Any Zenyatta supporters out there?

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.

2 thoughts on “Any Zenyatta supporters out there?

  1. Zenyatta should be horse of the year, Art.

    She beat the best in her division (and that division sported many a few G1 winners). Cocoa Beach came out of the BC Distaff (I prefer the old name of the race) and took the G1 Matriarch at Hollywood in her next start.

    Compare that to Curlin – who beat a bunch of Grade 2-Grade 3 types all year (Wanderin Boy, Well Armed, Einstein, etc).

    The only 2 times he faced LEGITIMATE Grade 1 competition, Curlin lost both times (Red Rocks and Raven’s Pass did the job those times).

    Zenyatta deserves the Horse of the Year.

  2. Art,
    Zenyatta is magnificent yes. The older mare Eclipse winner yes. Horse of the Year, no.

    She went undefeated, a perfect 7 for 7, and earned just over $2 million. Very impressive and the way she did it, even more so. Lets take a closer look.

    She won 4 Grade 1′s but lets be honest, she only beat 2 Grade one type MARE’S. Ginger Punch and Cocoa Beach were true Grade 1 runners but they took advantage of a weak female roster in New York all year and failed when they went to Arkansas and California.

    Zenyatta beat up on Tough Tiz’s Sis whose biggest race was a slop aided romp in the Grade 1 Ruffian. She popped a 113 beyer in the Ruffian and the next best beyer she had run ALL YEAR was a 97.

    Oh yeah, Zenyatta also took out BEASTS like Cal Bred Romance is Diane, Santa Teresita, Kris’ Sis, SILVER SWALLOW, and MODEL!!!! I wouldve put Hystericalady in the mix but she does not win on synthetics as she is 0 for 6 and thats where Zenyatta’s playground has been all year, the SoCal synthetic tracks (except Oaklawn).

    Zenyatta ran a 108 beyer twice, a 104, and a couple of 103′s, rounded out by a 97 and a 94. Hardly fast enough to keep up with Grade 2 males.

    Curlin on the other hand won 5 of 7 finishing second once (his first grass attempt and ran second to a past Breeders Cup winner and Grade 1 Man O War stakes winner Red Rocks)and earned $5.4 million. He travelled to Dubai to take on all comers and won by an impressive 4 1/2. He has put up beyers of 112, 111, 110, 106, and 104. He won 4 Graded/Group 1 races this year including the Dubai WORLD Cup, Stephen Foster, Woodward, and Jockey Club Gold Cup.

    Another poster claimed Curlin beat Grade 2 and 3 horses. Look closer. He beat Einstein who won the G1 Gulfstream Park Turf, G1 Turf Classic, and was second in the Clark and Makers Mark. Einstein also beat Commentator who won the Grade 1 Whitney.

    Curlin beat Well Armed, winner of the Grade 1 Goodwood, G2 San Antonio, and G2 San Diego. Well Armed beat Albertus Maximus who won the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile!!! Well Armed also beat Mast Track who won the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup.

    Curlin beat Divine Park who won the Grade 1 Met Mile. He beat Go Between who won the Grade 1 Pacific Classic and was second in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap as well as the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup. Curlin beat Student Council who has also won the Grade 1 Pacific Classic and in 2008 won the Grade 1 Pimlico Special.

    In closing, Zenyatta won races where she only had to beat a field of 3 others (the Ladys Secret), 4 others (The Milady), 5 others (Apple Blossom and El Encino). She beat an aging Ginger Punch who was not as good in ’08 as she was in ’07. Ginger Punch won the Go For Wand by 1 1/4, the Personal Ensign by a nose, lost the Beldame by 1/2, and was nowhere in the Ladys Classic. She was tailing off and ready to ride into the sunset. Cocoa Beach won the $91,000 Love Sign, beat Ginger Punch(less) and 2 others in the Beldame, and won the Matriarch over Precious Kitten (see Ginger Punch) and Visit.

    This is a vote for Horse of the Year not Older Mare. She is the Older mare Champion for sure, HOY she is not.

    With Respect,
    Jerry

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