The Emotional Journey of Zenyatta to Win the “Horse of the Year” Award.
On Monday, Zenyatta’s battle to earn “Horse of the Year” ended when she was finally crowned with the honor during the final moments of the Eclipse Awards.
The math was pretty simple on the face of the ballot. Zenyatta had five Grade I victories while Blame won three Grade I races. Blame won the Breeders’ Cup Classic and defeated more Grade I winners in 2010.
At times, Zenyatta was cast as the “emotional” or “popular” favorite in the pre-vote debates for the Award, in part, due to her passionate fan base and discussion of her overall career record. Yes, Zenyatta won 19 of 20 races in her career, with a 5-1 Grade I record in 2010. But, as the argument was made by many, “Horse of the Year” is not a lifetime achievement award or a “popularity” vote.
At the end of the voting, 238 eligible voters cast a ballot for “Horse of the Year.” Zenyatta won the Award with 128 votes while Blame received 102 ballots in his favor. Goldikova garnered five supporters, two individuals did not vote and one abstained.
i am so glad for the queen
Zenyatta's first date is with Bernadini.
Bernadini is the son of A.P. Indy and Cara Rafaela Bernadini is regally bred, with Belmont Stakes winner and 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy as his sire, and a bloodline that includes Seattle Slew, Spectacular Bid, and Secretariat. By blood, he is related to Triple Crown contenders Real Quiet and Charismatic.
His major wins were -:
Jockey Club Gold Cup (2006)
Withers Stakes (2006)
Jim Dandy Stakes (2006)
Travers Stakes (2006)
Preakness Stakes (2006)
He was the U.S. Champion 3yr old Colt in 2006 and was the Co-World Champion 3yr old colt in 2006
Bernadini is the top first season sire for last season.
woohoo I hope she likes him
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