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. On this day in 1963 President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas Texas.We always remember.

    1. Dear Sheena,

      I remember well this tragic day. It is one of those dates that you remember exactly where you were when the news broke. I was in ninth grade General Science class — truly an awful day followed by darkness and much sadness. It was also on Friday in ’63.

      Thank you for remembering our national tragedy, my friend. In addition to our country, I think much of the world mourned.

      Hugs and Love

    2. RIP JFK. Love and Hugs, JB

  2. I wonder what our country and the world would be like had he lived. So sad. Everytime I hear Hail To The Chief and see Air Force One, I think of him.


    Sad news today about Make a Stand who has died aged 29yrs but a long life to be celebrated.The Champion Hurdler in 97’he enjoyed a wonderful retirement at Henrietta Knight’s.RIP

    1. Dear Sheena,

      Make a Stand is young again and running with the angels.
      RIP Champ.

      Hugs and Love

    2. RIP Make A Stand. Love and Hugs, JB

  4. Dear Sheena and My Z Family:

    Looks like the horse that came to the farm in September had Equine B Virus and Strangles. Angela texted me today. She said quarantine could last well into February. The problem is there are so many horses in the barn that when some horses get sick, they usually recover in about two weeks. In that time more horses are infected and on and on it goes. So I won’t be able to see my boy for a long while. Your prayers for the horses and Angela are so appreciated. Love all of you. Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

    1. Dear Judy.So sad to hear one horse caused such pain .May Charlie stay well.I will keep him and all the horses in my prayers.Poor Angela must be exhausted,Thinking of you all.God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

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

    Have a peaceful evening. Love you. Hugs, JB


    Altior’s unbeaten run has come to an end beaten by the new kid on the block Cyrname 17.3 hands.First time for Altior over 2 miles.Don’t know whether he will still run in the King George now.Congratulations to Cyrname and Team Nicholls.


    A day for the newbies as Lost in Translation wins the Betfair.A peach of a ride from Robbie Power.The owners lost their little boy and the horse runs on his favourite minions colours.Huge congratulations to all and Mullins has had a treble.

  8. My Dear Z Family:

    This is what’s happening on the farm. Please keep praying. Thanks. Love and Hugs, JB

    Source: Rhode Island State Veterinarian
    Number Confirmed: 1;
    Number Exposed: 47;
    Clinical Signs: Coughing, Fever, Nasal Discharge, Lymphadenopathy; Horse Status: Affected And Alive; Vaccination Status: Status Unknown;
    Notes: A 40+ horse boarding facility in Providence County, RI began experiencing mild respiratory disease in mid-September. Signs were mild fever, nasal discharge and cough. There are several attending veterinarians for the stable and one was consulted. This veterinarian obtained nasopharyngeal samples from 3 horses and submitted them for a respiratory panel where Equine Rhinovirus-B was discovered in 2 horses and Streptococcus equi zooepidemicus in all three. The farm owner separated the sick horses from well ones until the sick ones were clinically normal for greater than a week (all horses had temps monitored twice daily). Upon reintroducing the horses that were formerly showing signs, the well horses began showing similar signs with some also experiencing lymphadenitis and lymphadenopathy. To date approximately 26 horses have experienced some respiratory signs and 21 have not. A second veterinarian examined a single horse with the aforementioned signs and she obtained a nasopharyngeal sample that was qPCR positive for EHV-4 and Streptococcus equi equi. Upon this diagnosis the state veterinarian issued an order of quarantine. The owner had been maintaining strict biosecurity prior to the new diagnosis but two horses left the property to go to another boarding facility in the same town. There was no quarantine in place when they moved. There is no known disease at that farm and those horses moved about 3 weeks prior to the diagnosis of S. equ and EHV-4. ;

    1. Dear Judy,

      Thanks for the farm updates. Keeping all positive thoughts and healing prayers for the horses, and thoughts for continued strength and victory over these infections to Angela and her staff. Very best wishes, always.

