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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


Don’t know why but for some reason analysts have questioned whether Enable has lost a step now that she’s 5. For anyone who might have agreed, see today’s Yorkshire Oaks.

If you love horse racing, you won’t care that it was a four-horse field–this race wasn’t about wagering. And it wasn’t about whether she could go 4-for-4 lifetime vs. the Aidan O’Brien-trained filly, Magical.

It was about whether she could win this race for the second time in three year’s, adding this Group 1 to her two G1 Arc wins, and her two G1 King George-Queen Elizabeth scores.

And it was about whether she could win her 12th consecutive race, her 10th Group 1, improving to 13-for-14 lifetime. She did, going from easy lead, to stiff stretch run, to a drawing out score with a strong gallop-out.

Enable again proved that she is the world’s most exciting,and possibly its very best race horse.

There was no need for a rabbit aa Frankie Dettori caught a flyer away from the barrier and was instantly in front. She made all, which is not necessarily her best game.

Her best game comes when she’s challenged, like she was by Crystal Ocean at York, who must have been feeling the effects of that hard-fought stretch duel, losing another close decision in Wednesday’s Juddmonte International.

In his defense, it took a top class three year old, Japan, who got that job done and keeps impressing favorably.

Ryan Moore try to time his run aboard Magical perfectly and for an instant it appeared he might pull off the upset. But it’s not so much that Enable wins her races; it’s that she simply refuses to be denied.

Wednesday’s Yorkshire Oaks was her third Group 1 in a period of 47 days. Now John Gosden has to keep her on the ground and happy until the first Sunday in October, unless the great mare prohibits him from doing so.

She’s just an awesome racehorse, and she’s a pretty madam, too.

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