Diary Post #422

The view from my paddock yesterday at 7:45 in the morning! Photo by Sarah Campion

Good Morning and Happy Friday to Everyone,

Photography is such an amazing thing! Today, I wanted to share with you some of the gorgeous views TASTY and I have each day from our paddock. We truly have such a beautiful environment…and we actually do take the time to appreciate how fortunate we are! Yesterday was a lovely morning, and our dear pal, Sarah, was kind enough to take some of these photos for US to share with ALL of YOU!

The sky is such an amazing shade of blue!

Along this line, I wanted to make ALL of YOU aware of a FILM FESTIVAL that is being sponsored by HRTV and SANTA ANITA. It might be something many of you, who are real film and photography enthusiasts, would like to participate in during the upcoming months.

To quote the HRTV/SANTA ANITA news release sent to Dottie, “Santa Anita Park and HRTV have announced plans for a first-ever non-fiction documentary competition entitled “A Day at the Races”, which will be open to film students and filmmakers wishing to make a five-minute or less Santa Anita based film. ”

Access to the grounds and credentials to shoot the footage one would like to use in their presentation is being offered as part of the package for the individuals who enter the contest.

Per their press release, “A Day at the Races” entries will be judged by a panel of racing and entertainment professionals and will offer a first prize of $10,000, a second prize of $5,000 and a third prize of $3,000. An additional $10,000 first prize will be awarded to the winner through an on-line poll.”

All details and specific deadlines for each phase of this competition are outlined in the official press release, which I’ve included at the end of this post.

This sounds so exciting! What a great opportunity for all of you creative fans who have a great sense of ‘film’ and a true love and appreciation for our sport. Just imagine the different dynamic approaches one could use in doing a DOCUMENTARY SHORT with “A Day at the Races” theme.

Why not…..GIVE IT A “SHOT”! (No pun intended!) HOOVES CROSSED to all of my friends who enter!

Have a wonderful weekend…enjoy the terrific racing around the country and all of the excitement happening in the world of SPORTS!

Here I am..taking in all of the beauty around ME!

With Love,
Hugs to All~(Please keep us posted on your FILM progress!)


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2012)—Santa Anita Park and HRTV have announced plans for a first-ever non-fiction documentary competition entitled “A Day at the Races,” which will be open to film students and filmmakers wishing to make a five-minute or less Santa-Anita based film.

“A Day at the Races” entries will be judged by a panel of racing and entertainment professionals and will offer a first prize of $10,000, a second prize of $5,000 and a third prize of $3,000. An additional $10,000 first prize will be awarded to the winner through an on-line poll.

Application entries, which must be made in-person, will be accepted beginning Jan. 20, with the first day of shooting scheduled for Feb. 9. Shooting will continue through March 25 and all film submissions will be due no later than March 28, with winners to be announced on Santa Anita’s closing day, April 22.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with Santa Anita to initiate this project,” said HRTV President Scott Daruty. “Dating back to its opening in 1934, Santa Anita has been synonymous with great film production.

“The movie Seabiscuit was filmed almost entirely at Santa Anita in 2003 and it was a huge hit. We’re now about to roll out HBO’s dramatic series LUCK (on Jan. 29). We think there’s going to be a great deal of interest in this first-ever film festival.” There is a general entry fee of $200 and students may enter for $50 with valid student identification by February 15. Those entering after that date may do so for $250 and $75 respectively.

“This project is going to enable us to reach a group of highly creative people who are anxious to help us tell our story,” said Santa Anita’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing Chris Quinn. “It’s exciting to think about aspiring film makers at a number of local colleges and universities, as well as a wide range of independent filmmakers, converging on Santa Anita to produce a short-subject film of this nature. It should be a lot of fun.”

Each entrant will be given two film festival credentials which will allow shooting access to all public area at Santa Anita. Additionally, each entrant will be given 10 Club House passes good for admission throughout Santa Anita’s winter/spring meeting.

Final submissions should be made to www.hrtv.com. All entries must be made in person at Santa Anita. Credentials must also be picked up and payment made in-person at Santa Anita

For more information and to submit finished projects, visit http://www.santaanitalive.com.


  1. WOW!!! This sound like so much fun… I think I might just enter for the fun of it…. Thanks for sharing Dottie and Zenyatta!!!! Way to Cool

    1. So glad you made it first, GloriaJean.
      Thanks for all your great posts and Cali

  2. Zenyatta I also see beautiful sunrises when I run in the morning. I also agree Lands End is a very Beautiful place. I think the whole state of Kentucky is beautiful. I hope you and Tasty have a wonderful day. I love you sweet girl. Hugs and Kisses, Shari XXXOOO
    PS Homeroom 215 says HI !!!!!

