Most people would argue that the best filly in racing is Rachel Alexandria, but I simply don't agree. Take the opportunity today, racing fans, to watch Zenyatta at Hollywood Park in the feature race, and you might jump to my side.
The race sets up perfectly for her, and as the current 3:5 favorite, she has the public expecting yet another dazzling performance. Let's take a look at how the race should unfold:
Gambler's Justice should be at the front when the gate opens and will dictate the pace along with Taste's Sis and Champagne Eyes. The early fractions should be blistering, but don't expect to see Zenyatta anywhere near the lead at this point; in fact, she will probably be five to 10 lengths behind.
As the horses reach three-quarters of a mile, expect the race to truly begin. I expect a time of about 1:09 or so, and the leaders should begin to slow just a bit. The closers will all be making big moves, and Zenyatta will obviously be one of them.
The stretch run should be full of excitement because Life is Sweet, ridden by Garrett Gomez, is also an exceptional closer and fantastic horse. She's won at a mile and 16 in 1:41 and change. I also think Allicansayis Wow will be making a huge charge and will be in contention; her last race was her first in the U.S., and she won in 1:42 despite clicking heels in the race.
Despite the fact that both of these horses can win, I don't think either will outrun Zenyatta. If she runs her normal race, she'll finish the race in around one minute and 40 seconds and hold off both horses by less than two lengths.
The order of finish will be Zenyatta, Allicansayis Wow, and then Life is Sweet.