Zenyatta WILL definitely be Older Mare of 2009 when the Eclipse Awards winners are announced on Monday night. She MIGHT win Horse Of The Year over Rachel Alexandra (although I doubt it) on the same evening. However, Zenyatta is already listed as a 2009 Award Winner by the NTRA. Her win in the Breeders' Cup Classic was selected as the Moment Of The Year for 2009.
Ya think!!!!! That might be one of the landmark races in Breeders' Cup history. It certainly did acheive legendary status almost as soon as she hit the wire at Santa Anita. Santa Anita heinously dropped the name of the Grade 1 Lady's Secret (who was a Horse Of The Year, by the way) and made it now the Grade 1 Zenyatta. That TOTALLY disrespected the legacy of Lady's Secret, but unfortunately as is proven everyday, this is a what have you done for me NOW society. It is also the second straight year that Zenyatta has provided the Moment Of The Year according to the NTRA. Rachel's win in the Woodward was second and Mine That Bird's Derby win finished third. That is just for those of you who were interested in the Trifecta wagering.
I have said on this blog numerous times before that I think Rachel is the Horse Of The Year and I think she will be voted Horse Of The Year on Monday. You can't deny Zenyatta's greatness, though. All of these moments and all of these horses are why people fall in love with racing for two minutes at a time before they fall away and just wait for the next moment to come rolling along and dazzle us again.
Tune in tomorrow for more from They Are Off. For right now, I am Gone... GOODBYE!