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You Go, Girl!!!


Zenyatta (photo from Wikipedia)

Every once in a long while, an individual comes along who dominates their field, stands head and shoulders above all the rest. When this happens, you don’t have to be a sports fan to appreciate their achievement. Even my 85-year-old mom, who never played a sport or even rode a bike in her life, loved to follow Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong.

I don’t follow horse racing much, beyond catching the annual running of the Kentucky Derby and the Queen’s Plate. It was just by accident that I saw the running of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic and was awed by just such an athlete, one who dominates her field.

Named for a 1980 album by The Police, five-year-old mare Zenyatta beat out Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird in her most recent triumph. No filly or mare had ever won the Classic since its inception in 1984. Undefeated in 14 starts, Zenyatta is the all-time leading female Thoroughbred earner in North America, winner of $5,474,580.

See the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic below. Watch for the rider in the bright green silks (as in the picture at the top of this post).

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