Zenyatta Gallops; Set for Oct. 30 Work

Zenyatta Gallops; Set for Oct. 30 Work
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Zenyatta galloped 1 1/4 miles on the Hollywood Park Cushion Track Oct. 29 a day before her last work prior to the Nov. 6 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

Zenyatta, owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Shirreffs, entered the track at the five-eighths pole, jogged the wrong way to the seven-eighths pole, and galloped around to the five-eighths pole, according to a release.

“She was doing it good,” said longtime exercise rider Steve Willard, who has been Zenyatta’s primary morning pilot since late in her 3-year-old season. “She was strong and almost got into a two-minute lick, and I was working hard so she didn’t. Her whole attitude has changed the last week. She has gotten very aggressive and she’s training forwardly.

“I’m restraining her to a degree, but not completely, and there’s a lot more in the tank. She couldn’t blow out a match and she’s cool and calm coming back. They say they can never look too good. That was the best she has been with me this year.”

The 6-year-old Street Cry mare is 19-for-19 in her career.

Shirreffs was in Kentucky Oct. 29 but planned to be on hand for Zenyatta’s work Oct. 30. Zenyatta is scheduled to leave for Kentucky Nov. 2, draw day for the Nov. 5-6 World Championships.

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