Am I alone on an island on this? Am I the only observer who believes Zenyatta deserves Horse of the Year over Curlin? The announcement will be made tomorrow night at about 6:30 p.m. during the Eclipse Awards ceremony in Miami. TVG will televise, beginning at 4 p.m.
Last I saw, it doesn’t say anything in the Eclipse bylaws that distaffers have to beat males in order to be named Horse of the Year. Azeri didn’t do it in 2002, and she was named top horse of the year. In my mind, the award should go to the horse that dominates his or her division the most. When you look at the mediocre fields Curlin beat up on, sans the Dubai World Cup, and then look at how Zenyatta had to beat the likes of Ginger Punch and Cocoa Beach on Breeders’ Cup day to remain undefeated, that says it all to me.
And don’t give me this lame stuff about Curlin getting beat in the Breeders’ Cup because he didn’t like the synthetic track. Great horses win on all surfaces. End of story.