But I’m still a bit disappointed.
Rachel Alexandra won Horse of the Year, defeating rival horse Zenyatta (I LOVE Zenyatta) for the Eclipse Award.
The vote was 130 to 99.
I was really looking forward to this award. I thought (and I would have voted for) Zenyatta would win.
Neither horse lost last year.
They never raced against each other. What a shame. So voters just had to decide on their own, who was better.
The voters might have ultimately leaned toward Rachel Alexandra because she raced more (eight, to five for Zenyatta) and defeating males three times, as opposed to once for Zenyatta.
Rachel Alexandra beat top colts in the Preakness and the Haskell and defeated older horses in the Woodward. She was the first filly since 1924 to win the Preakness.
Zenyatta did everything she could to wrest the title from Rachel Alexandra, who once appeared to have an insurmountable lead in the Horse of the Year race.
Zenyatta of course, won a thrilling Breeder’s Cup Classic (and $5 million) at Santa Anita. It was the first win for a female horse in that race.
The Horse of the Year announcement came a day after it was reported that Zenyatta would be racing this year as a six year old. That has led to speculation that Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta would finally meet.
Rachel Alexandra was a unanimous selection as the champion 3-year-old. Zenyatta received all but one of the votes cast for older filly or mare champion.
They are both beautiful horses. Long may they live, and race.