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That's why it's Horse of YEAR

Updated: November 20, 2009, 10:53 PM ET
By Bill Finley | Special to ESPN.com

The divisive debate over Horse of the Year honors is not entirely about Rachel Alexandra versus Zenyatta, who the better horse is, or East versus West. It actually boils down to what does Horse of the Year really mean. It's a term open to interpretation, with no handy guidelines or instructions available to voters. See it one way, and you're probably a Rachel supporter. See it another way, and you're no doubt a Zenyatta backer.

I've always believed that the Horse of the Year should be awarded ...

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