By Popular Demand...

 A short Breeders' Cup story:


Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Stopping to talk with Jerry O'Connell about the Breeders' Cup Classic. I asked Jerry "Having any luck today?" as he responded "no not really" and we began chit chatting. I was definitely curious about who he liked in the Classic and so that was most of the discussion.

Jerry was explaining he liked Summer Bird and Girolamo. His angle was; he watched Birdstone beat Smarty Jones. "Birdstone is Summer Bird's dad, so I like him because of that." Jerry explained. He then proceeded to explain that Girolamo was owned by Arabs and likes how they invest in horses and use their money. So he was supporting the Godolphin angle due to his enjoyment of their passion for the sport.

I did challenge Jerry on his Summer Bird stance explaining "Well Mine That Bird is a Birdstone and he won the Derby, why don't you pick him?" My tone was slightly sarcastic and he smirked saying no and we chatted another minute, then it was post time. 

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 Just how big was Zenyatta winning the Breeders' Cup Classic?

Sunday morning, Nov. 8, YouTube has a Zenyatta video and a Breeders' Cup Classic replay on it's homepage.
Significance: The top spots, above the fold on their hompage are by recommendation. The horse racing fans/Zenyatta fans favorited this enough to become two of the most popular videos.

Twitter trended the terms bc09 and Zenyatta. That is a big deal, because hitting the Top 5 on Twitter's homepage is very difficult. For example, MW2/Modern Warfare 2 is a new video game recently released and it is the top trend for the week. That game sold 4.7 million copies within the first 24hrs. So the fans of any topic are key in creating the trend, thus A LOT of people/fans/media were discussing the Breeders' Cup Classic and Zenyatta.
http://www.ubervu.com/search/?q=Zenyatta
http://whatthetrend.com/trend/Zenyatta

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The Rachel Alexandra fans have spoken. So here is something for them and I also will post the Zenyatta desktop here againl.

Click on the image below to download/save.

 

Click to buy the Rachel Alexandra Photo.

Click to buy the Zenyatta Photo.

Besides the wallpapers, we have blankets...well I guess technically named "Afghans"...but none the less. Christmas + Horse of the Year support = buy either your Zenyatta or Rachel Afghan from our store. I hear there is free shipping on them too. A shameless plug, but still pretty neat. Click below to order from our secure store.

Rachel Alexandra Tapestry Afghan

Zenyatta Tapestry Afghan

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da3hoss

Hey, thanks!

17 Nov 2009 12:23 PM
LACS70

There you go, hatin' in poor Mine That Bird. He's going to take a well deserved rest this winter in New Mexico, come back next year, and win every race he's entered in!  

17 Nov 2009 12:52 PM
Rachel Fan From Arkansas

Lovely, Rachel Alexandra HOY 2009-2010

17 Nov 2009 12:52 PM
wildblueroan

yes, Zenyatta's win was huge. Too bad the "powers that be" are disinclined to even allow Eclipse voters an option to vote for a co-HOY award. Apparently they don't

understand that both horses deserve it and have done wonders for racing.

17 Nov 2009 3:21 PM
Sammi P

Love the Zen wallpaper and she is the 09 HOY!

17 Nov 2009 3:34 PM
da3hoss

LACS70, I was ignoring his MTB diss, but MTB will come back next year and if they pick his spots right, he should give us many good years and races in the venue of our venerable old favorites like With Anticipation, Evening Attire, Better Talk Now and The Tinman!

He's already a Classic ahead of them all and has done FAR more than John Henry at this point in his career. In fact I always chuckle when I think how most bloggers would destroy JH at this point in his career!!!

17 Nov 2009 3:45 PM
aspradling

wildblueroan: You have to be a member of the Turf Writers, which is a paid membership, to have a vote.

MTB will race for a while, I think Chip loves the horse and wants to see him succeed.

Thanks for all the compliments. There are plenty of blogs around BH.com

17 Nov 2009 4:06 PM
rick

LACS70,

if that horse wins "every race he's entered in next year", and provided it's more than one race, I'll eat my hat!

17 Nov 2009 4:57 PM
Marcia

Thanks for the Wallpaper...they are both beautiful, and I wish they could both be HOY.  Not possible then I am going with

the lovely Rachel.

17 Nov 2009 7:04 PM
tvnewsbadge

The self styled "experts"  will never forgive Mine That Bird, will they.

He not only made them look stupid by winning the Kentucky Derby, but was the only horse to show up in the money in all three Triple Crown races and the only American dirt horse capable of taking it to Rachel Alexandra.

