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Heartbreaking Thriller: Blame Beats Zenyatta
The Blood-Horse ^ | Saturday, November 6, 2010 | Eric Mitchell

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 can’t 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.

More to come...

(Excerpt) Read more at bloodhorse.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: zenyatta
Great race...
1 posted on 11/06/2010 5:19:06 PM PDT by Holen1
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To: Holen1

Too bad, I was rooting for Zenyatta


2 posted on 11/06/2010 5:23:39 PM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: Holen1

I missed the race. Do you have video?


3 posted on 11/06/2010 5:24:34 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (It's Morning in America!! And darkest night in California....:(:()
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To: Holen1

“Retired to stud...” Oh, happy day.


4 posted on 11/06/2010 5:25:43 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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To: La Enchiladita

Blood-Horse does but I got an error when I tried to link.


5 posted on 11/06/2010 5:26:38 PM PDT by Holen1
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To: Pearls Before Swine

It could be worse.


6 posted on 11/06/2010 5:28:19 PM PDT by Holen1
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To: Holen1

Glue or dogfood.


7 posted on 11/06/2010 5:29:04 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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To: Holen1

Zenyatta didn’t make a move for an entire mile.

Should have been moving up sooner.

Poorly run race that could have been won.


8 posted on 11/06/2010 5:29:25 PM PDT by Carley (WE SAW NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Zenyatta is a she.


9 posted on 11/06/2010 5:30:01 PM PDT by Carley (WE SAW NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Holen1

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.


10 posted on 11/06/2010 5:30:20 PM PDT by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: Carley

That’s how she runs. Finally raced against a better horse.


11 posted on 11/06/2010 5:32:25 PM PDT by Holen1
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To: Holen1
Really was a great race. I'm one of those who has thought less of Zenyatta because she has mostly ducked strong competition. Last year's BC Classic and one of her Apple Blossoms were really the only races she ran in where if she lost it would have been a big surprise.

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.)

ML/NJ

12 posted on 11/06/2010 5:33:36 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Carley

“Retired to stud.”
“Zenyatta is a she.”

I think the “retired...” quote was about Blame.


13 posted on 11/06/2010 5:35:15 PM PDT by Holen1
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To: ml/nj
I agree. First time she has faced a decent field. Although I love Gio Ponti(from last year), he is a Turf horse.This was a good field of dirt horses with the right pace. She just got beat. No shame. Deserves respect.
14 posted on 11/06/2010 5:43:57 PM PDT by Holen1
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To: Holen1

LOL.....thanks.........


15 posted on 11/06/2010 5:44:15 PM PDT by Carley (WE SAW NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Holen1

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.


16 posted on 11/06/2010 5:45:29 PM PDT by Carley (WE SAW NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Holen1

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.


17 posted on 11/06/2010 5:47:24 PM PDT by Jemian (I stand with Cam.)
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To: Carley

Yes, she has an amazing personality. Never seen anything quite like her.


18 posted on 11/06/2010 5:48:06 PM PDT by Holen1
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To: Jemian

First Dude is a nice colt. Don’t give up on him.


19 posted on 11/06/2010 5:50:39 PM PDT by Holen1
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To: Carley

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.


20 posted on 11/06/2010 5:52:15 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: ottbmare

She is quite special. Hope they get the right cross.


21 posted on 11/06/2010 5:53:31 PM PDT by Holen1
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To: Mr. Mojo

“She’s a terrific horse — maybe the greatest filly/mare of all time.”

Hard to argue. Shame we didn’t get to see the match-up with RA.


22 posted on 11/06/2010 5:55:54 PM PDT by Holen1
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To: Holen1

I’m not but I’m not betting the farm on any horse I pick either. Only throw-away money (of which I have none). I don’t think I picked a winner in any race today.


23 posted on 11/06/2010 5:56:01 PM PDT by Jemian (I stand with Cam.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

I was there at Belmont to see Secretariat but this horse is more lovable if that’s a word for a horse.

And of course, there was Barbaro’s courage after his injury.

We’ve seen some amazing horses over the years.


24 posted on 11/06/2010 5:58:53 PM PDT by Carley (WE SAW NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: therightliveswithus

Recorded it, watching them put them in the gate right now.


25 posted on 11/06/2010 6:02:44 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Not on a bet.


26 posted on 11/06/2010 6:03:36 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: ottbmare

Exactly.


