Breeders’ Cup Fan Gallery Is Up!

Liza G Fly entertaining partygoers at the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Celebration. Photo by Casey Phillips

Happy Thanksgiving Zenyatta Fans!

We received so many wonderful photos from the Breeders’ Cup Zenyatta Celebration! The gallery is now live for all of you to view. Many of you sent photos along with extended captions and touching stories from the event. Though we don’t have room to include longer captions in the gallery, we enjoyed reading every email.

Click here to view the fan gallery.

Here are a few more photos that Casey Phillips took at the party:

Artist’s proof of the Zenyatta statue. Photo by Casey Phillips

Mike Smith and Fans. Photo by Casey Phillips

Baby Z’s halter was auctioned. Photo by Casey Phillips

Johnny V and Madison. Photo by Casey Phillips

Jack auctioning the painting. Photo by Casey Phillips

Jerry and Ann. Photo by Casey Phillips

Dottie signing Judy’s poster. Photo by Casey Phillips

Celebration T-Shirt are still available

If you wanted a Celebration t-shirt and didn’t get a chance to pick one up, they are still available here at the Zenyatta Shop.

Enjoy your day!
-Team Z


  1. Thank you all for the fun photos. Nice to meet you! Zenyatta has the Best of the best fans and has brought out the best in us all.
    Sorry I missed out on all the fun; but at least I was lucky enough to experience the first Z party in Kentucky. Memories are everything!!

    Sending love n kisses on Z’s soft nose, and to 12z as well.
    Auntie Sally

    1. i too went to the zenyatta party both in kentucky and calif… there was no comparison… lets be sure the party for 2013 lives up to all the great z fans expectations… the front runner would not have been a bad place to have it, but the place needed to be cleared out and cleaned up.. the food was unfit, it was unorganized.. kentucky’s party put us to shame… This horse and the team came from calif and we couldnt have done better…. many asked for there money back myself included…. Lets make sure 2013 is the event it should be.. How about all Zenyatta fans contact santa anita’s ceo and say help us make this a good party ..Sorry Team Z …….I dont know if you noticed…but i bought guests and was embarresed…I’ll help organize it … plan it ,i have contacts at santa anita but lets make it grand..lets all contact santa anita… calif looked like a low class ….cheap ..event… the food was left over from the racing day events… has santa anita cut that many jobs… we will not get the venue permanently if we dont improve… sorry to speak my mind here butt surely others felt the same.. let me know …. im willing to help.. i have put together several large functiions /fund raisers for usc…

      1. AGREED



    Melbourne Winner Americain to Calumet Farm
    By Blood-Horse Staff
    Updated: Friday, November 23, 2012 9:44 AM
    Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012 7:58 PM

    The 2010 Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) winner Americain will commence his stud career at Calumet Farm in Lexington, it was announced Nov. 22.

    Calumet purchased a 50% interest in the son of Dynaformer , and Americain will travel to the U.S. in December to stand in February of 2013.

    Gerry and Val Ryan and Kevin and Colleen Bamford, who raced Americain, have retained a 50% interest and will also purchase mares in the Northern Hemisphere to be served by Americain at Calumet, according to a release.

    Six-year-old Americain, who was retired after contesting his third Melbourne Cup earlier this month, is an Australian champion stayer who earned multiple championships in France. He also raced in North America, finishing third once from four starts, and was group I stakes-placed in Hong Kong.

    In addition to winning the 150th anniversary of the Melbourne Cup two seasons back, he was also a group II and group III winner. His victories in France included the Prix Kergolay (Fr-II) and the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier (Fr-II) for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre.

    Americain, who is out of French group II winner America (by Arazi), earned $5,780,679 while compiling a 11-4-4 record from 34 starts. He will be given a kick-start to his stud career by serving a number of mares owned by Calumet that were specifically purchased for Americain’s late sire, who passed away April 29.


    1. Sign,
      Thank you for posting here.
      I had posted it on the Ask the Expert #16 on Thanksgiving November 22, 2012
      at 5:22 pm when it was first published. Here is a repost of the Ray Paulick article.

