Diary Post #420

Filming at Santa Anita last weekend! Photo by John Shirreffs

Good Morning,

The temperatures have been changing and the winter weather has definitely arrived in Kentucky. It is still ‘winter pleasant’, though, and TASTY and I are doing fine! Thank you for all of your continued interest in how WE are…and your LOVE! WE so appreciate it!

Last evening, when Dottie and MY JOHN went to Santa Anita to check on his horses there and walk SOPHIE, the film crews were set up and filming at the RECEIVING BARN AREA. There was a great deal of activity. Actually, many different projects are often filmed at Santa Anita. The setting is spectacular! As you may know, the new TV series, LUCK, has been filming at Santa Anita now for quite some time.

In California, the RECEIVING BARN is where the horses are required to go before each race. Each trainer must have his/her horses there approximately15-20 minutes before they walk over to the paddock. During this time period, several things are checked and monitored in relation to each horse. For example, the HORSE IDENTIFICATION person has a copy of each horse’s Jockey Club papers, his/her individual markings…along with photos of the horse…and the tattoo number. ALL of this is closely inspected to be sure the correct horse is there. A BLACKSMITH, who is employed by the racing association, is also on site. His role is to be sure each horse is wearing the appropriate shoes which comply with all of the regulations. Other details of this nature are constantly monitored, inspected, and recorded at this time…all with the goal of making racing a safe sport for horses, humans, and the betting public.

I know this RECEIVING BARN area very well! It will be such FUN to watch LUCK and get an opportunity to see the various locations around Santa Anita utilized in their filming. For ME, it will also be like VISITING HOME! I have such fond memories of ALL of my times at SANTA ANITA.

Have a terrific day!

With Love,
Hugs to All~

In the ‘OH DEAR’ department, I was dictating so much information yesterday to Dottie that I meant to use the word…ANOTHER… instead of THE ONLY OTHER. So sorry!


  1. Looking foward to watch the new show LUCK. I am glad that you and Tasty is still enjoying a bit of nice winter weather. Have fun outside you get a chance. But please be save you guys. I love you and Tasty very much!

  2. Congratulations on the birth of the first foals for The Pamplemousse and Lookin At Lucky. Both are fillies. The Pamplemousse filly was born on January 11th in Rancho San Miguel, CA. The dam is Broke the Slump (Slewpy). The Lookin At Lucky filly was born on January 16th at Royal Pegasus in Lexington, KY. The dam is Awesome (Storm Cat).

    1. WOW !!! All these babies; LOOKIN AT LUCKY’s first foal; TOO CUTE !!!

  3. March 22nd (wink wink)

    YAY !!! Baby names !!!!!

  4. Stay warm Zenny! Nice article on you in theTop 25 by Bloodhorse. Thanks for the pictures Dottie.

  5. I miss you every weekend at Santa Anita… It will never be the same without you!!!

    1. @Signofthetimes, I’d love to read this article but it says you must fill out and order the newsletter. I don’t want to get hooked into anything, do you know how that works.

      1. Sue it’s a great newsletter from Thoroughbred Times. It’s free and comes in your e-mail every day. A great way to keep up with the latest news in racing. I sure recommend it.

        1. @Eveline, thanks for the heads up, I enrolled, although I don’t know why they need your address and ph #, but I’m looking forward to it.

  6. Good evening lovely Z, momma-to-be! It is almost time to say Goodmorning. Had to read your post before I went to bed. I do want to visit Sanita Anita some day. I’ll imagine you on the race track! Thanks for the info.
    Oh, yesterday I received by “25 Most Intriguing…..” magazine. There you were. You are gorgeous even with icing on your whiskers. (Actually loveable too) Interesting magazine for sure. I hope your weather is not as cold & snowy as it has been in Wi.
    Good night sweety. love you, 2 kisses on your soft nose, one for baby z

    @Terry Crow; It may be late but I got to laugh at the end of the evening!! Funny you

    @Ann Marie, Abilgail; Just wanted to let you know that the link of Skidboots on yesterdays post was just so enjoyable and touching. What a precious dog.

