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Baffert Weighs in on Horse of the Year

The debate over who should be Horse of the Year started as soon as the result of Saturday’s breathtaking Breeders’ Cup Classic went official.


After having a few hours to reflect on it, the big players in the industry are weighing in today.  Hall of Fame Trainer Bob Baffert posted the following comment to the Paulick Report’s recap of the race...

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icy..Zenyatta is the great horse & Blame is the very good one. Nobody is going to argue that, but HOY is the horse that had the better 2010, not the better career. Zenyatta did not defeat a single Grade 1 winning horse in 2010.
  • icyhotboo · She beat 10 of them in the classic with a run for the ages. I will give you this much though IMO no other horse but Blame could have held her off and that's what makes her final 1/4 so great,that Blame is a very good closer in his own right.As a stallion it would serve Blame better obviously and this is not personal so let them give it to him. · 1446 days ago
I’m talking about in a horse’s victories. If you want to include races that a horse lost, knock yourself out. Well this changes everything. I’m gonna increase my ranking of Haynesfield now. Sure 10 out of 12 horses buried him in the Classic, but hey, he still beat a Grade 1 winning horse.
Zenyatta defiantly deserves HOY, the ONLY criteria needed to be considered for HOY is the horse has to have at least 1 start in North America in that year. It’s doesn’t say anything about who they beat, by how much they won or lost by, what surface they raced on, etc. Just for what Zenyatta has brought to the sport of horse racing she should get it hands down!
Humphrey, Blame also beat those horses you just mentioned. More than once, if you're talking about Quality Road, Haynesfield, and Musket Man...
Hog squat she defeated four of them November 6th
Zenyatta defiantly deserves HOY, the ONLY criteria needed to be considered for HOY is the horse has to have at least 1 start in North America in that year. It’s doesn’t say anything about who they beat, by how much they won or lost by, what surface they raced on, etc. Just for what Zenyatta has brought to the sport of horse racing she should get it hands down!
I will state up front I have never been a Zenyatta fan because of her owners resistance to shipping to face GI competition on the dirt ( the Apple Blossom does not count) and her running style ala Silky Sullivan. However after her performance on Saturday, there's is no doubt she is, as baffert said, the REAL DEAL. When when started her run, I stood and cheered for her the whole way. How could any horseracing fan not? She was two jumps from nailing Blame, who had home court and the best trip. She is very special. Now as far Horse of the Year...I'd vote for Goldikova. It's time American fans not be so provincial and recognize a three time Breeder's Cup champion. Give her her due.
what is this NOISE about Z not beating a single grade one winner? What about these grade one winners she pass like they were standing still: Qulaity Road, Haynesfield,Paddy O'Prado, and the Japanese horse Espoir CIty....guess they don't count??
I agree with Baffert. I hope she is named 2010 HOY which she should have her stunning 2009 BC Classic, a first for a girl in the 25 year history of the Breeders Cup. But, if she didn't make it then, I doubt that even with her record 19 wins and impressive loss (again, only girl, oldest, and by inches), I suppose it will go to the East as it does in all sporting venues. I guess her bypass last year was it, and anything out of the West is considered a fluke and unworthy.
Bob46 I think your the misguided one. Obviously you can't tell the difference between a very good horse and a great one.
The talking heads already gave you the road map they will follow as they deicided (crist Beyer Watchmaker) that she would ONLY get the vote if she won...When the closed minds have already told you the outcome, will it be any surprise? This crap has gone on for years. Can recal when Fort Marcy won it, several West coast horses were much better but it did not matter..That one was their darling
The EAST coast bias that belittled her last year, in spite of what SHE did and their favorite RACHEL did not do, will vote regionally like they have since the 50's
I think Baffert is a little misguided here. If going into a race there are three legit horses for HOY and one of them wins the race, it seems pretty reasonabe who should get the award. I know there is a lot of sentiment to give it to Zenyatta for her over all record and gutsy performance in the classsic however if that is the case then thats what you would be doing, giving it to her. Then what is the sense of even running these races. Blames 2010 year is at least as good if not better then Zenyatta's. You could maybe make the case if Zenyatta had even one more quality win but the Mosses sure put the kabosh on that. A very tepid schedule did not give Zenyatta any margin for error. She had to win that photo to get HOY.

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