Give Zenyatta honors, respect due for an amazing career
It's time the Thoroughbred industry steps up to the plate. Zenyatta does not deserve Horse of the Year. She deserves Horse of the Decade.
This industry, controlled by traditionalists, will refuse to properly reward and recognize the most remarkable and talented horse since Secretariat, because she is a mare or the surface she ran on or the competition in her 19 straight wins.
The Breeders Cup stated the classic was the best group of horses in years. It owes its success to this mare. She did everything she was asked and more, passing the best there was except for one.
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Bob Baffert was cheering for Zenyatta, Nick Zito says she deserves a special award. How about a match race, Blame and Zenyatta?
This industry asks for public support and approval of slots in Kentucky. Yet after public demands for elimination of drugs and whip restrictions, only a few select races are drug free and whipping continues.
There is more interest in racing now than in the past 20 years, because of one thing: Zenyatta. Unless the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, The Jockey Club, The Breeders Cup and Kentucky Equine Educational Project capitalize on this surge of interest, they can forget about increased public support.
Thoroughbred farm owner
I beg to differ with columnist John Clay and horseman Seth Hancock about which was the "better horse" in the Breeder's Classic.
Yes, Blame's nose was a few inches in front of Zenyatta's at the wire. Yes, her connections ran the same safe and stupid campaign they did last year, possibly costing her Horse of the Year yet again.
However, anyone who saw that stretch drive at Churchill — reeling in all of the other (male) horses and closing on Blame like a freight train, making him look like he was just out for a morning jog- — knows who the better horse was and is.
It is Zenyatta, by a mile. They can name Blame Horse of the Year if they insist, and 50 years from now, if he turns out to be an OK sire, they might still remember his name. But 50 years from now, just like Secretariat, she will unquestionably be remembered as the "legendary" Zenyatta.
Rewrite the federal tax code
Thank you for the two articulate Oct. 8 opinions written by Ron Formisano and Nathan Sivers Boyce on "Politics of Wealth."
The third leg of these views is the fact that the current tax code has proven to be patently unfair and unbalanced. Rather than following either President Barack Obama's middle-class plan or the Republicans' everybody plan, the tax code and its tables should be rewritten to address both today's realities and the deficit.
The current formulation has done nothing for the economy while adding to the nation's debt and rolling over part or all of the Bush tax structure is like putting a new transmission into a 1972 Ford Pinto, and we all know where that is going to get us.
One belief we hear a lot of today is from the following Albert Einstein quotes. "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
Vincent C. Smith