Skip to comments.Heartbreaking Thriller: Blame Beats Zenyatta
Posted on 11/06/2010 5:19:05 PM PDT by Holen1
Zenyatta's history-making winning streak ends by a nose to Blame in a thrilling $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) (VIDEO) under the lights at Churchill Downs Nov. 6. Blame is a homebred son of Arch for Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider.
To be filled with anticipation and see it come through is a feeling cant describe, said Seth Hancock, president of Claiborne Farm, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year.
With the Classic, Blame won his third grade I race of the year. Earlier he won the Stephen Foster Handicap and Whitney Handicap, and he finished second in the grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup. Blame will now be retired to stud at Claiborne with a lifetime record of nine wins in 13 starts, six of the wins in graded stakes.
The final time was 2:02.28.
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Too bad, I was rooting for Zenyatta
I missed the race. Do you have video?
“Retired to stud...” Oh, happy day.
Blood-Horse does but I got an error when I tried to link.
It could be worse.
Glue or dogfood.
Zenyatta didn’t make a move for an entire mile.
Should have been moving up sooner.
Poorly run race that could have been won.
Zenyatta is a she.
A good loss anyway. It was a spectacular run, truly magnificent—one more stride and she would have had him. What a splendid girl.
But the important thing is that she finished sound! Surely that is all that’s truly important. I didn’t want to see one more horse leave the track in an ambulance. Tomorrow she’s going to get back on that amazing van and go someplace to relax and fatten up until breeding season starts. Then she’ll meet her first babydaddy, probably in the neighborhood of Churchill Downs. And she’ll live happily ever after.
That’s how she runs. Finally raced against a better horse.
But this race, maybe more than any other she has run, showed she is a real champion. It's too bad that owners think there is some disgrace in losing. Sure, if she ran eighth today, maybe it would have tarnished her reputation a bit, be to my mind this race only enhanced it.
(BTW, I bet on Blame and two others, not Zenyatta, so I wasn't disappointed by the result. And I also had Dakota Phone at 37-1 so it was a very nice day for me.)
“Retired to stud.”
“Zenyatta is a she.”
I think the “retired...” quote was about Blame.
She beat all those guy horses and nearly beat Blame too.
A great run.
I loved seeing her dancing when they took her out of her stall.
I was cheering for First Dude.
I learned one thing today. I am really lousy at handicapping horse races. I’m very glad I didn’t put any money on any of them.
Yes, she has an amazing personality. Never seen anything quite like her.
First Dude is a nice colt. Don’t give up on him.
She’s a terrific horse — maybe the greatest filly/mare of all time. And yep, that dancing was something else. She was doing it right up until the time they put her in the gate. A true entertainer.