Jerry and Ann Moss, owners of 2010 Horse of the Year and three-time champion older mare Zenyatta, will speak at the University of Kentucky Equine Initiative Distinguished Industry Lecture Series Sept. 14. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be at 6 p.m. EDT in the College of Agriculture’s Seay auditorium on the UK campus in Lexington.
Dan Liebman, former editor-in-chief for The Blood-Horse, will interview the Mosses. The informal conversation and question-and-answer session will cover their experiences with Zenyatta and her impact on Thoroughbred horse racing.
The Mosses purchased Zenyatta at the Keeneland September sale in 2005 for $60,000. The 7-year-old Street Cry mare out of Vertigineux by Kris S. won 19 consecutive races in a 20-race career. Her only loss was a narrow defeat by Blame in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I). She was retired at the end of the 2010 season and is boarded at Will Farish’s Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky. She is in foal to Kentucky sire Bernardini.
Trained by John Shirreffs, Zenyatta became the first female to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2009 in the 27-year history of the race. She also won the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic. Zenyatta won three Eclipse Awards as champion older mare in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and Horse of the Year in 2010.
“We are excited by the opportunity to have the Mosses speak during their visit to Lexington for the Keeneland sales and appreciative that they are making time to talk with our students and equine community,” said Nancy Cox, associate dean for research in UK’s College of Agriculture and administrative leader for UK’s Equine Initiative, in a release. “Zenyatta’s campaign was an inspiration to all of us involved in the horse industry. She was campaigned in the best way for her racing career, giving thrill and access to legions of fans.”
“We are tremendously fortunate to have the Mosses present at our Distinguished Lecture Series to our students, faculty, and staff as well as Lexington’s horse community,” added Ed Squires, director of the Equine Initiative and executive director of the Gluck Equine Research Foundation, in a statement. “The Mosses have had a tremendous impact on the Thoroughbred racing industry.”
UK’s inaugural lecture was held with Keeneland President Nick Nicholson in November 2009, followed by accomplished equestrienne Nina Bonnie in April 2010 and Keeneland’s Ted Bassett in April 2011.