Breeders’ Cup Weekend Recap

Zenyatta, Ann and the Breeders’ Cup Sports and Racing Excellence Award.

Last weekend was the 10th anniversary of Zenyatta’s 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic victory, and we were at Lane’s End Farm to celebrate with The Queen herself.

Zenyatta was delighted to receive her Sports and Racing Elegance Award. Thank you Breeder’s Cup and all her fans for  supporting and honoring her in such a beautiful way! She thoroughly enjoyed every moment!

Zenyatta’s Breeders’ Cup Sports and Racing Excellence Award

Meanwhile at Santa Anita Park, fans converged for the official Breeders’ Cup Zenyatta 10th Anniversary Celebration.

A group of Zenyatta’s longtime fans celebrate together at Santa Anita Park. Photo courtesy of Judy A. Gadwood.

At Lane’s End, the weekend was all about quality time with Ann. Scroll down for more photos from the farm.

Zenyatta and Ann at Lane’s End Farm, November 1, 2019
Zenyatta and Ann at Lane’s End Farm
Zenyatta and Ann at Lane’s End Farm
Zenyatta and Ann at Lane’s End Farm
Zenyatta and Ann at Lane’s End Farm
Zenyatta in her paddock


  1. Oh, man. This just made my day! Seeing Ann and Zenyatta together just tugs at one’s heartstrings. The bond they share is palpable. Thank you for sharing these glorious pictures. Zenyatta, still the Queen, and still receiving awards. It doesn’t get better than that!

  2. Long Live the Queen!!!
    And thank you for continuing to share her with us.

  3. Love the pictures of Zenyatta and Ann… what a bond they have!
    Was so nice to meet up with the Z Dumplings again and for everyone to be in the anniversary picture. 💜💚💜💖

  4. Zenyatta just wanted to spend the anniversary quietly with her mama.Beautiful photos of the two Ladies and congratulations Zenyatta on your special award.Love and hugs.

  5. Queen Z still has all of her charisma! She is ageing gracefully!

  6. Thank you Ann for sharing your heart with all of us. I truly enjoy seeing everything you post. Love our Z Queen!

  7. FABULOUS pics of our two FAVORITES…Ann and Zenyatta!!!

    Hugs to all!

  8. Hi Zenny & Ann!!!
    The whole of BC weekend you were in my thoughts and my memories. The thrill of your BC Classic win will stay with me forever.
    Love & hugs to all.

  9. Got misty-eyed over this post. What memories came rushing back, and to see the “Dumplings” as enthusiastic as ever was very heartwarming. But I have to say, I Never get tired of photos of Ann “loving” on Zenyatta.

  10. Absolutely fabulous photo!!!! Ann & Queen Zenyatta have such a cosmic (or should it be coZmic) bond! Our Queen looks so very healthy and happy. Ann looks great too…I love her hair & smiles.
    Mary in Boone

  11. So happy for Z and Ann, such an awesome relationship!! Thank you for sharing ❤️💕 Still remember her Classic win 👏

  12. Absolutely lovely pictures! Zenyatta loves Ann and the feeling is mutual I’m sure of that. It always does my heart good to see pictures of beautiful Zenyatta. Thanks for sharing. Xo

  13. So beautiful miss Zenyetta. Love you.. stay well🤩

  14. Stay healthy and happy, Queen Z!

  15. Thank you so much for these beautiful photos of our best beloved beautiful ladies!

    Ann is a gorgeous Silver Fox and Zenyatta is…. well, Zenyatta! What more needs to be said?

    Lovely to see them bonding. Zenny’s kind and loving expression shows how happy she is to see her “Mom” again.

    Thanks to everyone at Team Z for the Breeders’ Cup 10th Anniversary Celebration — A terrific job, as always. We love you guys!

  16. Our beautiful Queen. So happy to see her and Ann looking so good. I will always love Zenyatta. She was the best thing that ever happened to racing and to me. Hope she has a big, healthy and beautiful foal come spring and hope she stays healthy too. Love you my Queen forever!!

