Zenyatta Makes Retirement Official
ZENYATTA MAKES RETIREMENT OFFICIAL
The great race mare Zenyatta, who suffered her only defeat in 20 starts losing a photo-finish to Blame in the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Classic, has been retired by owners Jerry and Ann Moss, and will be boarded for her second career as a broodmare at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
The 6-year-old daughter of Street Cry, currently stabled at her longtime home barn at Hollywood Park, is expected to arrive in Kentucky in early December. Breeding plans have not been finalized.
Purchased for $60,000 by David Ingordo on behalf of the Mosses at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale, Zenyatta raced for three years, setting a North American female earnings record of $7,304,580.
Her 19 victories included 13 Grade 1 wins, among them the 2008 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic and the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. She is the only filly ever to win that race in 27 runnings.
Trained by John Shirreffs and ridden for most of her career by Mike Smith, Zenyatta won the Eclipse Award as champion older mare in both 2008 and 2009, and is a major contender for 2010 Horse of the Year.
by Ed Fountaine
On the California worktab
Azalea S. (G3) queen PICA SLEW (Pico Central [Brz]), unraced since an off-the-board run in the August 7 Test S. (G1), sauntered four panels in :53 1/5 over Hollywood Park's Cushion Track on Wednesday.
Former Australian Horse of the Year SCENIC BLAST (Aus) (Scenic [Ire]), runner-up in the Bing Crosby S. (G1) and third in the Morvich H. (G3) this season, logged five furlongs in :59 4/5.
Grade 3 hero NO INFLATION (Repriced), third against allowance/optional claiming rivals last out, covered five furlongs in 1:01 2/5.
MAY DAY ROSE (Rockport Harbor), most recently a 4 1/4-length winner of the Sharp Cat S., clocked a bullet five-eighths in :59.
On the Florida worktab
Fort Marcy S. (G3) hero BALETTI (Gulch), third in the Knickerbocker S. (G3) last out, breezed four furlongs in :51 over the firm turf at Palm Meadows Training Center on Wednesday.
Argentinean Group 1 winner STAR PLUS (Arg) (Alpha Plus), unraced since taking an allowance/optional claimer in late March, turned three grassy panels in :39 4/5.
Grade 3 victor TWILIGHT METEOR (Smart Strike), third against allowance rivals while making his only start this year in October, traveled a half-mile in :51 4/5 on Calder's fast dirt.