Zenyatta & Rachel Alexandra Running Today!

Joseph CiracoCorrespondent IJune 27, 2009

As much as the entire racing industry wants it, the two best female horses in the world are running today, but not against each other.

Zenyatta, the undefeated west coast champion looks to win her 11th race in a row today at Hollywood. 

Rachel Alexandra returns to the track today, for the first time since her epic victory in the Preakness Stakes.

Zenyatta faces two stiff challenges today in her quest to remain undefeated.  First, she will be carrying an amazing 129 pounds today in the 1 1/8 mile Grade1 Vanity.

The second "issue" could be the lack of speed in the race.  Several horses have front running speed but don't expect any of them to press the pace and allow Zenyatta to get the fast fractions that will help her win yet another race.

If any horse in this race can beat Zenyatta, I think longshot Hot n' Dusty can do it.  She's a solid closer who is one for two at Hollywood and should like the added distance.  She's currently 30:1.

Rachel Alexandra is the 1:5 favorite today at Belmont, in the Grade1 Mother Goose.  Unfortunately, only four other horses are entered in this $300,000 1 1/8 mile race.

The only horse that has any chance of challenging Rachel Alexandra is Flashing, who will be ridden by Javier Castellano.

Flashing, who is currently 4:1, is one for one at Belmont and had an incredible work of 59 seconds on Jund 20th.  She will challenge the Preakness Champion from the start of the race and could pull off the upset.

Expect both to win today.

When will these two champions meet up to settle the debate about who's better?

The unfortunate answer is: It might not happen.

Rachel Alexandra's owner Jess Jackson seems reluctant to run his champion on any surface other than dirt.

Jackson made this comment recently "I just don't want to risk her. You may not think it's a risk, but I saw what Curlin did and how he struggled, and I saw four or five other horses that raced on plastic and they struggled. If it's a dirt horse, it's a dirt horse."

Let me simply respond to that by giving you a simple fact: Rachel Alexandria has already run on the "plastic" surface and ran six furlongs in 1:09 and won convincingly. 

I personally feel that Rachel Alexandra would struggle to beat Zenyatta.  Both are wonderful horses but Zenyatta is the most talented horse on the planet right now.

Both are running today and both should win.  Barring an injury, both should run 2-3 more times this year but it looks like we're going to be denied a chance to see a race that includes both.

Sometimes life just isn't fair.