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Monday, December 22, 2008

Most Impressive Filly and Mares Races of 2008—Making It Look Easy

Sometimes horses just make it look so easy, effortless. This year, that would have been:

1. Eight Belles, in G3 Honeybee, Oaklawn—March 16

Subsequent G1 American Oaks winner Pure Clan may have been the only real talent in the field, but Eight Belles won with ease.

2. Zenyatta, in G1 Apple Blossom, Oaklawn—April 5

Seriously, any and all of Zenyatta’s races fit here—especially the BC Distaff—but I’m going for her sole dirt effort, because it was her first time outside of California and on real dirt. She crushed a small but stellar field that included Ginger Punch.

3. Zaftig, in G1 Acorn, Belmont—June 7

After going one-on-one with Indian Blessing for most the race, Zaftig took her measure and rolled for an easy 4-1/2 length victory, with John Velazquez minus his whip.

4. Stardom Bound, in G1 BC Juvenile Filly—October 24

I love deep closers, and this gray ghost floated across the track late to win the G1 Del Mar Debutante, G1 Oak Leaf, and here.


dana said...

I think you got them all in every category... great series! And thx.

suebroux said...

Loved the Apple Blossom; Zenyatta was remarkable but my personal favorite, Brownie Points ran a tremendous second (probably one of her best races, even though she didn't win!

Valerie said...

I wondered what happen to Brownie Points, then see on that she is retired and will be bred to Street Cry in 2009.

Handride said...

TBA year end note