The result of the ballot count to award the Eclipse for 2009 Horse of the Year will be unveiled tonight. The virtual race is heralded as a contest between the outstanding mare Zenyatta and the brilliant filly Rachel Alexandra. Eligible voters casting a total of 232 votes hail from the National Turf Writers Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. While some may find interest in their conviction, it seems rather curious at best. These voters are not selected by either horsemen or fan, they simply chose to gather and express a majority of their opinion (learned as it may, or may not, be). Rather than acquiesce to that outcome, the sentiment of a rather select group of knowledgeable, lifelong horsemen was solicited to resolve the question at hand, Zenyatta or Rachel Alexandra?
The elder of the bunch, undoubtedly influenced by her father's statement "Rachel Alexandra beat the boys, Zenyatta conquered the men" suggested that Zenyatta is the most deserving of the crown.
The middle two unabashedly cheered "Rachel, Rachel, Rachel Alexandra", yet the declaration suspiciously rhymed with and was incorporated into the song they were presently singing.
The youngest, with wisdom found only in pure innocence, did not bother to be asked. He simply demanded, in a voice commanding that his words be accepted as fact, "Perfect Bull".
That settles that.