  3. We have some great photographers.& video folks on this site.
    Hopefully they will enter & win. Good luck!

    Baby Z will be on this list soon. These will be competitors in upcoming races.

    The Thoroughbred TImes is tracking Notable First Foals of 2012

    And Super Saver’s first foal is born.

    Super Saver’s First Foal is a Filly
    By Blood-Horse Staff
    Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2012 2:35 PM
    Super Saver , the 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner, was represented by his first reported foal when a filly was born at Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky. The newborn filly, bred by WinStar and MR Capital, is the third foal out of the High Yield mare Yield to Faith.
    Super Saver (Maria’s Mon—Supercharger, by A.P. Indy) stands at WinStar. His fee this year is $20,000.

    Read more: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/67051/super-savers-first-foal-is-a-filly#ixzz1jwa94BC7

    Read they are sealing the track at Santa Anita. Rain expected.
    Hope everyone has a great weekend!

    1. Not sure how “Your comment is awaiting moderation” got posted in this.
      There is no Edit mechanism or Delete after you Submit.
      Also, no guidelines on character count, size or length.
      So, if there are, please Post . It would help all of us.

      1. just posted a comment and it got put ahead of yours on list…do not understand why they do not go up in order like they used to

        1. Hi Carol, maybe it is Freaky Friday. Don’t know what is going on.
          And, it isn’t even a full moon.
          Hope your weekend is good.,

      2. Usually trying to post two (or more) links in one comment will result in a “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

        1. Thanks. i didn’t realize that. Now I know..
          Interesting that the edit comment is gone today (Sat.)
          Amazombie was scratched, according to Mike’s FB post.
          Have a good weekend!

    2. I just love hearing about all the stallions and their
      First foals And mates. Wish the had pictures of
      “moms” and their foals.

  4. http://www.facebook.com/ZenyattaOfficial#!/ZenyattaOfficial?sk=wall&filter=1

    Zenyatta is at 96,028 FACEBOOK FANS as of right now!!! Thanks EVERYONE!!! She still has a way to go to get to 100,000 but we are closing in on that number. Keep telling your friends and family to LIKE Zenyatta on Facebook.

    This is also a great way for people to get involved in the sport of Horse Racing…. So many of the other Horses now have Facebook Pages and that’s a great thing.

    Thank you again and have a great weekend…. Hugs to Zenny, John and Dottie!!!

  5. Z, you are looking very round these days.

    1. I was thinking the same thing! Hope you’re not too uncomfortable.

  6. As I’m sure you remember, Zenyatta, we have some beautiful sunrises here in Southern California too. I’m happy to see that you still enjoy them at Lane’s End. The film contest sounds like it would be fun. Good luck to everyone who enters.

  7. Happy Friday Zenny as you enjoy the beautiful scenery around your paddock. I love Kentucky, particularly the Lexington area and would like to live there myself. I went to Buffalo this morning, so disappointing, my plushie had not arrived but my Blood Horse 25 magazine was waiting. I’ve just finished reading the articles about you and Rachel. You are such an intelligent girl, adjusting to your new life so quickly and I’m so happy that you have Tasty and that there’s a picture of you together. Your Auntie JAG is wishing for your foal to arrive on March 9th and I read that Rachel is due in early February so maybe she’ll foal on the 9th as a treat for me. All I really wish for is that you all have happy, healthy foals. Enjoy your weekend, lots of hugs and kisses Zenny.

    1. Brenda,
      I wondered when I read you that you were going to Buffalo to pick up your plushie. I thought I read somewhere that they wouldn’t be shipped until some time in February. Did you hear something different? RE our past conversation, you must go right through Cleveland if you are traveling from your area to Kentucky (? Interstate 90 to Interstate 71). You should stop by for tea :-) Going to “high tea” has always been one of my most favorite activities. My father was born in Scotland so I come by it naturally. I have a cousin over there that always spoils me rotten with her delicious tea time treats.

      1. Yes, plushies were to arrive around Valentines day I believe.

  8. good afternoon lovely Z…..you sure live in a beautiful spot….hope you have a great weekend….take care of your special cargo….kisses for your soft nose…some for BFF tasty too….soft belly rubs for the little ones-to-be

  9. Seattle is snowy, icy, cold — just now the thaw is finally beginning. Quite the combination of beauty and danger! Look at all those wide open spaces that Zenyatta gets to gaze upon — I’m so glad she’s safe and well taken care of – and Tasty too.

