Zenyatta checks out all the people there to meet her.
Zenyatta arrives at Churchill Downs
On Saturday, Zenyatta will attempt to complete a perfect career of 20 wins in 20 starts, when she goes for the repeat in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs. On Tuesday, she made the journey from her Hollywood Park home to Louisville.
On Sunday she jogged a mile over the dirt training track at Hollywood, her last training exercise before leaving California. At 2:00am PT on Tuesday she left her barn to board a chartered Tex Sutton flight from Orange County Airport, with 10 other Southern California-based Breeders' Cup entrants, which left at 5:00am. Her owners Ann and Jerry Moss, trainer John Shirreffs, and racing manager Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs boarded a private jet, scheduled to arrive in Louisville before the equine charter, while groom Mario Espinoza accompanied her on the flight. The plane landed at 11:30am ET at Louisville International Airport, and she boarded a chartered horse van accompanied by police escort, arriving at Barn 41 on the Churchill Downs backstretch at 11:50am.
A large group of media, curious onlookers and fans crowded the area where she was unloaded. She circled the paved laneway a few times, and then walked through the barn to the large grassy courtyard facing Longfield Avenue to graze for about 15 minutes. She entertained the crowd by performing her Spanish walk and bowing several times, as well as posing still. Clearly this was the most anticipated arrival at the track in recent memory. There were even some fans on the sidewalk peering through the chain link fence to watch her. She then went to her temporary home, Stall 15 of Barn 41.
Zenyatta showed off quite a bit doing her Spanish Walk "dance" and posing. Shirreffs said, "She's fine, she's very good." Ann Moss said, "Every day that we are with her is special. She's having such a great time, that we're having a great time. She's so amazing to be around. We feel so blessed."
A bit more of Zenyatta posing for everyone. She really knows how to play to the crowd. Shortly after she arrived, she drew post 8 in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday where she is the 8-5 morning line favorite.
Breeders' Cup quick links:
Breeders' Cup Saturday Results - There were 9 races Saturday highlighted by the $5 million Classic where Mucho Macho Man won over Will Take Charge. Also on the card, Wise Dan repeated in the Mile, Groupie Doll in the Filly and Mare Sprint, and Mizdirection in the Turf Sprint. Get the results, charts, and photos for all 9 races here.
Breeders' Cup Friday Results - There were 5 races Friday highlighted by the Ladies' Classic where Beholder won the Distaff, becoming the first Juvenile Fillies winner to do so. Get the results, charts, and photos for all 5 races here.
2013 Breeders' Cup Entries -A look at the horses entered for all 14 Breeders' Cup World Championship races to be held at Santa Anita on November 1 and 2. Lots of info for each race and links to profiles for each horse along with their post position and morning line odds.
Review: Crushing the Cup 2013 - by Jim Mazur and Peter Mallett. An invaluable tool for trying to unlock the mysteries of handicapping the Breeders' Cup races. Updated for 2013.
Breeders' Cup Weather - What will the weather be like at Santa Anita Park on November 1 and 2? Here are lots of places to find out!
The Breeders' Cup Championship Day - The official page for the Breeders' Cup championship races. Just about anything you need to know about it: results, video clips, and race calls for past years, and eventually nominations, entries, and results.
Free Prep Replays - for major prep races in the Breeders' Cup Challenge. The ones with camera logos have video available.