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2010 Apple Blossom (G1)

Date/Track:
4/9/2010, Oaklawn Park
Post Time:
6:33 AM CT
Distance:
1 1/8 m (Dirt)
Age/Sex:
4+ F
Time:
1:50.71
*Rank is current Power Ranking among all active horses, based on highest HRN rating. Rating is based on HRN member voting.
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Older Comments about the 2010 Apple Blossom (G1)...

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. · 1713 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 · 1719 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. · 1713 days ago
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!!
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 $500,000 instead of 5 million.
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  • GibbonJockey · To be fair, the poor weather screwed up a lot of training schedules, RA just happens to be the most high profile. Doesn't excuse the ego it took to accept a challenge of this magnitude with a less than fit horse. · 1735 days ago
  • grey32 · Seems some of you don't live on the east coast or just want to rant like spoiled 2 year olds. I am a runner - a serious runner. I live on the east coast and won't be in racing condition before May . It was a bad winter, weeks of training were lost. Fighting snow, ice, rain, 50 mile an hour winds and then somemore drenching rain. Even when I could get out and run, it was at half spped or tip toeing through ice or knee deep puddles. If the guy said they lost traing time I believe him because I've lived it. Your an arrogant %%$#@, 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... · 1735 days ago
Here's a list of some of the potential fillies I wouldn't mind seeing make up the field of the 2010 Apple Blossom Invitational along with Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra: 1. Informed Decision 2. Music Note 3. Careless Jewel 4. St Trinians 5. Sarah Louise 6. Ventura 7. Justwhistledixie 8. Stardom Bound **Note** I know that Justwhistledixie and Stardom Bound both have not been racing to their usual form as of late. But both have been Graded Stakes winning fillies, and a tough field like this may bring out the best in their performance. Also, I would definitely add Life is Sweet to this list if John Shirreffs doesn't send her to Dubai for the World Cup. I know that not all, or maybe even none of these fillies will race in the Apple Blossom. It's just a list of other top class fillies that would certainly make a great 10 filly & mare field for the race. IMO.
  • SlewStablw · I believe Music Note and Ventura are retired. Informed Decision is a sprinter, Careless Jewel isn't ready JWD was just beat at GP, St. Trinians is in Big Cap and Sarah Louise is coming later and Life Is Sweet is off to Dubai. · 1761 days ago
With a chip on her shoulder and a huge point to prove, I.E., that the wrong horse was crowned HOY for 2009, this day and the Apple Blossom will belong to the queen of racing, the mighty mare from the west coast, Zenyatta. I just feel that this early in the racing season, racing at 1-1/8th instead of 1-1/16th, and all entries carrying equal weight of 123 pounds, that Zenyatta will ultimately prove to be just too much mare for Rachel Alexandra at Oaklawn. Even with the main track being conventional dirt, both have raced and won over it. Rachel twice, and Zenyatta once. So it's not as if the track will play a huge tactical advantage for either. Rachel's most vulnerable races have been at 1-3/16 and 1-1/8 in races with deep closers, i.e., Mine That Bird in the Preakness and Macho Again in the Woodward. Well, Zenyatta is neither Mine That Bird or Macho Again. What she is, is the best deep closer in racing, male or female, bar none. I think it will be a close, competitive race. But ultimately I just don't think Rachel will be able to hold off the inevitable late charge through stretch that Zenyatta will definitely come with. JMO.
Greats, I m from venezuela, i speak only a little english, but if some of you understand me, i would like that the filly bambera, horse of the year 2009 in venezuela and caribean queen, could be invited to the this important race, and then this race could be the match betwen these three champions fillies, please say this to the responsable of this race, many thanks
  • horses · That would be very cool to see other champions in this race. For $5m, this could be a very interesting race. · 1774 days ago

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