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Race fans in SoCal say goodbye and thank you to Zenyatta

They leaned on railings, climbed walls and chanted "Zenyatta, Zenyatta, Zenyatta."

Race fans at Hollywood Park saluted the retiring 6-year-old mare on Sunday, one day before she boards a plane for Kentucky to begin broodmare duties at Lane's End Farm.

There were signs being held seemingly everywhere to go with an outpouring of love and appreciation for a horse who won 19 of 20 races and provided great entertainment in every race, going from last to first except in her final one.

Her owner, Jerry Moss, gave a hint of the stallion who could become Zenyatta's mate. Asked if Lane's End Farm's top horse, A.P. Indy, might be Zenyatta's breeding partner, Moss said, "He's got the inside track."

Zenyatta's jockey, Mike Smith, spent close to two hours signing dozens of autographs among the crowd of 11,216 on Zenyatta Appreciation Day at the Inglewood track. Her trainer, John Shirreffs, was beaming with pride.

And Zenyatta was her usual playful, calm self, enjoying every minute of the star treatment that she truly deserves.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Question of the day: If Zenyatta wins on Saturday, should she be considered the greatest horse of all time? [Updated]

Zenyatta_300 Writers from around the Tribune Co. weigh in on the topic. Check back throughout the day for more responses, and feel free to leave a comment of your own.

Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times

All debate should end over who is the best horse of all time if Zenyatta does what she has always done: win for the 20th and final time on Saturday in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

How can anyone argue she isn’t the best horse with a record of 20-0?

I’ve watched her since she was a 4-year-old, and what’s most remarkable is that in a sport where there are no sure winners, she is.

She always starts last and somehow always rallies to win. She runs only as fast as her jockey needs her to run. She has faced speed horses, come-from-behind horses, traffic troubles, won on dirt, won synthetics, won at six furlongs, won at 1 1/4 miles. She dances before races, she poses after races.

Secretariat was great, but Zenyatta is greater because she has never lost.

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Tom Jicha, South Florida Sun Sentinel

Win or lose, undefeated Zenyatta is one of the greatest horses ever and deserves the Horse of the Year title she was denied last year. However, she might not be the greatest horse, or even female horse, at the Breeders’ Cup this year.

Goldikova, 6-5 favorite in the Turf Mile (for comparison's sake, Zenyatta is 8-5 in the Classic), also will be bidding for a third consecutive Breeders’ Cup championship. Unlike Zenyatta, who will be racing outside her gender for only the second time in 20 starts, European based Goldikova has defeated males numerous times.

Zenyatta is a sure Hall of Famer, but when her plaque hangs alongside the likes of Man O’War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat and Ruffian, she will be overmatched.]

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Zenyatta takes on Citation, Seabiscuit and others in simulation to determine best racehorse of all time



Recently, Horse Racing Simulation created a fantasy race placing Zenyatta in a field with nine other historical top racehorses. The purpose of the simulation was to see how these famous horses would fare at their peak against each other. The winner? Zenyatta.

But no Secretariat? Really? Then this simulation, while fun to watch, is meaningless.

-- Houston Mitchell



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