Zenyatta to race again in 2010
Unbeaten Zenyatta, the only female horse to win the Breeders' Cup Classic, is coming back to race this year, owner Jerry Moss announced today at Santa Anita.
Having won 14 consecutive races, Zenyatta was retired after her dramatic last-to-first victory in the Nov. 7 Breeders' Cup Classic.
But the undefeated 6-year-old daughter of Street Cry has been training at Hollywood Park, and Moss made the decision to have her race again after consulting with his wife, Ann, and trainer John Shirreffs.
"We saw her gallop today, and I talked to Ann and then I talked to John, and she looks too good," Moss said. "It's what she likes to do and that's what we decided to do, so we're going to run her."
Zenyatta, along with rival 4-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra, are in a battle for Horse of the Year that will be announced Monday.
Racing fans have been dreaming about a Zenyatta-Rachel Alexandra matchup, and now they may get it, though no decision has been made when Zenyatta will race this year.
"We'll pick a spot," Moss said. "It was very emotional when I retired her, because I thought she absolutely did as much as any horse could do in their career. But I love racing and also believe racing needs stars, and we've got one. I love to see her run. She's healthy and well and I think she's going to carry on very well."
-- Eric Sondheimer
Photo: Jockey Mike Smith brings Zenyatta home for the victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 7. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press