Saturday, November 7, 2009

Win the Classic, win Horse of the Year? No, not Zenyatta, but Summer Bird

As I fill in on the sports desk this weekend, I get to watch the Breeders' Cup from work.

And ABC's piece on Summer Bird seconds ago leaves me wondering -- could the 3-year-old colt upset both Zenyatta today and Rachel Alexandra for Horse of the Year by winning this afternoon's Breeders' Cup Classic?

Honestly, I don't think he'll win the race. I like Einstein at a bit of a price, Zenyatta is a SoCal monster who must be reckoned with even amongst males, and Rip Van Winkle is probably Europe's best bet.

But if Summer Bird could take the race, he would have quite a quartet of Grade 1 victories to his name: The Belmont Stakes, the Travers Stakes, the Jockey Club Gold Cup, and the race of the year, the B.C. Classic.

You at least could make the case.


  1. For not liking the surface, Summer Bird certainly performed admirably, fourth behind likely Horse of the Year Zenyatta, Turf Eclipse winner Gio Ponti and the Euro Twice Over...certainly enough to seal 3-year-old male Eclipse IMHO.

    I love Einstein--what a disappointment :(

  2. Yeah, Einstein was right there and then just gone. Too bad. Good that I didn't drive to Virginia and bet him.

    Thrilling performance by Zenyatta. She did make a case for HOY.


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