after the sleeping comes the waking up.

This female rules.

Posted by c. wagner on November 7, 2009

I’m breaking my policy of not posting on the weekend for this bit of news.

Today, a racehorse earned her place in history.

Her name is Zenyatta.

Fourteen races.

Fourteen wins.

And the fourteenth was the most impressive.

Facing males for the first time, she was dead last of 12 for almost a mile. Even the racecaller thought she had no chance for victory.

With a quarter of a mile to run, she was second last and jockey Mike Smith steered her to the rail. She sped past five horses in the blink of an eye.

With an eighth of a mile to go, she was three paths off the rail, behind a wall of six horses and still gaining ground. Smith was trying to find a clear path to the wire.

With a sixteenth of a mile to run, she was in the middle of the track, even with with the leaders and gaining rapidly. Smith was riding as if his life depended on it.

A handful of yards from the wire, Zenyatta was in front and drawing away. She pricked her ears, looking for more horses to pass.

One of the all-time greats.


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