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Remember the Mares

It’s a Distaff sort of day today; Zarkava took home the Cartier Award for Horse of the Year, Zenyatta has her own hat and there is the troubling news that Sunline is fighting laminitis.

First, let’s look more closely at the good news — Zarkava’s flawless season was rewarded by Cartier voters who chose to focus on an entire year, rather than the last month or so preceding the vote. Val at Foolish Pleasure notes that many Breeders’ Cup winners were not even nominated, and rightly so. I’m putting my money on Goldikova for next year’s Horse of the Year; she ran into a monster in Zarkava (pictured) in her rare defeats and could be one herself next season. Given Zarkava’s absence, I’m glad I still have Goldikova to look forward to.

Zenyatta might be busy taking a break before resuming her racing career next year, but she may make an appearance on the track on November 30th, when Hollywood Park celebrates Zenyatta Day — it’s more than enough enticement to get fans out to see the Matriarch and Hollywood Derby. It will also be your last chance to see Precious Kitten on the track – she will be retired after the Matriarch, but it will be a great opportunity to see how she stacks up against Cocoa Beach. I presume the newly-released Zenyatta hats will be widely available on the day, although I’m holding out for a t-shirt.

In less encouraging news, champion Kiwi mare Sunline is battling laminitis. A winner of 32 of her 48 starts (and in the money a further 12 times), Sunline was named Australian Horse of the Year three times — she won the Cox Plate twice and the Doncaster Handicap at ages 3 and 6, with 13 Group 1 wins in her career. She was also the first horse to be inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame while still in training. She developed laminitis after a bout with colic in July and is far from out of the woods; reports suggest she is more comfortable following some surgery, but it may be some time before we get better news. Again, I recommend a swing by Foolish Pleasure for more on Sunline.

But it’s not all gloom and doom; Rags to Riches joined Zenyatta, Serena’s Song and the great Ipi Tombe as the first female Moneigh artists; their work (along with that of a few well-known stallions and geldings) will hit eBay on the 23rd, with all proceeds benefiting ReRun as per usual. It’s a great gift for a great cause, so mark your calendars and get ready to bid!

1 comment to Remember the Mares

  • Jim P

    You have to feel bad for Goldikova after the Cartier awards. She’ll be the best horse in the world not to earn a championship. Blood Horse as a good picture of her, all 4’s off the ground, and she’s WAY UP there. What power!!!

    Zarkava is the best horse in the world in 2008. I’m glad people looked beyond her only racing in France and the B Cup and other foreign races to choose the best horse for the Cartier Horse of the Year. WWW RACEHORSEOWNER.COM did pick her as #1 in the world. Her Arc and her Vermeille (sp) eclipsed Curlin’s Dubai World Cup in my estimation.

    It’s best to send your positive thoughts directly to Sunline. Let her know you love her and that you’re cheering for her. Give her a good picture of her walking out of this situation whole. I’ve used enough Communicators with my own horses to know there is some “ether” out there.

    I’m not into astrology at all, but it’s good to picture Sunline with her rear end connected to the core crystal of the earth and her forehead connected to whatever is her star. As hard as it is to believe, and as astrological as it sounds, we are “fixed” by ths Universal energy. If you’ve read books on near-death experiences you know we leave first through the earth and then shoot into the stars. Jim

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