They say horse racing is dead?
Try telling that to the millions of fans who watch Zenyatta race. And win. And win.
This is one hot chick.
Zenyatta is now so much more than a racehorse that it defies description as one observer put it.
This past week she won the Clement Hirsh Stakes at Del Mar. Something no other horse has done or might never do.
So the legend grows. And grows.
This time she came back from the middle of the pack.
She hung back again. She got interested near the final turn.
She saw several horses in front of her and that was her signal to pass them.
The margin of victory was a neck, but I thought it could have been much more.
This is not a new story, just the best one in racing in a long time.
The common perception these days about horse racing being near death does not apply when Zen-yatta runs. A crowd of 32,536 gathered iat Del Mar.
Death of horse racing? Not when Zenyatta runs.
Afterward, Joe Harper, who has been in charge of this track all the way back to the days when jockeys had cardboard helmets, called Saturday “the best day Del Mar ever had.”
What a classy horse. Her jockey, Mike Smith (a Hall of Famer, no less), says that riding her is like sleeping in a king-size bed.
I hear that her owners want to take a straight run at the Breeders’ Cup Classic. That will be Nov. 6 in Louisville, Ky., and were she to win, she would be the second repeat champion, finish her career at 20-0 and take her place high among thoroughbred legends.
I wouldn’t be against her.
Greatest horse of all time? I’ll leave that to historians.
Greatest horse of OUR time?