first prediction for 2011 is this: Zenyatta will win the Eclipse Award
for Horse of the Year. Why? A tsunami of emotion among Eclipse voters
is building behind Zenyatta after her heroic loss to Blame in the
Breeders' Cup Classic.
This passion was brewing well before the
Classic. An influential bloc of Eastern writers wrote they were voting
for Zenyatta regardless of the Classic outcome. Part of that is voter
remorse from 2009 when the same people voted for Rachel Alexandra over
The only criteria for Horse of
the Year is that the animal has to race once in North America. That's
it. I predict voters will turn the Horse of the Year honor into a
lifetime achievement award.
Zenyatta snatched victory from the
jaws of defeat time and again like a modern-day Silky Sullivan. She
embodied all that is good in horse racing during her 19-race unbeaten