      Hugs and Lots of Love

  9. Dear Sheena:

    Congrats to Cyrname, Lost In Translation and Mr. Mullins. Next time for Altior. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

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

    Stay comfy and cozy in your stalls. Love You. Hugs, JB

    1. Loved seeing Ann with Zenyatta.
      Gail McDaniel

  11. R.I.P. Morton Fink, owner of Wise Dan & Successful Dan. You were always a caring owner and always put the best interests of your horses first.

    1. Dear Donna Z:

      RIP Mr. Fink. As you said, he always did what was best for his horses. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. RIP Mr Morton Fink.You loved your horses and that speaks volumes.

      RIP Shattering and Tamleek both broke down in a flat race at Wolverhampton.Unusual Talk of the track.

      Stanley the coblet is returning to his mum.Too young and strong for Mini-mother.Hovis will be more than happy!Karen is looking for another pony. She got some new stirrups as a gift today and Hovis got a box full of goodies.

      Dear Judy.Keeping all at the farm in my prayers.Hope all recover soon.Take care.Goodnight God bless you LM C HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    3. RIP Morton Fink, a wonderful caring gentleman.
      You always did right by Wise Dan, Successful Dan and all horses. They could have no better owner and friend.

      Thanks for the notice of Mr. Fink’s passing, Donna Z
      Hugs and Love

  12. There is good news for all of us concerned about the safety and health of jockeys and their precious mounts.

    Check out

    There is also an interesting November 19th article about the new coalition at Louisville Business First.

    1. Dear Dee in the Hudson Valley and Z Fans:

      Dee, thank you for posting this article here. One of the Z’sters emailed a similar article on this new idea.

      Hope they make it a coalition made up of all race tracks in America. All the same rules for stewards and vets regarding drugs, use of whips, fines and suspensions depending on the infraction, reasons for scratches, disqualifications, etc. It would better protect the welfare of all horses and all jockeys.

      Horses and riders are even more at risk at the lower level, small claiming tracks and a universal coalition would assure more help for them. All horses and riders, even those that are not talented Stakes racers and riders, deserve the same protection from injury and worse. Love and Hugs, JB

      Love and Hugs, JB


    Hovey on his way home!He has a long road ahead to full recovery so positive vibes are still needed.

    Congratulations to our flat champion Oisin Murphy who won the Japan Cup today aboard Suave Richard.Very wet there Frankie so busy signing autographs.

  14. Dear Sheena:

    So sorry about Shattering and Tamleek; happening too often everywhere. RIP Innocents.

    Thanks for your prayers for horses on the farm. Thank you for the update on Hovis; continued prayers for him. Wishing little Stanley all the best.

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

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

    Goodnight and Happy Dreams. Love You. Hugs, JB

  16. Dear Judy.Continued prayers for Charlie and all at the farm.Hovis did’t travel very well and Karen was worried for awhile but then he was kicking his stable door demanding attention.We may get to see ‘the hole of Hovis’ tomorrow.Take great care.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

  17. Dear Z Fans:

    JAG sent this in an email. ZELLDA’s first official work today at Del Mar. Good Girl; well done! Love and Hugs, JB

    Zellda (2-Year-Old Filly)

    Date: November 24, 2019
    Track: DEL MAR
    Distance: Three Furlongs
    Time: 36:40 Handily
    Track Condition: Fast
    Surface: Dirt

    1. Judy,
      Thanks for the news about Zellda’s workout. Glad she is at Del Mar rather than Santa Anita.

  18. So sad to hear about Mr. Fink. Same goes for Shattering and Tamleek May they all rest in peace. Also very encouraging to read about the new coalition being formed to protect the horses. From the sound of it Zellda did well on her first workout. I don’t know if 36.40 is a good time or not, but according to information I found online it would appear that she was still full of run at the end and went willingly. Could someone tell me if that was a good time or not?

    1. It is a good time. It is not crazy fast, but it is very good in my opinion.

    2. Dear Martha:

      These are the five horses who worked 3 furlongs on 11/24. ZEL’s time was third best and above average, which is 36:48 for three furlongs. She did 36:40; pretty darn good.