      Americain to Calumet
      Ray Paulick‏ of Paulick Report tweet
      Here’s the Calumet Farm press release on its new stallion,
      Melbourne Cup winner Americain (Dynaformer):

      Keta Note: Here is the link

      1. Dear Sign and Keta: Thanks for the Kentucky information – still no word here regarding the Australian farm – only that it’s likely to be in the Hunter. Racing Downunder is still dwelling on the Oliver affair, but this weekend we move to Perth for the Winterbottom Stakes, which will be interesting.

  3. Just viewed the BC photos again and enjoyed so much putting faces together with postings. Also, just had to look at Z12’s most recent pictures. Our little boy isn’t a little boy any more. Just like our kids, in a way you hate to see him grow up.

    Has anyone see or heard anything about the full sister to Afleet Alex at Stonestreet? She was a big strapping girl and could give Z12 and Taco a run for their money.

    Thanks to Team Z and Lanes End for all the pictures, post and kindness.

  4. Do the shirts run true to size. I wear a 12……is a large large enough to be on the loose side?

  5. For those who follow Frankel–here is another repost
    Frankel Confirmation Photo & News
    Michelle Kinane tweet: Frankel Confirmation photo at Banstead Manor Farm

    Steven Powell‏ tweet:
    Great to see Frankel & his stud career being discussed on ITV News.
    Also, tremendous plug for @Racing_Post as first-up on tomorrow’s papers

    Aidan‏ m tweet: Frankel due to cover 130 mares including Midday, Alexander Goldrun, Zagora, Vodka, Otsee etc. 20-30 mares from Juddmonte.
    Of mares accepted to Frankel, 33 have either won a Group/Grade 1 or produced a Group/Grade 1 winner
    Keta Note:
    Asked: where did you get info from, is it published?
    Answer: in tomorrow’s Racing Post
    Keta Note: Tomorrow meant Friday Nov. 23, In other words, it is in today’s Racing Post

    1. When is his confirmation? Does the Bishop really confirm him? That is so cool!

      1. Dear Andrea,

        It is a “pose” that is used to show his “body”, height, musculature, head size,
        length of various areas of his body, hip sized etc….

        In the US Stallion directories and on the stallion pages of the various
        farms, each horse has one so breeder get an idea of whether the horse
        will be a good match for their mares.

    2. Yeah,
      My girl, Zagora is having a date with the Great Frankel!!!!

      1. She is one lucky mare.

    3. Keta- shouldn’t that be “conformation” photo? This is always confusing in the dog show world also.

  6. Paynter Update Friday Nov. 23 2012
    A.ZAYAT‏ tweet
    paynter continues to do SUPER happy horse ,
    GAINED 20 lb this weekto 1036lb
    Bruce taking jogging on the freewalker well
    energy level very high

    1. Alex Brown‏ tweeted 2 photos of Paynter on Friday Nov.23
      Paynter wishes everybody a Happy Thanksgiving!

      Paynter, checking me out as I head out back on a horse

      1. Thank you, Keta,
        It is great seeing him out and about. Way to go champ!
        Glad he is gaining the weight back.
        He has that sparkle back in his eye.

      2. Keta. Paynter is looking better every day. Very inspiring to watch him enjoy life again. What a fighter that horse is.

      3. Dear Keta,
        Thanks so much for keeping us up-to-date on Paynter, the miracle horse!
        Elated to hear of his weight gains and love the photos!
        Lots of hugs!

  7. Breeders Cup photos are such fun to see!
    Casey, you did a terrific job of capturing the special moments.
    Any chance of getting names for the faces?
    Hopefully, I will be there next year to meet the Dumplings & Team Z.

    1. Keta,
      Did you see the ones in the “gallery” ? Most of those have captions that identify quite a number of peeps.

      1. Sandy,
        Thanks so much for this.
        I glanced in the Gallery-but had not expanded the thumbnails.
        Now I see the captions with names.
        Appreciate your reading my post & directing me to right area.

      2. Hi Sandy,
        i now have a face to go with your name!

        1. :-) Wish you could have been there too!

  8. I love all the photos…. Ingrid.

  9. Dear Team Z: I’m so happy to see all these photos because it was nearly impossible to make the rounds to see everyone at the actual event.

