Zenyatta lends Cup Some Drama Lisa Deramo's Blog

There is an deficiency of expected drama in a final act of Breeders Cup XXVI upon Saturday during Santa Anita.

Sunday Silence as good as Easy Goer constructed weeks of hum heading up to a 1989 Breeders Cup Classic. The merits as good as vulnerabilities of Ferdinand as good as Alysheba, Bernardini as good as Invasor were debated long prior to they brought good theater to a finales of racing seasons past. The air came out of this fill up some time ago as good as will not be inflated by a participation of a undefeated mare Zenyatta in Americas richest race.

Jess Jackson framed a Classic in a strange element over which racing is conducted during Santa Anita when he announced during midseason which there would be no Breeders Cup upon a plastic aspect for Rachel Alexandra, who while during rest in Kentucky over a entrance week end remains a presumptive Horse of a Year. The resolute 3-year-old Sea The Stars, a widespread figure upon a European theatre this season, competence have saved a day in Arcadia, though his Hong Kong connectors opted for early retirement following what they saw as an important-enough career finale final month in a Prix de lArc de Triomphe in Paris.

As it was a year ago, a fake Pro-Ride surface, not equine racing, is a theme which dominates a review in allege of a Breeders Cup. Lacking a many appropriate American as good as European horses, races dictated to establish championships have been left without larger consequence and, as was a box in a arise of final years European onslaught, Santa Anita 2009 will be judged in its aftermath inside of a framework of fiber, polymer as good as wax-coated sand which constructed off-the-pace winners in all though one Breeders Cup competition in 2008.

Nevertheless, even in a deficiency of a American as good as European Horses of a Year as good as a suitable dirt course, a Classic holds good potential to be a truly memorable race, a good betting race, as they say. There is no title to be decided here, though as final legs of a pick-six go, many possibilities await, particularly for those who see a female a one preferred as invitingly vulnerable.

For all except those betting upon others, it will be difficult to base opposite Zenyatta in her primary exam opposite males.

The huge mares brilliant career is encapsulated by her record: 13-of-13, 7 of those Grade 1 stakes. The winner of a Breeders Cup Ladies Classic a year ago over this march as good as hold up American older mare of 2008 has faced a starter usually 4 times as a 5-year-old, as good as her local title is secure.

She has, however, raced in form measurably below her many appropriate in a dual many new victories during a expense of overmatched West Coast competition. Despite her chaste longevity, a long-striding mare with a arguable as good as devastating late run has not faced males nor attempted 10 furlongs as good as is asked for many in what will probably be a final run of her career. The daughter of Street Cry has been pointy in new training, though whether her many appropriate is good enough to strike unknown circumstances as good as appreciably more challenging company than she has ever kept remains a question which precludes accepting a short cost or receiving a stand-alone position during a end of a pick-six. It would be no warn to see this mare off a board.

In 13 races, Zenyatta has not faced a equine of Rip Van Winkles class. Trainer Aiden OBrien has called this 3-year-old by Galileo a many brilliant he has ever trained, as good as he arrives during Santa Anita after Group 1 victories over a mile in a Sussex Stakes during Goodwood as good as a Queen Elizabeth II Stakes during Ascot. Three defeats this deteriorate came during a behind of Sea The Stars. An affinity for a fake march is not determined though Ravens Pass, final years winner of a Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, won this competition forward of a OBrien-trained Henrythenavigator, who was runner-up in both races. A high cruising speed as good as status quo to stay 10 furlongs will suggest this equine well, as good as he would positively be no surprise. Nor would a second all-Euro exacta.

Twice Over, a arguable Juddmonte 4-year-old, faces his primary exam upon fake ground upon a wings of a three-race winning strain in a United Kingdom, a many new of which was a Group 1 Champion Stakes over 10 furlongs, his many appropriate distance, in Oct during Newmarket. The Henry Cecil trainee has a running style which should suit a tight march though has a punishing stride as good as thus no determined form upon organisation ground in Europe. While a fake march during Santa Anita does not become tough as good as fast when dry, there is no basement upon which to decider his affinity for a unknown surface. He has sufficient tender capability as good as positively a category to poise a certain hazard if he responds favorably.

