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2010 Apple Blossom (G1)

4/9/2010, Oaklawn Park
Post Time:
6:33 AM CT
1 1/8 m (Dirt)
4+ F
*Rank is current Power Ranking among all active horses, based on highest HRN rating. Rating is based on HRN member voting.

What the Nation is saying about the 2010 Apple Blossom (G1)...

Today, the Paulick Report received a puzzling email from PETA claiming that the upcoming Apple Blossom featuring Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta would be a 'grueling match race'. They went on to compare the April 9th race to the infamous breakdowns of Ruffian and Go For Wand. It appears that someone n...Read More
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  • Medlocke · I think it's great that people care about animals, and what happens to them. But these Peta people are lunatick fringe. Almost borderline terroist in the way they go about accomplishing what they're doing. Hey Peta, wanna see a thoroughbred really break down? Throw he or she in pen, or lock them away in a stall, and tell them they can't do what they were born and bread to do, which is RUN!!! Breaking a horses will to live is far more cruel than one breaking their leg, doing what every fiber of their being is telling them to do. IMO. · 1447 days ago ·
  • swale · I can pretty much confirm they were wackos from the start.. · 1447 days ago ·
It’s official, Zenyatta has joined the ranks of the all time greats with one of the most incredible feats in thoroughbred racing history: 16 wins in 16 lifetime starts, a perfect career. The great race mare has now equaled the record of 16 consecutive wins set by Triple Crown winner Citation and Cig...Read More
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  • callieracer · QUEEN ZENYATTA will go down in history as one the greatest horse of all time. I personal see her racing about 4 more time this year . She race at Churchill twice this 1 Belmont another at Hollywood. The get justly duly with Horse of the year crown · 1465 days ago ·
  • arazi · Callie... that's not a bad prediction. Zenyatta just has another gear that makes her relatively unstoppable. · 1465 days ago ·
Such a shame that a classy mare like Rachel Alexandra has to have such a classless owner like Jess Jackson. The way Jackson has handled this whole "Apple Blossom Fiasco," I could almost really care less if Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra ever race each other. From the start, I don't think Jess Jackson ever intended to race Rachel against Zenyatta at Oaklawn in April. When that 5 million dollar offer came down, he put that "extra week stipulation" in thinking that Oaklawn would not agree to change the date. When they did agree, it backed him into a corner, one that anyone following racing news over the past few weeks know's that he's been trying to worm his way out of. Rachel finishing 2nd in the New Orleans Ladies gave him that out. If I was Jerry Moss, I don't know that I'd do Jackson the honor of even gracing the same race track with his mare. At this point, provided her early season races are a success, I'd be just as happy seeing Zenyatta in some races against colts. Maybe against Quality Road, or even Gio Ponti again. Maybe she could come east and race in the Woodward or JCGC and meet up with Quality Road. Or take a shot at Gio Ponti in a race like the Hollywood Gold Cup, something along those lines. I'm just really board with the prospect of everyone trying to appease Jess Jackson to get him to race his mare against Zenyatta. JMO.
  • ksweatman · Since Zardana beat Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta should run against her and Bambera. That would pretty much cover the female competition. Then Zenyatta would have to take on the boys. Zeny is a star with or without Rachel. I no longer see the need to have the two meet. Very few people honestly think Rachel can beat Zenyatta. Zeny's strength is between her ears she has the drive and determination to win. Zenyatta runs for Zenyatta. · 1467 days ago ·
I thought Zenyatta was only supposed to be able to run on the synthetic surfaces...well I just bet there is a little shaking going on now on the east coast, and where were all these great dirt horses who were just hoping to get a shot at Zenyatta on dirt instead of synthetic so they could show the world how over rated she was???? I also wonder what Asmussen is thinking now his entry War Echo finished last so if she is the next best thing to RA to throw at Zenyatta he is in a quandry now. I love RA tons but tired of the constant bs that was thrown aroung by her eastern fans. I seriously doubt that RA will ever face Zenyatta.
