Rachel back atop NTRA poll

Looks like the voters in the NTRA’s weekly poll of the nation’s top thoroughbreds had a change of heart this week and put Rachel Alexandra back in the top spot where she deserves to be. The two switched spots, with Well Armed, Einstein and Mine That Bird staying put in third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

The rankings, including first-place votes, age, 2009 record, point totals and rankings the previous week::
1. Rachel Alexandra (6) 3-F 5-5-0-0 159 2
2. Zenyatta (8) 5-M 1-1-0-0 157 1
3. Well Armed (3) 6-G 3-1-1-0 136 3
4. Einstein (1) 7-H 4-2-0-2 125 4
5. Mine That Bird 3-G 5-1-2-1 92 5
6. Macho Again 4-C 4-2-0-1 52 6
7. Gio Ponti 4-C 3-2-0-0 50 7
8. Bribon 6-G 5-3-0-0 36 8
9. Summer Bird 3-C 5-2-0-1 27 10
10. Fabulous Strike 6-G 3-1-2-0 26 9

I still think Zenyatta is too high and Einstein too low for what the two horses have accomplished so far in 2009. Einstein has two Grade I victories — one on a synthetic and the other on turf — and Zenyatta has one Grade 2 win to her credit.

10 thoughts on “Rachel back atop NTRA poll

  1. Rachel won the Preakness against the boys in convincing fashion. She’s Horse of the year in my book. maybe there should be a race with both Rachel and Zenyetta to find out the who’s really the best.

    Perhaps the Hollywood Gold cup or the Del Mar Million.

  2. Rachel won the Preakness against the boys in convincing fashion. She’s Horse of the year in my book. maybe there should be a race with both Rachel and Zenyetta to find out the who’s really the best.

    Perhaps the Hollywood Gold cup or the Del Mar Million.

  3. If there was a Horse of the Year for the first half of 2009, I think Rachel Alexandra should win it hands down. But giving out Horse of the Year in June is like crowning a national champion in college football the first week of November. There’s a whole lot of racing to go, and the most important races are still to be run.

  4. Jess Jackson refuses to run her on Santa Anita’s surface (and Im sure Hollywood or Del Mar either) so dont plan on seeing any big races vs Zenyatta or any end of the year honors other than 3 yo filly.

    Horse racing is done unfortunately. 6 horse fields, cut back in days, Kentucky crying that its the end of the world because no slots, Bay Meadows, Ellis Park, Turfway, Hollywood, all gone or on their way out, Santa Anita for sale. NO GOVERNING BODY.

    Jackson did a great thing by running RA in the Preakness and taking their candy but to announce now, in June that she wont run in NOVEMBER because of the track surface? The good ones can run on anything. He wants to blame Curlin’s loss on the “plastic.” Is he clueless? Curlin made an EARLY 8 wide move and was beat by horses that were better that day. He wasnt the same horse going into the BC and Jackson was looking for excuses prior to the race anyway.

    Here is a beautiful analysis of Curlin coming into the Breeders Cup that was on the BC website, “Weaknesses: A brilliantly fast sophomore in his initial tries, Curlins body has grown into massive proportions, and with it, hes become a bit less athletic and more of a grind-it-out type. Since his highly impressive Dubai World Cup score, hes returned victorious on several occasions, but most speed-figure calculations and naked-eye tests say he might be a step slower than he was in his brilliant run last autumn. But his style certainly has worked wonders for him, and a step slow for Curlin still may be two or three steps ahead of the rest.”

    Everybody knew this horse was tailing off. The track surface had NOTHING to do with him trying to get first jump instead of grinding it out like he had been in recent races. He simply couldnt sustain the bid and was passed a beaten animal.

    Its too bad when humans turn me sour to their horses. Good luck Saturday Jess. Hopefully the track will be perfect, she’ll run her race, and return home safely.

  5. Jerry,
    It’s difficult to argue with the majority of your points. I’m not a fan of artificial tracks, but I don’t believe Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface was the reason that Curlin got beat.

  6. Curlin was an excellent 3 year old who went on to become a very good older horse. Nothing more, he was not “brilliant” or any of the other adjectives the connections have placed on him. The reason he stood out is because other top 3 years olds like him have been stopped on. Smarty Jones, Bernardini, etc all would have become “Curlin types” probably better. Blaming the “plastic” for beating Curlin is absurd. He was clearly tailing off.

  7. Pete,
    Agreed. I spoke with Bobby Frankel about the very same subject before last year’s Breeders’ Cup and he told me much the same thing — that Curlin was a very good horse who didn’t deserve to be placed among the greatest of all time. I would agree with that. I applaud Jess Jackson for running Curlin as a 4-year-old, but I don’t even think he was Horse of the Year last year. I felt that honor should have gone to the unbeaten Zenyatta.

  8. Hate this. Zenyatta totally owns Rachel. She destroys all competition and has won EVERY race. Compare that to Rachel and lets see who’s really on top. Zen Master should be Horse of the Year and has already won it.

  9. Sam, if Horse of the Year voting was held today, it would be hard to make a case for Zenyatta winning over Rachel Alexandra, who has done so much more in 2009 — SO FAR. The Zenyatta camp needs to step up and show the Eclipse voters that she deserves it. They can’t keep her home and keep running against the same horses she’s already beaten if they want to win Horse of the Year, it’s that simple. Rachel has beaten the boys already and been to numerous different places, winning seven consecutive races. Don’t get me wrong. I think Zenyatta would beat Rachel, but we need to see it.

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