Zenyatta Wins 2010 Horse Of The Year At Eclipse Awards

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Posted 01.17.11 at 6:44

2010 Horse of the Year, Zenyatta

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (January 17, 2010)—The third time proved to be the charm for Zenyatta as the brilliant mare was voted Horse of the Year for 2010. Owners Jerry and Ann Moss accepted the honor at the annual Eclipse Awards Monday night in Miami.

The runner-up in both 2008 and 2009, Zenyatta outpolled Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame and three-time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Goldikova for the title. The 6-year-old Street Cry mare, who was based at Hollywood Park throughout her career, won 19 of 20 starts and earned more than $7.3 million, a record for a female thoroughbred.

The only three time winner of the Vanity Handicap, Zenyatta suffered her only defeat in her final start when she was beaten by a nose when attempting to defend her title in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

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Zenyatta Appreciation Day

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Posted 12.05.10 at 10:00

Zenyatta will make her final public appearance in California during a special celebration Sunday, December 5. © Benoit Photo

Sunday, December 5

Zenyatta will make her final public appearance in California during a special celebration Sunday, December 5 at Hollywood Park.

The 6-year-old Street Cry mare, who finished her spectacular career with 19 wins in 20 starts and more than $7.3 million in earnings, will visit the saddling paddock after the sixth race, giving her legion of fans another opportunity to show their admiration.

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Vocal Crowd (11,216) Bids Farewell To Zenyatta; Washington Bridge Last-To-First In Bayakoa; Pick Six Carryover ($95,806) For Thursday; Trainer Bob Baffert Collects 2,000th Victory

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Posted 12.05.10 at 5:41

Zenyatta enters the paddock surrounded by admirers. © Benoit Photo Zenyatta poses for pictures. © Benoit Photo Zenyatta and Mike Smith. © Benoit Photo Owner Jerry Moss and Smith take a moment to reflect. © Benoit Photo Washington Bridge rallies to win the Bayakoa Handicap. © Benoit Photo Trainer Bob Baffert, left, along with assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes, celebrates his 2,000th career victory Sunday after owner Mike Pegram's Free Pourin and Joe Talamo won the third race. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 5, 2010)—A vocal and appreciative crowd of 11,216 bid farewell to Zenyatta as the brilliant 6-year-old mare made her final public appearance Sunday at Hollywood Park.

After spending some time in the paddock, the daughter of Street Cry, who finished her racing career with 19 wins in 20 starts and more than $7.3 million in earnings, was paraded in front of the grandstand and the clubhouse area.

Then, brought to the winner’s circle, a place she visited eight times at her home track, Zenyatta was joined by a large gathering of media, photographers and assorted others, including those closest to her.

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Zenyatta, Zardana Ready To Share Sunday Spotlight

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Posted 12.02.10 at 12:53

Zenyatta and Mike Smith after victory in the Lady's Secret. © Benoit Photo

Trainer John Shirreffs sat calmly in his stable office in Barn 55 South during a pleasant sunny Thursday morning before entering Zardana in defense of her crown in the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap Sunday and hosting more than 50 guests admiring and photographing Zenyatta before her farewell ceremony here, also on Sunday.

Adoring fans from as far away as West Virginia and Missouri watched every move Zenyatta made outside the barn as she was given a bath by groom Mario Espinoza before grazing on her favorite lawn.

“She’s going to a better place,” said exercise rider Steve Willard to the crowd. “She’s going to be seven years old; time for her to be a mama.”

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Details Finalized For Zenyatta Appreciation Day

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Posted 11.28.10 at 2:33

Zenyatta will make her final public appearance in California during a special celebration Sunday, December 5. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 28, 2010)—Zenyatta will make her final public appearance in California during a special celebration Sunday, December 5 at Hollywood Park.

The 6-year-old Street Cry mare, who finished her spectacular career with 19 wins in 20 starts and more than $7.3 million in earnings, will visit the saddling paddock after the sixth race, giving her legion of fans another opportunity to show their admiration.

Not long after, Zenyatta, who has called Hollywood Park home for more than three years, will head to the track and parade in front of both the grandstand and clubhouse area.

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Zenyatta, Zardana To Share Shirreffs Spotlight

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Posted 11.28.10 at 12:20

Zenyatta, under Mike Smith, winning the Lady's Secret on Oct. 2. © Benoit Photo Zardana will try for a repeat victory in the Bayakoa Handicap. © Benoit Photo

Sunday, December 5, will be an emotional and meaningful day on two fronts for trainer John Shirreffs at Hollywood Park.

In addition to seeing retired superstar Zenyatta make her final public appearance in a ceremony between races, Shirreffs will also saddle defending champion Zardana in quest of a record sixth victory in the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap.

Zenyatta, the glamour queen of racing with 19 victories in 20 starts, grazed outside Barn 55 South Sunday with groom Mario Espinoza as 25 adoring fans admired and photographed her.

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Zenyatta Appreciation Day Set For Dec. 5

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Posted 11.18.10 at 5:28

Zenyatta and Mike Smith after victory in the Lady's Secret on October 2. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 18, 2010)—Before Zenyatta begins a new stage of her life at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky, Hollywood Park will stage an appreciation day for the brilliant mare Sunday, Dec. 5. Post time is 12:30 p.m.

