11/02/2010 11:08AM

Gio Ponti ducked Zenyatta


You cannot blame the connections of Gio Ponti. Not one bit.

Gio Ponti might have given Zenyatta a good battle on Saturday in the BC Classic. But wait. He tried that already.

Everyone saw what happened. Gio Ponti got a dream trip in the 2009 BC Classic, and Zenyatta ran past him like he was tied to a post.

Of course, that was on the synthetic surface at Santa Anita. Everyone knows Zenyatta is a synthetic surface specialist. Sure, she is.

The fact is, Gio Ponti is not as good as Zenyatta at a mile and a quarter on a main track.

But maybe Gio Ponti is as good as Goldikova at a mile on turf.

And maybe that contributed to the decision to race Gio Ponti against Goldikova in a $2 million turf race rather than face Zenyatta in a $5 million dirt race.

Good for them. Good choice. Gio Ponti is a terrific turf horse.

So is Goldikova. She is a terrific turf miler.

But neither of those turf runners is Zenyatta.

And so you can’t blame the connections of Gio Ponti for ducking Zenyatta. She beat him last year.

It won’t happen again.