zenyatta breeders' cup classic 2009 santa anita racecourse 7 november 2009 video
zenyatta breeders' cup classic 2009 santa anita racecourse 7 november 2009 video

Click above to watch Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Classic 2009

(Footage : ESPN)



The news came as no surprise Monday that the undefeated Zenyatta (Street Cry - Vertigineux, by Kris S.) had run her last race. Trainer John Shirreffs told Daily Racing Form Sunday that the five-year-old mare would remain at Hollywood Park for several weeks to be let down, and then head to Kentucky to be bred. “Where else do you go?” lamented Shirreffs.

“Fourteen-for-14 and top it off with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic? On the biggest stage in the world, she performs. Isn’t it amazing that a horse with her running style is 14-for-14? She’s always stepped up.”

Owners Jerry and Ann Moss, along with Shirreffs and his wife, Dottie, as well as jockey Mike Smith celebrated their Classic victory at the Arroyo Chop House in Pasadena Saturday night.

Following her impressive maiden score at Hollywood on Thanksgiving Day 2007, Zenyatta took an allowance test before earning her first graded score in the 2008 G2 El Encino Stakes. The formidable filly picked up her first Grade 2 score in her only conventional dirt effort, the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn that April, and added four more elite victories that season. Crowned champion older mare after taking the GI Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic, Zenyatta, took a deserved break, and returned for a perfect five-for-five campaign in 2009, capped by her historic performance in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic Saturday.

She retires with earnings of $5,474,580.

As Shirreffs observed, the mare will be sorely missed. “It’s a big hole for racing, not just my barn,” said Shirreffs. “You saw the crowd.” Mating plans have not yet been decided.




7 July 2009

G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic

10 October 2009

G1 Lady’s Secret Stakes

9 August 2009

G1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

27 June 2009

G1 Vanity Handicap

23 May 2009

G2 Milady Handicap

24 October 2008

G1 Breeders Cup Ladies’ Classic

27 September 2008

G1 Lady’s Secret Stakes

2 August 2008

G1 Clement L. Hirsh Handicap

5 July 2008

G1 Vanity Handicap

31 May 2008

G2 Milady Handicap

4 April 2008

G1 Apple Blossom Handicap

13 January 2008

G2 El Encino Stakes

15 December 2007


22 November 2007


Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News