'Zenyatta Thank You'
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. Forget Horse of the Year. Let's just make Zenyatta horse of the century. She earns the title by sheer chutzpah, for showmanship and for the delivery again and again of solid racing thrills. In an industry desperately in need of promoting, this beautiful bay runner speaks volumes without saying a word.In case you missed the news, she won again on Friday at Oaklawn Park, in the Apple Blossom, by 4 ¼ lengths, under wraps, with jockey Mike Smith propping his feet up against the dashboard, holding her back. This was her 16th straight victory. She has never been beaten. It was the kind of race of which you tell your children and grandchildren. The same could be said of the entire week, for the 6-year-old daughter of Street Cry put on a show from the moment she arrived Tuesday morning. After stepping off her flight from California to the welcome of more than 100 ardent racing fans, through early morning trips to the track and lazy late-morning photo sessions as she cropped the emerald grass, Zenyatta graced Oaklawn with the presence of a champion. Her win in the Apple Blossom was simply icing on the cake, the grand finale of a performance uniquely her own.