The way I see it, the vote for Horse of the Year could go either way Monday night in Miami Beach, but I have a gut feeling Zenyatta is going to get the nod this time. I voted for Zenyatta because of her brilliance on the track and for what she brought to the sport off it.
There are seven categories that include slam-dunk winners. It would be the upset of upsets if any of the following lost:
* Uncle Mo for top 2-year-old male
* Awesome Feather for top 2-year-old filly
* Lookin At Lucky for top 3-year-old male
* Blind Luck for top 3-year-old filly
* Blame for top older male
* Zenyatta for top older female
* Goldikova for top female turf horse
I think there are three other probable winners, including Gio Ponti as top male turf horse, Big Drama as top male sprinter and Dubai Majesty as top female sprinter. Although I’d be surprised if any of those three lost, it would not shock me as much as if one of the Sensational Seven lost.
Perhaps the closest vote will come in the category for top jockey. Ramon Dominguez, Garrett Gomez and John Velazquez are all worthy recipients. I voted for Gomez because his numbers were just as good as the other two with far less mounts.
Todd Pletcher will probably win top trainer because of his superior numbers, although there has been a backlash over the Life At Ten incident during the Breeders’ Cup. But until an ongoing investigation shows any guilt on Pletcher’s part, I don’t think it’s fair to penalize the man. If there is any guilt at all, who’s to say the on-call veterinarians were not at fault for failing to scratch the Pletcher trainee? It’s dangerous to go around pointing fingers until the official probe into the incident is completed.
So what do you think? Of the Sensational Seven, who is the most likely to fall victim to an upset?