Zenyatta's connections have decided to put her undefeated status at risk by entering her in tomorrow's Breeder's Cup Classic instead of the G1 Ladies' Classic, in which she would have been an overwhelming favorite.
The decision to race her against older males was clearly made to try and steal Horse of the Year honors away from the spectacular Rachel Alexandra, who's 2009 season included beating older boys in the Woodward at Saratoga. Rachel will not be showing up in any of the Breeder's Cup races; her connections have announced that she is getting a well deserved rest after her outstanding 2009 campaign.
Also present in the Classic are the sons of Birdstone: 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, and his half-brother Summer Bird, who won the 2009 Belmont Stakes, The Travers Stakes, and the Jockey Club Gold Cup in the same season, a feat not accomplished since the legendary Easy Goer did it in 1989. If Summer Bird steals this race, one would have to consider him for Horse of the Year ahead of the two tough chicks. Much rides on tomorrow's outcome!
Here are the post positions, jockeys, and morning lines for the race; post time is 6:45 EST:
1 - Mine That Bird, Calvin Borel, 12-1
2 - Colonel John, Garrett Gomez, 12-1
3 - Summer Bird, Kent Desormeaux, 9-2
4 - Zenyatta, Mike Smith, 5-2
5 - Twice Over, Thomas Queally, 20-1
6 - Richard's Kid, Alex Solis, 12-1
7 - Gio Ponti, Ramon Dominguez, 12-1
8 - Einstein, Julien Leparoux, 12-1
9 - Girolamo, Alan Garcia, 20-1
10 - Rip Van Winkle, John Murtaugh, 7-2
11 - Regal Ransom, Richard Migliore, 20-1
12 - Quality Road, John Velazquez, 12-1
13 - Awesome Gem, David Flores, 30-1