Black Caviar wins 25th race in a row

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SYDNEY (AP) -- Australian mare Black Caviar has won the 25th consecutive race of her career, breaking out of a tight pack about 500 meters from the finish to win the 1,200-meter T. J. Smith Stakes by two lengths at Royal Randwick.

Black Caviar, with regular rider Luke Nolen aboard, went off at odds of about $1.15 to pay on a $1 wager.

It was the six-year-old sprinter's third win since coming back from an eight-month injury layoff in February and an Australian-record 15th Group One victory overall.

Black Caviar narrowly won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, England, on June 23 of last year and faced possible retirement after tearing a quadriceps muscle at Ascot. But laser therapy and exercise saw her return to the track for another season.