Saturday, October 16, 2010

Shirreffs on Zenyatta-Just Sayin'

Like any good campaign manager John Shirreffs is telling all who will listen that Zenyatta should win the Eclipse award for 2010 Horse of the Year, even if she loses the Breeders Cup Classic. You can find all the quotes in Jeff Lowe's article in the Thoroughbred Times. I have no problem with the quotes, he believes in his horse and should say so, plus planting the seed into the writers (and voters) heads about winning the award even if she loses the BC Classic is pretty smart.

He further said, should she lose out on the award this year:
“For what she has done for the last three years, I would have to say that would be a real slap in the face"

He also said he thinks the award should have been split between Rachel and Zenyatta in '09.

It seems that Shirreffs feels Zenyatta's continued dominance in 2010 diminishes Rachel's dominance in 2009. For 2009, Rachel was 8-0, with 3 Grade 1 wins against males. You can't go back in time and make the award a "Lifetime Achievement Award". If so, Zenyatta wins hands down. But the award is for Horse of the Year, and that is a whole different animal.


Nick said...

Thank you, completely agree. I'm so tired of people trying to spin it like what happened last year or any other year matters.

ljk said...

Uh oh. Remember the last time Z shipped to Churchill, the track came up wet and Shirreffs scratched her.

I hope he's not setting the stage for this year.

SaratogaSpa said...

Nick-agreed, that was than, this is now

ljk-With all the pre-race media hype on Zenyatta, wouldn't that be interesting if any rain causes a race day scratch.

thanks for reading