In her final work before she heads to Kentucky to defend her title in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), undefeated Zenyatta drilled a fluid six furlongs in 1:11 4/5 on morning of Oct. 30 at Hollywood Park.
Exercising over Cushion Track under jockey Mike Smith, Zenyatta went her opening eighth of a mile in :12 4/5 seconds, the quarter in :25 2/5, three-eighths in :37, a half-mile in :48 3/5 and five furlongs in 1:00. She covered her final eighth in :11 4/5.
"She went better than good,” said Smith. “It was excellent. She went really, really well and probably a little better than last year. She galloped out strong and was happy coming back. She's ready. I'm always super confident with her. It's racing. She's going to have to get the trip, but if she does, I think we are going to see something phenomenal."
"It was a tune up,” trainer John Shirreffs added. “She finished fast, so it wasn't necessarily a 'fast work.' She was fast at the end. That's her style. From here we have fun. Just play. She's got everything done we needed to do. Now we have fun."
Zenyatta will attempt to defend her title in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and extend her unbeaten streak to 20 races Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs. The 6-year-old daughter of Street Cry--Vertigineux, by Kris S. is scheduled to ship to Louisville Nov. 2 for Shirreffs and owners Jerry and Ann Moss.
With the Mosses and about 100 fans on the backside of the track watching, Zenyatta appeared to be on the top of her game as she closes in on the most important race of her career.
"She's always splendid,” said Jerry Moss. “It was beautiful and it looked like she had a lot left. The riders are all happy. It was the kind of work you want."
Zenyatta is to walk the shed row Oct. 31 and jog on her final day over her home track at her normal training time of 9 am. She is scheduled to leave California for Kentucky aboard a chartered Tex Sutton flight along with several other Breeders’ Cup contenders.
El Vino was credited with a :36 1/5 three-furlong work. Sarbonne was timed in 1:01 3/5 for five furlongs.