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. Just picked this off Blood-Horse: Lady of Fifty debuts at 3 and remains undefeated. The daughter of After Market is really a fine looking filly!

  2. @Abigail from Montreal – Thanks for the Etta James link. I just love that song. I always said that if I ever got married I wanted that song played at my wedding. (At my age I don’t think that will ever happen though, LOL.) She had such an amazing voice. May she rest in peace.
    @Delrene – Happy Birthday! I’m going to try aging backwards too. In fact, I don’t think I’ll have any more period. I’ll be the big 5-0 this year, and I’m not too happy about it!
    @Terry Crow – Your redneck jokes are hysterical!

    1. I think Abigail’s link to “Lady of Fifty who remains undefeated” just above your post is not just a coincidence–it’s a sign good things are coming your way as you hit the 5-0 this year! Maybe you’ll be hearing the strains of “At Last” at your own wedding after all… Best wishes to you always in any event!

      1. Thank you Trina. I didn’t even notice the “Lady of Fifty” above my post! How strange is that?! I’m going to take that as a sign that I’ll have a good year.

        1. Dear Debbie, I was remiss not to include the further part of Abigail’s post where she says “really a fine looking filly”— that’s YOU to a T!

    2. Debbie, I love this song also! Since I was old enough to dream of my wedding, I always said that this would be ‘the song’ for my first dance, too! I’m still dreaming, and it will be ‘the song’! So keep dreaming anything can happen!


  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, Delrene! Age is just a number. Attitude is everything. May God continue to keep your son in His care, until he returns safely home to you.

    1. Happy Birthday Delrene!!! My twin sister and I still get confused at times as to how old we are going to be!! ha ha Having your son home safely is the best B-day present for sure. Thank him for his service for me.

  5. Hi Z Family. I want to wish Delrene Happy Birthday and God Bless :)
    I wanted to mention that my students sent Hanson a box of cards after the Breeders Cup. What is so cute is they think Hanson and Mistletoe are a couple. I wonder what Hanson’s owner thought of that?
    Hi sweet Zenyatta. I love you bunches :) Hugs and Kisses, Shari XXXOOO

  6. RA just had her foal – cute pictures of momma and baby on HRTV. He is a cutie! Ahhhhhh!

    1. Congratulations to Rachel Alexandra. Hopefully, those of us that don’t have HRTV will get to see the cutie on one of the racing websites.

    2. I saw pictures of the little guy on Facebook. Rachel must be one proud mommy. That little guy is a 125 pounds!!

  7. Congratulations to the Patriots altho it was a squeeker, very nerve racking. I hope they bring a better game to the Superbowl. My daughter said they played like the Packers did last week and she’s a long time, devoted Packers fan.
    Terry, I’m happy you didn’t kick me out.

    1. Maybe there will be a rematch of the 2007 Super Bowl between the Patriots and the Giants. That would be cool.

    2. Not eating muskrat would not qualify for such a drastic penalty. However, not celebrating January 27 is a different matter.

  8. RA and foal – FLASH: reports are that he looks just like mom! His blaze looks different from the photos, I think he looks like daddy Curlin – Flash! Congratulations!

    1. The pictures are adorable, just like mommy!

  9. Zenny!!!! Rachel delivered her handsome baby boy today!! :)

  10. Congratulations Rachel and Stonestreet on the birth of such a cute little colt. Thanks Karen for letting us all know. Vic and I think he looks like Mommy and is looks like a healthy 125 lbs.

  11. So excited that I can’t type properly. should have said “he” instead of “is”. either way, he looks great.

  12. Handsome colt is born to the world. RA is going to be a wonderful mom!! Can’t wait for your prince/princess!!!

  13. HRTV had a really cute picture of Rachel meeting her first born ,can’t find that one ,but here’s DRF ‘s piece http://www.drf.com/news/rachel-alexandra-gives-birth-curlin-colt

    1. drf needs to get it information right. Im pretty sure zenyatta foal is due in march. Not aprial

  14. Congrats to Rachel and baby boy! He’s a cutie.

  15. He is so cute. Looks like Mom is doing fine too. Welcome to the big world little man! Neat that he was born on my birthday!!! I was born on my Mom’s birthday. Thanks to all of you for wishing me a happy day! Was hoping to make it to SA on my birthday, but another time for sure. Yep, counting backwards isn’t a bad idea from now on.
    Hugs to all January birthday folks!

    1. Happy Birthday Delrene!!
      The colt is definitely a cutie, and looks so much like mom.

    2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope you have a great year, Delrene.
      All the Best, always!

    3. I’m so happy for you to get this extra birthday present!

  16. Happy birthday Delrene! Happy colt birth to Rachel !! I just read on the website for Pegasus Training and Rehabilitation Center (Dr. Mike Dedomenico) in Redmond, WA that Blind Luck will be bred to Bernardini in 2012 — as will Rachel !!! Zenyatta’s guy Bernie is turning out to be quite the in demand sire!!

