Zenyatta is the greatest racehorse of all time if she is your favorite. Rachel Alexandra is the greatest racehorse of all time if she is your favorite. Secretariat is the greatest racehorse of all time if he is your favorite. The list can go on and on and on. All of these statements are true; every horse that is your favorite was the greatest racehorse ever. That is a fact. I don’t need stats or opinions from anyone else. I know who my favorite is and you know who your favorite is. It does not matter what makes a horse YOUR favorite horse, but I will say that NOBODY has any right to tell me that their favorite is better and I have no right to tell someone that my favorite is better. This is what makes them my favorite and your favorite. Every time I check in on the site there is another bash Zenyatta, bash Blame or bash Rachel Alexandra thread going on. Come on folks, we are on here because we are racing fans. My favorite may not be the best horse ever, but so what! They do not have to break records or win Breeder’s Cups or be horse of the year to be our favorites, we can like them anyway.
Who is the greatest racehorse ever? The horse that left you wanting more; the horse that made you tune in next time on television; the horse that made you take that road trip to the track to catch a glimpse; the horse that left you with goose bumps. The greatest racehorse ever is the one that turned me into a passionate fan of racing. She did not win all of her races, but she made me stand up and pay attention to racing. She made me want more, more racing and more of her. When she left me, I was so hooked on racing that I had found another horse that I fell in love with. When he left, I found another horse. God willing, when my next favorite leaves I will find another horse. She did this for me and for that she is the greatest. You have your favorites that did that for you and for that, they are the greatest.
Let me save you all the trouble and the suspense, the truth is we will never know who the greatest racehorse ever is; but fear not, we will never know who the greatest baseball player, football player or even president was. We don’t really know if Gone with the Wind is the greatest movie of all time and we will never know if Man O War really was the greatest racehorse of all time. I like it that way; my favorite is the greatest and your favorite is the greatest. There is no way to prove me wrong or to prove you right. It sucks, but it is fact. Period.
Now, I know you can pull out all of these stats and I can too, but does it matter? Will my stats change your mind? Will your stats change my mind? No, probably not and that is why we are all here to share our passion for horses and horseracing with others. I am so honored to be able to share my thoughts with you and for you to share your thoughts with me.