    Way to go Casey! Great pix!

    Can’t wait until next year! (Did I just say that?) Wheeeee!

    diastu still stuffed from T’giving in tempe

  10. ♥ SHACKELFORD ♥ just won impressively!! woo hoo Shack Attack!

    1. Race Replay

      Clark H. (gr. 1) Race Replay
      Shackelford wins; Take Charge Indy second
      The Blood-Horse
      CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, KY
      Purse: $400,000
      Date: November 23, 2012
      Class: Grade 1 Age: 3 yo’s & up Race: 11
      Distance: One And One Eighth Miles

    2. YAY! Cheers aplenty for Shackleford!!!
      So happy that he can go out on a win — way to go to stud, boy! We will certainly miss you, beautiful guy, and that lovely face with the blaze! North Carolina, whose banks inspired your name, salutes you. I love the nice words that Dale Romans used in describing what you are to him.
      Kisses on that gorgeous nose!

  11. Way to make your exit, Shack! I was in your camp all the way and knew you had it in you! Take that, naysayers! My virtual mares are heading your way!

    diastu in tempe

  12. So happy for Shack. TCI has nothing to be ashamed of. He is improving with each race.

    It is good to see Shackleford retire healthy and off a win. Hope to see him next year in Kentucky at the farm.

  13. Way to go Shack!!!!!! We love you! Congratulations on your win.

  14. It was great to see Mario out in the paddock today with Stanwyck and Frank! Welcome back Mario – looking good!

    1. Love that MARIO! It was so great to meet him on my last trip to Barn 55 after the BC. High hoof, Mario!

    2. Dear KG and Trina,

      Was Mario sick, had surgery or something???

      1. Mario had a hernia surgery.

        1. I thought I remembered that, Thanks Casey

  15. Churchill Downs PR‏ tweets photo Shackelford’s win
    Under rail photo from Reed Palmer of Shack (inside, right)
    beating Take Charge Indy (outside, left) in Clark

    1. Oh my,thank you very much ,Keta.
      That is an incredible photo. Look at Calvin looking over at the horses next to him.
      Wow,wow,wow. I love this. Yeah,Shack and TCI.

    2. What a great shot!!! Thanks Keta (Woo Hoo Shack!!!)

      1. Ann & Sandy
        An amazing shot!
        Glad you caught Calvin’s glance too.
        Just had to share this.

  16. More on Shackleford
    Ray Paulick‏ tweets info about Paulick Report (link below)
    G1 Clark Handicap recap, with extensive post-race quotes
    from connections of Shackleford and Take Charge Indy.

    1. Great link,

      Did not realize that Take Charge Indy had his racing rights sold to Winstar.
      Was that a good move???

  17. Wish I could have been there to root on Shack today. Loved that he did it his way of course. I’ll certainly miss this beautiful and gallant guy. Good job Mr. Romans and Castanon!

  18. Steve Andersen‏ of Daily Racing Form tweets info on two spills in
    Race 4 Betfair Hollywood Park on Nov. 23
    Friday’s 4th was marred by separate spills involving jockeys Edwin Maldonado and Alonso Quinonez. Their mounts were injured
    There are two ambulances on the track attending to #6 True Again and #7 Warren’s Rocky. True Again broke down on the backstretch.
    Quinonez walked off the track, having been unseated from Warren’s Rocky in the stretch. Maldonado was placed in an ambulance
    Edwin Maldonado has been taken to local hospital after being involved in a spill. Alonso Quinonez is off the rest of the day.
    The 2-year-old colts True Again and Warren’s Rocky were euthanized after suffering injuries in separate spills in Friday’s 4th
    Jockey Edwin Maldonado has been taken to a local hospital. He has complained of pain in an elbow, according to stewards.
    Edwin Maldonado, involved in a spill in Friday’s 4th, has been released from a local hospital, according to track offiicals

    Edwin A Maldonado‏ tweet later in day to Clockers Corner
    thanks!!! I’m ok see you in the morning

    1. How sad. So sorry about True Again and Warren’s Rocky; two year olds, bless’em.
      RIP you beautiful babies.

    1. Thanks for the update, Kathy R.
      Very impressive.

    2. Great link and article,
      Exciting prospect !!!

  19. Here’s a bit more on “the next Black Caviar” like the comment from the trainer at the end of the piece:
    It’s good to have some positive news to report (and not that rotten jockey and his mates!).

