Zenyatta to race in 2010

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  1. skipaway

    skipaway Well-Known Member

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    The Moss's just announced they'd be racing Zenyatta in 2010! It'll be a full campaign, not just one race. What a sporting gesture! She's a game, healthy mare and I hope she stays well! :cheer2:
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    sk8pics Well-Known Member

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    I read this yesterday and I feel mixed emotions. On the one hand, :encore: and on the other hand :yikes:. Excited to see her run and yet worried that something will happen to her. But I agree, very sporting of her connections. Or maybe everyone was too afraid to tell her she wasn't going to race any more! :lol:
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    sk8pics Well-Known Member

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    Zenyatta runs today! :cheer2::cheer2: Going for her 17th straight win, I think it is 9 or 10 grade I stakes in a row. Carrying 129 lbs :yikes: against 4 other horses, spotting each at least 9 lbs. Crossing my fingers!
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    Yikes on the 129 pounds. You know, I get the idea of trying to even things up with weights. But given the number of injuries to horses of late, and the idea that racing a horse is about seeing who the best is, why not let her carry the same weight as the rest. If she's that much better than the other horses, why not just let her be that much better?
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    sk8pics Well-Known Member

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    I suppose it's only natural to want to try to even things up a bit. She actually carried 129 lbs last year, so it doesn't seem like the weight by itself is too much for her. But she is giving away a lot of weight.... we'll see! I think it'll be broadcast on line this evening....
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    sk8pics Well-Known Member

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    Live on ntra.com right now! Post time coming up shortly...:yikes:
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    17-0! The Queen stands alone. Unbelievable race! And major props to ntra.com which broadcast it live on line.

    Really looked like she knew what she had to do, and dug in with that last burst of speed to get in front right before the line. Just amazing! St. Trinians almost had her but even with 9 lbs advantage she couldn't hold off Z.
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    That was truely remarkable. Held my breath all the way down the stretch. She's just so good. Congrats to Zenyatta. Now on to number 18.
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    Thanks for the YouTube link, sk8pics! OMG. Her running style gives me a heart attack every time. Especially this time -- she had to go so wide to clear horses around the turn for home. It really looked as though her acceleration had lost momentum. But then she was able to find that gear again and another one!

    Amazing pace control throughout the race. Of course, that's the jockey calling the shots, but the horse needs to be able to do it. She seems like a jockey's dream.
  12. sk8pics

    sk8pics Well-Known Member

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    Lots of interesting articles. Here's one I liked:
    http://hovdeyblog.drf.com/hovdeyblog/
    Excerpt:
    "John Shirreffs stood on the guinea stand next to the grandstand crowd, smack in the maw of the sound, wearing a painfully dated cap ("Zenyatta 14-14") and holding his breath for the few eternal seconds it took Zenyatta to take St. Trinians seriously enough to flop those big ears back for a few strides and reel her in to win the Vanity Handicap, her 17th without defeat...
    The Zenyatta team always ends up very much on the same page, and the big mare always comes through to tie things up with a bright ribbon. Anyone who thinks Zenyatta beat a bunch of patsies on Sunday needed to put a clock on St. Trinians -- who handled Life Is Sweet earlier in the year -- through that final quarter mile. Her front legs going all directions, the British mare gave as much as you can give to a race and still be upright at the end. Standing there afterwards, being unsaddled in the backwash of the Zenyatta din, she was spent, dizzy and noble. I hope she knew some of that noise was for her."
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    While we're waiting for Zenyatta to make her next start, I came across a song on iTunes by Lisa G Fly called Zenyatta. :D Kind of catchy, here are some of the lyrics:


    Cute song, very catchy. Here's an excerpt:

    "There was no tellin', what was to be,
    The day they sold hip number 703,
    not too bad lookin', little bit furry,
    she'll do for someone who's not in a hurry.
    Destiny smiled on that Street Cry daughter,
    She grew up and became Zenyatta.
    Everybody watched when she spread her wings,
    And now she's the queen of the sport of kings."
    ...

    The paddock is crowded, and Zenyatta knows,
    It's all about her, so she points her toes,
    She puts out her best moves, and she gets down low,
    Yeah, the big momma knows how to put on a show.
    Zenyatta, she's gonna be last from the gate,
    she'll be last at the half, last at the three eighths,
    she's last at the quarter, she's not gonna lose, no,
    She's checking with Mike about what gear to use.
    Zenyatta, Zenyatta, the other jocks say,
    you think you're alive, she'll just blow you away,
    Into the lane, you can look, you won't find her,
    You feel the ground rumble and then you're behind her."

    "She'll hover back there, like a big mother hen,
    Clocking the speed, measuring them,
    She'll pass half the field in one move and just
    Smile, switch leads, and mow down the rest.
    Zenyatta, Zenyatta, you hear the crowd roar,
    The grandstand is shaking like never before,
    She crosses the wire,
    and she winks at her fans,
    One ear pointed forward,
    And one towards the stands."
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    Zenyatta runs today! You can watch it live on ntra.com around 9 pm. Going for 18 in a row...
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    Live on TVG also. Some talk that she could be scratched due to track conditions this morning, but no official word yet.

