OK, there’s one theory floating around out there that says Rachel Alexandra’s co-owner, Jess Jackson, wants no part of the unbeaten Zenyatta, that he’s using the synthetic track angle as a way to avoid meeting her on the track.
It’s an interesting thought, whether it has any validity or not. I mean, Rachel’s handlers could keep entering 3-year-old races the rest of the way and there’s no way Zenyatta’s camp could oppose her, even if they wanted. Rachel could go in races like the Haskell, Travers, Alabama … any number of them … and avoid having to meet the monster that is Zenyatta.
There’s no doubt these two distaffers are the two leading contenders for Horse of the Year and they are also the two most popular race horses in America today. This is something that is great for horse racing. It’s got people talking about the sport, with topics ranging from Jackson’s refusal to race over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride synthetic in the Breeders’ Cup to who would win if the two super stars ever meet.
There are many who wonder why Jackson would announce to the world five months in advance that he’s not going to the Breeders’ Cup. What if something happened to Zenyatta before then, or if Zenyatta’s owner and trainer decided they were going to run in the Classic against the boys — a real possibility folks — and not the Ladies’ Classic? Wouldn’t that make the Ladies’ Classic a much easier proposition for Rachel Alexandra?
Last year, Jackson kept saying “been there, done that” in regards to whether Curlin was going to run in the Breeders’ Cup. Of course, he relented and his talented colt finished fourth with no excuses. Of course, his camp used the excuse that he didn’t like the synthetic, but truth is he just wasn’t good enough that day.
It’s getting more and more interesting, folks, and the Super Bowl of horse racing — i.e. the Breeders’ Cup — is still five months away.