Zenyatta will additionally find her hands full with a American horses bound for a Classic.

Summer Bird, a primary 3-year-old in 20 years to win a Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, Travers Stakes as good as Jockey Club Cup, is certain to be voted a local championship in postseason. He has been defeated usually by Rachel Alexandra since early June as good as has improved gradually with any victory. Sent to California good prior to competition day, he has lerned strongly over a Santa Anita surface, dispelling or during least abating regard which a march competence poise a problem. A stayer with uncanny versatility, he brings a challenging combination of tactical speed as good as a clever finishing flog which puts him precisely in a frame.

Gio Ponti competence be a many appropriate of a American territory runners, carrying won 4 consecutive Grade 1 races this deteriorate prior to being upset in a Joe Hirsh Turf Classic in New York in October. The 4-year-old has additionally won Grade 3 over a Santa Anita fake march late final season. He is expected in a Classic in deference to a clever European fortuitous in a Turf. He is positively a high-class equine by any standard, with a arguable finishing flog which has been successful in five of his final 7 races, as good as he is clearly a hazard to strike a wire in front of a adored mare.

So is Einstein, a genuine 7-year-old warrior who has won Grade 1 races over turf, dirt as good as fake tracks, not insignificantly one in a Santa Anita Handicap in March. He has been freshened following a narrow improved in a early Sep Pacific Classic though has since lerned steadily in Kentucky in credentials for his primary Breeders Cup assignment. In his many appropriate form, he is a challenging as good as dangerous presence.

While nothing of these horses have been good to claim Eclipse Awards subsequent winter, a list of trustworthy contenders extends to roughly every starter in a Classic. Seldom does a competition appear expected of suggest double-digit prices upon multiple graded stakes winners.

Colonel John has won usually a minor stakes in more than a year since his final Grade 1 success, though a 4-year-old by Tiznow recaptured his many appropriate form in his many new begin in October, when he was a narrowly beaten second in a Goodwood. A reprise of which bid would put him in a swarming frame.

Quality Road was unfailing to fool around a purpose of a one preferred in a Kentucky Derby after dual Grade 1 wins final winter prior to being raid by leg problems, as good as was subsequently changed from a caring of trainer Jimmy Jerkens to Todd Pletcher. He returned during midsummer in a Grade 2 with a record-setting sprint win over 7 furlongs during Saratoga as good as competence have been asked for as well many when sent to plea Summer Bird reduction than a month later in a Travers Stakes. The long-bodied, muscular son of Elusive Quality sleepy late after ascent a amiable threat. Sent to competition a pace in a Jockey Club Gold Cup final month, he had no answer for Summer Bird, though he is a high-class colt in improving form as good as a strong pacemaker.

Regal Ransom was seen as Godolphins many appropriate possibility in a American Triple Crown after his UAE Derby success in Dubai; he returned from a disappointing bid during Churchill Downs with minor injuries which put him upon a sidelines until September, when he returned with a facile feat in a Grade 2 Super Derby during Louisiana Downs. Has not raced since, though apparently is not hampered by a miss of racing. Though he has lerned with enthusiasm during Santa Anita, a son of Distorted Humor lacks Grade 1 credentials as good as has not run a winning competition during 10 furlongs. He competence be improved matched to a Dirt Mile during this connection though cannot be dismissed with confidence.

The dual many appropriate approaches competence bring to boil down pressing a all button or sitting behind as good as rooting for Zenyatta.

Since no female has won a Classic, she would during least lend a sense of history to a occasion.

Paul Moran is a two-time winner of a Media Eclipse Award, as good as has perceived assorted honors from a National Association of Newspaper Editors, Society of Silurians, Long Island Press Club as good as Long Island Veterinary Medical Association. He has additionally been since a Red Smith Award for his coverage of a Kentucky Derby. Paul maintains paulmoranattheraces.blogspot.com as good as can be contacted during paulmoran47@hotmail.com.

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