The 2010 Breeders Cup – A Tale of Two Fillies

Matt: A great FanPost that deserves to be bumped to the front.

In many respects, the 2010 Breeders Cup was all about two fillies, two outstanding fillies in fact who had long since captured the imagination of the racing world and who were both looking to enhance their past Breeders Cup performances by wining at the meeting for a third time each.

Sadly only one of them achieved the feat, but the other lost nothing in defeat, in fact she probably became a bigger heroin by losing rather than winning.

The two fillies of course are Goldikova who was looking to win the Breeders Cup Mile for a third consecutive year and Zenyatta who was looking to win the Breeders Cup Classic for a second year running and who had previously won the Ladies Classic the year before that in 2008.

To make her task even more difficult, Goldikova was drawn on the wide outside in her race, which meant that she would have to work very hard at the beginning of the race, in order to be in a challenging position at the end; a challenge which many thought may be beyond her. She of course was having none of it and it soon became clear that as they rounded the bend into the final straight, she was going to win. With the grace of a deer, she swept past her rivals at a terrific speed, winning with plenty in hand whilst at the same time setting a new Breeders Cup record of three straight wins.

Trainer, Freddie Head, who had always been confident, confirmed that she was to stay in training for another year at least and that she would return for the 2011 Breeders Cup looking for a four timer in the same race. She is already on her way to being regarded as the greatest 'miler' ever seen on a race track and the win was her 12th Group One victory and a return to Churchill Downs next November is certainly something to look forward to in her quest to enter Racing's history books.

Zenyatta as we all know, was looking to maintain her 100% winning record by taking the biggest race of the meeting, The Breeders Cup Classic for a second year running. To do so she would be winning her 20th race from 20 starts which is a record that would place her very close to the being regarded as the greatest ever racehorse.

She went off for the race as favourite but there had been a lot of support for the Al Stall trained, Blame, who had won twice in the past on the Churchill Downs dirt, whereas Zenyatta had never in the past raced there.

Zenyatta adopted her normal waiting tactics, tucking up in the rear of the field before unleashing a supersonic charge up the home straight. Unfortunately for the flying filly, Blame had already stolen a march on her and her blistering run fell short by a head, leaving Blame as the winner and depriving Zenyatta of her destiny.

Jockey, Mike Smith was quick to blame himself for the defeat, stating that he should have had her a tad closer when hitting the final straight. He believed that he was on the best horse, but just gave her too much to do when it came down to the final analysis.

Overall at the 2010 Breeders Cup, American horse won twelve of the fourteen races, with European success being restricted to just two, Goldikova obviously was one of those, but the other came in the Breeders Cup Turf, where the Brian Meehan trained, Dangerous Midge, who was stepping up hugely in class swept past Champ Pegasus to claim a highly unexpected win. The win gave jockey, Frankie Dettori his 10th win at the Breeders Cup.

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