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Even In Defeat, Zenyatta is All Class

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20-0 was not meant to be for Zenyatta, but history will remember her fondly.  In a sport where the girls aren’t supposed to be able to beat the boys, Zenyatta did it with ease. She didn’t care that she wasn’t supposed to, she just wanted to run, and run she did. In twenty career races, she came away victorious nineteen times, and was denied her twentieth by a head, which would’ve given her a second straight Breeders’ Cup Classic. Not bad for a horse that wasn’t thought of as capable of racing.

Top thoroughbreds command millions of dollars for the hope of future success. Zenyatta on the other hand was purchased for only $60,000 as a yearling. She had a case of ringworm, so no one wanted to touch her. It was a smart investment by Jerry and Ann Moss, who didn’t see the present, but instead a bright future for the beautiful filly.  Zenyatta’s future included 17 graded stakes wins, 13 of which were Grade I, and over 6 million dollars in earnings.

Watching her is a treat. She doesn’t just walk, she dances. She plays to the crowd with her bows, and when she is racing, she’s a killer, chewing up and spitting out her competitors one by one. Even in defeat she is as graceful as ever, perking her ears to show her appreciation to the crowd, and sashaying her way back into the paddock. She’s a horse that loves her Guinness, drinking a bottle, room temperature of course whenever given the opportunity. It’s unfortunate that horse racing isn’t adored like it used to be in America, because much of the sports world missed an opportunity to watch greatness, and true greatness doesn’t come along very often.

In the end, the sport of kings, was left holding its breath, watching, praying, that they would bear witness to the grand coronation of its queen. Ultimately, undefeated wasn’t meant to be, but Zenyatta transcended her gender, and was not seen as a mare that could beat the boys, but instead one of the greatest champions of all-time.


One Response to “Even In Defeat, Zenyatta is All Class”

  1. Great horse. Race was good. If she had only stuck out her tongue, he could have won.

    Posted by sportnut679 | November 8, 2010, 1:34 pm

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