2011 Breeders' Cup: Why Havre De Grace Will Be the Next Zenyatta

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2011 Breeders' Cup: Why Havre De Grace Will Be the Next Zenyatta
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Two years ago, the Breeders' Cup became a big thing thanks to a filly named Zenyatta. Her clear win in 2009 along with her narrow loss in 2010 made her the talk of the horse racing world.

A year later, another filly has the opportunity to win the Breeders' Cup Classic and have her own name alongside Zenyatta. That horse is Havre De Grace, the four-year-old who has finished in the top three in every race.

It's not quite as great a record as Zenyatta's, but she has shown that if any filly can follow up Zenyatta's success, she can. After all, many oddsmakers have her the favorite at 4/1 odds today.

In fact, trainers feel confident enough in her that they kept her out of yesterday's Ladies' Classic, preferring to run her with the males today. She finished third in that event last year. This past year, however, Havre has continued to win race after race, and she only seems to be getting better.

The Classic is one-and-a-quarter miles, which the filly has raced twice before. Both times she finished second to Blind Luck. That horse is not racing in this classic, so with the horse that has her number out, that should make it easier for Havre to show what she can do.

Trainer Larry Jones said of the horse exactly what I'm referring to as a possibility above: "This horse could be our Zenyatta. Hopefully she can someday be mentioned in the same breath as Zenyatta and people not cringe."

If she can not only win the Breeders' Cup Classic, but also crush the competition, then that will look like a real possibility. Havre De Grace has to show she belongs, though, as the other horses will treat her just like they treat any other horse in the race.

She has the 10th position tonight out of 12 horses, so she will have to work a bit harder to win. However, a win from that position could help to put this filly in the same breath as Zenyatta. At least they will have one thing in common.

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