17Z: Training Days

Zenyatta’s filly, right, on the first day riding in the field. Photo by April Mayberry.

Zenyatta’s 2017 Medaglia d’Oro filly is settled in at Mayberry Farm. Like her mother and two older brothers before her, she’s in early training under Jeanne Mayberry in Ocala, Florida.

Zenyatta’s filly, right, with her paddock mate. Photo by April Mayberry.

Jeanne reports that she’s doing well in her lessons and spending afternoons in the pasture with a girlfriend that she traveled with from Lane’s End.

Below, 17Z leads the pack during their first ride in the field.


  1. https://twitter.com/TomMagnier/status/1074448757314318336

    More horse news. AP enjoying himself before returning to America.He looks wonderful.

  2. Dear Sheena:

    Oh, thanks for this video of Pharoah. He looks like he could run and win the Belmont tomorrow. Love and Hugs, JB

  3. Just now getting caught up a bit and am sort of at a loss for words. I think there have been some unfortunate misunderstandings . . . . . I honestly don’t believe that anyone intended to chase anyone away – especially you, Max. Hopefully good will can overcome our differences. Sandy

  4. THANK YOU for the update on Zenyatta’s filly! Loved watching the video.

    1. does she have a name yet?

  5. Dear Marshall and Z Fans:

    Here’s Part 2 of Sam Riddle and Man o’War as promised by Steve Haskin. Enjoy. Love and Hugs, JB


  6. Dear Z Fans:

    Nice article with photos on Biscuits and the Yoshida family’s hopes for him as a sire.
    Miss our Champ! Love and Hugs, JB

    Hope this comes through.


    1. PS: Forgot to add, you have to click on Page 3 under Contents. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. I wish Biscuits the best of luck in Japan,Thanks for sharing.Love and hugs.

    3. Dear Judy,

      Thanks so much for these articles! The Man o’ War second installment is just as fascinating as the first — I don’t think we will see the likes of him again.

      So good to know that Biscuits is loved and has a home back here, maybe in Chad Summers’ backyard! 😍 He is such a handsome chestnut boy. Good luck in Japan, Biscuits!

      Hugs and Love

      1. Dear Marshall:

        I left a comment for SH that the pieces make a great script for a Big Red movie. He answered that it felt like a script when he was writing it. Maybe we’re in for a treat one these days. Love and Hugs, JB

  7. Dear Max:

    You have been missed and this is why. Over the years, I have so enjoyed your knowledgeable and informative posts on Euros and other horses. Your discussions with Sheena back and forth and the links of articles and videos that you post. You two are so well informed about horses, trainers and jockeys in the UK and Ireland, I have learned so much from both of you.

    I miss the fun discussions we had about retiring at Lane’s End; discussions about Big Red, Dynaformer, Wise Dan, Danzig, The Dancer and so many others. The funny conversations about bad boy Charlie the Blanket Bandit and Hudson the Diva. I miss the phone calls between Gun and Biscuits, and I know I’m not alone in that. I miss our shared joy in Zenyatta and the bond we shared through the experience of her sad losses.

    I hope you will resume posting and will forgive us sometimes deviating to other subjects once in a while. We always return to posting about our shared love of Zenyatta and other horses. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. There is an old saying: there is still a lot of horse sense in this world, but the horses have most of it. This site used to be an inclusive, happy place, a sanctuary from the nastiness lurking everywhere on this earth. Politics as complex as the second amendment really should have no profile at all here. From your comments, the plan is to keep commenting β€œonce in a while.” Once is just too often. I therefore ride off permanently into the sunset.

      1. Very sorry to read this, Max. Judy put into words what many of us felt about your contributions to this blog. You have been and will be missed

      2. Dear Max:

        So very sorry to lose you as a friend. Respect your decision.

        As Sandy said, will continue to miss you and your posts and contributions to Z’s Blog. Wishing you a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year. Love and Hugs, JB

      3. As bad as it gets at times, horses never give up on their humans. Horses are very forgiving and teach us to be humble, loving, forgiving.

        So, guess what, it is a trail ride today. Full of new adventures, thrills and spills.
        Hold on tight, turn around and share your delightful horse knowledge with us.
        Please! Moose demands your return.

  8. My feeling about this site is that it was set-up for Zenyatta, and her offspring. There was a natural progression to include other horses and animals. The people who run this site I’m sure love animals, and everyone loves a site that you can go to, that is void of politics during these trying times. Sometimes that’s all we hear when we turn on the TV, and while it is important, it is a subject that is bound to bring forward a lot of emotion. This is the reason it is said not to bring up politics and religion on family occasions. While it is important to be able to express our feelings on the subject, this is not the place, and the people who run this site could pull the plug at any time; if the
    reason why they set it up was lost to political bickering. This just isn’t the place; it’s a place of peace and love, especially our love for horses and other animals. That’s just how I feel, and I think others too.

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing. Love and Hugs, JB

  9. Wow! I have not been on for a day or so and was very surprised by some of the posts. I love this blog and all the people on it. We all love Zenyatta and her “kids” but it has been wonderful to hear about and learn of other horses. This is where I first heard the name Winx! Of course, we stray from the subject once in awhile but I have never felt that I was being chased off by anything anyone said.

    You have never been anything but kind and loving. Keep it up.

    Peace and Joy to all during this holiday season.

    1. Dear Shirlee:

      Love and Hugs, JB

  10. https://www.horseracingnation.com/blogs/zatt/How_the_2018_Eclipse_Awards_will_be_decided_123

    Some predictions about possible Eclipse winners for all horse lovers.