Zenyatta, who has been stabled at Hollywood Park throughout her career, will be paraded between races, giving local fans a final chance to see the 6-year-old daughter of Street Cry before she leaves California next month.

The entire Zenyatta team will be on hand, including owners Jerry and Ann Moss, trainer John Shirreffs, jockey Mike Smith, racing manager Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs, exercise rider Steve Willard, groom Mario Espinoza and hot walker Carmen Zamona.

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It’s Official: Zenyatta Retired

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Posted 11.18.10 at 2:16

Zenyatta. Hollywood Park Photo

Two-time champion Zenyatta grazed outside Barn 55 South with groom Mario Espinoza on a sunny Thursday morning as trainer John Shirreffs came to grips with the reality that the superstar mare had been officially retired.

“We discussed it at dinner a few nights ago, and that was it,” said Shirreffs from his stable office in reference to the decision with owners Jerry and Ann Moss and Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs, wife of the trainer and racing manager for the Mosses.

The decision entailed Zenyatta be flown to Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky in early December for a mating to a stallion yet to be determined next year. Zenyatta concluded one of the greatest careers in thoroughbred history with a second-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs November 6, her only setback in 20 starts. She earned more than $7.4-million, a career record for a female thoroughbred.

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Zenyatta’s Final Local Start, California Cup XXI Among Highlights Of First Oak Tree/Hollywood Park Meet

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Posted 10.31.10 at 6:42

Zenyatta's 19th victory came in the Lady's Secret on October 2. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 31, 2010) — The last Southern California start – and 19th consecutive victory – for the undefeated Zenyatta was the highlight of the inaugural Oak Tree at Hollywood Park meet which concluded Sunday.

The average Southern California attendance for the 22-day season was 10,771.

Meanwhile, the average Southern California handle was $3,734,000 and the all sources average handle was $7,198,000.

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Zenyatta Horse Of Meet In Media Poll

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Posted 10.31.10 at 6:11

Zenyatta and Mike Smith after victory in the Lady's Secret on October 2. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 31, 2010) — Zenyatta, who extended her unbeaten streak to 19 with a thrilling victory in the Lady’s Secret Stakes Oct. 2, was voted Horse of the Meet in the annual media poll as the inaugural Oak Tree/Hollywood Park meet wrapped Sunday.

This was the third consecutive year Zenyatta, who is owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, trained by John Shirreffs and ridden by Mike Smith, has been voted the honor for her Oak Tree accomplishments.

The 6-year-old Street Cry mare, who has spent her entire career stabled at Hollywood Park, will attempt to finish her career 20-for-20 when she competes in the Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs. A victory would make her only the second two time winner of the Classic, joining Tiznow.

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Zenyatta Works Seven Furlongs In 1:27 1/5 Over Cushion Track

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Posted 10.22.10 at 11:01

Zenyatta works seven furlongs in 1:27 1/5 Friday morning. Hollywood Park photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 22, 2010)—In her next-to-last work in Southern California before she heads to Kentucky, Zenyatta completed seven furlongs in 1:27 1/5 Friday morning at Hollywood Park.

Exercising over Cushion Track under jockey Mike Smith, the 6-year-old Street Cry mare, who is undefeated in 19 starts, broke off behind Sarbonne, went her opening three furlongs in 38 4/5, a half-mile in 50 4/5, five furlongs in 1:03 1/5 and six furlongs in 1:15 1/5 en route to the final time, according to Hollywood Park clocker and morning line maker Russ Hudak.

Zenyatta finished her drill with customary work mate El Vino, who went a half mile in 50 seconds.

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Undefeated Zenyatta Works Five Furlongs In 1:02 3/5

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Posted 10.14.10 at 10:53

Zenyatta gallops out after working five furlongs in 1:02 3/5 Thursday morning under Mike Smith. Hollywood Park photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2010)—Zenyatta, who has won all 19 of her starts, worked five furlongs in 1:02 3/5 Thursday morning over the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park.

The drill, which occurred with stablemate El Vino, was the first for the brilliant 6-year-old mare since her third consecutive victory in the Lady’s Secret Stakes on Oct. 2 during opening weekend of the inaugural Oak Tree at Hollywood Park meet.

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Shirreffs, Zenyatta is expected to have two more local works before she heads to Kentucky for a defense of her title in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs.

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Zenyatta Fans Flourish In Shirreffs Barn

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Posted 10.03.10 at 2:42

Zenyatta. Hollywood Park Photo

Zenyatta continues to be the hottest item in the racing world. The 6-year-old mare posed for 90 minutes of photos outside Barn 55 South at Hollywood Park Sunday morning, while trainer John Shirreffs fielded media interviews and racing manager Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs hosted a flock of adoring fans.

Less than 24 hours earlier, unbeaten Zenyatta attracted 25,837 screaming fans—the most at Hollywood Park in more than nine years—to witness her journey into immortality with her 19th straight victory in the $250,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes and the top spot on the female career earnings list with $6,404,580.

