November, 1, 2010
So here it is, the final week before Zenyatta and I make history. To sum it up in a word? "Crazy." This morning, I got on a flight to Bristol and arrived at 8:00 a.m. At 8:30 a.m. I taped a segment for "SportsCenter." At 9:30 a.m. I did a call-in to the Doug Gottlieb show. At 10:00 a.m. I sat down for my production feature shoots. From 11:00-11:25 a.m. I was doing interviews for ESPN L.A. and SportsCenter.com. At 12:15 p.m. I did "First Take." Then, finally, I had lunch.

At 2:30 p.m. I participated in a chat on ESPN.com. At 3:00 p.m. it was SportsNation. At 3:30 p.m. I was on "The Beat" on ESPNEWS. At 4:40 p.m. I was live on "SportsCenter." My flight leaves Bristol at 5:00 tonight.

Saturday morning in California, I put the big mare through her final paces in preparation for a start in the Breeders' Cup Classic. I thought she went great, it was exactly what she needed. She came back really happy and full of herself, and she was well within herself throughout the work. It was good. It was perfect.

People were thinking she might not have gone well because she didn't finish way ahead of her second workmate, but you've got to remember that she worked with two horses this time, one broke off three in front, and you're not going to give a horse over a quarter-mile of a start and completely blow right by. She closed with that kick like she always does, and we're in perfect position going forward.

People ask me if I thought about the fact this was her last work ever, if I felt any kind of emotions when I was taking her around there for the last time. I've got a job to do, so I'm trying not to think about all that. The rest will come after, I'm sure. You know how sometimes, something is so big you have to dissect and put it in stages? Well, right now, I've got a stage to get through. I'm thinking about the race, and that's all I can think about. Because if I don't, I start thinking about not getting to ride her, I start thinking about it all coming to an end.

I'm flying to Louisville privately on a Sentient jet tonight. I'll be at the barn to see Zenyatta when she ships in tomorrow. I've got a business manager, a publicity manager and a production crew in tow. They need to invent a new word for this kind of hectic.

I want to thank you all for your comments and questions, and hopefully I'll get a chance to respond to some of them as the week goes on. Coverage of the draw will be streamed live on Breederscup360.com, so tune in online to catch a glimpse tomorrow. Until then, here's a nice piece written by Beth Harris of the AP. Five more days to go.



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