Betting against Zenyatta?

November, 6, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Thoughts from Churchill Downs, Saturday at 9 a.m.

• Breeders' Cup bosses probably don't want a jockey fight in every race, but in their hearts they know they owe Calvin Borel a consulting and/or promotional fee. If people didn't know about the Breeders' Cup before, they do now.

• If the stewards are always supposed to make a ruling that results in the fairest thing possible, maybe there should have been a refund for anyone holding tickets on Life At Ten in the Ladies' Classic. She ran like Life At One Hundred Ten. Her jockey, Johnny Velazquez, gave no assurance in the warm-up that she'd perform any better. Those who suffered for owning worthless tickets on her yesterday ought to be blessed with good fortune today.

• Looking forward to our annual discussion with Britain's ambassador of racing, John McCririck. He'll liven things up as only a jockey fight can.

• I'm likely rooting for but betting against Zenyatta. Blame is most logical to upset. Why logic has any place in this argument, I have no idea. No matter the results … their coats will be shiny. I left mine at home. It's 32 degrees. Time to get hot.

Kenny Mayne

Kenny Mayne -- known for his offbeat style, dry humor and unique sayings -- has served a variety of roles in more than 10 years with ESPN. He currently provides features to SportsCenter and "The Mayne Event" segments to Sunday NFL Countdown.



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