  17. Always brings me joy when I see photos of Ann and Zenny.😊
    Thank you so much for sharing with us.
    It was nice to see the Z’s Dumplings and being able to get photo taken.


    Thrilled to bits as Enable is named HOY and older horse at the Cartiers tonight.Huge congratulations to John Gosden as Stradivarius was named stayer Too Darned Hot 3yr old colt and Star catcher 3yr old filly.Well done my darling girl.

    1. Congrats to all award winners!
      Happy for Enable, Stradivarius and JG, Too Darned Hot and Star Catcher.

      Hugs and Love

  19. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures- so nice to see our Queen with her mom, Ann. Nice to see the group picture from the Zenyatta statue although yours truly is just about buried in the back😢. It was fun to spend a few days in sunny but VERY dry California with some of our Dumpling friends. Had one big win with Blue Prize and should have stuck with Vino Rosso (sigh). So many of those horses are now retired – hard to believe it was the last race for so many including, sadly, Mongolian Groom. Wish we all could go – what a party that would be😊. Got to see Zellda on the track and chat a bit with “our John” and Dottie – such great folks❤️❤️

    1. Dear Sandy:

      So glad you had fun and got to meet ZELLDA and chat with John and Dottie. Oh, what a party that would be if all the Z’sters could meet. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Dear Sandy,

      I picked you out in the Dumpling group photo! 😊 So glad you got to see Zellda and to talk with John and Dottie. Sounds as though you had a fine time. Yay!

      Hugs and Love

  20. Love the info and of course the photos. Always great to see Ann with Big Mama Z. I always feel grateful that we get these posts about Zenyatta. She’s one in a million and was remembered like the queen she is during Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita! Still the only female to beat the boys in the Classic.

  21. So happy to see pretty Zenyatta nuzzling with her adoring Ann. Can’t believe it’s been 10 years since that glorious win, which I re-watch whenever I need a pick-me-up. And I wish I could have been able to go to Santa Anita on Breeder’s Cup weekend – glad everyone had a good time. Thanks for the great pictures.

  22. Dear Team Z:

    Thanks so much for this update on Z’s BCC win celebration. Wonderful photos of Ann and Z. They’re both gorgeous. Love the photo of Z’s Dumplings too. Thanks again. Love and Hugs, JB

  23. Dear Sheena:

    Congrats to Enable, Stradi, TDH and Star. Well done! Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

  24. Dear Z, COZ, ZI, ZEL and DC:

    Z, you look so happy to be with your Ann. Happy Dreams to all of you. Love and Hugs, JB

  25. Dear Judy.Royal Delta’s filly Delta Royalty will make her raceourse debut next year.She is a big girl.Fantastic night for John Gosden.Goodnight Love and hugs to LM Pc HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

  26. Thankful and so wonderful to see how happy Zenyatta and Ann are. She remains a cut above all others.

  27. So wonderful to see the two loveliest, and most photogenic, ladies ever! You can see the happiness and love in these photos — it’s palpable. What a beautiful sight!

    Loved the Dumpling banner and photo of the Z fans!!

    Thank you to Ann, Team Z and Lane’s End for giving us something to brighten our lives and make us smile.

    Hugs and Love ❤️ 🏇 ❤️ 🏇 ❤️

  28. ZENYATTA, still the Queen of my Heart ❤️. Her pictures still hold a place of honor in my barn and home and I continue to think of her with sincere reverence. Love the phots of her and Ann, bless you both for long and wonderful lives.

  29. Beautiful photos of Zenyatta and Ann. A big shout out to the Z Dumplings

    Zenyatta is the Queen and was such a huge part of my life at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita. .
    Thank you for sharing Zenyatta with all those who love her.

  30. This has just made my day. Zenyatta and Ann spending quality time together, it doesn’t get any better. Ten years after the greatest race of all time, and the Queen is still getting awards. Zenyatta you are the Queen and will always be number One. Thank You to everyone on Team Z for continuing to share her with all of us.I hope Coz, Zi, Zelda, and the soon to be new arrival are all doing well.

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