He's got two solid contenders for the Breeders' Cup World Championships this year, but for trainer John Shirreffs things are a whole lot calmer than they were in 2010 when he shipped Zenyatta to Churchill Downs.
Marty and Pam Wygod's homebred Harmonious, 10th in last year's Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) is back with trainer John Shirreffs for another run at the brass ring.
Breeders' Cup Ltd., along with Zenyatta owners Jerry and Ann Moss, announced the launch of the inaugural Breeders' Cup Zenyatta Celebration, to be held Championship Friday, Nov. 4, at the Kentucky Derby Museum.
Zenyatta's weanling half sister by Henrythenavigator will be offered at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale by Select Sales.
Cambina, narrowly avoiding a collision in mid-stretch, surged between horses in the final strides to finish in a dead-heat for the win with Nereid in a spectacular finish to the $250,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) July 16.
A full field of 10 3-year-olds will clash in the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes July 20 as Del Mar opens for its 72nd season.
Trainers Jim Cassidy and Ron Ellis have been elected and Glory Haley re-elected to the board of California Thoroughbred Trainers. Voting was conducted in June to fill three positions on the nine-member CTT board.
Distance ability is the key as Star Billing, runner-up in last month's Honeymoon Handicap (gr. IIT), leads the field in the $250,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) over the Hollywood Park turf July 16.
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Undefeated Star Billing, upset winner over Cambina in the Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) one month ago, faces her rival once again in the $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park June 11.
Steve Haskin talks with John Shirreffs, trainer of Mr. Commons. Plus, an update on Zenyatta from Dottie Shirreffs. Watch Video
With trainer Chris Grove looking on, Norman Asbjornson turned in his final workout for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) Friday, May 13 at Pimlico Race Course; Mr. Commons drills seven furlongs at Hollywood Park.
Making just her second start, Star Billing lived up to her name by dusting her rivals in the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. III) by 2 3/4 lengths on the Hollywood Park turf May 7.
Zenyatta, 2010's Horse of the Year, was honored with the 2011 William H. May Award by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
Zardana, who beat Rachel Alexandra in the New Orleans Ladies Stakes at Fair Grounds in March 2010, has been retired from racing because of an ankle issue.
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Zenyatta, the sensational 2010 Horse of the Year, was bred Feb. 23 to Darley stallion Bernardini, the second top racemare to be mated in the Bluegrass this week.
A member of Team Zenyatta reveals what went into the decision to send the superstar mare to Bernardini for her first foray into motherhood.
Team Zenyatta, consisting of the individuals who helped 6-year-old Zenyatta become one of the most recognizable sports stars of 2010, will be honored with the Special Eclipse Award.
Zenyatta's California connections were at Lane's End Farm Dec. 20 to see their champion.
On the same day that Hollywood Park says good-bye Zenyatta, her trainer John Shirreffs will try to maintain a semblance of Z-Power when his solid Brazilian mare Zardana goes for a repeat in the Bayakoa Handicap Dec 5.
Zenyatta, before leaving for Kentucky and motherhood, will parade in the Hollywood Park paddock and on the racetrack in a ceremony Sun., Dec. 5.
Jerry and Ann Moss' champion Zenyatta has been retired from racing. The 6-year-old Street Cry mare will be boarded at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
As about a hundred racing fans gathered outside Barn 41 at Churchill Downs the morning of Nov. 7 to show their appreciation for Zenyatta, trainer John Shirreffs reflected on the disappointment of the previous day.
Trainer John Shirreffs said Nov. 5 Zenyatta has adjusted well to her Churchill Downs surroundings and is on track for the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Two days before Zenyatta puts her undefeated 19-race win streak on the line in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), trainer John Shirreffs said he has no concerns that the 6-year-old mare will give her best effort.
Bob Baffert, who trains Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Lookin At Lucky, said he believes Zenyatta must win the Nov. 6 race in order to earn the 2010 Horse of the Year award.
With only two workouts by Breeders' Cup World Championship entrants, the scene on the backside of Churchill Downs the morning of Nov. 3 was all about Zenyatta.
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In her final work before she heads to Kentucky, undefeated Zenyatta drilled a fluid six furlongs in 1:11 4/5 on morning of Oct. 30 at Hollywood Park for trainer John Shirreffs.
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.
With trainer John Shirreffs observing, Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT) winner Harmonious, worked five furlongs in 1:05 4/5 over the main track at Keeneland on Oct. 29.
Zenyatta and Goldikova will attempt to make history in their respective Breeders' Cup races.
Trainer John Shirreffs may start training Zenyatta on the dirt this week in preparation for the upcoming Breeders' Cup Classic.
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.
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On Oct. 15 at Keeneland, Zenyatta's trainer John Shirreffs talked about everything from Rachel Alexandra, to Horse of the Year, to his undefeated mare's 2010 campaign.
Zenyatta, who will defend her title in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) next month at Churchill Downs, turned in a five-furlong breeze at Hollywood Park on Oct. 14.
Trainer John Shirreffs has outlined a tentative plan for Zenyatta as the undefeated mare prepares to defend her title in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6.
Undefeated two-time champion Zenyatta stands alone as she goes for her 19th consecutive win over her home track in the $250,000 Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I) at Oak Tree's Hollywood Park meet Oct. 2.
Zenyatta worked six furlongs at Hollywood Park in 1:13 4/5 Sept. 25. Her next start is the Lady's Secret Stakes Oct. 2.
Undefeated Zenyatta prepared for her next start, the Lady's Secret Stakes, with a six-furlong work at Hollywood Park Sept. 18.
Undefeated mare Zenyatta worked six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 at Hollywood Park on Sept. 10 as she continues to prepare for her next start in the Oct. 2 Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.
Undefeated mare Zenyatta worked five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 1/5 at Hollywood Park on Sept. 2 as she continues to prepare for her next start in the Oct. 2 Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I).
A crowd of about 350 people turned out to honor trainers Jack Van Berg and Ron McAnally at The Grand Del Mar hotel in Del Mar, Calif. Aug 9 to benefit the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation.
In what could be her final start in California, the great Zenyatta remained undefeated with her 18th consecutive win in rather routine fashion by a neck in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 7 at Del Mar.
Undefeated champion Zenyatta is expected to seek her 18th victory against no losses after being entered in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 7. But trainer John Shirreffs isn't sure yet.
Zenyatta had her regular weekly workout at Hollywood Park on the morning of July 30, breezing six furlongs in 1:13 3/5, the co-fourth fastest work of the day among 13 horses going that distance.
Zenyatta worked six furlongs in 1:12 2/5 July 22 at Hollywood Park as she continues to prepare for her next race.
Halters worn by two-time Eclipse Award winner Zenyatta and 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra brought a combined $8,777.99 on eBay in a fundraiser for the Race for Education.
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