    Go Zenyatta :cheer2:
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    She's 18-0 now. Outstanding race. :cheer2:
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    Love that Zenyatta!
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    Thanks for the link to video, skipaway. Amazing horse!
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    I like Dwyer's LATimes article a lot. Excerpt:
    "Zenyatta doesn't so much win races as she does reduce everybody around her into a gathering of mush and gush. One sign said that Zenyatta was "The Queen of (our) Hearts." A TV interviewer got owners Jerry and Ann Moss aside and, instead of asking a question, slobbered an emotion: "Thank you so much for running her another year," he said, badly damaging his chances for investigative reporter of the year." :lol:
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    I love this horse. I didn't know about her until last year's Breeders which she won in style and now I watch everything she does. You just can't help but love her.
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    Great article about Zenyatta in this week's Sports Illustrated:

    Excerpt:
    "Late in the afternoon, under a falling autumn sun, Zenyatta walks onto the track and performs her prerace ritual, her pawing at the ground the equine equivalent of LeBron's flinging talc into the air. Most people can scarcely tell a thoroughbred from a carnival pony, but Zenyatta's greatness fairly bursts from the skin beneath her coat. She towers over her four opponents, who look as if they could be her foals. Her chest is dense with muscles. When fans cry for her to look their way, she turns briefly and then dances for them...

    Since Zenyatta's first start, on Thanksgiving Day 2007, she has beaten 112 horses, each time unfurling her 17-hands-plus frame in a finishing rush from far off the pace...

    But the story of Zenyatta is about more than her place in history, more than the boost she has given a flagging sport. It is about family and friends; patience, trust and love; and the curious turns of the racing game...

    On April Fool's Day 2004, Vertigineux dropped a dark-bay baby on the ground at Winter Quarter Farm in Lexington. This was the horse that Team Moss saw in Barn 28 at Keeneland, a gangly child with a terrible skin rash. "She was rangy, but very well-balanced," says David Ingordo. Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs already loved Kris S, Vertigineux's papa, as a broodmare sire. And when the Mosses visited, the baby laid her head on Ann's shoulder, sealing the deal...

    On the farm they called the rangy filly the Big Girl. One day in February 2006, Jeanne brought her 2-year-olds across the street to the dirt training track at Plumley Farm. She instructed the riders to take the babies down the stretch and around the turn. "The Big Girl was behind them, and then, oh, my God, she went right around them," says Mayberry. "I called David and told him, 'You've either got one really good horse or a lot of bad ones. And you need a name for the good one.'"

    In one of the pictures, there is a shot of Zenyatta with Switch, and Switch has a desperate expression on her face and Zenyatta looks like she is out for a Sunday jog. Also the picture of her on the first page of the story is gorgeous!

    AND I am going to the Breeders' Cup!!!!

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1176387/index/index.htm
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    Oh sk8pics...I so, so, so hate you right now!! I'd so love to go a Breeder's Cup one day.

    We're getting close aren't we? Dad thinks it's this weekend, but I don't think so. We would have seen some sort of promos by now if it was.

    We have visited Churchill Downs, not on Derby Day, but in the middle of the summer during a trip to Kentucky many moons ago. It's a gorgeous place and so steeped in the history and traditions of it all too.

    Have a blast and a half and think of all of us who will be watching thanks to TV!!! :)
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  25. skipaway

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    Breeder's Cup is Nov 5-6th
    ESPN2 is televising Nov 5th's "Ladies day" starting at 4:00pm
    ESPN and ABC will be showing the "Championship Day" starting at 1:30 pm.

    btw...I hate the separation of the Females/Males. IMO it demeans the "Ladies"

    still will be totally psyched for the races next weekend.
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    There's still tickets on eBay! It's not too late.... In fact, I think the ticket next to mine is still for sale.... I can't wait! Hoping Zenyatta does run and WIN!
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    That's really sweet of you to suggest, but there's no way we could do it. We don't have the money to start w/, but more importantly, my Dad's health is not good and no way would I want to go w/out him w/me.

    Thanks for the suggestion though. :)

    And thanks Skipaway for the confirmation on the dates. :)
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    Zenyatta is on 60 Minutes this Sunday, October 31. Well, her people are on, too! I understand they shot quite a lot of footage and were pleased with how she interacted with the 60 Minutes crew. They also did some helmut-cam shots, which are always cool.

    My ticket for the Breeders' Cup arrived yesterday so I'm all set to go! Good luck, Z!
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    http://therail.blogs.nytimes.com/201...lf/?ref=sports

    The Rail creates a hypothetical race for Zenyatta against some of the greats (and some WTF entries--Smarty Jones? Big Brown? Barbaro? What the HECK are they doing on any list that includes Citation and Seabiscuit? Also, I question some exclusions--it cannot really be all-time greats unless the original Big Red, Man o' War is on it. And I would bet at even weights and a classic distance THAT race would end up in a duel between Man o' War and Citation and while I THINK Man o' War would win, it took a fifteen pound allowance and coming back after a year off with an injury for Citation to lose--by a nose.)
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    Yeah, I agree some of the excluded horses are conspicuous. But I don't think that was the Rail folks, I thought that was the company that is marketing the simulation software.