Race of the Week 2017

To Andy Beyer and Zenyatta's Critics

I have said many times before that the horse racing industry is going to kill itself, particuarly members of the media who specialize in it. The latest edition is from Andy Beyer, a man who I thought hung it up.

He and some other are doing their best to slam Zenyatta's achievement. He wrote "My judgment is based partly on the fact that she has compiled her record by running mostly against moderate female competition - such as the field in Lady's Secret Stakes on Saturday. But the main reason for questioning Zenyatta's place in history is the fact she is a synthetic-track specialist, albeit the best in the brief history of these surfaces. In my view, it is a dubious distinction to be the poster girl for the surfaces that have robbed the sport here of its unique character." Read More


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Andy Beyer is a chronic alcoholic. He has a hard time even putting fluid sentences together.
There is a massive flaw to the logic of this article. To defend Zenyatta against her racing against poor competition the writer states, “a horse does not choose its competition. In the 1973 Belmont, Secretariat had only one other horse that was worthy of being the same race as him, Sham. Based on Mr. Beyer's benchmark, (Secretariat) should be thrown in with the claiming ranks.” There is a huge difference between entering a horse in the most competitive race its connections can find & having nobody show up to face him/her & avoiding a competitive race to run in one that is much softer knowing that there will be nobody in there to realistically challenge. Secretariat entered the Belmont, a Triple Crown race, and there wasn’t much competition. That’s not his fault. He was entered in the unquestioned toughest spot there was, if nobody else shows up, there is nothing you can do. Zenyatta’s connections wanted to keep her in Cali & on synthetic. But then they ducked the two toughest spots of the west coast summer meet, the Pacific Classic & the Hollywood Gold Cup, both in Cali, both on synthetic, to enter two other races that were 100% guaranteed to be significantly softer than either the Pac Classic or the GC. Even the most passionate Zenyatta fan cannot deny that. You don’t have to like Andy Beyer, but there are countless other unbiased horse racing fans that feel the same as him in that criticism of Zenyatta.
  • gordon.calhoun · ...and yet Zenyatta still won the Breeder's Cup Classic one year and came in second the next. "right, she came in second!" So did Man-o-War. · 2369 days ago
The following list of Grade 1 winning horses that Zenyatta has beaten in her career was compiled by Thoroughbred Chat blogger Rachel Levine (http://thoroughchat.blogspot.com/2010/10/dear-sports-illustrated.html) - Defeated G1 winners: Ginger Punch (Champion), Mine That Bird, Richard's Kid, Hystericalady, Tough Tiz's Sis, Summer Bird (Champion), Romance is Diane, Twice Over (GB), Gio Ponti (Champion), Life is Sweet, Cocoa Beach (CHI), Music Note, Carriage Trail, Santa Teresita, Colonel John, Awesome Gem, Girolamo, Rip Van Winkle (IRE), and Einstein (BRZ).

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