Absolutely no question now. Zenyatta is one of horse racing’s all time greats.
She won the Breeder’s Cup Classic ($5 million) in November.
Last week, in Arkansas, she won her 16th straight race, with an easy 4.25 length win the the $500,000 Apple Blossom Stakes.
Now, she’s up there with such greats as Citation, Cigar and Mister Frisky, who won 16 consecutive races while competing at the top level of the sport.
“I have to say, I really believe she’s even better this year,” said Mike Smith, Zenyatta’s regular rider.
Zenyatta ($2.10) assumed her typical role at the back of the pack early in the Apple Blossom, as Be Fair broke like a shot and moved to the lead through an opening quarter in 24.07 seconds. The pacesetter was pushed along by Taptam through a half-mile in 48.19 seconds, with Zenyatta still able to see them all while racing about eight lengths off the pace at that point.
Zenyatta began her bid in earnest past the three-eighths pole. Then, Zenyatta rolled five wide into the stretch, then overtook her rivals to cover 1⅛ miles on a fast track in 1:50.71.
“She won really well in hand,” said Smith, who was aboard Zenyatta for trainer John Shirreffs. “I would say this and her last race were pretty impressive to me. She did it well, well within herself.”
All hail the Queen of the track. Hell… she’s about the best there ever was.