You state that the HOY is for the "best horse in America" but then you seem to state that a horse that travels should be given extra points. Southern California has terrific races for older fillies and mares, why travel? If you could run in a $250,000 race at home would you ship to NY for a race with the same purse? There are far fewer big races for 3yos where a horse could stay in one circuit and earn as much as a traveling horse.
I bring this up because a few people have downplayed what Rachel has done while building up Zenyatta. Perhaps I could have worded it differently while meaning the same thing. I merely wanted to point out to those individuals who feel Rachel doesn't deserve to be HOY, that where she raced should be considered.
I'm sure there were many in other states who would have loved to have seen Zenyatta in person, but didn't get the chance, unless they came out to California. Because Rachel went to several states, I suspect more people saw her, and I think it's in the filly's favor.