  10. Wow Zen you have a lovely home, but then I knew that because I’ve been there twice to the open houses. I didn’t get to see you but I did blow you a kiss from the stallion barn where I was visiting my good buddy A P INDY. The farm is truly beautiful and I am very happy you are in such a heavenly place where you can safely have your baby with knowledgeable, experienced people all around you. By now that little one must be kicking and rolling around all the time. Bet you can’t wait to get this over and have that little darling by your side. Well NEITHER CAN WE!! Us aunties and uncles can’t wait to see it and find out what name they’ve picked and how much it weighed, and what color it is.
    This contest sounds really neat, although this is not one of my areas of expertise. i hope all who enter have fun and good luck to you.
    Kisses on your nose and TT too

    1. Do you ever wonder whether Zenyatta knows on some level that she is pregnant, or if she is puzzled about why her belly feels so funny?

      1. I have wondered that, too. I’m sure an experienced broodmare would have some idea that there is going to be a foal but are maiden mares totally surprised when that little one appears?

        1. I am reminded of a maiden mare that we owned named Praise. She was the only mare we had at the time and had never been around foals. When hers was born, we had a terrible time getting the little one to nurse. Praise’s udder was so swollen that I’m sure it was painful and she kept moving away when the filly would nuzzle at her. It took several hours with us milking and coaxing before we were able to get mama and baby through the nursing process. When we released Praise’s head after the foal nursed the first time, she whirled around and stared in what appeared to be total astonishment at her little one! Thank goodness, that was the end of that struggle; the foal thrived along with her mama. Horses learn so much from being around other horses. (Praise’s daddy learned to lunge by watching another horse one time.) I have often wondered if Praise had ever seen another foal nurse, if we would have had such a problem.

        2. Wow! That’s a fascinating question, ladies and I loved Dawn B’s story of Praise and her baby. Mind you, cats & dogs seem to take to nursing semi-automatically, even if it’s there very first litter. I do know that some mares like to mother and some don’t. My love, Terlingua, a daughter of Secretariat & Crimson Saint, was apparently slow to “get on board” and required a lot of supervision because she seemed to find her first two babies rather odd & irritating. She nursed them but didn’t really enjoy mothering them. But when foal #3 arrived — Chapel of Dreams, who now resides at Three Chimneys in her retirement — she had a “change of heart” and was quite affectionate & loving.

        3. I think horses know something is different, but
          Not exactly what is going on. Foal pops out and
          Depends on their mothering instinct, just like people.
          Some catch on right a way like pros, others need coaxing
          And are surprised that there is a goal standing there, some
          Don’t like it and don’t want to have anything to do
          With it.

          Z is a very nurturing animal so will most likely act
          Like the pro she is at everything she does. GOOD
          LUCK ZENNY !!!!!

        4. Thanks for the Praise story. I think you are right that if Prasie had seen another mare and foal nursing, she would have caught on sooner. Our beautiful Zenyatta may be surprised, but she is a nurturing spirit and will learn quickly what to do. Her Lane’s End team and her people will be right there supporting her with happy hearts. And we will all be celebrating the long awaited arrival also with happy hearts. :) What a blessing she is for all of us.

  11. Never know, there could be another Steven Speilberg out there just chomping at the bit. Good luck to all entries.
    Hi Z and TT isn’t the blue sky gorgeous with the geese flying overhead? Then again so are you Z girl.
    Have a fabulous week end everyone
    Love hugs and kisses

  12. Love you Zenyatta.!

  13. Zenyatta,

    Very Zen surroundings you have there at Lane’s End. You are looking pretty content
    and very round. It won’t be long now. :) Hope you and Tasty have a fun weekend. The contest sounds exciting. Gotta go and watch opening day at SHRP.
    kiss, kiss.

  14. Zenny, your baby bump is getting so BIG! :)
    Photography IS a wonderful thing. I have captured some great racing memories through photographs. I am going out to Hollywood Park tomorrow morning to shoot some photos in Jack Van Berg’s barn. Hooves crossed it doesn’t rain too hard! Do you think if I “accidentally” wandered over to Barn 55 I could visit your sister E? :)

  15. Good Morning!
    This contest should provide some very interesting films, I hope we can view some, if not all, of them.
    Miss Z, you are looking a bit broad in the beam! How wonderful. I hope all is going well with you.
    A question for you and your team:
    I know your comfort and peace of mind is the number one concern of those around you. I would assume you will need to be in comfortable surroundings when it is time to foal, a place that is familiar to you. So, with that in mind, will you foal in your current barn, where you are familiar to the sounds and scents, or will you be taken to a specialized foaling barn? If so, when will you be taken there? Will you go for visits to meet the staff there, beginning soon, or will they wait till closer to your “due” date and take you there to stay? Will there be vets and techs all hovering around you, or will you be on your own while they peek in with video cams?
    I am not being nosey, just curious!!
    Lynn in wet Sacramento, California!

    1. Lynn…….excellent question…….I hope someone “in the know” responds. I always understood they had “foaling barns” on the premises but not sure how it all works.

