Probable Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite Zenyatta turned in a seven-furlong work in company with a pair of stablemates at Hollywood Park Oct. 22.
Under cloudy skies, Zenyatta was clocked in 1:27 1/5 with Mike Smith aboard. She 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 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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“The objective today was to not have her pass anyone,” said Shirreffs. “We wanted to keep her focused throughout the entire work because she tends to slack off when she gets by another horse. We wanted her to have a fresh horse with her the whole time. It went pretty much as we had planned.”
“I got a great response from her,” said Smith, who noted that the track was a little heavy due to the rain the last few days. “She was a little aggressive leaving there, which is good because it shows that she wants to do more. The goal was to keep her focused and she did that.
"She caught the first horse (Sorbonne) pretty easily and then took a breather around the turn. I asked her to focus again and go after (El Vino) and that horse was really focused. She got to him pretty nicely. We wanted 1:27 and we got 1:27 1/5."
The 6-year-old mare, who is undefeated in 19 starts, is scheduled to have one more work for trainer John Shirreffs before the Nov. 6 Classic at Churchill Downs.
Zenyatta is scheduled to work on Oct. 30, and then ship to Kentucky Nov. 2 as she seeks her second consecutive Classic victory.
In other Zenyatta-related news, a crew from the long-running, weekly “60 Minutes” television show has been following the mare this week for a segment to air Oct. 31.