    1. Great Link, Kathy R.

      Love the last comment, too.

      To keep these horses winning for so many races is a real training feat,
      it should be the actual training and talent of the horse, which this mare
      definatley has, not a trick, like changing distance or

  20. Oatsee, the dam of Shackleford, heading to England for mating with Frankel
    By Nicole Russo DRF 11/24/2012 2:08PM
    Broodmare of the Year Oatsee, who saw two of her foals win graded stakes races in as many days over the holiday weekend, will be among the mares in unbeaten champion Frankel’s first book next spring.
    The 15-year-old Unbridled mare is currently undergoing a 30-day quarantine and mandatory tests prior to her planned trip to England. The quarantine is taking place at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, Ky., where she is boarded for owner Leonard Riggio’s My Meadowview Farm.
    “We will only send her if everything is 100 percent right,” said bloodstock agent Lincoln Collins, who purchased the mare for My Meadowview in 2008. “But everything seems to be going fine so far.”
    Should all go well, Oatsee, who is currently in foal to Bernardini, is expected to ship to England before the year’s end. She will produce her Bernardini foal in Europe before being bred to Frankel, and Collins said the mare “more than likely” will return to Kentucky to produce the resulting offspring.
    Two-time reigning Cartier European Horse of the Year Frankel, who raced as a homebred for Juddmonte Farms, won the Group 1 Champion Stakes in October, his 10th career Group 1 score, to retire unbeaten in 14 starts. The 4-year-old Galileo colt will enter stud at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud in England for a fee of approximately $198,000 next year.
    “I think he’s a very exceptional horse, obviously,” Collins said. “He’s one of the best horses that’s been seen probably ever. She’s produced stakes winners by five different stallions, so I think it probably makes sense to send her to the best young sire in the world.”

  21. Simon Bray‏ TVG tweet
    Gentildonna (filly triple crown winner 2012) wins over
    Orfevre (2011 triple crown winner).
    Unreal finish. #japan cup

    Wow! Hard to believe but Gentildonna beat Orfevre in Japan Cup.
    Inquiry seems to be over & results posted
    15, 17 13 10 4 is the order of finish
    Good night!

  22. Dear Z fans,



  23. What a great race for Shackleford! I love him and his beautiful face. We’re going to miss him on the rack, but can’t wait to see his babies. And his mom going to be bred to Frankel? How fantastic is that! she’s a beauty too!

    1. Can’t wait to see that baby!!!!

  24. Dear Z Family:

    Just checking in to say Hi and hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Love and Hugs, JB

  25. Dear Team Z and Lane’s End Team:

    Thank you for posting all the lovely photos submitted by Z’sters and Dumplings. Really great. Hugs, JB

  26. The photo gallery is fantastic. Love the pic of the dumpling gang.

  27. Wonderful photos of everyone. Thanks so much for posting them. Wish we could have all been able to be together, but it’s fun to see everyone having such a splendid time celebrating Zenny!

    Many blessings to you all.


    PS Am just catching up with all of the new photos and art at the Z Shop. Such fun!

  28. I LOVE YOU ZENYATTA!!!!!! Miss you.

  29. Two years ago today and the Queen arrived at Lanes End to begin mommy duties. I will forever be blessed to have seen and touched her at Keeneland that evening. She still makes my heart smile.

    Love You, Big Mare

    1. Kim, how we envy you! Just to be in her presence must have been amazing.

      1. Sue-It was an amazing experience. I still think about it all the time. She landed at Bluegrass Field, which is just across the road from Keeneland. She vanned over to Keeneland and was brought up into the outside walking ring of the sales pavillion. After John & Dottie walked her around the ring a time or two, the photographers decided they wanted more pictures so they lined up and actually blocked part of the ring. Lucky for me. That caused John to have to walk Zenny back and forth right in front of me for a good while as the photographers got their shots. I owe those photographers big tiime! She was awesome!