“We’ve had tons of people, which is fabulous,” said Ingordo-Shirreffs, wife of the trainer and racing manager for owners Jerry and Ann Moss. “She’s even had an impact on the lives of people. One woman said her personal life had been difficult the last two years, but Zenyatta kept her going. She’s uniting people all over the country who came by and exchanged numbers.

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19 In A Row For Zenyatta After Lady’s Secret Thriller; Hibaayeb, Jaycito, Richard’s Kid Win Other Grade 1’s

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Posted 10.02.10 at 7:38

Zenyatta, under Mike Smith, stretches her perfect record to 19. © Benoit Photo Smith guides Jaycito to victory in the Norfolk Stakes. © Benoit Photo Hibaayeb and Rafael Bejarano take the Yellow Ribbon. © Benoit Photo Richard's Kid and jockey Alonso Quinonez were best in the Goodwood. © Benoit Photo Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery, left, congratulates winning owners Ann and Jerry Moss, center, and racing manager Dottie Shirreffs after Zenyatta's victory. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 2, 2010)—Making her final start in Southern California at the place where she has been stabled throughout her brilliant career, Zenyatta remained undefeated with a thrilling victory in the $250,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes Saturday at Oak Tree/Hollywood Park.

The race was one of four Grade I events on the card.

Before an extremely enthusiastic crowd of 25,837, the 6-year-old daughter of Street Cry and the Kris S. mare Vertigineux won for the 19th time – matching the streak of Peppers Pride, who earned her wins in races restricted to New Mexico breds – with a strong rally to defeat 4-1 second choice Switch by a half-length.

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Zenyatta Works Six Furlongs In 1:13 4/5 Over Cushion Track; Completes Serious Preparation For Lady’s Secret Oct. 2

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Posted 09.25.10 at 9:49

Zenyatta works six furlongs in 1:13 4/5 Saturday morning under Mike Smith. Hollywood Park photo.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (September 25, 2010)—Zenyatta completed her serious preparation for the $250,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes, Presented by TVG, on Oct. 2 at Hollywood Park with a six furlong work Saturday morning.

Working with stablemate El Vino, the 6-year-old Street Cry mare, who is undefeated in 18 starts, was timed for the move over Cushion Track in 1:13 4/5, according to Hollywood Park clocker Russ Hudak.

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Shirreffs, Zenyatta, who has won the Lady’s Secret the last two years, ran the first three furlongs in 37 3/5 seconds and completed the final three-eighths of a mile in 36 1/5. A win would be the eighth over the Hollywood Park main track for Zenyatta, who has been stabled here throughout her career.

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Zenyatta Continues To Ready For Lady’s Secret Stakes; Works Six Furlongs In 1:13 4/5 Prepping For Oct. 2 Race

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Posted 09.18.10 at 9:55

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (September 18, 2010)—Continuing her preparation for the $250,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes, presented by TVG, on Oct. 2, Zenyatta worked six furlongs in 1:13 4/5 Saturday at Hollywood Park.

Undefeated in 18 starts for owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs, the 6-year-old Street Cry mare will be looking for her third consecutive victory in the Lady’s Secret. The race at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track is one of six Grade 1’s that will be run during the first weekend of the Oak Tree at Hollywood Park meet.

Besides the Lady’s Secret, the Oct. 2 program will include the $250,000 Norfolk Stakes for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the $250,000 Goodwood Stakes for older horses at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track and the $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 ¼ miles on turf.

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Zenyatta Back Home After Staying Perfect With Another Hirsch Victory

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Posted 08.10.10 at 9:55

The champion mare remains unbeaten. © Benoit Photo Zenyatta and jockey Mike Smith shortly after victory in the Hirsch. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (August 10, 2010)—Zenyatta returned to her home at Hollywood Park today after a short, but successful , road trip.

The brilliant 6-year-old daughter of Street Cry remained unbeaten, winning for the 18th time in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes Aug. 7 at Del Mar.

The victory was her third in a row in the Hirsch, meaning she has won two different Grade 1’s in Southern California three times. On June 13, Zenyatta became the first horse to win the $250,000 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park thrice.

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Zenyatta Wins Thriller Over St Trinians In Vanity; Undefeated Mare Earns Record 17th Win In A Row

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Posted 06.13.10 at 6:13

Zenyatta, with Mike Smith aboard, outside, over powers St Trinians (Martin Garcia) to stretch her undefeated streak to 17. © Benoit Photo Zenyatta and a jubilant Mike Smith return after victory in the Vanity. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 13, 2010)-With a powerful closing kick she has never failed to deliver, Zenyatta remained perfect, running her way into history with a thrilling victory over St Trinians and four others in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (video) Sunday at Hollywood Park.

The win was the 17th in a row for the 6-year-old daughter of Street Cry and the Kris S. mare Vertingineux, enabling her to surpass Cigar, Citation and Mister Frisky for the longest win streak by a modern day thoroughbred in races not restricted to state breds.

She also became the first three time winner of the Vanity, a Grade 1 which was run for the 69th time Sunday.

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