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  • Arrrgy · Grey, dude! She traveled to OP 2 years ago and trounced Frankel's big mare. Mikey said she loved it. They went back to meet Rachel. Rachel couldn't make it. Did you see the head lines? Zenyatta could run next in Foster. Hey! That's where Rachel is! Ball's in their court now. lol · 1473 days ago ·
  • ksweatman · Zenyatta may be alot of things, but over rated she is not. Ruffian may have been over rated as well as Rachel Alexandra, but Zenyatta could be remembered through the ages as one of the greatest. If she runs a tough campaign this year and defeats the best of the best, males and females and retires undefeated, she will gain legendary status. I can even see her end her career with a win in Dubai.next year. That being said, her owners won't be able to play it safe, they'll have to put it all on the line. Personally, I think she's one of a kind, she exudes greatness. · 1467 days ago ·
In breathtaking fashion Jerry and Ann Moss’s superstar Zenyatta dominated the $500,000 Apple Blossom (G1) Friday at Oaklawn Park and pushed her unbeaten record to immortal status and topped it off with a bow to a crowd of 44,973 adoring fans.  Under jockey Mike Smith, the 6-year-old Kentucky-br...Read More
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  • gardenesque1 · Great point humphrey. It is amazing that Zenyatta has managed to win 16 straight with a sustained running style. · 1472 days ago ·
  • Arrrgy · How bout an awsome mare, out for a breeze, waiting to meet up with the big horses again? · 1472 days ago ·
Today at Oaklawn, Zenyatta makes her return to dirt and her first start outside of California in months, as she seeks to extend her winning streak against four others in the Apple Blossom.Read More
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  • Lmaris · Medlocke you're making it up out of whole cloth. You have no idea how much further back Zenyatta would have been with reasonable and not glacial fractions. You have no idea whether she'd been able to catch a faster pace. Zenyatta went to the lead early BECAUSE THERE WAS NO PACE. There wasn't much quality in the race either. Let's remember Zenyatta didn't run until late May 2009, and by mid-April of her 4 year old year, Zenyatta had run a grand total of 4 races, only 1 grade one. I doubt we'll see her out of California again. · 1473 days ago ·
  • luvzenyatta · yeah,that mare who didn't start racing til middle age, she's just a piece of poly track trash,always running against inferior opponents,; about the only thing she's done right is run 16 straight races undefeated:) · 1473 days ago ·
Any questions about two-time champion older female Zenyatta’s prowess on a dirt surface were answered with a huge exclamation point on Friday at Oaklawn Park.Read More
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  • rossington · Heaven help us, is it possible that she may skip across the conventional dirt even faster than she does across a synthetic track? If she does, there's going to be a lot of disappointment for other thoroughbred's this season, that race against Zenyatta. Granted, the competition that was supposed to be there wasn't, but if you'll pardon the pun, to "Be Fair", Zenyatta never broke out of any faster of a clip than an exercise canter for the whole race. She was under a hand ride the whole way, and found herself at the lead so fast, she almost looked confused as to what to do. IMO, if Rachel Alexandra had been at the Apple Blossom today, the fractions would certainly have been faster, but the outcome of the race wouldn't have changed one iota. If Mike Smith, who never ask for anything the whole race, would've had to ask for Rachel today, Rachel would've found more there than what she's capable of handling. IMO. · 1475 days ago ·
  • humphrey · Winning on dirt is not anything new for her. She won this same race a few years back. · 1475 days ago ·
Compared to what it was supposed to look like, the field for the April 9 Apple Blossom Invitational Handicap (gr. I) is a major disappointment. A field of only five, led by undefeated two-time champion Zenyatta, was drawn.Read More
It is sunny and 66 degrees at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., where Zenyatta is set to run in the 10th race, the Grade 1, $500,000 Apple Blossom. There are no changes to the mile and an eighth race for fillies and mares. The track is fast and at about 11:45 a.m. Zenyatta could be found settled...Read More
It is the nature of the sporting world to challenge greatness. One good win demands another. Records are made to be broken. Tomorrow at Oaklawn Park, a big bay runner will enter the starting gates to answer that call. Her name is Zenyatta, and in the mere moments it takes to circle the Arkansas oval...Read More
Live streaming video of Zenyatta's race in Friday's Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park will be available on DRF's Race of the Day page. Free Formulator past performances and a handicapping video with Dan Illman and Mike Beer are available now. Starting at 6:55 p.m. Eastern, find a link on that page to wa...Read More
Asmussen is trying that "turn about is fare play card" with War Echo. The only difference between the two being, the card worked for Shirreffs's with Zardana. It won't for Asmussen with War Echo!!