    Check out the Pegasus website video tour. It’s a gorgeous facility and I hope to be lucky enough to visit and – hooves crossed — see Blind Luck one of these days soon.

    1. Hoof ray, Bernie! And high hoof to the other mares still following where Z has led!

  17. Congratulations to Rachel Alexandra on the birth of her beautiful colt. He is so adorable! Stonestreet Farm has two pictures of him on their FB page. They say that she’s a natural mother and took right to her new baby. Apparently she’s going to be bred to Bernie this year also. Seeing all this makes me even more excited for Zenyatta. I know she’ll be a great mother too.
    @Delrene – That is awesome that RA had her colt on your birthday!

    1. Debbie, thank you for the news!!!! Exciting.

  18. The beautiful Rachel Alexandra delivered a healthy colt today—with a sweet patch on his forehead. All seems to be going well! Please visit her FB page and congratulate her!!!



  19. Another cute pic of Rachel and son:
    This is so adorable!

  20. Delrene, Happy Birthday you lucky lady, how nice that Rachel foaled on your special day.

  21. Congratulations, Rachel Alexandra and Curlin! And the best of everything to this new bundle of joy.

    1. Congrats to Rachel Alexandra, Curlin, Stonestreet Farms, and Lanes End on the birth of the ‘crown prince’! He’s born on my mom’s birthday! May he have a healthy, happy and winning future! Salute, to the wee one whom I call Jess’ Dream!

  22. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DARLENE! Hope to meet you some day soon. After all, you are a neighbor.
    Eblouissante says, “Bonne Anniversaire!”

  23. So sorry, I meant Delrene. Too excited about RA’s colt.

  24. Beautiful Zenyatta, Dottie, Your John, and the Mosses, your Barn 55 team and your LE team, thank you each and every one for bringing us all together and for making sure that we could keep updated about what was happening in Z’s world.

    I told you that I was going to my first horse fair this weekend and I wanted you to know that I shook hands with so many people who love horses. Here’s my report to you, Z- Dumplings, Z-sters and EANDO friends.

    Today, I went to the Annual SE Horse Fair! I went to listen, but if your ears are burning, there is a reason. I talked about Zenyatta (and wore my Z sweat shirt) and EANDO. I told everyone that we met on your diary and decided we just had to help horses at risk and I gave out my EANDO business cards too. I brought home a stack of cards and pamphlets and I became a new member of the Alabama Horse Council. I met and shook hands with Alabama folks who love horses, are members of the Alabama Horse Council, are members of the AL Quarter Horse Association and other groups in the SE. I invited them to join us on Z’s diary and EANDO face book and web page, so we could establish strong ties with each other to help horses. I was able to share with folks the latest legislative news. I am learning and learning some more. I was invited to speak to a group of young folks and also another group. We’ll see how that goes.

    This is all happening because you, Zenyatta, are the horse of my life time. You are lovely and so very loved. :)

    I also want to send a hug to Rachel with a big salute. This is one cute colt.

    ‘Til next time…

    1. What an inspiration you are! My little, well not ‘little’, but younger brother and their 5 boys live in Alabama. Hope they ‘hear’ some of what you’ve been up to there in AL about ZENNY and loving and saving horses!
      They’ve heard news of YOU, ZENNY from us here in NM, and it’s nice to know we’re all so connected in so many ways. We appreciate all you do, DMCQ!

      1. Hi Elizabeth! Thanks for commenting. I have a “little” sister and a “big” sister too. They have always both been bigger than me. Finally, my “big” sister and I are about the same size. :) Please consider using my e-mail to tell me who your “little” brother is and where in AL he lives. Perhaps I’ll get to meet the family one day and shake their hands. Zenyatta’s friendship never ceases to amaze me in how it widens my world and brings new friends to me. :) My e-mail address is d_mcquiddy@bellsouth.net.

    2. Bravo, Doris! We are SO proud of you! Big hugs…and to McDude too.

    3. HIgh hoof, DMCQ!
      Yours in EANDO and Dumplinghood, Trina

    4. DMCQ, You Rock Girlfriend!! That is awesome. We need many more people like you. I also hope you did not have any tornados in your area last night. Take Care. Darlene Daniels

  25. Best wishes to Rachel & Curlin & baby boy !!!

  26. Zenny, I hope you had a wonderful Sunday …it’s colder here in Va. and I’m sure it’s the same in Ky. Tomorrow is the start of a new week and brings us another step closer to your big day in March. Did you get peppermints, hugs and lots of love today? You surely deserve all of that and more.

  27. ZENNY and Dottie and Sarah and all Zensters – Thank you all so much for all of the informative and inspiring posts! All of the information and especially the photos are so wonderful! Wish we had more time to catch up with everyone who is posting. Thank all of you ZENNY’s Fan Family. You are all so amazing! Hope we get to all meet soon in Santa Anita and/or Kentucky! What a great event this is every day to hear from everyone and get such illumination! Many of God’s blessings are my prayers for you all!

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