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ZENYATTA

 
 

Pedigree: Street Cry - Vertigineux (Kris S.)

Owner: Jerry and Ann Moss

Trainer: John Shirreffs

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Zenyatta Makes it 16-for-16 in Apple Blossom

Zenyatta tied Thoroughbred racing legends Citation and Cigar with her 16th consecutive win April 9 in the $500,000 Apple Blossom Invitational Handicap (gr. I) , blowing past her four rivals under Mike Smith as an adoring crowd at Oaklawn Park cheered the sensational mare to another easy victory.

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Shirreffs, 6-year-old Zenyatta joined 1948 Triple Crown winner Citation, two-time Horse of the Year Cigar, and Mister Frisky as the only modern-day Thoroughbreds to score 16 consecutive wins in races not restricted to state-breds. The daughter of Street Cry is now perfect in all 16 of her starts and bumped her career earnings to $5,924,580 while scoring her 10th grade I victory as the 1-20 favorite.
" We're just thrilled and delighted that she's won 16 in a row," said Jerry Moss. "So many people have thanked us personally for bringing the horse here. I think wherever we go, people will be happy to see Zenyatta."
It was just Zenyatta’s second start outside of California, her other one coming in the 2008 Apple Blossom when she scored by 4 1/2 lengths in her fourth career start. As easy as that triumph was, this one was even easier.
As usual, the dark bay or brown mare raced in the back for six furlongs of the 1 1/8-mile Apple Blossom, giving her four rivals a significant lead while she was content to lope along under Smith. Be Fair, with Calvin Borel aboard, took the field through moderate fractions of :24.07 and :48.19 before a pressing Taptam took over while running three-quarters of a mile in 1:12.68 under Cliff Berry. War Echo and Just Jenda were behind the two leaders.
Still last through six furlongs, Zenyatta began her patented winning move entering the final turn. With Smith letting her out a notch, she began picking off the other starters with ease from a five-wide position, and it wasn’t long after hitting the quarter-pole that she took control. Holding a 2 1/2–length lead with a furlong remaining, she put the race away in upper stretch. Smith never moved a muscle on Zenyatta as she coasted to the wire 4 1/4 lengths ahead of 35-1 Taptam. The margin of victory could have been as much as she wanted it to be.

Zenyatta improves her perfect record to 16-0.
Zenyatta stopped the clock on a fast main track in 1:50.17. Taptam was 1 1/2 lengths in front of third-place Be Fair. Just Jenda was fourth, with War Echo trailing.
After posting her historic win, Zenyatta came back to the grandstand with Smith patting her neck in between waving to the crowd of 44,973. He stopped her in front of the fans and raised his helmet to the sky.
" It's kind of hard to say if she's getting better and better because she's so good,'' said Smith. "I was looking at the big screen in the stretch, to be honest, because at that point we'd already hit the front really easy."
Zenyatta's triumph fittingly occurred on the same day that Personal Ensign died at age 26 in Paris, Ky. Personal Ensign won all 13 of her career starts, including the 1988 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) in which she came from behind to beat Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Winning Colors by a nose.
The only other Thoroughbreds to win as many consecutive races as Zenyatta, Citation, Cigar, and Mister Frisky are Louisiana-bred Hallowed Dreams, who also won 16 straight (many against statebreds), and Pepper’s Pride, a New Mexico-bred mare that won 19 in a row racing exclusively against statebreds.
Winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) against males last year at Santa Anita, Zenyatta is now 2-for-2 this season. She also won the Santa Margarita Handicap (gr. I) March 13.
The mare was bred in Kentucky by Maverick Production and is out of the Kris S. mare Vertigineux.
" We just wanted everybody to really see her perform the way we know she can," Shirreffs said. "We are just so glad we got to see it. We are glad for all her fans and we are really glad for Hot Springs because everybody has been so nice and this reaction and the way they’ve treated her has been great. It’s a perfect ending."
Moss said they would take a little time before committing to Zenyatta's next race.
" We are going to plot our schedule," he said. "We like races that are a mile-and-an-eighth. We like grade Is. So we will plot our course and if Rachel Alexandra wants to join us, she’s more than welcome. But we will plot our schedule with the goal of getting to the Breeders’ Cup."
Zenyatta paid $2.10 and $2.10. There was no show wagering. Taptam returned $6.40 to place. The exacta paid $18.


Zenyatta Shines Brightest in Sparkling Breeders’ Cup

ARCADIA, Calif. — What was there not to like about this edition of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships? The San Gabriel Mountains, haloed in rouge, were a perfect backdrop for the majesty of thoroughbred racing. Every horse came home safely, and the headlines belonged deservedly to a remarkable mare named Zenyatta, who in what might have been the last race of an undefeated career emphatically turned back some of the best male horses in the world in Saturday’s Classic.

The best thing about this year’s Breeders’ Cup was the transcendent performance by Zenyatta. She simply blew by 11 tremendously accomplished boys as if they were merry-go-round ponies. It probably brought tears to the eyes of anyone who follows and loves the sport.

It also is bringing heated debate over who deserves to be horse of the year: Zenyatta or the younger but equally talented filly Rachel Alexandra. Bob Baffert, the Hall of Fame trainer, claimed not to mind that his horse Richard’s Kid was merely an extra in Zenyatta’s Classic tour de force.

