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.
WORDS OF PRAISE BUILD UP! NEGATIVE WORDS WEIGH DOWN!
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!