      Love and Hugs, JB


      Above the Rainbow Patrick Gallagher :37.80 H G

      Arc Nation Patrick Gallagher :36.60 H G

      Jolie Olimpica (BRZ) Gary Mandella :35.60 H (bullet work)

      My Sunshine Patrick Gallagher :36.00 H G

      Zellda John Shirreffs :36.40 H

      Distance 3 Furlongs # Of Horses 5

      Fastest Time Slowest Time Average Time
      35.60 37.80 36.48


    Lovely article from SH about Chrome.

    Dear Judy.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Well, Steve H. has done it again. THE BEST. Brings tears to the eyes. Thank you for sharing.
      Praying our Chromie has a long, healthy, happy life in Japan and that he comes home again one day.

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

    2. Dear Sheena and Judy,

      I agree with what both of you say. Excellent article by the incomparable Mr. Haskin! Wishing California Chrome nothing but the very best in life in Japan — may he be as happy and successful there as the legendary Sunday Silence. Good health and much love, CC!

      Hugs and Love

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

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

  21. Dear Z Fans:

    Steve Haskin posted this link among the comments by fans at the bottom of his article on Chromie. Have a box of tissues ready when you watch the video.

    Bye Chromie. I loved you from the first time I saw you in your prep race for the Derby. Stay safe and come back to us one day. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Dear Judy,

      I saw this among the comments. Very nice tribute video and song for CC! Wow, is CC a beauty or what? Truly a gorgeous creature with a fine temperament, too.

      Keep him safe and well until he returns home. ❤️

      Hugs and Love

    2. Dear Judy.Lovely tribute to Chrome.Wishing him nothing but the best in Japan.Stay well and happy.Love and hugs.

  22. Dear Team Z:

    Such beautiful pictures of Zenyatta and Ann. I love the facial expressions of Ann. She looks so happy and Zenyatta feels it too.

    Congratulations Zenyatta on your Sports and Racing Elegance Award.

    You are so special. WE love and miss you. Love and hugs!! Marilu

  23. Thanks so much Judy for your help. Our girl is looking good. Not bad for a first go at it!

  24. Dear Sheena:

    Missing Chrome already. Hope our Hovis is improving. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

    1. Dear Judy.No news of Hovis today.Sad to hear Lewis the Koala died he has touched all our hearts,Free now from the pain inflicted by humans.This planet belongs to all not just mankind.Continued prayers for Charlie and all at the farm.Goodnight and God bless.Love and hugs to all the sweeties.SheenaX

    2. Me, too, Judy!

      Safe travels and happy life, Chrome.
      Power Up, Hovis!

      Nothing but positive thoughts and prayers for both CC and Hovis.

      Prayers for continued improvement and recovery for your Charlie and all horses at the farm.

      Hugs and Love

      1. Dear Sheena and Marshall:

        Love and Hugs, JB

  25. RIP Little Lewis. Love and Hugs, JB

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

    Wishing all of you a restful evening and Happy Dreams. Love You. Hugs, JB

  27. Wishing our dear Sandy a very Happy Birthday and a wonderful year ahead.Love and hugsXOXO

    1. Dear Sandy,

      A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, my friend!!
      Hope you have enjoyed your special day and that you got cake. 😊

      🎉 🎂 🍨 🧁 🎉

      Cheers, Hugs and Love

      (Thanks for the birthday notice, Sheena❣️)

    2. Thanks so much Sheena and Marshall! ❤️❤️❤️ Stayed in and out of the high winds, it things are better today😊

  28. Glorious Thanksgiving to all you wonderful folks here on the blog. Hope you all and your families have a happy day and lots of yummy food.

    Get well wishes to Hovis and Charlie and safe trips to all the horse who will be running.

    Safe travel to Chromie.

    Safe travel to all who are traveling during this holiday. Very scary for those who are flying. We are forecast 50-60 mph wind gusts this afternoon.

  29. So late to see but I must say Zenyatta is still the most gentle beautiful racing Queen and momma ever!!
    To boot: I will always be able to see no matter the length of time that passes, is that Ann and Zenyatta have a very special love. It warms my heart so.

    Love you Zenyatta and hugs to you Ann,
    Auntie Sally Blank

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