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Breeders' Cup 2017

Who Has Zenyatta Beaten?

Nineteen up, nineteen down. Zenyatta has done it all. Her quest for a pair of perfect 10s comes in a few weeks at Churchill Downs with the world watching in the Breeders' Cup Classic. But there is an undeniable question standing in her way to 20 consecutive victories -- the competition.

Even the most staunch supporters of Zenyatta, and put me at the fore as I think she'll win the Classic for the second straight year, must admit that this will be, by far, her toughest test. Forget the discussion about the dirt surface. The hurdles left for Zenyatta to climb are horses like Lookin At Lucky, Quality Road and Blame. Just how good are those three? To me, they are far and away the three best main-track horses Zenyatta will have raced against in her career.

See where you think they would rank among the competition she's faced in her career. I've ranked Zenyatta's 19 best opponents over her 19-race winning streak. As you'll see, there are a lot of horses she dispatched in her memorable 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic win. Female runners (fillies/mares) are denoted with the (f).

19. Switch (f):
A rising 3-year-old filly that upended this year's front-runner for championship honors (Blind Luck) in the Hollywood Oaks and has potential to be one of the West Coast's leaders upon Zenyatta's retirement. She was nearly up to the task against Zenyatta when nabbed late in the Lady's Secret this month at Hollywood Park. Read More


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Glad I missed it>>OK. move along people, nothing to see here>>move along :)
I am so evil
I never new Correcting myself was considered be redundant?....
Icyhotboo- Ahhhh whats wrong?....hate hearing the truth?....redundent...Lol...hardly
@MarcelloMarocco : I don't need any lessons on horse racing especially as redundant as your are!
They do run 10f, but 12f is the classic distance, and most of the Major races are mostly run at that distance
Icy - Yes the horses I listed ran in the ARC, and BC Turf(conduit). These horses run 12f, not 10. Sea The stars beating Zenyatta would have proved nothing after the field he beat in the ARC. Not to mention that they don't run 10f on synthetics, nor do they run 10f period. 12f is the distance of preference.
Cause for Concern- What Gender would yo be refering too?.... When I said She it was Zenyatta I spoke of. Read more carefully.
Marcello, get your gender right.
@MarcelloMarocco: With all due respect, Sea The Stars, Conduit, Henry the Navigator, Fame and Glory did not show up, Zenyatta did. It's pretty odd how many horses didn't show up or retired rather than face her. As far as losing to Blame by eight inches that was one of the best races I've ever watched regardless of the out come. Running down a great closer in his own right (Blame) is no small accomplishment. Some trainers who feel she could run with the best ever are, Allen Jerkens, Nick Zito, Bob Baffert, John Nerud etc. As with all posts they tend to be very subjective so I believe in time her greatness will be more appreciated. Have a nice day.
Plus with all due respect to Blame(who is a champion Dirt Horse) who did she race in last years BCC that was a legitimate 10f horse? Musket man?, Espoir City?, First Dude(maybe this year before retiring) Paddy O'Prado?, Quality Road(love him to death, and was injured during the race). The only 10f horses finished in the top 4. That Field was not as loaded as people would like to think, in regards to legitimate 10 f horses. But Zenyatta still had a tremendous record, and regardless if she raced vs fillies/Mares 95% of the time she still won 18 races in that regard. Hell of a record.
IMO she did NOT face the best Turf horses in 2009, if the best Turf Horses raced her Sea The Stars would have won, Conduit could have won, Fame and Glory could have won, Henry the navigator could have won. beating Twice over at 3, RVW @3 ( rode completely wrong in that race up close) is not convincing enough to me that she beat the so called BEST. The BEST raced in the ARC, and the BC Turf, and stuck to their disciplines, and watch the race again to see Gio Ponti have a horrid trip until he found room at the 16th pole. JMO.
and, several G1 winning females, and the best at the time, ginger punch, for a total of well over 40 G1 horses beat by z.
she beat the best males horses in the U.S.
ww, cfc, horseface.....three teenyboppers still throwing spitwads at a horse. weakest arguments i've ever seen.
Seriously MOVE ON.. There are two sides to this argument and neither ever gives in.. Quit being pathetic and move on.
Whats pitiful is that you people had to go back 190 days to start another lame argument between ztchtes
medlocke: You stated that Zenyatta won back-to-back BC's on two different surfaces. She won both BC's at the same track, same surface.
CauseForConcern.....AMan.... she was a synthetic specialist...!!! just average away from home.
Goldikova bested almost as many Grade 1 winners in 1 year. Laughable.

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