27 posted on 11/06/2010 6:06:26 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Holen1

Jockey failure.

He waited just a sencond or two too long “turn her loose.”

Beautiful horse.


28 posted on 11/06/2010 6:10:59 PM PDT by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply!)
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To: Carley

You got to see Secretariat’s Belmont run in person? You’re very fortunate. I watched in on TV when I was a kid of 9, and was all caught up in it like most Americans.

His 2:24 mile and a half record on dirt will never be broken, imo.

All this “if Zenyatta wins the BC she’ll be greater than Secretariat” nonsense this week was completely ridiculous, but that’s what happens when people get all hyped up. Heard the same stuff about Big Brown a couple years ago before his loss in the Belmont loss too.

In 50 years folks will still be comparing the best horse of the hour to Secretariat.


29 posted on 11/06/2010 6:14:26 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Carley; ml/nj

I made a very token smattering of super bets yesterday,
added one today, watched two of the races at OTB in Nanuet, then went back home to watch the last two.
I didn’t believe Zenyatta was a shoo-in, by any means, but I thought she might find a way to do it. I’m disappointed that she and Mike Smith didn’t. It’s her trademark to hang back and close, as everyone knows, but when I saw the first
half of the race and HOW FAR back she was at her farthest , I turned to my wife and said “uh, oh!”. I seem to remember last years BC Classic her being about 13 lengths back at the most, this time it seemed much longer, especially from the skycam. I was surprised again she made up as much ground as she did, but most of the DRF handicappers picked Blame over her. Never saw Blame run, so I had no visceral feeling about him, which I need IN ADDITION to the past performances. I expected by sentimental favorite Musket Man to do better but he finished 7th out of 12th.
The thing that galled me almost as much as Z’s losing was that idiot commentator HAVING to talk to Mike SMith via
headphone, SO CLOSE to that start, approaching the gate, and THEN as if that weren’t bad enough, jumping on him again
a bare few minutes AFTER the race to question him about what happened. Can’t these A-holes LEAVE THE JOCKEYS ALONE and show them SOME RESPECT??


30 posted on 11/06/2010 6:15:40 PM PDT by supremedoctrine (Come closer. I want to get a better look at you.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Not only is Belmont the longest race, it is the only one of the three that forbids Lasix.

Unless a trainer decides to forego Lasix in all the races it’s very difficult to withdraw that drug for a race of Belmont’s length.

Secretariat was a big powerful horse who ran like the wind.

Zenyatta has a playful personality that makes for falling in ‘love’ with a horse.


31 posted on 11/06/2010 6:46:58 PM PDT by Carley (WE SAW NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: supremedoctrine

Getting to seem as tho all the ESPN announcers are jackasses.

The questions were beyond stupid and that jerk with the mutton hat..........ugh.


32 posted on 11/06/2010 6:48:39 PM PDT by Carley (WE SAW NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: Holen1

Click the Breeder’s Cup Classic video for race (third from left.)

http://search.espn.go.com/breeders-cup/


33 posted on 11/06/2010 7:35:34 PM PDT by cajuncow
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To: EggsAckley
Zenyatta was never more than about 10 lengths behind Blame (that at the 1/4 mile mark). After a mile she was only 5 lengths behind Blame. So she did run her race, but it just wasn't good enough today. If you watch the gallop out after the finish you'll see that she never did pass the winner.

The speed just absolutely collapsed between the 6 furlong and 1 mile mark, with the 4th quarter being run in an amazingly slow 26 and change. (In the Dirt Mile, the second place finisher ran fractions of 44 and change and 1:09 and change and ended up beaten only a head). The pace in the Classic didn't seem suicidal, but the 4 horses in the lead group that Zenyatta trailed by about 15-20 lengths ended up finishing 8, 10, 11 and 12.

34 posted on 11/06/2010 7:44:12 PM PDT by Gee Wally
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To: Holen1

With all the hype she was bound to lose.


35 posted on 11/06/2010 7:50:26 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrat Party is shovel ready)
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To: therightliveswithus

Zenyatta is a beautiful horse, and gives a real show. I was rooting for her.

By the way, the other day just for fun I looked up her pedigree and she is a descendent of Princequillo, the horse reputed to have given Secretariat his stamina. I checked it especially to see if they had common heritage, because she reminds me of him. So big, so strong, out of the mold.