“I was disappointed my horse didn’t run better, but what a thrill seeing history made by Zenyatta,” Baffert said. “It was the only time in horse racing that I didn’t mind getting beat in a race. If they don’t reward her with horse of the year, it would be a travesty. Zenyatta made the Breeders’ Cup. And the way she won! I’ve never seen a crowd so captivated. It felt like a horse winning the third leg of the Triple Crown.”

Still, there is plenty of passionate support for Rachel Alexandra, too. She won eight races this year and has beaten the boys three times. In the Preakness and the Haskell, she beat colts her age, and in the Woodward Stakes, she dispatched some of America’s best older horses.

Baffert offered what seems to be the only sane solution: Let Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra share the title.

So call off the vote, head off the arguments about East Coast vs. West, synthetics vs. dirt, and throw the two girls a grand party. These are two once-in-a-lifetime horses who happened to show up at the same time.

 

ZENYATTA UNDEFEATED 13 for 13!

As professional as ever, undefeated Zenyatta equaled the legendary Personal Ensign's 13-race winning streak to begin her career, sweeping past the pacesetters in upper stretch to capture Oak Tree's $300,000 Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I) before 20,329 at Santa Anita in characteristic fashion Oct. 10.

Ridden by Mike Smith, the 2-5 favorite joined rare company with Personal Ensign, who beat males in the 1988 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, then ended her career by defeating Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Winning Colors by a nose in a classic Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) that year.

Zenyatta has an invitation to defend her title in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) with the win, but her connections, owner Jerry and Ann Moss, trainer John Shirreffs, are also considering a run against the males in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

Zenyatta unwound her patented late kick while going wide on the final turn of the 1 1/16-mile test and blew past the pacesetting Briecat and several others to take command in the stretch. She held sway late under smooth handling to win by just over one length over runner-up Lethal Heat in a time of 1:42.89 over the Pro-Ride racing surface. Cocoa Beach, the runner-up to Zenyatta in last year's Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic, finished third, with Zenyatta's stablemate Life Is Sweet finishing fourth.

“I don’t know," Shirreffs said of the BC Classic. "It’s not my decision to make.” Asked what he would tell owners Jerry and Ann Moss about where to run next: “There’s time to decide. We’re not going to decide (at) this moment.”

Shirreffs added, “She ran her race. That’s Zenyatta. She does whatever is necessary. I’m like everybody else. I love to watch her. She’s like a ship when she’s coming down the stretch. You hardly ever see any horses inside of her because she takes up so much of the picture you’re looking at. Thirteen in a row . . . Personal Ensign, I mean, it’s historic. It’s a once in a lifetime horse, believe me. You don’t see Zenyattas. They come so seldom, it’s unbelievable that she’s here, in Los Angeles, at Santa Anita, and it’s a blessing, really.”

Zenyatta, who counts seven grade I victories among her accomplishments, has now earned $2,774,580 in her career. She is four-for-four on Santa Anita's main track.

Jerry Moss said Zenyatta would be pre-entered in both races.

" The horse is going to make the decision," he said. "We want her to do well and be safe and be happy, but we also want to see how much she's got in her tank."

A smiling Smith pointed down at Zenyatta as he guided her into the winner's circle, greeted by loud cheers from the fans, many of them lining the rail from mid-stretch to the finish line to watch the nation's other star female.

“Ability-wise, she can run with anyone, anytime, anywhere," Smith said in obvious reference to Rachel Alexandra. "She has an amazing turn of foot, one that I’ve never seen before. No disrespect to the other horses today, but she only ran about four jumps when we turned for home and then she shut it down.

"I knew the pace was slow and going to the far turn, everybody has to get into some kind of position. I just have so much confidence in her and today, she had 10 gears and she only had to use four of them. She really loves this track over here.”

Zenyatta won a day after the owner of Rachel Alexandra said the star filly who beat the boys in the BlackBerry Preakness (gr. I) and Woodward (gr. I) was done racing for the year, ensuring they won't meet in a Breeders' Cup showdown.

Zenyatta pawed the ground with her right hoof in the winner's circle before Smith jumped off and planted a kiss on her flank. Actress Bo Derek, a member of the California Horse Racing Board, presented the trophy.

A smiling Smith pointed down at Zenyatta as he guided her into the winner's circle, greeted by loud cheers from the fans, many of them lining the rail from mid-stretch to the finish line to watch the nation's other star female.

“Ability-wise, she can run with anyone, anytime, anywhere," Smith said of Zenyatta in obvious reference to Rachel Alexandra. "She has an amazing turn of foot, one that I’ve never seen before. No disrespect to the other horses today, but she only ran about four jumps when we turned for home and then she shut it down.

"I knew the pace was slow and going to the far turn, everybody has to get into some kind of position. I just have so much confidence in her and today, she had 10 gears and she only had to use four of them. She really loves this track over here.”

"Queen Zenyatta" was one of the signs that greeted her in the winner's circle after her fourth win this year, all coming on the synthetic surfaces at each of Southern California's three major tracks.

" It's so much fun to see all her fans," co-owner Ann Moss said. "She enjoys herself. It's just really grand."

Briecat set the pace with pedestrian fractions of :25.06, :49.58 and 1:12.93 before being swallowed up, with Zenyatta charging five wide near mid-stretch. Lethal Heat angled out between horses in the stretch and finished a neck in front of Cocoa Beach for second. Life is Sweet, Anabaa's Creation, Made for magic and Briecat completed the order. Sweet and Flawless scratched.

Zenyatta paid $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10. Lethal Heat returned $7.40 and $4.20, while Cocoa Beach was $3 to show
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