Dr. Holder Talks Z

New paddock mates! Photo by Alys Emson/Lane's End

Look, new paddock mates! Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End

Happy Thursday!

Zenyatta and her Tapit colt have new paddock mates at Lane’s End. Alys snapped the first photo of the group, and we’ll post some more once the little ones get to know each other.

We have an video interview to share today. Dr. Holder, who was present at the April 1st foaling, met up with us at Lane’s End the following day to talk about Zenyatta. You’ll also see a sneak peak of our footage from the night of the foaling—there’s more of that to come along with our next round of video interviews!

Photo by Alys Emson

Photo by Alys Emson

-Team Z


  1. Sounds like you had a busy day yesterday, hope you enjoyed it. As I said before, Trina, I don’t know how you do it all and then find time to record info and write poems for us all.
    Hope you enjoy the messages of love everyone sent.

    I am picking my Preakness horses so I’m on record, hope I don’t jinx any of them:

    1. Orb
    2. Departing
    3. Oxbow

    I pray for safe trips for all horses and jockeys

    Hugs to my big Mama and her two gorgeous boys. Zenny you’ll always be my #1 Auntie Sue

  2. You might be a redneck if you are related to everyone living within five miles of your house. You might be a redneck if you have a four door car and only one of them works. @VIcki B–One of your old favorites. You might be a redneck if your living room furniture was on someone’s curb yesterday.

    1. Yes, Terry, that is very familiar. A few weeks after my mom passed three years ago, we did not waste time, putting her old favored, flowered sofa at the curb. I thought it might set awhile… but within about 90 seconds, two guys from down the block inspected it, picked it up and walked away with it. It was still in good shape, just not my style, at all.

      Since then, I have been looking periodically to replace that sofa, but wanted something better — and opportunity finally “walked” in, three weeks ago, as some friends were moving and couldn’t take their excellent sofa with them to a smaller place, so I now have acquired my “better” one.

      1. Vicki-Hope I didn’t offend you. You are one of my favorite people.

        1. Not at all, Terry — why would you think that? I feel the same way. I thought my couch story might be a bit funny, as you were making a joke, and I turned around and proved the truth of it!

  3. ORB, was one of my favorites on the Derby, now he is my number one pick!
    I think he is going to be the Triple Crown winner!

    Good luck to all you Zenny’s fans!

    Moreover, to you my adorable Zenny, My love is endless, for you and for your beautiful babies!

    Hugs and kisses! Xoxoxoxoxo!

  4. @Keta…the sad cat video is hilarious ….and so very true…thanks so much…needed the laugh today

  5. I am so delighted Zenyatta did such a great job with her new foal! Just like when she was racing, the very best! I have been away for awhile so wonder how her first foal is doing?

  6. BH.com Race Results (The Blood-Horse)
    Shades of Sugar (Big Brown – Sugar Punch) wins an allowance at Finger Lakes
    Keta Note: Another “Brownie” racing!! Yeah!

  7. Trina: Happy belated Birthday!

    Love, Zster Arlene from Vermont

  8. Zayat Stables ‏@ZayatStables
    Wire to Wire win for ZEE BROS in the Chick Lang Stakes on the Preakness undercard
    Chick Lang S. PIMLICO, Baltimore, MD
    The Blood-Horse RACE REPLAY VIDEO
    Purse: $100,000 Date: May 18, 2013
    Age: 3 yo
    Race: 6 Distance: Six Furlongs Post Time: 1:50 PM

  9. Ray Paulick ‏tweet
    Gallorette winner PIANIST bred in Ky by Vinery entity Grapestock,
    sold by Vinery for $100,000 to Hidden Brook, agent, at @keenelandsales

    David Grening ‏@DRFGrening
    Pianist was first horse Mike Smith has ridden for Chad Brown

  10. Patricia ‏@milkmaid58
    Ortensia finished 9th yesterday in the race named for her.
    Her retirement announced after.7yo mare won G1s in AU, Dubai+UK.

    1. Nunthorpe winner Ortensia retired to stud
      By Peter Scargill RacingPost 8:22AM 18 MAY 2013
      Australia: Ortensia, a Group 1 winner in three different countries including Britain, has been retired.
      Ortensia became the latest star sprinter to emerge from Australia when she followed up her win in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in Australia with a scintillating defeat of Sole Power in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night last year.
      Travelling over to Royal Ascot with her more illustrious compatriot Black Caviar, Ortensia disappointed in the King’s Stand Stakes before heavy ground scuppered her chances when fourth in the July Cup.
      However, with the sun came a resurgence in form from Ortensia and she snared both the Group 2 King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and the Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe at York.

  11. MR BOSSY PANTS just won at BHP
    Great race!
    Yes, I did let Diana know!!
    Go Bossy Pants!

  12. Safe rides and strides to all in the Preakness!
    Love all of you!

  13. OMG I could just cry, I can’t imagine what happened to Orb! We will not have a TC horse again this year. I must congratulate Gary Stevens and Oxbow on a great win. Everyone had Orb as an easy winner…….maybe that was the kiss of death.

    1. It appeared to me that Orb just didn’t like the track. If he runs in the Belmont, I would expect that he will reverse things and win easily.

  14. On the replay down the stretch, Orb had plenty of room, the winning three were aways ahead of him, but he just didn’t or wasn’t able to step on the gas. His jockey after was saying something about him just not moving well, in the middle, and he didn’t seem to think there was any reason.

    1. Very astute comment. Like I said before, I don’t think he liked the track.

  15. Terry, I just got the chance to respond to your comments a couple of days ago, about Hollywood Park’s demise. Turns out the Indians did bid on it, when Churchill Downs was selling it to Bay Meadows!


    1. Vicki–Thanks for posting this. This is a very interesting situation. One can only speculate about what kind of a handshake deal the Indians had with our former governor. Did he assure them about being able to “guide” legislation through that would enable the tribe or tribes to have gambling on the Hollywood Park site After all, they are only allowed to have gambling on tribal lands. For whatever reason, the Indians were not successful. It is also noted that, after this happened, there was a measure on The California ballot which enabled certain tribes to increase the number of slot machines they controlled. This whole thing has a smell to it. I wonder if Woodward and Bernstein would be interested.

      1. Woodward and Bernstein, indeed! That’s funny, Terry, but I don’t know any more. I want to run this by my brother, probably see him sometime this week, and see what he thinks. I haven’t told him about Dwyre’s latest, so he probably doesn’t know yet that that the Indians were in the bidding. I’ll let you know, what I find out.

        Karen G. is also involved with the FB page group trying to save HP, they were making more noise about a week ago, but have been quiet the past few days, so I have to check if the effort all died or what.

  16. Goodnight zenny & princes <3

    no TC winner this yr -not surprised tho
    IMO i didnt think orb was triple crown material.
    he's a GOOD horse but NOT GREAT.
    altho i was hoping shug mcgahey would win it as an old fashioned trainer.
    he desevres to win one.
    i am happy for gary stevens – winning the preakness after coming out of 7yrs retirement
    at least there were no known injuries & the jockeys were safe. :)

    take heart my fellow dumplings :)

    here’s reminder from god:
    "Take refuge in My Everlasting Arms, so untiring, so safe, so sure."

    sleep well <3
    hugs/prayers, vamp

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  18. Wonderful video! I love the insight from those close to her. Thanks Dr Holder for taking such great care of our Queen! :)

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