Race of the Week 2017

Zenyatta still the queen

If Zenyatta was disappointed, she sure didn't show it.

Barely a dozen hours after her 19-race winning streak was snapped when Blame held her off by a head in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, racing's reigning queen stood near the fence outside her barn at Churchill Downs and held court - the way she always does.

There were pictures and poses. Signs and smiles.

A young girl in a pink jacket giggled nervously when the massive 6-year-old mare gently nuzzled her as fans pulled out cameras and cell phones to capture the moment.

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How wonderful that Zenyatta will continue to be happy, blissfully unaware of the losses and wins she had over the years. I am so glad that she is still healthy and beautiful.
Citation had a significant injury and was never the same after a year off
I enjoyed your post up until you came to Citatation as a 3yo he was beaten ony by stable mate coaltown on the orders of the owner that whoever of the two hit the stretch first the other was not to pass or as a 3yo he was 21 for 21.What if that order hadn't been given and he did retire as a 3yo now you really have a mess with best all time.As for his other defeats his owner ran him lame the rest of his career in the pursuit of him being the first million dollar winner.
Well said medlocke...i agree.
I give a ton of credit to Garrett Gomez. Even injured, he had himself an unbelievable Breeders Cup weekend. No ride any bigger than the one that he gave Blame in the Breeders Cup Classic. There's no horse in racing that run's that main track at Churchill Downs as effectively as Blame does. It's been the sight of his biggest career stakes victories. It's also home to Blame. It's where the colt trains as well. For so long, many in the east coast, conventional dirt loving media have openly doubted whether or not Zenyatta truly had the ability to come east and run well against the best conventional dirt colt's in the world. That doubt was more than put to bed on Saturday evening at Churchill Downs. Zenyatta absolutely showed the heart of a champion's-champion. Falling far back, 20+ lengths early in the race. At one time, early on, it looked as if Zenyatta may be well beaten in the Classic. Garrett Gomez sat in an ideal spot during his ride on Blame. A near perfect trip, if you will. Garrett also made sure that he got first run on Zenyatta with Blame. That, IMO, was the difference in the outcome of the race. But for anyone who watched the Classic, and saw Zenyatta never at anytime throw in the towel. She came with a closing charge that showed nothing but the huge heart that this great race-mare has. Passing all of the other colt's in front of her, determined to get to Blame before the wire. Zenyatta just came up a foot short. One stride between herself and racing immortality. Any racing racing fan's, or media who now doubt Zenyatta's ability to run with the best on any surface just really wasn't watching the same horse that I was. It took Garrett Gomez pulling out the greatest and toughest ride of Blame's career to hold off the behemoth mare. She was coming like a runaway locomotive. She simply ran out of track. For this time, it wasn't Anaaba's Creation at Del Mar, or St Trinians at Hollywood Park that had set sail for home. It was a great champion colt. Blame. Who is simply the best at Churchill Downs. On a different day, or different conventional dirt track. I still think that Zenyatta more than has the ability to defeat Blame. Mike Smith, simply put, just left her an insurmountable task to overcome this time. But she showed the absolute heart of a champion. Never quitting. All of the all-time great thoroughbred's in American racing history have been defeated at least once in their careers. Man O' War was 20 for 21. The great "gray ghost", Native Dance, 21 for 22. Secretariat and Citation were both beaten multiple times in their career's. Seattle Slew, Kelso, Dr Fager, Affirmed, Forego. Any and all of the all-time greats, beaten at least once. Zenyatta loses nothing in defeat from the Classic except her unblemished record. But even in defeat, this may have been Zenyatta's finest hour. For the greatness that she put on display on Saturday at Churchill Downs has forever, in my mind, solidified her greatness!!!! TJMO.

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