Zenyatta

A look at the racing career of the great Zenyatta.

Zenyatta started her 2008 campaign with a victory in the El Encino Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park on January 13th.

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Zenyatta blew past grade I winners Tough Tiz's Sis and Romance Is Diane mid-stretch to win the $150,000 El Encino (gr. II).

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Zenyatta extended her unbeaten streak to four races when she took the 2008 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park April 5.

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Running down 2007 Eclipse Award-winning older mare Ginger Punch at the head of the lane, the John Shirreffs trainee took home her first grade I victory.

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Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and bred in Kentucky by Maverick Production out of the Kris S. mare Vertigineux, Zenyatta launched a legitimate bid for an Eclipse Award of her own.

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The daughter of Street Cry boosted her earnings to $444,000 with the win.

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After winning the Apple Blossom, Zenyatta went back to California for the Milady Handicap.

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Zenyatta remained unbeaten in Milady 'Cap.

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Zenyatta overcame a bump at the start to record her fifth consecutive victory, winning the $183,300 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) the way a 3-10 shot should May 31 at Hollywood Park.

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Ridden by Mike Smith, Zenyatta rallied to take the lead from Santa Teresita in mid-stretch of the 1 1/16-mile test for fillies and mares and drew off from there to win by 2 1/2 lengths under a hand ride.

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The winning time was 1:41.17, about a half-second off the Cushion Track mark at Hollywood.

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Zenyatta's effort was a cut below her best on a hot day at Hollywood Park, but that was good enough to win the $300,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) July 5. It was her sixth consecutive victory.

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The nay-sayers who thought Zenyatta might have been vulnerable after her comparatively plodding win in the Vanity (gr. I) last time out were left with little left to criticize when the statuesque filly blew by her rivals to capture the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) under wraps at Del Mar Aug. 2.

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Trainer John Shirreffs had his dark bay impeccably turned out for the race and she ran to her appearance. Zenyatta, loping along at the back of the field heading into the final turn, came from off the pace with a bold move leaving the bend while angling out for the drive to win drawn down in the final stages by Jockey MIke Smith.

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A two-time grade I winner, the 4-year-old daughter of Street Cry--Vertigineux, by Kris S., won her first seven races by a combined margin of 16 1/2 lengths while banking $914,580 for owners Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss.

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She scored her fifth consecutive grade I or II triumph by one length in a track-record time of 1:41.48 for the 1 1/16-mile Polytrack distance.

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Zenyatta quickly became the top-ranked older female in the nation going seven for seven in her lifetime races.

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Pulling away in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. II).

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'I think it's great for the sport that we have one like her.' Smith said.

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Undefeated Zenyatta unwound her patented stretch drive once again to sweep by Hystericalady in the final furlong to win the $245,000 Lady's Secret (gr. IT) by 3 1/2 lengths during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita Park Sept. 27.

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The strapping 4-year-old filly earned her eighth consecutive victory and became a clear favorite for the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I), which was to be contested over the same Pro-Ride racing surface at Santa Anita Oct. 24.

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The $150,000 winner's share increased Zenyatta's earnings to $1,064,580.

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After finally straightening away in the stretch, Zenyatta pressed on to edge past the leaders at the eighth pole. Smith gave her a tap on the shoulder, and she responded to draw away from Hystericalady under a hand ride.

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Mike Smith can see nothing but good things ahead for him and Zenyatta.

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Zenyatta reaches for the wire in front of her defeated foes, taking the 2008 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic.

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Jockey Mike Smith smiles as he and Zenyatta gallop out past the finish line.

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The winner looks like she could run again.

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Zenyatta was scheduled to make her 2009 seasonal debut in the Louisville Distaff (gr. II) at Churchill Downs, but was scratched on account of rain.

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Zenyatta made her much anticipated 5-year old debut on May 23 in the Milady (gr. II) at Hollywood Park. She didn't disappoint, cruising over stablemate Life Is Sweet for her 10th straight win.

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Ann and Jerry Moss purchased Zenyatta at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2005, for a bargain price of $60,000.

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Zenyatta took the Vanity (gr. I) at Hollywood, carrying 129 pounds.

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After the Vanity, jockey Mike Smith gave thanks.

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Zenyatta won a squeaker in the Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I) at Del Mar on August 9, just getting up over Anabaa's Creation.

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Zenyatta won the Lady's Secret (gr. I) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita on October 10 by a comfortable margin.

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Zenyatta saved the best of 2009 for last, becoming the first female to win the Breeders' Cup Classic. It was also win number 14 without a loss.

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Zenyatta brought a lot of smiles to the face of trainer John Shirreffs.

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Showing off her dance moves.

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Cover Girl

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Zenyatta 2009: 5 starts, 5 wins, 4 grade I wins, earned $3,300,000

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Zenyatta's adoring fans greet her before her 2010 debut in the Santa Margarita Handicap.

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Undefeated Zenyatta rallied in the deep stretch to register her 15th consecutive victory March 13 in the $250,000 Santa Margarita.

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Zenyatta gives an interview to several media outlets prior to the highly anticipated 2010 Apple Blossom.

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Zenyatta wins the 2010 Apple Blossom and improves her race record to a perfect 16-0.

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Mike Smith parades Zenyatta for the fans after winning the 45th Running of the Apple Blossom Invitational at Oaklawn Park on April 9, 2010.

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Zenyatta's saddle towel and a blanket of flowers.

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Jockey Mike Smith rides Zenyatta to a narrow win in the 2010 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park.

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Thrilling another crowd with her spine-tingling late charge, the undefeated mare nabbed a determined St Trinians by a half-length for her 17th consecutive victory.

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The connections of Zenyatta celebrate their Vanity victory.

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Zenyatta picks up victory number 18, taking her third Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I) over a game Rinterval.

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Power and Grace coming at you.

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A kiss for the Queen

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Win number 19 came in her third Lady's Secret victory, as she overtook Switch late.

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Showing off for the fans after her triumph.

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The crowd approves.

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Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery (left) congratulates Team Zenyatta.

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Zenyatta gathers a crowd as she arrives at Churchill Downs for the 2010 Breeders' Cup.

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Displaying her dance moves at Churchill Downs.

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Checking out the dirt at Churchill Downs.

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Heading to the post for the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic.

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Down the stretch in the 2010 Classic.

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Just a head short of perfection, second behind Blame.

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Zenyatta: 20 starts, 19 wins, 1 second, earnings of $7,304,580.

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