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Zipse At The Track

ZATT’s Midseason Awards

 

Never one to wait until the end, before anticipating what might come to be, I offer ZATT's Midseason Awards of 2014 to the horses that would win the hardware if the season ended today...

 

Three-Year-Old California Chrome - He may have lost the Belmont and his Triple Crown bid, but with five stakes wins, including the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, there can be no doubt that he is the Chrome standard of this glamour division. 


Three-Year-Old Filly - Untapable - The Kentucky Oaks winner has been nothing short of dominant in all three starts this year; looking forward to her return in the Mother Goose.


Older Male - Palace Malice - Four starts, four graded stakes wins; I don't think I am walking too far out on the limb to call him the best horse in America right now.


Older Female - Close Hatches - Unbeaten this year, and the winner of the showdown, she deserves the top spot in a strong division so far, but Princess of Sylmar and Beholder will have more to say before it is all said and done.


Turf Male - Wise Dan - The champ is off to a good start in hopes of joining Round Table as the only other horse to win three consecutive Champion Turf Horse awards.


Turf Female - Coffee Clique - It hasn't been easy, but she is perfect in three starts this year, including two exciting wins on big race days at Churchill Downs and Belmont Park.


Sprint Male - Bayern - Undefeated in two starts at under a mile, his Woody Stephens victory was spectacular enough to put him on top of a division that is just getting going in 2014.


Sprint Female - Midnight Lucky - The retirement of Groupie Doll has left a void among the female sprinters, but this one's lone race of 2014 has me believing that it is her championship for the taking.


Yes, I know it’s a little early for these, but let’s get an early start …


Two-Year-Old - Governmentshutdown - The son of Exchange Rate might be only a placeholder, but with two impressive wins in Maryland, he holds the top spot for now.


Two-Year-Old Filly - Fashion Alert - Electrifying winner of today's Astoria Stakes, the daughter of Old Fashioned certainly made a splash in her first career start.


They may not be categories of the Eclipse Awards, but maybe they should be … 


Marathon Man - Charming Kitten - You have to respect the horse who can come home powerfully at two miles, like this one did in the inaugural edition of the Belmont Gold Cup Invitational.


Most Mismanaged Horse - Ria Antonia - Do I really need to explain this one?


Drumroll please … 


Horse of the Year - California Chrome - Palace Malice might be primed to roll on by, but to this point of the season, no horse has done more in 2014 than California Chrome 

 

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I don't expect him back.
lets also not forget that palace malice had most of oct thru mid january off WTC poor guy hasnt had a break
HIMMM HANNAH HOW CAN YOU SAY WTC CRUSHED PALICE MALICE LAST YR LETS SEE PM BEAT WTC IN THE BELMONT AND THE JIM DANDY DERBY BOTH OF THEM SUCKED TRAVERS AFTER GETTING STALLED AT THE START AND 5 WIDE ISSED WINING BY A LENGTH AND A HALF AND IN THE BC HAD A JOCKEY CHANGE 2 HRS BEFORE RACE ON A RIDER THAT HAD NEVER RIDDEN HIM WE ALL HAVE OUT OPINIONS BUT WHEN YOU MAKE A BOLD STATEMENT LIKE CRUSH YOU BETTER BE ABLE TO BACK IT UP AND IN YOUR CASE THE EVIDENCE CANNOT SUPPORT YOUR STAEMENT
WE FORGET AS A 3 YR OLD PALCAE MALACE WENT FROM THE LA DERBY TO TWO WEEKS TO THE BLUE GRASS TO LIKE 3 WEEKS TO THE DERBY HE CAN HANDLE IT
ugly thing called reality says otherwise
palice malice by far the best horse going undefeated is still undefeated in my book
i'd love an Eclipse division for marathon horses. the long races are my favourites, and anything that would increase attention on and prestige of the super-long races would make me one very happy racing fan.
Dan is by far my favorite horse, but here's the issue - if you aren't racing, you can't win "awards". It doesn't matter that he is out due to unfortunate illness, the fact of the matter is he is missing out on the summer season that would give him the resume to be a top HOTY contender even if he is a highly talented runnner
the best horse in america is wise dan . period your going to through him out because of illness we will see my friends
Most Mismanaged Horse - Ria Antonia - Do I really need to explain this one? <-- I agree.
Would be nice to see them increase the purse for the Tokyo City as well. California has done a much better job hanging on to their 10 furlong plus races than the east coast.
San Juan Capistrano should be a Grade 1. John Henry won it.
Given how many races the BC runs at 8 furlongs and less, seems that they could have kept the Marathon (boosted it up to grade 1 level in fact) rather than dropping it like a hot potato after treating it like an unwanted weed in the garden for its too few years. They need both dirt AND grass marathons. When you start your petition to the NYRA to lengthen the JCGC, how about one to the BC to bring back the Marathon and make it a lucrative grade 1 as well?
Thanks for the link. Sadly the BC Marathon has been tossed since the writing of the article.
wrong site. http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/finalturn/archive/2010/01/20/staying-around-by-erwin-wodarczak.aspx This is how a good friend is keeping alive the stayer and posts so at his website LeftCoast Racing.
A bigger purse would too. The Brooklyn needs to be a Grade 1, and the purse needs a boost too. How about transferring some of tat 1.25 million the Met Mile has? The Handicap Triple needs to come back.
We absolutely need Eclipse Awards for stayers, both male and female variety. And I would love to see more prestigious races go back to their traditional distances. Let us start with the CCA Oaks to 12 furlongs and personal Ensign to 10 furlongs. And I would sign the petition for the JCGC in a heartbeat.
Ex. I'd sign that petition, yes! 12f would hopefully still attract some top names.
Not as in to directly bump it up to the distance. Maybe put it to 12f for a bit, with other top quality stakes at the distance, and move it up from there.
Ex, at 2 miles, it will attract nobodies .... The 2 mile turf race genuinely surprised me ... they did not look terrible. They actually ran home quickly (relative to distance).

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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 and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. 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. 
  
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A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.