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Thanks for this link. My heart’s with Justy for HOY; though Accelerate proved he’s a Warrior too. Love and Hugs, JB

  11. Hope all of you all are reading Steve Haskins articles on Man O War.

    Thanks for posting the possible Eclipse winners. I agree with most of them. Even though he won the Triple Crown, I am still a bit lukewarm about Justify. I just wish he had raced later in the year. But really cannot think of an American horse other than him. Too bad Winx and Enable can’t be in it.

    1. Dear Shirlee:

      Aren’t they wonderful. I posted both parts of SH’s pieces on Man o’War on the previous Blog page. What a find! Love and Hugs, JB

  12. Dear Sheena:

    I sent you an email yesterday to thank you for the beautiful Christmas card you sent me. Hope it got through. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

  13. Dear Z, COZ, ZI, BBG and DC:

    Stay comfy and cozy and Happy Dreams. Love all of you so much. Hugs, JB

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Too cute! Love and Hugs, JB

  14. Dear Judy.Magical may be coming out for Pegasus day not sure which race.She gave Enable a good run for her money in the Breeders cup.Goodnight dear friend God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. My Dear Sheena:

      Godspeed Magical if she goes on Pegasus day. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

  15. Dear Zenny,

    The most wonderful package arrived yesterday. Your beautiful face, drawn by the talented, Matt, looks gorgeous on the new T-shirts.
    Thanks Team Z.

    1. Can’t wait to get my order!
      So glad you got yours before Christmas, neighbor. Yay!!

      Hugs and Love

      1. Dear Ann and Marshall:

        Bet you two will look Zenzational in your Z shirts. Love and Hugs, JB

        1. Mine came today! The pink is brighter than I thought, but that’s ok-everyone will notice this great picture of Zenyatta drawn by Matt. Thank you, Matt & Team Z!

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful news. God Bless them both. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Dear Sheena,

      Thank you for both of these articles. I am elated to hear the good test results for Graham and happy also for Subzero! Merry Christmas to all of them!!

      Enjoyed reading about the new sires and their potential. I must say Sharp Azteca is a handsome hunk, and Funtastic looks “greyt”, too. Both at Three Chimneys.

      Best of luck to all of these young stallions for happy, healthy and loved lives❣️

      Hugs and Love

      1. Dear Sheena:

        Wow, what a great article with videos. Magnificent specimens, every one. Wishing them all happy, healthy lives as successful sires. Thank you for sharing this.
        Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

  16. Dear Z, COZ, ZI, BBG and DC:

    Have a peaceful evening and Happy Dreams. Love and Hugs, JB

  17. Thank you for the update on Z17. She looks wonderful.
    Happy New Year, Team Z.

  18. I’ve been following this blog since its inception (a “lurker” I guess), but have never posted. The tragedies with this mare’s breeding career have been heartbreaking. But I have held out hope for the babies that have made it.

    But this video made me feel pretty depressed about that.

    I spent my early years starting the babies and prepping 2yo’s for the track and a decade galloping at tracks from Monmouth to Hollywood Park.

    It makes me cringe to see this guy on the back of 17Z “training” her.

    Anyone else?


  19. Z’dorable looks so incredible!!! That is my name for her…combining Zenyatta’s and Medaglia dO’or’s names together!!! She looks so much like her mom, from her ears (!) to the way she holds herself!!! Be still my heart!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

    I haven’t been on here in a while and was shocked by some of the comments. I don’t know what’s been going on, but Zenyatta’s owners and the entire Team Z have been beyond nice for all of her fans by creating this website and sharing updates about her and her children. And this is a great place to learn about other horses from the members on here.

    However, they could take away this website and any updates on our beloved Zenyatta at any time. They have stated since day one that his is a family friendly website and that under no circumstances are people to be derogatory towards each other, leave bad/ugly/rude comments, etc. This website is not the place for politics, religion, personal attacks, etc.

    We should all be so grateful that Zenyatta’s Team has continued to share her with us. I’ve been through so many serious health problems and this website is where I come when I’m feeling really bad or down and need my beloved Zenyatta fix. So many of us love her so much. So for those that want to talk about politics or religion or other subjects that do not belong on this blog, there are plenty of other websites out there created for just those subjects. Please do not ruin it for the rest of us!!!

    So with that being said, Happy New Year to all of my fellow Zenyatta friends and family and Team Z and Zenyatta and her babies, may you all have a blessed and joyous New Year!!! πŸ’—πŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸŽ

  20. I absolutely loved seeing photos and get information about Z17, now officially named Zellda per Equibase. She is a lovely filly and I cannot wait to learn more about her. Her temperament, likes and dislikes, etc. In looking at all the posts I only saw a very few about what this Site is all about. Zenyatta and her family. I am thankful for this Site and the information that we are able to get directly from those who love her most. It is nice to learn about other horses as I do so on a daily basis as I am a member of other sites that I share and learn so much from. This Site is for Zenyatta. I would suggest that the administrators of this Site would intervene and that we could all come to this Site and share information about Zenyatta and her family. There are separate blogs that have subjects where this other information can be addressed, but that should not be on the main site. I suggest that as on Beholder’s Site, that you post information about Zenyatta and visit the various other topics and sites and share there. Perhaps create a facebook page or website that addresses these other issues that you have elsewhere. This Site is Special to many fans of Zenyatta and we treasure and covet all information that we can get about her. Please make this site about Zenyatta and share all other information elsewhere as I know that is important to you, as I do on other sites. It is important to fans to keep this Site all about our special girl and her family. She means a lot to all of us.

  21. I am actually grateful to the owner of this website who has shared this wonderful article at at this place.

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