      I read in the numerous diary posts yesterday (or the day before) that all of Our Queen’s “human connections” plan to be there for the birth. To be one of them — can you imagine being anywhere ELSE????? I doubt that Mike will take off mounts to be there but you can bet that Ann will already be in Kentucky weeks before the “blessed event” (she AND Dottie probably have a big pajama party planned) and of course David is already AT Lane’s End. OUR JOHN I’ll bet will be there if he can.

      ANYWAY (getting off the subject there)……..have a great weekend Z (and Tasty, too) and take good care of that precious cargo! And as always, Dottie, thank you for keeping us “up close and personal” with our beloved Zenyatta!

    2. Don’t think foaling is like having a human baby,
      Horses usually foal when no one is around. Usually
      in the middle of the night. It is an
      Instinct to protect the foal from prey animals.

      Don’t think “everyone” is going to be around, if they
      Are she probably won’t have her foal, probably have
      A bunch of stalls with web cams and a line up of monitors.
      With someone on watch, camera’s only.

  16. Zenny, I also have a magnificient sunrise view each morning. It really does make one appreciate the beauty in nature. You and TT probably share the best paddock at LE. Your Ann and Jerry would want nothing but the very best for you.

    Time is flying by and before we know it your little Z/B will be here…what an exciting day THAT will be.

  17. Zenny, please tell Sarah we love these photos. How generous of her to share them with us. Enjoy your weekend with TT. You will be two busy moms soon!

  18. Big Mamma Z———————————————————– March 9th :-D

  19. Z…..that is a beautiful sunrise. Z and Dottie…….if you stare at the blue sky photo….to me in it looks like a horse with bridle….and mane blowing….like it is running…..I think that was you Z….when on the race track……I feel you were sent here from Heaven…..for all us fans to enjoy you……and to bring joy and hope into so many lives. When there is joy ….that is usually hope in there. That is you there in that beautiful blue sky Z…. showing just had special and awesome you truly are……a gift from God. Hugs to you Z……

    1. Yes it does, Mary.

    2. Lovely post Mary and I agree.

  20. Dear Z, Dottie and Z Fans:

    Beautiful photos of Lane’s End. You’re baby bump is very beautiful Z. The contest sounds like a wonderful opportunity for a creative film buff. Will be fun to see the winning documentary. Santa Anita from all the photos I’ve seen, never having been there in person, is a really beautiful racetrack. Thanks, Dottie, for all you do. Z, have a lovely day with TT in your paddock. Love you and love to all of you, Judy and Russ

  21. March 3, 2012. Have a great weekend Zenny, and Tasty too. Thanks to Sarah for the pictures.

    1. Yo, that’s what’s up turthfully.

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  22. Dear Sue Fredrick:
    Left you a message at the end of Diary #421. Hugs, JB

  23. What a gorgeous sunrise!!!! I love the geese. When we were having the unseasonable 50 degree weather here in Michigan the first weeks of January the poor geese were confused…sometimes flying south then we would see them flying north again. It’s 3 degrees today – hopefully they got out of here before it hit! LOL

  24. hi Z! Happy Friday to YOU and Tasty and all! The photos from YOUR paddock are beautiful, and gorgeous YOU standing in YOUR paddock taking it all in;) YOU and Tasty have a wonderful weekend, enjoying YOUR beautiful surroundings! Love YOU xoxoxo

  25. Beautiful day it seems for you. Good, at least the Queen has wonderful weather. It’s rainy and ugly here in NC. :(

    1. Great link, thanks Ingrid.

      1. Another High Hoof!

    2. I wish Mr. Stronach would consider supporting the 115 year old Fort Erie track. It has managed to continue operating the last two years courtesy of a not-for profit corporation and it was just announced this past week that the Ontario Horsemen’ s Benevolent and Protective Association will be funding seven extra days of racing in 2012. Mr. Stronach is a Canadian businessman and I would like to think that he would support a very pretty track that is virtually on his doorstep.

  26. Dear Zenny,
    Thanks so much for these beautiful photos.
    What a lovely place to have your first coal.
    Lanes End is like an equine Ritz Carlton; with
    A birthing (foaling) room/stall/ paddock. Rest,
    Relax and enjoy the peacefulness as soon that
    Little mischievous foal will be running you all around.
    I know you are fit enough to chase after your
    “baby”. Have a great weekend.

    1. Foal not coal.

  27. wonderful place to watch the sun set at lans endbig z you realy are the queen of horse racing happy friday hugs to you and your soon to be little bundle of joy

  28. You are in such a beautiful place – there’s nowhere in the world like the Bluegrass State. Such beautiful rolling pasture, white fluffy clouds, and a blue sky that makes you appreciate the color blue. ;-) Loving that baby bump, sister! YOU look awesome and I guess you are getting really excited about being a MOM!

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