Horse We’re Going to Miss Most in 2010:



Is Einstein and Zenyatta still retiring? We know Ventura, the late Bobby Frankel’s top filly is. The Woodbine Mile is no easy race to win. That would be like some filly or mare winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic, are you kidding me? But it seems at the moment that Frank Stronach and Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Moss are not sure what to do.

Einstein
Einstein
Ventura
Ventura
Zenyatta
Zenyatta
 



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Will Rachel Alexandra run in the Classic if Summer Bird and Quality Road show up in top form?



Knowing Jess Jackson, I say yes. But trainers Todd Pletcher and Tim Ice probably would welcome the challenge. On second thought…

Rachel Alexandra
Rachel Alexandra
Summer Bird
Summer Bird
Quality Road
Quality Road
 



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Big-Race-Rider of 2009:



Lots of big spots, lots of big wins for this crew. Calvin Borel won the race EVERY rider wants to win, the Derby. Plenty of big wins for Garrett Gomez in Southern California, but Julien Leparoux made a big impact almost everywhere else. Mike Smith? Can you say p-r-e-s-s-u-r-e?

Calvin Borel
Calvin Borel
Garrett Gomez
Garrett Gomez
Julien Leparoux
Julien Leparoux
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
 



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Winner of 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic Will Be:



Will the Europeans even run in this race at Churchill Downs this Breeders‘ Cup or await the next synthetic surface? Quality Road made a serious debut as a Gulfstream Park four-year-old. Summer Bird is expected to make a full recovery from a minor injury. And who will the next Aidan O’Brien disappointment be?

Rachel Alexandra
Rachel Alexandra
Summer Bird
Summer Bird
Quality Road
Quality Road
 



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Trainer of the Year - 2009:



I don’t envy having to make a definitive choice here. Steve Asmussen kept Rachel happy. Christophe Clement won as many Grade 1s with Gio Ponti and would have won a sixth if not for Zenyatta. Other trainers have the ability to dominate turf sprints, but only Linda Rice truly has. John Shirreffs. Can you say p-r-e-s-s-u-r-e?

Steve Asmussen
Steve Asmussen
Christophe Clement
Christophe Clement
Linda Rice
Linda Rice
John Shirreffs
John Shirreffs
 



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Sprint Performance of the Year - 2009:



On balance, like a sparkling year for sprinters. What say you here? I never knew Gayego had that kind of turn of foot, did you? I thought Pyro did, and he proved it at Saratoga. Quality Road is just simply what racetrackers call a “freak.” Godolphin Racing practically owned the second half of 2009, but Vineyard Haven accomplished the impossible.

Gayego
Gayego
Pyro
Pyro
Quality Road
Quality Road
Vineyard Haven
Vineyard Haven
 



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Best Effort in a Losing Performance 2009:



As we said, a great year between the rails, even for the runners-up.

Lookin at Lucky
Lookin at Lucky
Mine That Bird
Mine That Bird
Quality Road
Quality Road
 



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Horse of the Year - 2009:


 
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HRI Readers Awards Voting Categories



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2009 HRI Readers Awards Categories
The Races of 2009 Racing Women of 2009
Horses & Horsemen of 2009 State of the Game


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