Zenyatta's last race: An oral history [Breeders' Cup]

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Stall Jr.: “I studied the replay. Mike Smith had a clear shot. He hit Zenyatta either 21 or 23 times with a whip. That tells me he had plenty of track in front of him if he had enough time to do that, right? And I think Garrett hit Blame three or four times.”

Smith: “No idea how many times I used my whip. I don’t watch the race anymore so I couldn’t even tell you.”

Hancock: “She never did catch him, during the race or galloping out. I think if they’d have gone around again he would have beat her.”

Shirreffs: “We all went our separate ways after seeing her back at the barn. Dottie and I had a quiet dinner and went back to the hotel and went about life the next day.”

Smith: “Even in defeat, I think she proved to everyone how great she really is. To make up 20-some-odd lengths against those types of horses is beyond incredible.”

Randy Moss: “The irony of the situation was that she lost one race in her life and in my opinion that was the best race she ever ran.”

Stall Jr.: “I guess in a perfect world for almost everybody, Zenyatta would have nailed Blame by a couple of inches and that would have been the perfect fairytale. But this isn’t Disneyland.”

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