The Breeders Cup 2010 results will cover eight races today. However, the Breeders Cup 2010 results that everyone is focused on are for the Classic Race. All of a sudden, this one race has become the biggest event in horse racing, even moreso than this year’s Triple Crown. Although winning the Triple Crown has become exceedingly rare lately, there is one more achievement that is even rarer. But if the results for the Breeders Cup 2010 favor Zenyatta, the first perfect horse of all time will be crowned.
Up until the last few weeks, horse racing fans were the only ones who knew that Zenyatta was 19-0 in her career. But the filly has now become a national folk hero, since today is supposed to be her last race, and could end with her finishing 20-0 for her career.
The Breeders Cup 2010 results will be capped off by a Classic race that may live up to its name. Zenyatta is favored against a crowded field, which includes horses like Quality Road, Looking at Lucky and First Dude. Beating them all would lock up Horse of the Year Honors, and a place in the sports’ history.
Even the most legendary horses of all time have lost at least one race. Zenyatta would buck that trend if she wins and retires today, putting her on the short list of all-time greats. Yet many have complained that she has rarely left Calfornia, or competed on a non-synthetic track.
Today’s Breeders Cup 2010 results will answer both those points, as Zenyatta goes out to Churchill Downs, against the best dirt-horses in the nation. Winning today would be the best exclamation point possible, but a loss – especially after the hype of the last week – would be an ugly asterisk.
Horse racing is in need of a Zenyatta win, since the Triple Crown didn’t garner much suspense this year. Since the sports hasn’t had a Triple Crown winner in over 30 years, and has had too many horses break down lately, Zenyatta has emerged just in time.
This was reinforced yesterday, when the sport made bad headlines yesterday for a fight between jockeys. Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano battled after a race, after Catellano’s horse committed a foul that hurt Borel’s ride. At the least, this happened a day before the major Breeders Cup 2010 results, which should make this story fade faster.
Before Zenyatta goes onto the track, there are still seven other races to run today. The schedule starts with the Juvenile Turf race at 1:50 pm and will go on until 6:45 pm, when the long awaited Classic race gets under way. But the first seven winners will be playing second fiddle to the last one – no matter who it is.
The Breeders Cup 2010 will unveil its results on ABC and ESPN, with ESPN broadcasting Zenyatta’s run at 6:45.
Breeders Cup World Championships- “Race Schedule”
New York Daily News- “More than cash at stake in Breeders Cup Classic, as Zenyatta leads chase for Horse of Year title”
New York Times- “The Morning Line: Spotlight Shines on Borel”