It was not a coincidence that John's Comment #43 put a stop to the insults and inane remarks expressed by some readers in comments to last week's TrackWords. John's Comment of the Week defined the standard that all arguments should respect. The following is the comment reprinted in its entirety. For the other 50 comments submitted last week, go to Vic Zast's TrackWords of Monday, June 21.

John says:
22 Jun 2010 at 11:00 pm | #
Sorry Vic, but you made your bed, now you have to lie in it.

No matter what you tried to correct in Cliffnotes’ paragraph 3 and 4, you earlier had no problem in describing Rachel Alexandra’s Woodward “a race for the ages”, but then you mentioned that Zenyatta had to make a franatic dash to win the BCC, then threw in some doubt about her win by who wasn’t there.

Vic, most of us caught these subtle digs against Zenyatta.

Before this “frantic” description you also brought up some notion about Zenyatta’s mettle.

Another dig at Zenyatta.

..."Classic, her fans considered that feat a crowning achievement.”

You make it sound like Zenyatta’s fans are a bunch of brain dead zombies that can’t think for themselves.

Vic, do I care to remind you that prior to the race that perhaps all of the 230 voters had set their minds and votes on Rachel Alexandra as HOY.

And after this incredible race, perhaps the greatest and most dramatic horserace since Secretariat’s 73 Belmont, an incredible 99 voters changed their minds and votes.

Then the famous “taking the easy way out” routine.

Vic, Zenyatta took the harder path in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Rachel Alexandra didn’t show. Zenyatta showed up for the Apple Blossom, Rachel Alexandra didn’t show.

Vic, do I have to remind you that Zenyatta has beaten the winners of 45 Grade 1 races, the winners of over 80 stakes races, five divisional champions, four Eclipse Awards winners, two Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic Champions. Zenyatta has, after her maiden win and an allowance win, has run in fifteen straight Grade 1 or Grade 2 races.

No Vic, she has not taken the easy way out.

Your dig should be aimed at Rachel Alexandra, a horse that doesn’t wear her crown very proudly.