Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Good Year To Be A Girl

Zenyatta wins the Breeders' Cup. Jubilation. The bay filly came from behind, went the long way around, won the race, broke Personal Ensign's record of consecutive victories and basically blew everyone away, becoming the first filly to win the Cup. Added to the year had by the other large bay filly, Rachel Alexandra, this is simply cool.

ESPN - Zenyatta Wins Breeders' Cup Classic
Breeder's Cup website
National Thoroughbred Racing Association - Zenyatta
ESPN - Horse Of The Year? It's Still Rachel
NYT article "Zenyatta Wins Breeders' Cup Classic"
Photo - NYT

And a list of books featuring racing fillies:
The Black Stallion's Filly by Walter Farley
Born To Run by Blanche Chenry Perrin
Desert Storm by Logan Forster
Sweet Running Filly by Pat Johnson and Barbara Van Tuyl (series)
A Horse Called Wonder by Joanna Campbell (series)

Ruffian: Burning From The Start by Jane Schwartz
Personal Ensign by Bill Heller (Thoroughbred Legends series)

C.W. Anderson
His beautifully illustrated nonfiction books about horses and Thoroughbreds often contain stories and drawings of racing fillies. Two examples:

C.W. Anderson's Complete Book of Horses And Horsemanship -a portrait of the mare Busher with her first foal

A Touch Of Greatness
includes chapters on Dawn Play and Bee Mac (who suffered a bizarre fate during a storm) and a discussion of 1943 as a year of brilliant fillies. Also given a chapter is the broodmare Marguerite, dam of Gallant Fox

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