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Zenyatta on top of the (horse) world

October 20, 2008 |  2:12 pm

Except for Curlin, Zenyatta might be the most compelling horse in the two-day Breeders' Cup event  Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita.

Eric Sondheimer wrote an excellent story about the unbeaten 4-year-old filly, who will run Friday in the $2-million Ladies' Classic.

More information: Her owner, Jerry Moss, is the "M" of A&M records -- Herb Alpert is the "A" -- and the horse was named after the Police's third album, Zenyatta Mondatta. Popular songs on the album include two written by Sting, "Don't Stand So Close to Me" and "De Do Do Do, De, Da, Da, Da.''

In Sanskrit, Zenyatta Mondatta means Top of the World.

-- Randy Harvey