It was the best news for fans of the legendary race mare on October 24, 2013, Black Caviar when Rick Jamieson announced that the undefeated popular mare was in foal to another champion horse, Australian sire Exceed and Excel. Jamieson is her Black Caviar’s breeder and his announcement came as he was at the unveiling of a stunning life-size statue of the beautiful mare in her birthplace of Nagambie. Jamieson had only just found out before the ceremony that champion Black Caviar was pregnant with her first foal. His announcement was met with a great deal of jubilance for Black Caviar and her connections.
I was very excited and honored the owners let me make the announcement.
Then the exquisite bronze statue of the champion Black Caviar was unveiled. Those present were treated to a perpetuated image in bronze of a life-size Black Caviar and Luke Nolen winning the Aus I Schweppes Stakes at Moonee Valley in October 2011.
The hundreds of fan on hand at the unveiling ceremony came from all over dressed in the colors salmon and black.
One fan, in particular, was immensely thrilled to be at the unveiling. Sall Lehnhardt came all the way from San Francisco to attend the ceremony. She estimates that she amassed more than 3 million air miles just to see Black Caviar in her races. She was simply overjoyed at the news and to see the new statue of the horse.
I think she is the greatest racehorse I will see in my lifetime so to see her statue unveiled in her birthplace is fantastic.
Kerrin Wilkie, one of the eight owners, was excited to view the statue. She brought her grandchildren, two-year-old Taylor and six-month-old Jackson, dressed in salmon jumpsuits with the iconic black spots. Wilkie said, "I thought it would all be over when she retired but it just keeps going.”
Nolen was emotional as he talked about Black Caviar. He related to the fans that for him, it was a dream come true to ride her.
According to Strathbogie Shire mayor Deb Swan, “As Nagambians we can say we bred the best horse in racing history. Having such an iconic horse born here is fantastic … and by having something such as this is a huge drawcard and will be a benefit to the region.''
Mitch Mitchell, sculptor, made his realistic bronze creation at his Richmond studio using a photograph of jockey Luke Nolen riding Black Caviar in the Schweppes Stakes.
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