    1. I just ordered my copy of Bloodhorse ’25 most intriguing’ …. From all the comments above here, I’m really looking forward to it.

    2. Sally-Thank you.

  7. Some poster a few days back wrote about the connections of Mine that Bird leaving the garland of roses for Barbaro by his statue at CD. What a lovely gesture. I was at Churchill Downs the week after Barbaro won the derby and prior to his fatal injury. So I have never seen the statue in person. As to MTB I was lucky enough to meet all of them ( connections and the Bird) in New Mexico at “Mine that Bird” day at the Double Eagle Ranch and when he was paraded at Ruidoso Downs in 2009. Dr. Blach is one of the nicest people you could ever meet. They were just so over the moon about their “Birdy”. It is a small world as it turns out one of his daughters was married to my vet. He sent me a “Mine that Bird” cap that has a place of honor with all my Zenyatta and Smarty Jones ball caps.
    MTB was such a gutsy little guy. I just love him so. That post brought back so many nice memories. Thanks Dottie for this wonderful website and for all you do for those of us who love Zenyatta and all things related to the horse.
    I’m sure your day is full to the brim, but you always take the time and the effort to help enlighten and educate us. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.

    1. Delrene – I echo all of your words!! Love MTB – guts galore!

    2. Delrene-Mine That Bird was one of the horses that ran against Zenyatta in the 2009 Breeders Cup Classic. His connections sure had their day in the sun as we all should have.

  8. Hey Zen, I dont know, I just dont like the name of that show, LUCK, sounds kinda like BLAME!!!!

  9. In the midst of so many unhappy stories about our beloved horses, this is another heartwarming video of a reunion of a lion (named Christian) with HIS humans. Song: “I Will Always Love YOU.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiGKWoJi5qM

    1. What an amazing story! Thanks so much Trina. How in the world do you supposed that they found him? You might want to rerun this one sometime so that more people will see it.

    2. Thank you Trina! I will share this one with my husband who loves big cats, even though he doesnt get my facination and love for this web page. Love, Darlene Daniels

    3. Thanks, Trina. I had read the book about Christian and was astounded by this video.

    4. Great video! Brings tears to my eyes. Big cats (and little ones too) are very special animals.

    5. That is such an amazing video! It brought tears to my eyes. Thanks Trina!

  10. Dear Z and TT:
    Goodnight and Sweet Baby Dreams. Love you, Judy and Russ

  11. Good Morning everyone. Zenyatta, my angel, and Dottie, thank you so much for all your updates. They are the highlights of my day. All I have to say about the last 3 Horse of Years, is this: GIRLS ROCK AND RULE!!! Love to all. Darlene Daniels

    1. Excuse me. that should be Horse of the Year’. Fingers ahead of brain again!

  12. British singer Adele’s multi-platinum selling album”21″ scored its 16th week at No 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, entering an elite list of only 5 albums to cross that mark in the past 20 yrs.
    “21” has been selling 100.000 copies each week for 33 weeks.
    Way to go Adele !
    Is she going to be singing at the Grammy’s Award ceremony? Does aby know?
    What an exciting singer, the Brits do know their music. Great stuff.
    Hello Zetty, hope you’re having an oaty day with lotsa carrots. Toodloo.

  13. I wish you were running at sanita anita I miss you Z.
    Hope you and tasty are doing well I can’t wait to see your foal.

  14. British singer Adele’s multi-platinum selling album “21” scored its 16th week at No1 on the billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, entering an elite list of only 5 albums to cross that mark in the past 20 yrs.
    “21” has been selling 100.000 copies each week for 33 weeks.
    Way to go Adele!!!

  15. Toodleoo.

  16. @ To my Z family. I read the article and it made me sick and very mad that a human being could be so cruel. I agree with Abigail. Exposing horrible behavior to peers is a GREAT way to curtail it.

  17. On reading the Paulick report, I have to say I started thinking of Lefevre as a good candidate for the kill-buyer’s trailer, to get what’s coming to her!

  18. I know you do, Z…

  19. You could certainly see your enthusiasm in the work you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. All the time follow your heart.

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