36 posted on 11/06/2010 8:35:35 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: EggsAckley

With you. She almost caught him, she’s a real heavy duty closer - a lot of horse there. The jockey waited too long. A shame. But like a previous poster noted, the great thing is to see her retire sound.

I still remember poor Eight Bells breaking her legs on the track.


37 posted on 11/06/2010 8:46:06 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: I still care

Mike tried to hustle her up closer but she wasn’t interested until the stretch.

Great race, a shame it ends this way, but there is a very slight possibility of her remaining in training.


38 posted on 11/07/2010 1:59:17 AM PDT by mmadi106999
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To: Holen1

Tiznow is perfect for her. Her dam is 4x5 to Hoist The Flag and 4x5 to Hail To Reason. Her sire has only one 5x6 cross to Native Dancer. She is 5x5 to Nashua and 5x6 to Hyperion.
Zenyatta has no Seattle Slew, Northern Dancer or Man O’ War, very rare now.
Tiznow is 4x4 to Northern Dancer and his damsire is a son of Seattle Slew.
It’s eight generations back to Man O’ War, the best American horse ever, and Tiznow is one of the best sires now. The Matchem line is better than it’s since the 1930s.
She’s a giant at 17.1 hands but he’s strong and tall at 16.3 hands.
Both have fierce determination.
Imagine, a sire who is the only horse or mare that has won two Breeders’ Cap Classics bred to the only mare to win the Classic and was only a head from away from winning twice.
One caveat: Her owner, Jerry Moss, won the 2005 Kentucky Derby. Moss would like to see Giacomo have a chance to sire
a superstar.


39 posted on 11/07/2010 3:17:14 AM PST by namvolunteer (We draw the Congressional districts this time)
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To: Carley
Getting to seem as tho all the ESPN announcers are jackasses.

It's not the "announcers." It's the producers. Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss both know the game and its people very well. (I've heard both of them speak sans producers.)

ML/NJ

40 posted on 11/07/2010 4:10:38 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: namvolunteer

I’ll say that the surest bet in racing/breeding is that she WON’T go to Curlin. :-)


41 posted on 11/07/2010 5:57:37 AM PST by Holen1
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To: namvolunteer

How about Bernardini?

http://www.bloodhorse.com/stallion-register/pdfs/bernardini.pdf


42 posted on 11/07/2010 6:36:19 AM PST by Holen1
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To: Holen1

A fine pick. Mr. Prospector, Seattle Slew and Northern plus Secretariat and Spectacular Bid. And two crosses of Dr. Fager. Fairway Flyer, Magnolia, etc. I considered him for about 30 minute.
I would like to see her be the dam of the best horse alive.
Nice to see you.


43 posted on 11/07/2010 9:20:57 PM PST by namvolunteer (We draw the Congressional districts this time)
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To: namvolunteer

Pretty spirited Horse of the Year debate over at The Blood-Horse.

Jason Shandler blog.

http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/breeders-cup-chat/archive/2010/11/08/horse-of-the-year-is-simple-blame.aspx


44 posted on 11/09/2010 11:51:21 AM PST by Holen1
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To: Holen1

I don’t Jason’s way of discussing it. It’s “I’m right and you don’t know what you’re talking about.”
I like Blame but he’s only got the Classic and the Whitney to brag about.
If Zenyatta won, that it, she’s the HOF. Goldikova has the three BC Mile wins and 5 G1s this year.
I think I would pick Zenyatta but I wouldn’t get in a bar fight over it.


45 posted on 11/09/2010 2:29:00 PM PST by namvolunteer (We draw the Congressional districts this time)
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To: namvolunteer
I stayed out of this particular argument. Wouldn't upset me either way. Both are deserving. On another site, I did suggest Goldikova, to me, the best racehorse in the world.
46 posted on 11/09/2010 5:21:22 PM PST by Holen1
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To: Holen1
"Zenyatta"?

Has anybody seen her birth certificate?

47 posted on 11/09/2010 5:25:49 PM PST by x
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To: x

Not I, but both her parents were born in this country so she’s ok.


48 posted on 11/09/2010 5:35:38 PM PST by Holen1
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To: Pearls Before Swine
Retired to stud...”

Yea, that's me.......been four years now and my phone still hasn't rung.

49 posted on 11/09/2010 5:37:47 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (There's only one cure for Obamarrhea......)
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