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2010 Vanity Hcp (G1)

6/13/2010, Hollywood Park
Post Time:
4:45 AM PT
1 1/8 m (Synthetic)
3+ F
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Call it anything you want? Paint it any color you want? But the bottom line on Zenyatta's win in the Vanity Handicap is called "HISTORY." Zenyatta now stands alone. Atop the list of horses for most consecutive wins without a defeat in non-restricted class company. She has now surpassed the immortal Citation and the great Cigar. So say what you will about Zenyatta nay sayers. But mathematics don't lie. 17 for 17 lifetime, and still counting!!!!
In thoroughbred racing, greatness is defined by the number of times that you cross the finish line first, and the quality of the competition in the race itself. Sunday's Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park wasn't lacking in quality competition or greatness. The race eerily reminded me of the 2009 Clement L. Hirsch. Where Zenyatta spanned very wider around the final turn, and had to really open to catch Anaaba's Creation in the shadow of the wire. The difference this time, in the Vanity Handicap, was that Mike Smith again spanned Zenyatta far too wide rounding the final turn into the stretch. But this time Zenyatta had a much tougher foe that lay ahead of her to run down. St Trinians, the 5yr.old mare from the UK, was to be the mare that would challenge Zenyatta's true, natural ability on this day. St Trinians had come to America from the UK having won 2 of her last 3 races, with 1 show effort at Wolverhampton in Great Britain. She then won the Paseana Handicap at Santa Anita in January. Then, in February, beet 2009 Breeders Cup Ladies Classic champion Life is Sweet pretty convincingly in the Grade 1 Santa Maria Handicap. She went into the Santa Anita Handicap in March as the betting favorite against a field of 13 older males, where she finished 6th of 14. So the task was no easy one this time. With Zenyatta giving away 9 lbs. to St Trinians. But showing the heart of a champion, like she always does, her greatness went on display when she ran down St Trinians in the shadow of the wire. To claim her 17th win without defeat, and surpassing the immortal Citation and the legendary Cigar for most consecutive win's without a loss in non-restricted class company. Zenyatta truly defines greatness!!!

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