The ever-exciting world of horse racing has been ignited this year by a good, old fashioned, rivalry with an unique twist. It’s strange enough to have one lady show it to the gents in the world of thoroughbred racing, but in 2009, there were two! Between Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, often referred to as the “Angelina and Jennifer” of racing, there is some serious “Girl Power.” These two ladies have made habbit of leaving the boys behind to “eat their dust.” Both reigned supreme in 2009 and have many racing fans anticipating what’s to come in 2010, With much buzz surrounding a likely meeting of the two superstars in a race this year!
Earlier this week, Rachel Alexandra beat out Zenyatta winning the prestigious “Horse of the Year” honor at the Eclipse Awards. Rachel Alexandra was chosen by 130 votes over Zeyatta’s 99 votes by members of the National Turf Writers’ Association, the Daily Racing Form and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Rachel, a three year old filly, won the Preakness this year, being the first filly to do so in 85 years! She also topped the boys in both the Haskell Invitational and Woodward Stakes, having one of the most impressive campaigns in 3 year old racing history!
2009 Summary of Accomplishments:
Rachel Alexandra won eight races in 2009. Zenyatta won five.
Rachel Alexandra won five Grade I races. Zenyatta won four.
Rachel Alexandra beat males three times. Zenyatta beat males once.
Zenyatta topped Rachel Alexandra is in total earnings. Zenyatta earned $3.3 million vs. Rachel’s $2.7 million.
Zenyatta won the Breeder’s cup in unbelievable style coming from dead last.Watch Zenyatta’s Win the Breeder’s Cup
This year, Rachel Alexandra defeated the winners of the Kentucky Derby, Belmont, Travers, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Whitney, Stephen Foster, Test and Acorn!
Zenyatta has never lost a race-ever, and is 6 years old! Quite an impressive feat.
So how do you choose amongst two obvious champions? Two horses of a lifetime? Two ladies that will forever go down in racing history for their accomplishments. It’s a toss-up, but one that may very well be settled in 2010 in a race between these “Glamour Gals.” In fact, Zenyatta’s owner, Jerry Moss stated in an interview with Blood Horse staff earlier this week, that he predicts “Someday we’ll meet, and decide at that time who’s the best.”
Zenyatta at Breeder’s Cup (HorsePhotos.com) & Rachel Alexandra (by AP)