Freedom Star May Want a Piece of that Apple Pie…

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Busy on the Derby Trail,  I’ve been lost in translation chasing who’s hot and who’s not and haven’t written a blog in 3 weeks!.  It’s getting very close to separating the contenders from the pretenders and the thrill of April 30 and May 1st quickly approaching is just too exciting!

Lots of great fillys and Mares but one that stands out at the moment is front running Freedom Star who dominated the Azeri Stakes and is looking hot, and ready to rumble!  She once again had a gate to wire win this past Sunday in the Harry Henson H. Stakes at Sunland Park to rack up a second consecutive win.

4-year-old daughter of Street Cry under the reigns of Bob Baffert is one fast filly, and definitely a “star” to watch.  When challenged by her competitors she is able to literally run them down. Could Freedom Star be ready to bite into the magical apple and face some real contenders in the Apple Blossom Invitational (gr1) on April 9?

If Freedom Star does make it to the Apple Blossom, it will be a very interesting race.  We’ll see if she is up for a match with big sis Zenyatta who is also out of Street Cry.  Wow, some really big shoes to fill and a really big piece of pie to eat!  With that said, I’m sure Dad is very proud of his two daughters…

Saturday the Unveiling of Brettyatta!

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It would seem that coming out of retirement is not only hip for football players…it’s now a thoroughbred thing, or maybe a California thoroughbred thing. Anyway, it started with unlikely comeback of Lava Man, and now, you got it, the return of the Queen – Zenyatta.

As a huge Zenyatta fan, I was there in the stands when Trevor Denman called her Breeder’s Cup victory “Un-Be-lie-va-ble!”  While she was sporting the familiar #4  of Brett Fevre, you had to be there to feel the energy of the cheering crowd. It was a historical event and simply an incredible feat of perfection.

Then disappointment struck us all, when the Moses’ acknowledged Zenyatta’s retirement. A perfect 14-0 career was to end in celebration at Hollywood Park. I had it in my mind that I was heading out to Los Angeles to be there and see Zenyatta for the last time before she headed out to Kentucky.

The retirement celebration was wonderful and quite sentimental as the latter part of Sunday was dedicated to the one and only Zenyatta, and her incredible 14-0 career. Many fans were touched by her greatness and presence as well as her little Spanish dance that would entertain the crowd. Her burning desire to win would leave her legacy to the sport of thoroughbred horse racing.

Fast forward to March 2010. Will Zenyatta be the Bret Favre of  horse racing?

Many of you know, Brett Favre is widely considered the greatest quarterback of all time so when he announced his retirement for the second time in his career he broke a lot of hearts once again; only to mend them weeks later when he decided not to retire and join the Minnesota Vikings. It was a great move as Brett led the Vikings to the NFC championship game, only to fall a little short of the Super Bowl.

Zenyatta is now out of retirement and ready to show us what she is really all about. Let’s hope 2010 is as great year for her as last year was for Brett Favre. With the Santa Margarita Stakes around the corner and the Race of the Century, the Apple Blossom in early April; we have much to look forward to. Zenyatta may continue to show us what perfection is all about!