Mathea Kelley

Zenyatta Breezes Six Furlongs in Vanity Prep

Daughter of Street Cry will be seeking 17th straight victory.

Undefeated champion Zenyatta turned in her final workout in preparation for the June 13, $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park when she breezed six furlongs in 1:15 1/5 at the California track June 7.

The time was sixth best among nine horses working the distance over the Cushion Track artificial surface. Hollywood Park clocker and morning-line maker Russ Hudak said Zenyatta completed the final three-eighths of the mile in the work in :36 2/5 seconds.

Zenyatta, trained by John Shirreffs for Jerry and Ann Moss, will be seeking a record 17th win in as many career starts. The 6-year-old daughter of Street Cry has been assigned top weight of 129 pounds among the 11 fillies and mares nominated to the Vanity.

Zenyatta also carried 129 in 2009 when winning the Vanity for the second straight year. The mare, who was champion older female in 2008 and 2009, has rolled through 16 consecutive wins, with earnings of $5,924,580. This year’s Vanity coincides with a Hollywood Park promotion of Zenyatta bobbleheads.

Zenyatta will attempt to surpass the modern-day record of 16 consecutive wins among major North American Thoroughbreds held jointly with Cigar, Citation, and Mister Frisky.