zenyatta 2009 breeders cup classic
zenyatta 2009 breeders cup classic


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She’s not only the defending Breeders Cup Classic heroine, she’s also undefeated in nineteen starts, and in what could be arguably her final career outing, the legendary Zenyatta had her final workout at Hollywood Saturday morning, going six furlongs in 1:11 4/5 with jockey Mike Smith aboard. The six-year-old mare, accompanied by a pair of stablemates, went from the five-eighths pole to an eighth past the wire. The fractions were 0:12 4/5, 0:25 2/5, 0:48 3/5 and 1:00.

“She went better than good,” said Smith. “It was excellent. She went really, really well and probably a little better than last year. She galloped out strong and was happy coming back. She’s ready. I’m always super confident with her. It’s racing. She’s going to have to get the trip, but if she does, I think we are going to see something phenomenal.”

Added trainer John Shirreffs, “It was a tune-up. It wasn’t necessarily a fast work - she was fast at the end. That’s her style. From here, we have fun, just play. She’s got everything done we needed to do.” Zenyatta will ship to Churchill Downs Tuesday.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News