Zenyatta, the undefeated champion who is in town to run Friday in the Grade 1, $500,000 Apple Blossom, had an infield schooling session late Thursday morning. She 'danced' for the public on hand to watch her circle the area, then continued the animation back to the barn to shouts of appreciation fro...Read More
If you can take the afternoon off Friday, consider it. If not, set your TIVO. Because Zenyatta is running again. It's not the $5 million "Race for the Ages" since principal owner Jess Jackson decided not to bring Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, but the $500,000 purse in the 1-1/8 mile Apple Blos...Read More
Zenyatta on Wednesday morning took her first tour of the Oaklawn Park main track since her arrival 24 hours earlier, making one lap around the one-mile dirt oval with her regular exercise rider, Steve Willard. Zenyatta went out shortly before the 8:30 a.m. renovation break, earlier than she usually ...Read More
With fifteen career starts, Zenyatta enters the Apple Blossom this Friday to defend her perfect winning record. In the days leading up to the race, I sought to obtain an interview with John Shirreffs...Read More
Zenyatta is ready for her first road trip outside of California in two years for the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park next Friday, but her final workout at Hollywood Park on Friday was not without drama. Zenyatta breezed six furlongs in 1:13.40 under regular rider Mike Smith, but the ...Read More
Boy, you gotta know that Jess Jackson and Steve Asmussen are sure going to be on some of these other fillies owners "Christmas Card List" after touting his filly as the greatest thing since sliced white bread. Then putting her away in the barn in September. And knowing that they were going to race her as a 4yr.old, yet let her just stay in the barn, and get herself into pathetic condition. Now costing other owners besides Jackson and the Moss's a chance at 5 million. I know I'd be real happy with him, knowing that his trainer didn't do his job, and now the purse will be $500,000 instead of 5 million.
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  • GibbonJockey · To be fair, the poor weather screwed up a lot of training schedules, RA just happens to be the most high profile. Doesn't excuse the ego it took to accept a challenge of this magnitude with a less than fit horse. · 1490 days ago ·
  • grey32 · Seems some of you don't live on the east coast or just want to rant like spoiled 2 year olds. I am a runner - a serious runner. I live on the east coast and won't be in racing condition before May . It was a bad winter, weeks of training were lost. Fighting snow, ice, rain, 50 mile an hour winds and then somemore drenching rain. Even when I could get out and run, it was at half spped or tip toeing through ice or knee deep puddles. If the guy said they lost traing time I believe him because I've lived it. Your an arrogant %%$#@, let it go. How much of a real man rants against a horse for days on end. People make mistakes, poor judgement calls and life marches on, get over yourself. No one is railing against Moses for keeping that wonderful horse in Cal instead of running her as she shold have been run. We will never know the greatness Zen could have achieved because she had handlers that couldn't or wouldn't test her. And I never see anyone question JUST WHY doesn't Zen travel.?? Hmmm... · 1489 days ago ·
Zenyatta cruised six furlongs Thursday at Hollywood, her first workout since extending her win streak to 15 races in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Handicap. Mike Smith was aboard for the 1:14.60 drill that clockers dubbed breezing.z"She worked great," Smith said, adding "really, really good."Read More
What’s that old expression often repeated in the legal world: He who represents himself has a fool for a client? I think a similar statement can be said of some horse owners: He who makes decisions on where and when his horses should run has a fool for a trainer. That phrase came to mind, not once, ...Read More

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