17 Nov 2009 8:37 PM
Brian Appleton

Love the wallpapers!  Just as a side note: the only thing I don't like about Jess Jackson owning Rachel Alexandra is that they braid her mane when she runs. It looks horrible!

18 Nov 2009 12:58 AM
Pasturelands

rick, i hope you find your hat tasty..LOL

18 Nov 2009 4:54 AM
BELLWETHER

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18 Nov 2009 6:24 AM
LACS70

Thank you, da3hoss, for showing some love for MTB. That horse has guts and heart, and will win again. And Rick, what flavor hat would you like!LOL  

BTW, the Zenyatta wallpaper looks great on my desktop. If Rachel grows into half the mare that Zen is, I will happily put a RA wallpaper up next year!    

18 Nov 2009 9:06 AM
Lorenzo

Marcia:

I will not knock MTB he is a Kentucky Derby Winner. But!! 4 of his 5 wins are on what the Jess Jackson followers call PLASTIC. His Th win is in the SLOP in the Derby. He is yet to win on a FAST DIRT TRACK. If he was my horse I would be pointing him to the BC Dirt Mile not the Classic. I don't believe he wants much more than that against Top Co.

18 Nov 2009 10:24 AM
Dawn

Thank you for the wallpaper! Got Rachel on my work PC!

I have to chuckle at the Zenyatta photo--she looks like she has more than the alloted number of legs. Like something you'd see on Animal Planet's Weird True and Freaky! Couldn't be helped and of course Photo Shop was not an option. Gotta keep it real.

That was Gio Ponte on her left wasn't it?

18 Nov 2009 10:55 AM
RachelLover

Thank you, Adam, for putting up the Rachel wallpaper!  I have enjoyed the Zenyatta picture but my heart lies with the lovely Rachel.  The fans have definitely come out winners this year with both great horses to watch and cheer.  I really hope this will help draw people back to horse racing.  It's a thrilling sport.

While I don't think MTB is in Zenyatta or Rachel's league, I do give him a lot of credit.  He gets picked on alot (my husband for one!) but I think he's got a lot of heart.  He shows up and he keeps trying.  The looks of utter dismay on the faces of the elite when he won the Derby was priceless!

What's wrong with Rachel's hair being braided?  I love it that way.  She looks like a girl!

18 Nov 2009 10:55 AM
Zevida

Brian: How funny! When I've gone back and watched replays of Rachel's races, I love that her mane is braided and I am bothered by her races before the Preakness when it was not! I come from a show horse background and no matter if it is a small local show or a big championship, always braid! :)

18 Nov 2009 11:15 AM
Judy Love John Henry

I chose the Queen Zenyatta wallpaper.

da3hoss - I agree with you about horse racing fans dissing MTB. It took John Henry several years to reach his peek - thanks to Ron McAnally and his staff. Sam Rubin, Ron, and his staff laughed all the way to the bank once JH got his "groove".

I hope to see MTB succeed and I will be watching his career. Best of luck to Chip and his staff!

18 Nov 2009 12:57 PM
rick

for all who ask the flavor of headwear I prefer, I ask: what species of crow you desire? while you guys may be "laughing out loud", I'm quietly questioning your betting sense. but then again, if you're not placing bets, I'd love MTB too. the question isn't one of respect for the animal or his accomplishments, but more a question of respect for my betting dollar. unless of course, he's an absolute overlay...

18 Nov 2009 5:27 PM
aspradling

One thing for everyone to keep in mind about MTB. He is the only horse to finish in the money in all three legs of the Triple Crown this year.

That is a nice betting angle.

tcm.bloodhorse.com/index.asp

19 Nov 2009 10:56 AM
rick

Adam,

Your thought is duly noted, and for one or two races next season, I'll keep that in mind. But my post was more a response to the "will win every race he's entered in next year" comment. I agree, the in the money finishes in the '09 Triple Crown series provides the backbone of a solid betting angle...for a race or two. That's probably how many races you'd get a fair price on MTB. After that, sentiment would reign supreme, and he'd be overbet. That's when I'd go looking for the horse(s) to beat him. As for going undefeated in '10...preposterous!

19 Nov 2009 1:15 PM
mtv

If MTB wins next year, i'll eat my underwear!! haha. joke.

23 Nov 2009 4:57 AM
Peggy

Zenyatta the best :)

13 Dec 2010 1:58 AM

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