Laura Hillenbrand, the author of the wonderful book “Seabiscuit: An American Legend,” was interviewed on National Public Radio by Scott Simon on July 17, 2010. Her book led to one of the best equestrian movies I’ve ever seen, “Seabiscuit,” starring three of the finest actors in the business: Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, and Tobey McGuire. Little wonder I listened carefully to what Hillenbrand had to say about the newest sensation in horse racing, the captivating mare Zenyatta, who is winning and winning and winning one race after another. Hillenbrand was so enthusiastic about the mare’s performance that when she mentioned that listeners might like to watch Zenyatta on YouTube, I went to my computer and found this clip from the 2010 Vanity Handicap: http://www.youtube.com/resultssearch_query=zenyatta+vanity+handicap&aq=3.
I advise you to watch Zenyatta move up past all the other horses to win. Then read the Simon/Hillenbrand interview at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128584725&ps=cprs. You’ll see that everything the dazzled Hillenbrand said in the interview about Zenyatta is true.
How I would love to see this mare run!