Saturday, January 15, 2011

Someday My Prince Will Come

The stellar Zenyatta (seen above taking down the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic) sits in her stall at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky this weekend awaiting two pieces of big news, both to come down next week. The first, to be announced on Monday, is whether she will receive the 2010 Horse of the year award. Many still believe she was robbed of the award in 2009 in favor of Rachel Alexandra, whose brief and sketchy 2010 campaign provided ammunition and consternation for Zenyatta supporters. If they don't give it to the big mare this year, there will surely be riots in the streets. Well, maybe not riots, but you get the point. Her principle rival for the award is Blame, the powerful colt who handed Zenyatta her one and only loss in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic.

The other bit of news the queen is waiting to hear is who will be stopping by her stall for a dream date after the Eclipse Awards are announced. Zenyatta's kids will go for a pretty penny and not just any no-account slacker can be the dad. Two of the top candidates for romance are already down at Lane's End. At 22, A.P. Indy is an older man and a proven dad of stakes winners, and the cost for him to stop by your stall is a whopping $500,000! Curlin, who won Horse of the Year back to back in 2007 and 2008 had an amazing career but is yet unproven as a stud - a rendezvous with him only costs $40,000.

Either way, I hope they bring flowers, a nice bottle of wine, and wear a tie. She's not just any old girl from the block!