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Picking ZATT's Star of the Week is not always easy

Picking ZATT's Star of the Week 52 times a year can be a mixed bag. Sometimes it is easy, with one horse dominating in such a way that I do not give the decision a second thought. In some weeks, it comes down to a pair of performances in which I need to make a difficult decision that is likely to be the wrong one in the eyes of about 50% of my readers. This week's dilemma was more out of the ordinary. Thanksgiving week produced many worthy candidates in which I seriously considered no less than six choices. Take a look ...

On Fire Baby was just that in her Golden Rod win.

tasted the dirt, grabbed a quarter, encountered traffic, and still won the Demoiselle.

How can you argue with perfection? Awesome Feather looked as good as ever in winning her 8th race without a loss in the Gazelle.

As good as the fillies were at Aqueduct on Saturday, just take a look at the official time of the Cigar Mile to appreciate To Honor and Serve.

And how could I possibly forget the way Rapid Redux began the week, setting a modern day North American record for consecutive wins?

But in the end, I went with the class. Not only was Wise Dan as an impressive winner as the rest, but he was the one who did it against a really good field.

And oh yeah, don't even get me started thinking about Buena Vista gaining a huge measure of retribution in the Japan Cup!


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Star Billing ran a big Matriarch to be sure, but I wasn't sure that she impressed me any more than the 2nd place horse, Summer Soiree.
He won't be up for HOY, so gotta give the Star of the Week to Rapid Redux!
I agree rayjay.
About Star Billing, she ran the last quarter in 22 4/5. I expect big things from her next year.
I think Wise Dan is a great choice with the field he beat. Disposableplease, Awesome Feather and Star Billing were also very, very impressive I thought!
Totally agree with your picks, but, you might want to consider adding Star Billing in the Matriarch! She didn't beat chopped liver!! That was an international cast!
Thanks for mentioning all of these "stars" complete with video! Tonight, I am also thinking of those stars we lost over the past few days...
Can we just have a slew of co-winners this week? I seriously cannot pick who was the most impressive, though I am inclined to lean towards Disposablepleasure based on everything she had to overcome in order to win.
This was easy, 1:33:89 in the cigar mile. To Honor and serve

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Meet Brian Zipse 

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. 

Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
As Editor of Horse Racing Nation, Brian authors a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and adds his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Brian also consults for leading contest site Derby Wars, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 
A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.  

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