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The Undefeated Racehorse, Zenyatta
Zenyatta's Story Begins
Hollywood loves Racehorse stories. Look at the popularity of movies, such as Seabiscuit and Secretariat. Have you ever left the theater thinking "It's too bad we don't have a Superstar Racehorse like that today."? If you are looking for a Horse Racing Hero, let me introduce you to Zenyatta.
Zenyatta is a Thoroughbred Mare. Her life started in 2004 like many Thoroughbreds on a Kentucky Farm. Her sire is Street Cry, and her dam Vertigineux. Yes, it all sounds typical, but Zenyatta's story is far from typical.
Zenyatta was purchased for $60,000 in 2005 as a yearling. This is considered a bargain for Thoroughbred Racehorses. She was spotted by her trainer, John Shirreffs wife and son. The now 17.2 hand horse, is sometimes called "the amazon" as she comes barreling down the racetrack by announcers.
She didn't run in her first race until she was 3 years old. But when she ran, she won. In fact, she has won every race she's entered. She's even ran against the boys and won (including Kentucky Derby winners) in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
As of today, Zenyatta has won 19 races.
Zenyatta Dances for the Crowd
Zenyatta dances. Picture this, the crowd is going crazy yelling "Zenyatta we love you", laughing, and talking excitedly as they watch her extend her feet into dance moves as she walks out on the track. She is an entertainer as she prepares for the race.
Zenyatta has been great for drawing crowds to horse races. Horse Racing fans are delighted by her antics before the race. They are amazed by her performance during the race. Zenyatta's main jockey has been hall of fame jockey, Mike Smith. He has won the last 15 races with her.
Watching Zenyatta race puts you at the edge of your seat (if you can even sit down). She starts slow and often comes from dead last to first place. In horse racing you often see jockeys steering and pushing for the all important inside spot. Not Mike Smith and Zenyatta. It doesn't seem to matter. She runs on the outside around her competition and always crosses the finish line first. It is truly amazing to watch. Even when you know she is going to win, it's impossible to watch her race without cheering her on the computer screen. It doesn't seem possible she will get past the other horses. But it's always been a happy ending.
Zenyatta's 19 Wins
And for Happy Endings...
Zenyatta's ending is still being determined. She will run towards being undefeated in 20 races on November 6, 2010 at the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Churchill Downs. Her trainer, John Shirreffs says on Zenyatta's Breeders' Cup Bio Page, "whether she is 19-for-20 or 20-for-20, I think she will be OK."
But let's be honest, in our hearts we all want to see Zenyatta 20 for 20.