HORSE RACING COLUMN: Zenyatta simply the best

Full story: Pasadena Star-News

In October 2008, shortly after Zenyatta won the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita, I ranked her fifth behind Ruffian, Lady's Secret, Personal Ensign and All Along on the list of all-time distaffers I'd seen run.

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Sylvester

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Thank you for this article. I was having a rough morning and needed a good laugh and boy did this article deliver. Zenyatta is without a doubt, the most overrated horse in the history of horseracing. If she was better on dirt then her owners and trainer wouldn't have kept her in southern CA on those fake tracks. Anyone who knows anything about horseracing knows that the fake synthetic tracks favor closers. Period. If her owners have the guts to embark the overrated Zenyatta on an eastern campaign, she will lose. If Rachel Alexandra returns to her 2009 form and I'm betting she does, she will dust Zenyatta. Period. Again, thanks for the laugh.
Chaz Betz

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Apr 9, 2010
 
Art, you've been smoking pot if you put Zenyatta in the same breath as Secretariat. I agree she is a nice filly and deserves to be among the best of all time. Zenyatta has not been racing except on the West Coast and another thing ,when she can race 3 times in 7 weeks and break all the records at three different Racetracks like Big Red did, then I'll put her on that level of greatness. Also, the year that Bid lost the Belmont I picked Coastal.
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Thanks, nice article, hope Zenny gets her sweet 16!
Mark A

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She maybe the best horse on synthetic but not the best ever. Synthetics are a third surface and that will always be the asterisk she'll have to carry and if she loses today against those bowling pins, forget about it.
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I'm so glad that I live in California and have been able to see Zenyatta up close and personal so many times, she is UNELIEVABLE, what every horse racing fan's dreams are made of. Like you said in the article Art, she should have been Horse of the Year the last two years in a row. I thank the Moss's for giving us another year to enjoy her racing and thank John and his crew for taking such good loving care of her. Keep the videos coming John!
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Apr 9, 2010
 
Sylvester wrote:
Thank you for this article. I was having a rough morning and needed a good laugh and boy did this article deliver. Zenyatta is without a doubt, the most overrated horse in the history of horseracing. If she was better on dirt then her owners and trainer wouldn't have kept her in southern CA on those fake tracks. Anyone who knows anything about horseracing knows that the fake synthetic tracks favor closers. Period. If her owners have the guts to embark the overrated Zenyatta on an eastern campaign, she will lose. If Rachel Alexandra returns to her 2009 form and I'm betting she does, she will dust Zenyatta. Period. Again, thanks for the laugh.
Thanks for the good laugh..LOL. I see you have plenty of ifs in your crap.. Anyhow if only I win the Lotto.
Tillamook

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Apr 9, 2010
 
I hope that we have dirt racing back at SA, HOL, and DMR soon so we can finally put to rest this farcical chapter in Southern California racing history.
Alex

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Apr 9, 2010
 
If Zenyatta is "over rated" because of the surface she races on, I wonder what Rachel Alexandra is...
Surface doesn't matter. Being a distaffer doesn't matter. What matters is, she's never lost, and even synth specialists haven't been able to do that. Over rated? You know what really is over rated? Those people who say synth is crap, just because they're jealous that a western horse is the best in the world.

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Apr 9, 2010
 
Sylvester wrote:
Thank you for this article. I was having a rough morning and needed a good laugh and boy did this article deliver. Zenyatta is without a doubt, the most overrated horse in the history of horseracing. If she was better on dirt then her owners and trainer wouldn't have kept her in southern CA on those fake tracks. Anyone who knows anything about horseracing knows that the fake synthetic tracks favor closers. Period. If her owners have the guts to embark the overrated Zenyatta on an eastern campaign, she will lose. If Rachel Alexandra returns to her 2009 form and I'm betting she does, she will dust Zenyatta. Period. Again, thanks for the laugh.
Sylvester...Thanks for letting me take all your money. Keep on betting..Your so Wise...ok enough sarcasm...Let me spell it out for you stupid..American Lion just won the Illinois Derby on the front end coming off these fake tracks in Cali. Also Sidneys Candy won on the front end staying on synthetics. So many west coast horses have just thrived back east on dirt ie in 09 Pioneer ot Nile, Papa Clem, I want Revenge...And now this year they have been doing it again. How many times do these horses have to win before you realize that the surface doesn't matter. People like you rely on excuses to convince yourselves because your ability to use logic is lacking. Now that the GREAT ZENYATTA has won yet again...on DIRT..outside of So. Cal..you still won't understand and thats fine. I like your money. Just remember, years down the road when you tell your great grandkids about The Great Zenyatta, just be honest with them and admit that you were incapable of recognizing her great talent at the time. Stay off the bandwagon. Your never welcome...And keep on trying to beat her. I appreciate that.
Shirley deutsch

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I flew from California to Arkansas just to see Zenyatta run today. I can tell you that everyone in Hot Springs is talking about Zenyatta and the amazing performance she gave today. She's not just a California girl any longer . . .she captures hearts everywhere.
Imbruglia

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Apr 9, 2010
 
Why do the haters fail to recognize the significance of ALWAYS winning. To run repeatedly against grade 1 competition, where on any given day many of these horses can be great, to always win regardless of pace, and most remarkably as a closer to always win regardless of traffic, to simply always win. This consistency is the very definition of greatness. And then to take such a strong opinion without ever actually seeing her in person, it defies understanding. Any sports fan who ever saw greatness in any arena just knew it. I saw Zenyatta in person in July 2008 and all I could say was, wow.
Butch Coyoca

