Sunday, June 13, 2010

Zenyatta, 17-0!

Today Zenyatta improved her unbeaten record to 17-0 by winning the G1 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park in her thrilling, come-from-behind style. Mike Smith took her into the lane 6-wide (!) and she was still able to run down St. Trinians on the wire. She's now surpassed racing legend Cigar, 1948 Triple-Crown winner Citation, and Mister Frisky, who's unblemished 16-0 record was spoiled by Unbridled in the 1990 Kentucky Derby. Hooray for Zenyatta!

Many are still sore that Zenyatta was passed over for 2009 Horse of the Year honors in favor Rachel Alexandra, particularly after Supergirl lost her first two starts as a four-year-old (she lost the Ladies Secret at Fair Grounds in March and the La Troienne at Churchill Downs in April). Rachel notched her first win of the year over a less than stellar field in yesterday's G2 Fleur de Lis Stakes at Churchill Downs, in what was clearly a spot hand picked by her connections to stop the bleeding. I'm assuming that Zenyatta will be retired in short order, so it seems unlikely that Z. and R.A. will ever actually race. At this point I know who I would bet on.