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Blacks A Fake

Blacks A Fake

Sire:

Fake Left

Dam:

Colada Hanover

Broodmare Sire:

Vanston Hanover

Sex:

Gelding

Foaled:

October 7, 2000

Country:

Australia

Colour:

Brown

Breeder:

R H Pointer Nominees P/L

Owner:

C M Rasmussen, T L Titcomb & C H Pointer

Trainer/Driver:

Natalie Rasmussen

Record:

82:61-11-3

Fastest Winning Mile Rate:

At 2: 1:58.7
At 3: 1:58.0
Aged: 1:53.8

Prizemoney:

AUD$4,179,693

Group One Wins

2006

2006
2006
2007

2008
2008

2008

2009
2009
Inter Dominion Championships
M H Truer Memorial
Victoria Cup
Inter Dominion Championships
A G Hunter Cup
Inter Dominion Championships
Queensland Pacing Championship
Winter Cup
Queensland Pacing Championship
2010 Inter Dominion Championships
  • Correct as at 19 October, 2009
    • Currently Racing

Blacks A Fake is a brown Standardbred gelding that won the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 Inter Dominion Championships, making him the only four-time winner of Australasia's premier harness race. He finished second, beaten by a long neck, in the 2009 Inter Dominion to Mr Feelgood (USA).

Foaled on October 7, 2000, Blacks A Fake is a son of the Little Brown Jug Series winner and a Leading Australian Sire, Fake Left (USA), out of Colada Hanover by Vanston Hanover.[1] Blacks A Fake was inbred to the million dollar winner, Albatross, in the third generation (3x3).[2]

Blacks A Fake has raced 82 times for 61 wins, 11 seconds and 3 thirds, leading to AUD$4,179,693 in prizemoney.[3] He is now the highest stakes earner in Australian pacing history and has 10 Group One victories. He currently has a fastest mile rate of 1.54.1, set on March 14, 2009 in a heat of the 2009 Inter Dominion series.

In addition to his four Inter Dominion victories (being only the second horse to achieve this distinguished level) , he has also won the 2006 Victoria Cup and the 2008 Hunter Cup. His Hunter Cup win was made more remarkable by the fact he had to start from a 30 metre handicap and 10 metres behind any other runner. He came around the outside of every other runner to win in record time. His trainer had been reluctant to start in the race.

One of his few defeats came in the 2008 Ballarat Cup, after leading easily from barrier 1, local stayer Safari, who had broken the World Record for 2,650 m in his Bendigo Cup win, moved to his outside and actually lead from the one wide line for most of the last lap. As the two combatants entered the home straight Blacks A Fake led, but Safari pulled ahead midway down the straight. Over the final 50 metres Blacks A Fake again surged but was unable to reel in Safari. By the finish post, the two leaders had pulled some 10 m away from the third placed Good Lookin Girl. The race compared favourably to many of the great racing duels in history. Blacks a Fake turned the tables in the final of the 2008 Inter Dominion with his third successive victory at the highest level and Safari failing to run a place.

He has been trained and driven by young Natalie Rasmussen throughout his entire career. Natalie has been very patient with the champion pacer. Blacks a Fake suffered a major injury in 2003 and it was only due to the outstanding faith and hard work from Natalie that "Blackie" was able to return to pacing history. Natalie has had to overcome crippling injuries in the early 2000s herself when it was thought that she would never be able to drive pacers again. Natalie is the first woman in Australia to have trained and driven an Inter Dominion winner and the first Queenslander to win four.

Blacks A Fake made history on March 7, 2010, at Menangle Park by winning his fourth Inter Dominion title. It was arguably his greatest performance, where he defeated the New Zealand Cup and Miracle Mile winner, Monkey King by 2¾ metres, and ran the fastest mile-rate of any middle-distance race ever run.[4] The feat stamped himself as possibly the best Standardbred ever produced in Australia.

References

Blacks A Fakes profile on Australian Breeding

watch the semi final of the 2008 inter dominion here http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=JIoEnEHkeBE

and the grand final of blacks a fakes 3rd inter dominion http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=fl84hkqFW50



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