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Perfection In Defeat? Z-E-N-Y-A-T-T-A

Posted by on November 8, 2010
I am so filled with sadness, devistation and anger that I have to say what is on my heart!


No horse on God’s Creation could have won The Breeders Cup; with all the burdens of heaviness that many of you (so called) expert analysts and naysayers placed upon Zenyatta with your negative words and constant prophecies of her defeat.


I followed all of the coverage for months, leading up to the Breeders Cup; and I listened to one after the other give negative proclamations about Zenyatta winning the Breeders Cup and defending her title.  I consistently heard:  ”She will not win the Breeders Cup this year… She can’t, or she won’t beat quality horses like Quality Road; or Lookin At Lucky.” (She left them both in her dust)


Let me ask you all this question?  (You all know who you are!)   How would it make you feel if people were constantly tearing you down; saying negative things about you and your accomplishments?  People! Think seriously before you speak; and use your words to be more constructive.




So Let’s give bad credit where it is due! You all are largely responsible for the end result of that race!!  Not Zenyatta; and definitely not Mike Smith.  They have nothing to prove.  Their Amazing  and Impeccable Record together; will stand forever in history.


She had never experienced dirt stinging her in the face; and that is why she hung back further than usual. In Fact she was running with her eyes closed in the first stages of the race.  She was carrying all the extra weight of every negative profession out of your mouths; and still she was determined to win.  She had to check when Quality Road started stopping in front of her; and when she weaved through a wall of horses to get to the outside, she did what she always does…passed horses like they were standing still; having dead aim on the finish line. Tragically this time she finished a nose short.


Now you are going to use this defeat to argue against giving her Horse of the Year…Which she so richly deserves.  You continue to beat her down; and she consistently gives her Heart, her Competitive Spirit, her Incomparable Talents and her Limitless Love.


When Mike brought Zenyatta back in front of the Grandstand; the crowd exploded into an uncontrolable roar; giving her a standing ovation.  Mike lovingly wrapped his arms around her neck and kissed her, and proceeded to remove her tack.   She didn’t understand why the routine was so different.  She kept trying to go to the Winners Circle.  As she was walking back to the barn; she kept turning that stately head of hers toward the crowd.  All of our hearts were just shattering for her; Mike and all her connections.


I heard another profound statement of Praise today that I want to share.  ”John Sheriffs deserves to be “Trainer Of The Year” for his amazing accomplishments with Zenyatta throughout her entire racing campaign. I totally agree with this statement!


This exquisite six year old mare has brought more people, of every nationality and every age, into the Love of Horse Racing; than any other horse in history.  To quote a very wise and successful trainer:  ”Zenyatta has touched people who don’t know the difference between a furlong and a footlong.  For what this AMAZING MARE has accomplished and given back to Horse Racing; she is not only deserving of “Horse Of The Year”…She is the “Horse Of The Decade!”


ZENYATTA!  However the vote is decided…YOU ARE A LIVING LEGEND!


You will always be our “Horse Of The Year”


Your Spirit of Elegance & Grace will forever remain in our hearts!


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19 Responses to Perfection In Defeat? Z-E-N-Y-A-T-T-A

  1. Debbie Davis

    I barely saw anything of the race, and I had wondered the outcome. She is beautiful and I am so glad you got to be there. She has reignited your passion and I am glad to see your post. There are not many commentators I actually like in any profession. I think we need some new ones.
    Debbie Davis

  2. Mary Margaret Thompson

    I could not have stated Zenyatt’s Perfection any better myself. Thank you for your heartfelt insigts. I hope Zenyatta’s connections continue to keep us informed of our Queen. I love her so much.

  3. Devora Berliner

    What a beautiful tribute! To all of those who think Blame, because of one good race, should be in the running for HOY, I remind you that compared to the race Zenyatta ran, Blame came in a distant second. Had he been in Zen’s position when she started her run from behind is there anyone who truly believes he could have kept pace with her, let alone come out on top? HOY should never be decided on one performance, although Zen’s performance in the Classic is enough to earn her that award.

  4. Tammie Perry

    I am so sorry for the loss. I know this has to be devastating. Anyone can plainly see Zenyatta still is and always will be a winner to many. Great heartfelt post you have here’

  5. J Dalring

    It was hard to bear at first but she is the best in my books still- an amazing horse, an amazing mare- I can’t get over her dancing before a race- she is exquisite and should be Horse of the Year!

  6. Tamborine

    BEAUTIFUL. Thank you for sharing from your heart… because thats where Zenyatta inspires us from:)

  7. Lynn Rios

    “I liken you, my darling, to a mare among Pharaoh’s chariot horses.” Song of Solomon 1:9 NIV

    She is our horse of the year, and of the decade, and possibly the finest mare of all time. She has captured our hearts, and our loyalty, and she has inspired us to strive for new heights.

  8. Azar Colter

    Linda, what a loving tribute to a magnificent mare. Your comments are so heartfelt, even if a person did not know a thing about horse racing or had ever seen a race in their lives. This is so inspirational and all who reads this feels your pain as well as your love for Zenyatta!

    Thank you for your passion Linda!

  9. Nancy Radlinger

    Oh Linda, you did a wonderful job with this post and can feel your passion and love for Zenyatta. I totally agree with you on your post and that happens in our own lives as we forget all the good things that we have done, we forget all the wins that we have had and dwell on the one loss – thanks for sharing.

    Skype: nancyradlinger

  10. Susan Edwards

    I have heard a quote about horses “they fly without wings”. Zenyatta looked like she would be fun to ride while “flying” in practice or in a race. She is far abbove any other American mare I have ever seen. She is with Man O’War, his grandson Seabiscuit and Secretariat. Thanks to her great trainer for knowing how horses grow, for not racing her before she was ready so she could still be racing at 6 years old. If Zenyatta does not work out as a broodmare, will she do public appearances for us?

  11. Thinus Verdoes

    Great article.

  12. Mr. Del Mar


    The passion explodes from your article. I have much to say about our girl Zen and I was supposed to write an article after the BC Classic, but what is there to say? How do we write about something that most do not understand? Zenyatta transcends horse racing, transcends sports… For those of us who ride with her and Mike it is something indescribable. We win with her each time and we won with her in this last BC Classic because we had a calvary and our girl was center stage. You see, I can’t even write a brief comment on the topic. I figured out why I couldn’t write the article or read any others about it until tonight… This story needs to be told and I’m going to write a book on Zenyatta and it’s articles like this that make me believe all of us want to make her story known. My apologies for the long winded response, but your article was the first I chose to read since the race. Great Stuff!

  13. Robert Danna

    What a beautiful statement. To Sports writers like Andy Byer, who with his colorful writing techniques has continued to “PUT DOWN” Zenyatta, due to his in-ability to get his system (The Byer speed ratings) to work on horses that go from Syntheatic surface to dirt I Say “Get a Life” However, to the horsemen and woman, who through hard work and love of horses, brought forth this wonderful MARE, I say “God Bless and thanks for all your wonderful work” Love you ZEN..

    Bob Danna

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  19. Bridget

    Linda, they are jealous. That is the only reason why they would say negative things about her. If they truly understood her greatness, they would never say anything negative about her. She is truly a gift from God who has encouraged people all over the world in their own personal lives to reach higher. That is what her purpose was.

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