Equidaily.com surveyed 10 Eclipse Award voters this week and nine of the 10 said they cast their Horse of the Year vote for reigning champion Curlin. The Eclipse Awards ceremony is Monday night in Miami. TVG will televise the event, beginning at 4 p.m. The Horse of the Year announcement is expected around 6:30.
My pick is Zenyatta. I think the fact she went 7-0 and won on Breeders’ Cup day against a high-class field trumps anything Curlin accomplished in 2008. Granted, he won the Dubai World Cup, but his other wins came against suspect competition. Zenyatta thoroughly defeated reigning Distaff champion Ginger Punch twice last year and also had to dispose of the talented Cocoa Beach in the Ladies’ Classic on Breeders’ Cup day. She wasn’t just a synthetic track specialist, either. Arguably her most powerful victory came on the dirt at Oaklawn Park in April when she toyed with
Does the East Coast bias still exist? I think so. It’s alive and well and about to help Curlin, a horse that lost twice in 2008, win Horse of the Year over a mare that is undefeated and dominated her division like no other horse.