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



    Today we remember our beloved Dessie who died aged 27ys.He ‘called’his family to be with him at the end and he passed as he lived….His own way.Much as I love the flat my heart will always belong to the chasers and if you watch this video you will understand why.Sleep tight Dessie.Forever remembered.

    1. Dear Sheena,

      What a thrilling race! Desert Orchid was totally amazing — his beautiful grey (almost white) color made such a spectacular scene. Dessie was indeed a standout in the crowd! I understand your love for the chasers — they really do go the distance.
      RIP Dessie, you were one of a kind.

      Thanks for sharing, Sheena.
      Hugs and Love

    2. Thrilling! Beautiful horse with beautiful stride, beautiful style! Thanks for sharing!

    3. RIP Desert Orchid. Run free in God’s Heaven. Love and Hugs, JB

  2. these pictures are all about love and it warms my heart.

  3. What a beautiful photos.
    Love it love it !!!
    Big hugs Ingrid.

  4. Dear Judy.Douvan is back tomorrow after a very long break.Hope he stays safe.I sent a small donation to Bransby they’ve raised nearly £5000and it promises more rain tomorrow!Doc Martin finished tonight not sure if there’s another series.Goodnight Love and hugs to all the sweeties.SheenaX

    1. Lovely to see beautiful Zenyatta and Ann together. What a race that was in 2009. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve rewatched the race, and I still tear up at the end. Glad to see Zenyatta is doing well. The pictures of her and Ann are just beautiful!
      Great job to the employees at Lane’s End Farm for taking such good care of her.

  5. Beautiful pictures. Thank-you for sharing and congratulations to Zenyatta on her award!

  6. Did you all see Southern Phantom? Isn’t he gorgeous?

    1. Dear Barbara:

      Yes, Phantom is gorgeous. Hope he went to a loving home. Love and Hugs, JB

      1. Judy,
        He was sold to someone who plans to race him at Remington.

        1. Dear Shirlee:

          I just read that in Bloodhorse. St. Francis protect him. Love and Hugs, JB

  7. Dear Sheena:

    Godspeed Douvan; safe and sound. Prayers for all the horses and animals at Bransby. Love Doc Martin. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

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

    Stay comfy and cozy. Goodnight and Happy Dreams. Love you. Hugs, JB

    Hoping he can recover.Cheltenham abandoned tomorrow too much rain and snow.Douvan back with a win after such a long break Mullins very happy with him,

    1. Sending healing prayers for Tiger Roll.❤❤❤Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Dear Sheena,

      Sending more thoughts and prayers for complete recovery and smooth healing to Tiger Roll.

      Congrats to Douvan and Mr. Mullins on the win!

      Hugs and Love


    News of Beholder She is carrying a War Front foal at the moment.

    Dear Judy.Winter has set in early this year.Heavy rain in Lincolnshire again(Hovisland).Goodnight Love and hugs to you and all the sweeties.God bless SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Congrats to Douvan and WM. Beautiful photo of Queen B. Thank for sharing it.

      We have had temps in the teens and low 20s overnight the past few nights. Praying Hovis is doing better. Heading over to see Hudson tomorrow. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

  11. Gorgeous pictures!!! Thank you Ann for sharing this special moment with us!!!

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

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

  13. Dear Z Fans:

    Really good article by Steve Haskin that I think most of us can relate to and enjoy. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Dear Judy,

      Thanks a million for posting the link to Steve Haskin’s article. Nobody does it like SH, and no horse does it like Secretariat! I love remembering that TC run, especially the Belmont which was out-of-this-world — truly incredible. I get emotional every time I watch that stretch run! Love Big Red, my hero.

      Hugs and Love

      1. Dear Marshall:

        They’ll never be another Big Red. I love him too. I think the fact that Charlie is his Great Grandson is one of the reasons he touches my heart so. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Judy,
      As usual, Steve tells the story for all of us. Will never forget Big Red on the track and visiting him at Claiborne. He really knew he was The Star.

      1. Dear Shirlee:

        He truly was The Star! Love and Hugs, JB

    3. Dear Judy.Wonderful article as usual from SH.I have always believed age brings wisdom but to avoid mirrors especially when you see your grandmother’s reflection!Of course life was better way back when.I just cannot believe so many were’nt around to see England win the World cup in 66′ or even remember Arkle or Red Rum racing.I am no fan of modern society really.Thanks for sharing.Love and hugs.

