What’s in a name?
Frankel was named after the legendary American trainer Bobby Frankel, who sadly died of leukaemia in November 2009 at the age of 68.
A five-time champion trainer renowned for his character, Bobby Frankel won the majority of America’s top races. In 1995, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, whilst in 2003, horses from his barn notched up 25 Grade 1 races between them – a world record for Gr.1 wins in a season. In total, his horses earned almost $228 million in prize money.
Bobby played a key role in the success of Juddmonte Farms in the USA, training many of Prince Khalid’s US-based horses. Amongst them were the Grade 1 winners Empire Maker, winner of the Belmont Stakes; Intercontinental, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and Matriarch Stakes; and Champs Elysees, winner of the Canadian International and now a stallion at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket. Ventura was the last Grade 1 winner out of Frankel’s stable, winning the Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park just days after Bobby’s death.
When the process of naming the latest crop of Juddmonte yearlings got underway at the end of 2009, it was decided that the best of them should be named in honour of the champion trainer. The very highly rated colt by Galileo out of Kind was selected from amongst over 170 yearlings, and duly registered with the name ‘Frankel’. That this colt would go on to become such a phenomenal racehorse is certainly a fitting tribute to the late great Bobby Frankel.