Oscietra | Horse Of The Month December 2016
Oscietra - Horse Of The Month
Our December Horse of the Month is Oscietra, the first foal out of Black Caviar to make it to the track, actually, first foal, period.
The name, Oscietra, is a play on the filly’s heritage. Her dam, Black Caviar, was certainly worth every ounce, but Oscietra is a variety of caviar that is even more costly, so costly in fact, that it is considered priceless.
It seems like quite an original name, but there actually was a British horse from 1996 of the same name whose lines were predominantly of the United States, with connections to Canada’s Northern Dancer and Nearartic, with possibly her most famous ancestor being Bold Ruler of the U.S., that won the Preakness Stakes and was a three-year-old Champion Male and Horse of the Year in 1957 before going on to be the leading sire in North America eight times. Despite her impressive pedigree, however, this Oscietra did little of note, unless it was to finish third 17 times in 28 starts.
The current Oscietra, the one that is causing the stir in Australia, is a two-year-old bay filly by Exceed and Excel from Black Caviar.
Exceed and Excel was limited to 12 starts as a sprinter, his top win probably the Group 1 VRC Newmarket Handicap. He has virtually no Australian blood, at least for five generations back. What he does have are connections to Danehill, Danzig and 1948 U.S. Triple Crown winner Citation, winner of 32 races from 45 starts, for which he earned what is now considered a paltry $1.09 million U.S.
Dam Black Caviar, on the other hand, earned almost $8 million AUD for 25 wins against zero defeats and in most probability, would still be running and winning today had the decision not to risk her by racing not been made. Black Caviar also carries a lot of North American blood, with sprinter Vain being her most notable Australian ancestor.
Australian Oscietra certainly has caught the attention of the racing public, mainly for the vast expectations she has inherited from her mother.
Thus far, she has shown good potential in two trials and she has no compunction about getting out of the gate with alacrity, something her famous mother seemed to lack, seemingly almost out of a sense of fairness to the other horses, or perhaps out of a perverse delight in chasing them down.
Oscierta will race for real soon and everyone would like to see her in the Golden Slipper, but her training triad of David and B. Hayes and T. Dabernig will inform us at the appropriate time.
Congratulations to our December Horse of the Month, Oscietra.