      1. Dear Sheena:

        Yes, I miss the “good old days” too. I guess every generation feels that way. Although, life did seem more simple and innocent back then.

        Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Thanks for this Hovis report. I hope he’s doing better. Poor Bransby; hoping the weather improves. Love and Hugs, JB

  14. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos of Ann and Zenyatta! I’m happy they had quality time together. It’s obvious that Zenyatta loves Ann. They definitely have a strong bond. Zenyatta looks great and happy! Congrats to The Queen on her award! It’s well deserved!

    Hugs to all,

    1. Dear Sheena:

      I was disappointed to know that he’s going to be racing at Remington in OK. Was hoping he would be retired and just a well loved riding horse. Godspeed Beauty; stay safe and sound! Love and Hugs, JB

      1. Dear Judy.Not keen on the idea of the Phantom racing in OK,He is such a striking horse,The mothership was in tears tonight a small family firm sent Hovis some new tack Photo of mini-mother with his new bridle.
        The UK raised over £47 million for Chidren in Need tonight,Goodnight Love and hugs to you and all the sweeties.SheenaX

    2. Dear Sheena,

      I agree with you and Judy. Southern Phantom is so handsome with unusual coloring. I sincerely hope he is loved and treasured. May he be safe and sound always.

      Hugs and Love

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

    Stay comfy and cozy and Happy Dreams. Love You. Hugs, JB

  16. Ann and Zenyatta. Two beautiful souls and such beautiful memories. Thank you Team Z for everything. Thank you Zenyatta for the thrills, love, excitement, and treasured memories of a lifetime. Zenny, you were sent from heaven and you are my angel, I will love you forever.


    Faugheen the machine is back!!!The 2015 made his chasing debut at the grand age of IIyrs.Glorious to see him at his best again in the autumn of his career.

    1. 2015 Champion Hurdler!!

      1. Dear Sheena:

        Wow, really well done! Congrats Faugheen. Love and Hugs, JB

  18. Love seeing the Queen with her loving mom Ann. These two always make me teary eyed. The love they share is so beautiful. Glad the boys are doing so well and can’t wait to see how Zelda does. Waiting for the new little girl!


    Hovis is’nt bothered about horsepital not while he’s eating his dinner anyway!

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Wishing Hovis a safe and complete procedure that will finally make healing possible. Poor baby has been through it. Sending prayers.

      After visiting Hudson yesterday, stopped by the farm to see Charlie. The four horses that are still recuperating from the virus were together in the paddock next to him. All of them and Charlie were wearing their warm blankets. Been very cold here this week. Figgi came over to say hello and she was not as warm to the touch as she was when I last saw her. She, her mom Willow, Fancy (who’s 31) and Haley (a beautiful Leopard Appaloosa) all looked better to me than they did on Monday. Hopefully, they’ll be fully over it by next week and there will be no more horses that come down with this awful virus. It’s over two months since this started and after going through practically the whole herd (about 40 horses), just now seems to be finally abating.

      Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

  20. Thank you Zenyatta and Ann and your whole team.

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

    Hope you had a pleasant day. Goodnight and Happy Dreams. Love and Hugs, JB

  22. Dear Z Fans:

    Just read this article in Bloodhorse. Prayers for all the horses at Remington and for the poor Sweetie that had to be euthanized; RIP Beauty.

    Hope Phantom hasn’t arrived there yet. Maybe they will stable him elsewhere until this quarantine ends. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Dear Judy,

      This is just awful. RIP to the lost sweet soul. Sending prayers for the safety of all in the quarantined barn and to all horses at Remington Park, too.

      Yes, I hope Phantom won’t arrive there until things are cleared up with the EHV-1 virus completely.

      Prayers for Hovis, too. May this surgery be successful and complete recovery be achieved with no recurrences.

