Those of you who read this weekly posting know of my fondness for Zenyatta and how I’ve lobbied for her to be named horse of the year for 2010.
So when that happened this past week, I (and millions of others) couldn’t have been happier.
I loved watching this horse.
The honor ended the suspense regarding whether her narrow loss to Blame in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which finalized her career record at 19-1, would also render Zenyatta 0-for-3 in Horse of the Year races.
Zenyatta’s 128-102 margin over Blame in first-place votes was remarkably similar to the 130-99 by which Rachel Alexandra prevailed over Zenyatta in the 2009 balloting.
And, as was the case a year ago, supporters of both major candidates must now accept the decision and move on.
Owners Jerry and Ann Moss, trainer John Shirreffs and his wife Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs (the Mosses’ racing manager) said, “I’m so happy for the fans.”
And then, two days later, another award, the first Secretariat Vox Populi — or Voice of the People — Award in recognition of her extraordinary connection to those whose previous awareness of the sport was casual or less.
A more fitting award there cannot be.
Zenyatta: I will always remember you.
OK, now we can move on to 2011 news. Stay tuned….