Zenyatta Lost A Horse Race Not Her Place in History-Breeders’ Cup Classic 2010

Posted on November 7, 2010

Here’s a short recap of what happened. As you can see in the photo finish below, Zenyatta was right up there full of spirit and just inches from pulling off the 20th win of her career and a second Breeder’s Cup Classic victory.  You can’t do better than that for second.  And you can’t do better than that for a classic story that will be told years from now.  Had she won, she would  have seemed less a lovable  horse and more of a racing machine. Take it from  those of us who have followed her, she has a winning personality.

NOTE:  When the videos are up for this year’s pre-race happenings, it will be published here at On My Watch.  You have to see her grand entrance and her legendary “dance” this time around.

November 6, 2010, 1:31 pm

Zenyatta Just Misses Breeders’ Cup Victory

Mike Smith aboard Zenyatta (8) couldn’t pass Garrett Gomez atop Blame for a Breeders’ Cup victory.Morry Gash/Associated Press
Mike Smith and Zenyatta could not get past Garrett Gomez and Blame, who won by a head in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday. Zenyatta was unbeaten in her previous 19 races.

Zenyatta, 19-0 coming into the race, gave her all, coming from last to present a challenge at the finish, but it was Blame who stuck his neck out to win the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday night at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

The 4-year-old Blame, who was ridden by Garrett Gomez, completed the one and one-quarter miles in 2:02.28 and paid $12.40 on a $2 bet to win.

“What are you going to do? That’s horse racing,” John Shirreffs, trainer of the 6-year-old mare, said.

The Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who had ridden Zenyatta in all but 3 of her 19 victories, was visibly shaken after the race.

“I feel like I let her down; I left her too much to do,” he said, adding, “I just know she was the best horse in the race. It was another gallant effort for her.” [NY Times]