It was really painful yesterday at Emerald Downs when Kimmyv broke down. I'm really haunted by it. RIP Kimmyv.
Exactly - 2009 was a total slap in the face, and we're talking about a 25-year historic FIRST - one filly against a field of boys. NEVER BEEN DONE, and it still didn't warrant HOY.
I agree with Baffert. I hope she is named 2010 HOY which she should have her stunning 2009 BC Classic, a first for a girl in the 25 year history of the Breeders Cup. But, if she didn't make it then, I doubt that even with her record 19 wins and impressive loss (again, only girl, oldest, and by inches), I suppose it will go to the East as it does in all sporting venues. I guess her bypass last year was it, and anything out of the West is considered a fluke and unworthy.
I still think she's magnificent, and proved that she still has the class to compete against the boys, even on dirt. It takes a lot of drive and class to come from behind for a few inches loss. She's still very, very special.
Her race in this BC Classic was not like 2009. She seemed much farther behind, and her traffic troubles were tougher than last year. I'm still so awed by that breakneck run for the finish line - to make an 18 length drive home? What heart! She will always be the most memorable, stunning horse I ever had the pleasure of seeing in person, and even watching on tv. Go Zenyatta!
Zenyatta's truly a majestic winner even in her loss. I cried, too, Mike, But, I'll never get over the thrill of seeing her in person at 2009's BC Classic, and prancing through the paddock for the crowd. She is the biggest horse I've ever seen in my life, and to see her perform was the highlight of my life, and tops seeing Seattle Slew. She's just gigantic. To come up a head short against the guys, and being in quite a traffic jam, well....kudos to her for running her heart out and being so close. She's fabulous!
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