The Household Cavalry takes morning exercise in replicas of the silks worn by jockey Tom Queally when he rides the mighty Frankel.
If you can’t see the above-embedded video from the Racing Post of the Household Cavalry paying tribute to Frankel, click on the link.
Yes, she was there, at Ascot to see the big race. I imagine wild horses couldn’t have kept HRH Elizabeth II, one of the world’s most famous “horse girls,” away from watching Frankel’s final race.
Just like many of us American race fans who were glued to Twitter or video from gambling sites or wherever we could find the race.
Frankel, considered by many race fans to be the best horse in the world, won his final race, the 2012 Qipco Champions Stakes at Ascot. He retired undefeated.
After Oct. 20, he stepped aside leaving a 14-0 record and us Yanks dreaming of a Breeder’s Cup Classic that will never be.
What follows is all the Tweets I either forwarded or made myself shortly before and after the race. If I forwarded a Tweet, it begins with RT or MT, the latter of which meaning I edited the Tweet for space.
To find people talking about Frankel on Twitter, I ran a search on the hashtag #Frankel. I also kept an eye on my regular Twitter stream which is full of race fans.
Let’s re-live the excitement of Frankel’s last race as seen on Twitter:
Pre-race fan excitement
MT @taniakindersley: All my racing tweeters who are at Ascot for Frankel: give the champ a cheer fr me. I sit in Scotland, swamped w/nerves.
Info apparently from promo materials for race coverage (An HRTV promo, to be precise)
Fran knows hooves
RT @hoofcarejournal: Frankel is shod by Steve Kielt of Newmarket…and has big (size 7) feet, perfect for soft turf!
Starts with Z and ends with “yatta”
Thought of a US comparison to #Frankel but I dare not speak her name … I see enough worry about him in the Tweets already.
Issues with live race coverage feed
Who won? 😉
Man, he had me worried, but we all knew there was another gear. #frankel !!!
Thank you, @frankel_horse, for an exciting career. 14-0. May your ladies be fast and lovely.
I’m misty, too. RT @eventersmom: OMG Bawling eyes out… now for Frankel, truly exciting winner! 14 out of 14 races, unbelievable!!
Frankel had a rough start from the gate. I didn’t see that before. http://ow.ly/eDfbG (Ed. note: The video at the included link has been removed from YouTube. I’ll include a link to race video at the end of the article.)
Racing celebs weigh in
MT @alexbrownracing: Relief: Frankel wins again 2 remain undefeated! Sounded like race did not go entirely to plan & he beat very good horse
Victory as sweet as carrots in sorghum and Guinness
They’ll argue about this in pubs for years
Ooooh …There’s a discussion! (Red Rum?) RT @brophychloe: Is Frankel better than Rummy?
Animal Kingdom’s trainer feels a shiver
Follow Tom and Frankel off the track
This didn’t come from Twitter, but I found this railbird video shot by MrBigSingle shortly after the race:
If you can’t see the video of Frankel and Tom railside just after the race, click on the link.
an-shot video on YouTube
An essay to give us perspective
Video of Frankel’s final race
I can’t embed it, but that’s okay. Click the link to see Frankel’s final race.