      Hugs and Love

      1. Dear Marshall:

        Love and Hugs, JB

  23. Dear Z Fans:

    Auntie Judy sent this article on Zellda in an email. She is gorgeous and spunky. Enjoy! Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Dear Judy.We both posted a similar articke about Zellda.Looks as if she’ll be racing before long.Good to hear the horses are at last recovering at the farm and I hope they get well at Remington Park too.Poor Angela has had a rough few months with all the horses sick.More wet weather for us this week.Goodnight Love and hugs to you and all sweeties SheenaX

      1. Dear Sheena:

        Yes, me too; hope all the horses on the farm and at Remington are better soon.
        It has been a very trying time for Angela; working hard every day tending to the horses needs; dispensing meds, keeping the area as sterile as possible, compressing boils when and if they form. It’s been tough. Hopefully, all will be recovered soon. Praying so. Love and Hugs, JB

      2. Dear Sheena and Z Fans:

        Sheena, thank you so much for the link on ZELLDA. There’s a video of her galloping included with it that I’ve posted below. Isn’t she a little Doll. Looks like she is really enjoying herself. Love and Hugs, JB

        1. Dear Judy.Such a fiesty girl!Good to see her having fun.Love and hugs.

          Put the Kettle has just won the Arkle trial.A grand mare loved the soft going.

        2. Dear Judy,

          Enjoyed this video of lovely Zellda! She definitely has spirit and quite a kick.

          Thanks for posting.

          Hugs and Love

        3. Judy,
          Thanks for posting the video. I read the article but did not see the video. She sure is a spunky little girl. Think she would like to see that rider go flying. Not out of meanness, just being full of zest. Blessings, health and safety to her.

        4. Dear Sheena, Marshall and Shirlee:

          The video was easy to miss, so I thought I would link it for us all to see. She is one adorable, spunky baby. She reminds me of her Daddy, Songbird and RA too. She’s got the smudgy Medaglia chrome they all have.

          Yes, St. Francis keep her safe always. Love and Hugs, JB

        5. Dear Shirlee:

          There was a filly entered in one of the Breeders’ Cup races. Can’t remember which day or her exact name, but she was Shirlee, spelled exactly like your name. Too cute. I have to try to find her and make note of her full name so we can keep track. Love and Hugs, JB

        6. Dear Sheena:

          Congrats to Put The Kettle. Love that name. Love and Hugs, JB


    News of Zellda from John.

    Remembering one of the greatest Northern Dancer who died this day in 1990.Glad to hear his grave is maintained these days.He was 29yrs old.

    Hovis will be scanned before surgery on Monday vets think it’s a keratoma but knowing the big guy.He will be scanned after his surgery as well.Mum is so worried abput the anaesthetic.Prayers for the big guy.

    1. RIP Dancer; what a legacy you’ve left. Love and Hugs, JB

  25. Many thrills in this posting and the comments. Zenyatta and Ann look wonderful and so enthralled with one another. Zenny looks great so seems her pregnancy is going well. What a joy to real such hopeful news of Zellda! It would be such a thrill to see her really make an impact on racing. Praying this will happen especially for Zenny’s sake. She so deserves a winner.

  26. The mothership has dropped Hovis off at the Rainbow Clinic.She will return in the morning.He just loves his Yorkshire breaks!Tomorrow will be difficult.Prayers that all goes well.

    1. Dear Sheena,

      Yes, hoping all goes well with Hovis tomorrow. Prayers for a successful surgery and for smooth healing — no further complications. Keeping Hovis and Mum Karen in my thoughts. Watch over them, St. Francis.

      Hugs and Love

      1. I second the plea that St. Francis stand guard over Hovis. I so believe in St. Francis and trust all will go well. Godspeed!!

        1. Dear Marshall and Marilyn:

          Me too.

          Marilyn, hope your leg is better. Sending healing prayers. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Dear Sheena:

      Praying hard for safe surgery and complete healing for our Hovis. Prayers for Mum too. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

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

    Stay comfy and cozy and Happy Dreams to all of you. Love You. Hugs, JB


    Zellda has a facebook account now.

    Dear Judy.Thank you all for the prayers the big guy needs them.I hope there are some loose moralled mares to keep him company tonight.Some good races at Cheltenham today.Mrs Poldark is in the new adaptation of ‘War of the worlds.Goodnight Love and hugs to you and all the sweeties SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena,

      Thanks so much for posting this! It is a great article — all the very best to Erin and Zellda. It seems they make a great team with JS. May they run true and safe!

      Hugs and Love

    2. Dear Sheena:

      Scrolled down and read the comments on “why you love horses”. They’re just heartfelt and wonderful. They describe all the feelings all of us share. Thank you for this link. Love and Hugs, JB

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