I really don't understand all the bashers...I feel Zen and RA should be praised seperately, they are both fantastic racehorses and we should enjoy them while they're here. I also don't understand WHY people are bashing Zen for racing on synthentics consistanly and the fields she's against. It's all about placing your horse where you think they'll perform best. You don't race a turf horse on dirt....If your horse is racing best on synthetics you race it on synthetics...period. What we all need to realize is we're NEVER going to see the likes of Zen and RA again they're here once, and we need to appreciate them while they're here racing in front of us.
I do believe that both mares should be congratulated, and I do agree that both are great mares in their own right. My personal belief is that Zenyatta may be the better mare, but it's hard to compare 2 great mares unless they race against eachother. Even then it would be hard to tell since there's traffic issues and track issues. But I also believe that Zenyatta's never really had to hit her top speed. She's not lazy by any means but she does exactly what she needs to do to win. Yes there's been a moment or two where she's needed to stretch out especially in her 2 down to the wire races.My only fear is to see Zenyatta lose she should be retired on the top of her game, I also want to see her continue to win.
I think yes he could go 10 furlongs, the bigger picture is the synthetic to dirt change, but keep in mind he did break his maiden on dirt at Del Mar. But to have other speedsters breathing on his neck the whole 10 furlongs will be the kicker. He has been finishing fairly stong at 1 1/16 - 1 1/8 but there's still a big difference there.
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