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Breeders' Cup 2017

What's Next for Zenyatta?

It was the day after in the John Shirreffs barn Sunday morning, but the afterglow from Zenyatta winning her 18th straight race Saturday was apparent on the trainer, his staff and his super mare.

“People ask me what it’s like with her, and I just tell them they have to experience it because it’s not just the race, it’s everything that goes into it,” Shirreffs said, adding that Zenyatta came out of her win in the Clement L. Hirsch in good health. “She’s just a star, a rock star. I have never seen a horse like her or been around one like her.”

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bossgw - For the record, Polytrack is Del Mar. Hollywood is Cushion Track, and Santa Anita is Pro-Ride. All three SoCal tracks have different synthetic surfaces. A quick question - How come Rachel Alexandra did not go to Oaklawn Park to run against Zenyatta in the 2010 Apple Blossom? Defending BC Classic champ Zenyatta is targeting the 2010 BC Classic at Churchill Downs on conventional dirt. If she wins the Classic again that should silence the critics.
medlocke face the facts polyzen has beat no one she stays hid out in calif. if old mossy had the guts to let her face some real competition you and all other polyzen fans would see that she is a polytrack calif. horse only bring her to saratoga then show us how much of a champion she is you people are obsessed over a horse that has done nothing but stay hid in calif. and trying to pad her stats by facing nobodys
If one knows anything about horses at all, then you would realize by watching her race, that she has yet to even extend herself. She runs and wins with her ears up and forward, which horses do when they are relaxed and at ease. She is not exerting herself at all, only enough to pass by whoever is in the lead. Not to mention that she give up a huge amount of ground in running to the outside and passing them. Irregardless of what track she runs at, she is in a league of her own. Her owners and trainer are making intelligent decisions to keep her sound and healthy. Not many owners allow their horses start running as three year olds in order to make sure they are strong and healthy. If they did, you would probably see less horses break down early in life. Zenyatta is a wonderful mare who has proven her ability time and time again.
I have to add a PS: To all Zenyatta fans, in your hearts and be truthful, you know she should be coming to Saratoga. RA will be ther and life at ten will be there if Z would show up it would be the race of the decade and maybe more. I mean why would you not show up?
We are not Zenyatta haters, just quite disgusted that her owner is such a coward and poor sportsman that he just refuses to run her against quality opposition. If you believe that she would have run in the classic anywhere but her own home track you are wrong as can be. She should be coming to Saratoga to run against RA and Life at Ten. Perfect set-up for her, two speed horses knocking heads. If she is the super horse you say she is, there is no excuse for her not competing. The timing is perfect for that race and then the BC. Instead she is going to race in a joke of a race, be one to nine and win her 19th straight race, big deal.I have said this in the past, what makes you think that her owner is going to come to CD and race against quality horses. Believe me they want her to retire undeafted and will not be taking any chances on her losing. Real racing fans would love her to come to Saratoga and most of us would love to see her run great win or lose. If she did win I would be the first to crown her as one of the best or possibly the best filly ever. Come on Zenyatta, walk the walk.
Well put, Medlocke. Zenyatta's gears are unbelievable. When she gets her massive stride going in the stretch, she just powers by her opponents. I would also add, the Classic will likely be a full field with a solid pace, making her closing kick even more powerful.
Way to go medlocke! Keep the intelligent comments coming. We gotta keep the zen-haters in check.
bossgw, Show's what an intelligent horseman you are. LOL. Granted, Zenyatta has run most of her races in California on synthetics. But it's hardly correct to call a horse a poly-specialist when that horse has two G1 victories over conventional dirt at Oaklawn Park. One of them, passing the reining 2007 Breeders Cup Distaff (Ladies Classic) champion, Ginger Punch, like she was tied to a post. Zenyatta glides across conventional dirt as easily as she does synthetics. I think both Blame and Quality Road are fantastic colts. I like them both. But Quality Road will never stay 1-1/4 down that long, forever stretch at Churchill Downs. Not with both Zenyatta and Blame bearing down on him. Actually, Quality Road may be better suited to go the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile. He would be the horse to beat in that race. He will not be the horse to beat in the Classic. The bottom line hear is this. If you can't see that Zenyatta has gears, and more gears to draw on? Then you're blind. She allows herself to run in whatever gear is needed to win. Her win's don't look flashy because she's a deep closer, and deep closer's never win by a big margin. But not Blame. Not Quality Road. Not Rachel Alexandra. Or any other horse on the planet will keep Zenyatta from shifting into whatever gear is needed to run by them in the Classic. That long stretch will only serve to benefit her. Zenyatta will absolutely become the only horse since Tiznow in 2000, 2001 to win back to back Classics. And she'll retire undefeated as one of the all-time greats. Likely 20 for 20 as a 3-time Breeders Cup champion. I'll be happy to take some of your money if you'd like to wager on that bossgw?

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