep her but I was a bit worried about her front legs,” Rick Jamieson said.

“They weren’t quite as correct as you would like them to be and that was the only reason I sold.”

Since she was sold, Black Caviar has an unbeaten record in 11 starts and has won $2,609,250 in prize money. After dominating her past four group one outings, she is now officially rated the best racehorse in the world.

Jamieson says he still gets nervous about the mare’s legs when she runs, and at the time of the sale figured $200,000 in the bank was a good investment for a horse with physical shortcomings.

“‘Since selling, I have been so happy for the owners,” he said.

“They put their neck out and took the risk and good luck to them. I got a great price and I have not had one day that I have regretted it. But still I panic every time Black Caviar steps out, probably more than the owners.”

by Buford Balony


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