Well it's official, the TB industry has named 3-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra 2009 Horse of the Year. The announcement came at last night's Eclipse Awards in California, and the prize was hotly contested with west-coastal rival Zenyatta. Rachel also won Champion 3-Year-Old Female and Zenyatta won Champion older female. According to TheBloodhorse.com, this was the first year in history that both HOY contenders were female. It's been a storied year for the fillies, and certainly gives new meaning to the challenge "Run Like a Girl"!!
Congratulations to Rachel Alexandra's camp, and Zenyatta's, as both horses were well deserving of the honor. And here's to the exciting possibility of their eventually going head to head next year! To view the Blood Horse.com's wonderful slide show of the winning Medaglia D'Oro daughter, click here.