Australian superstar Black Caviar will face 14 rivals when she puts her unbeaten record on the line in Saturday's Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in London.
The 5-year-old mare, owned by a consortium of families and friends in Melbourne, is unbeaten in 21 starts.
Black Caviar broke an Australian record for consecutive wins that lasted nearly a century — Desert Gold won 19 consecutive races from 1915 to 1917 and Gloaming did it from 1919 to 1921.
She is the second-highest-rated horse in the world behind Tuesday's Queen Anne Stakes winner, Frankel.
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Peter Moody's mare has been "eating and sleeping normally" ahead of Saturday's 6-furlong Group One race, which will mark Black Caviar's first international appearance.
Post time is 10:45 a.m. EDT. The race will be televised live on TVG.
New Mexico limits drugs
The New Mexico Racing Commission voted unanimously Thursday to limit the use of drugs in the state's horse racing industry and to impose tougher penalties on those who run afoul of its drug rules.
The vote followed a public hearing last month at which every segment of the racing industry, including jockeys, horsemen, breeders and track managers, spoke in favor of the new rules.
"I can't recall one person saying this is not a good idea for New Mexico," said Robert M. Doughty III, chairman of the racing commission.
The state's decision to adopt the new rules, among the toughest in the nation, was spurred largely by an investigative report in The New York Times in March, said Vince Mares, the commission's executive director. The Times, using racing data and regulatory records, found New Mexico's horse racing industry had the worst safety record in the nation and that frequent drug violators escaped punishment.
The state also recently joined a national association that monitors drug violators.
With the adoption of the new rules, New Mexico joined a small number of racing jurisdictions with the lowest allowable levels of two widely used pain suppressants. Many regulatory veterinarians say that pain medicine is overused and can mask injuries, threatening the safety of horses and jockeys.
Jack McGrail, executive director of New Mexico Horsemen's Association, said the new rules will mean some violators could be suspended for three years. "Those suspensions have a lot of teeth," McGrail said. "We fully support it."
Weather hampers Belmont
Belmont Park called off its card after four races when a thunderstorm knocked out power Friday, the second straight day of canceled races because of the weather.
Thursday's entire card was scrapped because of heat and humidity.
Belmont will try to resume Saturday, with the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes the featured race.