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Apr 10, 2010
 
Well said. No if or butts she just kick butts.
Roger Stein

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Apr 10, 2010
 
All you East Coast yahoos and eat my crappp! None of you has hte guts to admit how wrong you were about voting in an inferior horse named Rachel as horse of the year. If Zenyatta were an east Coast based horse you would want to name a state after her.
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Apr 10, 2010
 
With all do respect Rachel was the HOTY because she ran the harder campaign.If you cant admit she ran the harder campaign then you should retire as a horse writer.The Mosses better step up the level of competion because you have Quality Road and Eskendreya nipping at her heels.I just dont understand why people bash RA.Its classless and disgusting.And if you want to talk about greatness well RA beat Be Fair and Just Jenda by 12 and 25 lengths.So what did Z really accomplish yesterday?Its like the the New York Yankees beating a high school team over and over again.Z should have went over to Dubai.But they are going to run the same soft campaign and loss HOTY again.I think they are doing a diservice to Zenyatta imo.And just to put where each horse ranks in history John Nerud a horse racing legend said after RAs Woodward that RA is better than the great Ruffian.So I ask you then Mr Wilson were would you rank RA in your eyes?
Roger Stein

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Mike wrote:
With all do respect Rachel was the HOTY because she ran the harder campaign.If you cant admit she ran the harder campaign then you should retire as a horse writer.The Mosses better step up the level of competion because you have Quality Road and Eskendreya nipping at her heels.I just dont understand why people bash RA.Its classless and disgusting.And if you want to talk about greatness well RA beat Be Fair and Just Jenda by 12 and 25 lengths.So what did Z really accomplish yesterday?Its like the the New York Yankees beating a high school team over and over again.Z should have went over to Dubai.But they are going to run the same soft campaign and loss HOTY again.I think they are doing a diservice to Zenyatta imo.And just to put where each horse ranks in history John Nerud a horse racing legend said after RAs Woodward that RA is better than the great Ruffian.So I ask you then Mr Wilson were would you rank RA in your eyes?
Mike,how were you able to write this? Seeing how you have your head up your asss this is truly an amazing feat!
Chaz Betz

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Apr 10, 2010
 
Art Wrote:

A nice filly? Wow ... thanks for the praise. She's never lost to a
Prove Out or an Onion, two horses that were hardly world beaters.
Only on the West Coast, huh? I guess those two victories in the Apple
Blosson in Arkansas don't count, huh?

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Arkansas racing is the equivalent of minor league baseball, and anything west of the Mississippi is not real racing because of the synthetic surface. Also, the trainers today use too many chemicals to keep horses sound. Trainers like Allen Jerkens were masters of their game.( Prove Out & Onion) I guess we'll see when Zenyatta comes to Churchill and Belmont. And by the way if Zenyatta was in the 1973 Belmont Stakes,she would have needed binoculars to see the pimples on Secretariat's a??.
Mike

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Apr 10, 2010
 
Hey Rog,
Maybe the Cali sun been beaten on your brain to long.You call beating Grade 3 horses and amazing feat?Give me what drugs your on!And what RA did last year was not an amazing feat?She won HOTY fair and square people need to move on!But some writers and fans cant get over it.I just have to laugh.

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Mike wrote:
With all do respect Rachel was the HOTY because she ran the harder campaign.If you cant admit she ran the harder campaign then you should retire as a horse writer.The Mosses better step up the level of competion because you have Quality Road and Eskendreya nipping at her heels.I just dont understand why people bash RA.Its classless and disgusting.And if you want to talk about greatness well RA beat Be Fair and Just Jenda by 12 and 25 lengths.So what did Z really accomplish yesterday?Its like the the New York Yankees beating a high school team over and over again.Z should have went over to Dubai.But they are going to run the same soft campaign and loss HOTY again.I think they are doing a diservice to Zenyatta imo.And just to put where each horse ranks in history John Nerud a horse racing legend said after RAs Woodward that RA is better than the great Ruffian.So I ask you then Mr Wilson were would you rank RA in your eyes?
Mike...Had Zenyatta went to Dubai and won then you would fall back on the synthetics excuse again. Besides, there was the 5 million offer had the Ra team had any guts to show up and take her on but instead they chose to duck her AGAIN! and even after Oaklawn went out of their way to back the race up 1 week to Accommodate Jess Jacksons excuse that they needed the time between races. Aside from the fact that RA got beat in a an easier race than Zenyatta ran in yesterday. You better face reality, RA is DONE...Finis..No MAS...AND ZENYATTA is STILL WINNING....ON DIRT...OUTSIDE OF SO CAL... We would all like to see her face tougher competition but the problem is that SHE IS THE TOUGHEST AROUND. And maybe if all the rest stopped avoiding her then She could truly show off HOW GREAT SHE IS. But I am glad that you are incapable of recognizing this because it just shows where your money goes...In my wallet and I do appreciate you giving me your money. Thanks and keep on giving...oh BTW your Eskenderaya threat is laughable, a little early to be using him.And remember Quality Road freaked out and wouldn't even go in the gate when he SAW ZENYATTA....But I know of a horse that SCARES yours...ZARDANA...Boooooooooo! .....hahahhaahaha

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Mike wrote:
Hey Rog,
Maybe the Cali sun been beaten on your brain to long.You call beating Grade 3 horses and amazing feat?Give me what drugs your on!And what RA did last year was not an amazing feat?She won HOTY fair and square people need to move on!But some writers and fans cant get over it.I just have to laugh.
Mike maybe you should grow up and stop using drugs...?....even if you can't accept reality..
Leo

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Apr 11, 2010
 
Lets put Zenyatta in a 10 or 12 horse field this part of the year, not against tired horses which she ran against in NOV.
The fact remains Zenyetta has NEVER ran against a real hard competition as did Rachel Alaxendra. That is why RA won horse of the year. Sheriff and Moss will break her down this year trying to prove a point.

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