Zenyatta special to air on HRTV tonight

The last time the Breeders’ Cup was at Santa Anita, Zenyatta made history, becoming the first filly or mare to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Breeders’ Cup is back at Santa Anita this year, and tonight, HRTV will broadcast a 30-minute special about the mare, celebrating her career and the effect that she had…

Distaffers: The stars of the show

The 25th running of the Breeders’ Cup took place on October 24 and 25 at Santa Anita. For the first time that year, the races for females and male were segregated, with the distaff races taking place on Friday, and the rest of the races run on Saturday. In another historical departure (and another departure from…

A Tale of Two Races

Wandering around Churchill Downs last week, anticipating a big race, I thought about the last time I was there: last November, for the Breeders’ Cup. That was, of course, the Zenyatta Breeders’ Cup: no matter what else happened that weekend, it was all about her, all about the Classic. She was the story on the…

Return of the Racing Curmudgeon

It’s time for a return of the Racing Curmudgeon, with a hat tip to Frank Deford’s Sports Curmudgeon (who doesn’t seem to have made an appearance recently…another reason to be cranky). I’m cranky because Ron Franklin, the guy who harassed Jeannine Edwards at ESPN and subsequently got fired for it, is now suing ESPN for…

My ballot

The Eclipse ballot stipulates that voters make three choices in each category; failure to make three choices invalidates the vote for that category. These choices determine the top three finalists in each category; the champion in each category is determined solely by the highest number of first-place votes. In most cases, I spent more time…

Will Blame or Zenyatta be Citizen Kane?

The championship lists are how people learn about horses from the past, even prior to the Eclipses. Championships offer limited perspective on racing history . The HOY debate is just further evidence that 98% of the population is clearly insane. It’s not enough, apparently, that the question of who should receive the Horse of the…