The debate figures to rage-on well into the New Year about whether or not Horse Of The Year is Blame or Zenyatta. Their respective records are similar, their abilities only a head apart.
The challenging part about this year’s award is that Zenyatta brought the Breeders’ Cup to an entirely new group of people including millions of non-racing fans. Even if the bulk of them tuned-in for just a few minutes to watch the race, no horse brought horse racing to the fore like she did since Smarty Jones and his Triple Crown bid. Is this Horse of the Year worthy? It’s worthy of something, that’s for sure.
Blame, on the other hand, defeated Zenyatta fair and square when the big money was on the line. The team with the best record doesn’t always end-up with the World Series trophy, and the same applies in horse racing. At the end of the day, I think we have to remember that horse racing is ultimately a competition and the very nature and definition of competition and sport says there will be a winner, and there will be a loser. In this case, the winner was Blame.