Zenyatta has such self-assurance, such insouciance and swagger, and
she's so towering that she often seems to look over and beyond her
rivals prior to a race, as though they're not even there, explained her
jockey, Mike Smith.
just so full of confidence... sometimes I think she leaves the gate
extra slow just to give them a head start," Smith said about the most
charismatic horse in the country who's undefeated after 18 races.
Zenyatta will go for her 19th victory Saturday in the $250,000 Lady's
Secret Stakes at Hollywood Park.
It's expected to be preparation
for the Breeders' Cup Classic, which will be run Nov. 6 at Churchill
Downs. Blame, who with Zenyatta is an early favorite for the Classic,
also will get in his final preparatory race Saturday, in the $750,000
Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.
Their victories Saturday
would set the table for a feast of a Classic. But this game often
rewards skepticism. And at the risk of sounding like an apostate, it
wouldn't be shocking if one of them lost this weekend.