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The Great Debate: Rachel vs, Zenyatta.
"I love Zenyatta. Ever since the magnificent mare burst onto the national scene in the Apple blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park last
season, I've feted her with superlatives. She's the Equine Orchid. She's the Toast of the Coast. She's the Reflection of Perfection.
She's the Amazing Amazon. Feel free to add future first ballot Hall of Famer. Zenyatta is all of those things and more. But she's
not Horse of the Year. Rachel Alexandra is the Horse of the Year for 2009." Dan Illman, DRF Weekend 11/28/2009
Like beauty.. HOTY is in the mind of the beholder. You can define the criteria to your liking for the purpose of writing a post, article or blog. But when you finish, another blog or opinion will go up right after yours, with different criteria.
I think we have ALL heard the arguments. PW and NTamm make them just as good as Jerry Bailey or Dan Illman. Soon, we will have a vote and a winner. The voters will choose the horse that fits their own criteria for who is most worthy of the honor, RA or Zenyatta.
Last edited by Cadillakin on Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:06 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Agree with you on everyone has their opinion, dont think there really is a wrong choice, the only things gets me irritated at times is peoples logic. But like you said after your done your opinion someone else has one. As for Dan Illman the DRF guy above, I have never heard of him, chances are he is writing his piece from a one bedroom apartment he lives in, I could really care less about what he has to say.
Petemo. Dan Illman has been writing for the DRF for numerous years. Not that I agree with his HOY, but the man knows his love when it comes to two year olds and lightly raced horses.
I would be a vegetarian if BACON grew on trees
I agree, greatness like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. I like this horse, somebody else likes another horse, and a third person may like a horse who is different than the first two. Sometimes when greatness is so obvious that nobody can miss it, people still might not agree as in who was greater, Man o'War, Citation, or Secretariat? Any of those three will do nicely, but then wait a minute! Somebody jumps in with Dr. Fager or Kelso, and so on. For those of us who haven't witnessed too many great horses up close and personal, especially the ones from the past, it comes down to reading, studying, watching the races on television, and sometimes, who we want to believe.
The same can be said for Zenyatta and Rachel. Either as HOY will do nicely, and if I were going to choose one over the other, and my horse lost, while it would be a disappointment, I would respect the choice of the voters, provided they made their choice without any geographical bias, surface prejudice, and that sort of thing.
If I don't agree with it, but it's fair, at least I'd be able to recognize, respect, and salute the choice, and move on.
Everyone here seems to have pretty much decided on Zanyettz, RA or a tie as their picks for HOYl Wonder how many (if any) contrarian voters for the actual award will actually vote for neither -- assuming there are additional nominees.
"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading."
-- Thomas Jefferson
Saw the other day the sharp oddsmaker (Johnny Avello) at the Wynn Las Vegas..Had odds for horse of the year below.
Excerpt from Richard Eng's column in the Las Vegas Review Journal:
HORSE OF YEAR ODDS -- John Avello, race and sports director at Wynn Las Vegas, posted these odds to win 2009 Horse of the Year: Zenyatta 1-3, Rachel Alexandra 5-2, Summer Bird 20-1, Goldikova 75-1 and Conduit 100-1.
I have seen over the years, Johnny is very good, so take it for whats its worth.
I am sure those odds were made before Summer Bird scratched from the Japan Cup.
If he would have ran in, and won, the Japan Cup, he certainly would have gotten his share of votes..
It appears the writing is on the wall for Zenyatta. I noticed another poll yesterday.. this one on the DRF Website. Steven Crist has tried his best to sway the voters to his way of thinking on many subjects relating to Zenyatta and Rachel, but from the looks of this poll - on his own site - he has had zero impact.
Zenyatta is favored 2-1 by the DRF voters.
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