Good for Racing

Mario Espinoza on TVG's "Good for Racing"

Mario Espinoza in TVG’s “Good for Racing”

Happy Friday!

Mario Espinoza, who was Zenyatta’s groom throughout her racing career, was recently featured in TVG’s “Good for Racing” segment. It’s a must-see for Zenyatta fans!

We’re so grateful for Mario and the role he played in Zenyatta’s life before retirement.

Team Z


  1. Dear Judy.Hope you and Lola Mae are recovering well. Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT Cap Hercules Frank and all the sweeties.Take care.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Thank you for your well wishes. We’re doing very well. Love and Hugs, JB, LM, PC, HT, Cap, Herc, Frank and all the Sweeties

  2. Dear Z Fans:

    Just in case you missed this wonderful photo of COZ taken by our Dottie. Looks so much like Mama. Just love him. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Doesn’t he have the most amazing coat? It glows!

    2. Judy,
      Thanks for the photo of Coz. He sure has a sheen to his coat. Wonder what product they use on it? I could use a shine like that for my hair!

      1. Dear Shirlee:

        Me too. Love and Hugs, JB

    3. I hate it when photos are attached with that instantgram thing. my computer here at work will not allow it to be opened, so i spend all day wondering what the photo looks like!!!! I wont see it till I get home!

    4. Judy B
      He does, doesn’t he. Great photo by Dottie.
      Glad you two are doing well on the home front.
      Sending a hug & love

      1. Dear BGG:

        Thank you. Love and Hugs, JB

    5. Agree. And, we couldn’t get along on here without you. Wonderful news about you and LM.

  3. Dear Z, COZ, ZI and Montey:

    Goodnight. Love you. Hugs, JB

    Z Princess, Dubai, will always love you.

  4. ty Zcrew for vid.Would love to see more of our Queen SOON, thx.

  5. June 25 Cherokee Devotional

    Every morning, liquid gold slips under the trees and pours down the slopes to puddle against the purple locusts. Shafts of sunlight caught in crystal dew light each blade of grass and splash color against the trunk of every tree.
    The Sioux told their white invaders that they were digging in their Black Hills for gold to get rich-but the Sioux were rich by simply watching the Black Hills. And so it is with the morning sun. It brings a wealth that no material thing could give. Joy is gold and peace of mind cannot be evaluated. These things draw long-term interest.

    I am grateful the Creator made me an Indian, because it is natural for a Cherokee to pray and believe in the supernatural.
    Charles Sequichie

  6. Dear Vampress Sue.Wishing you a very Happy birthday.Your beautiful prayers are missed on the blog.Hope you have a great day.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Vamp Sue:

      Happy, Happy Birthday. Hope you are feeling better. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Dear Sue (Vampress),
      HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you are doing well and that you are having a great day.
      All the Best Wishes to you for a happy, healthy year — and many more!
      Hugs and Love

  7. Dear Kathy.Such a beautiful devotional today.I had searched for the petition last night thank goodness Zoe posted the link so I have just signed.Loved the trailer to the film “Max” looks to be very good.Thank goodness Angel is better.We had some good news from Edinburgh Zoo Tian-Tian the panda may be pregnant!!!
    Exciting times for the Dyfi they have been short-listed for .this years National Lottery awards they need votes though.The link is on their FB.Glesni is leaving the bobs more often now.They’ll be outgrowing their nest soon!We are expecting a mini-heatwave next week it’s very hot in Spain temps 111F so some may blow our way!Judy has had a rental car while her truck is repaired and it wasn’t a corvette!!Too warm for the dogs to go out and they get a lot of storms this time of year.The ratties are on the road with their bikes!!!Wimbley has stayed home with mum .Thanks for the beautiful pic on my timeline.Am late shopping day!Hope you have a great Friday eve.Love and hugs to you,kisses for Holly,Nikko and Sugar.SheenaXOXO

  8. Dear Sheena,

    Yes, I saw you were able to sign that petition. I’m so glad! That guy needs to pay for what he did. Sadly it won’t bring precious Mason back, but there is some comfort in there having been consequences. I want to see “Max,” too. Zoe would like to see it…they could dress her up in one of her dresses and if they wrapped her up just right the movie people would think she’s a baby! lol Wonderful news that little Angel Rose is improved. Congratulations to Tian-Tian! I’ll try voting for the Dyfi. I always feel sorry for the bobs when their parents start leaving them more and more. It must be very bewildering for them. I hope you’ll be able to stay cool enough. Get one of those spritzers like people use at the beach. I saw the rental car. At least it was red! lol Haven’t visited the ratties yet. Will do so next. You’re welcome for the pic! Have fun at the store. Have a lovely day! Love and hugs from me, kisses from Holly, Nikko and Sugar. Kathy XOXO

  9. ♥ Cozmic One (3-Year-Old Colt) ♥
    Date: June 25, 2015
    Distance: Five Furlongs
    Time: 1.00:10 Breezing
    Track Condition: Fast
    Surface: Dirt
    Rank: 1/12 Way to go, CoZ!!!!!
    Love, Auntie Judy XO

    1. Thanks for posting, JAG, Absolutely…Way To Go Coz!! Maybe we’ll see him on the track again, soon.

    2. Good boy!
      Luv ya, Coz.

    3. That’s my boy Coz!! Love you so. Sally B

    4. Dear AJ:

      Thanks for keeping us updated on COZ’s works. Good work Cozzie. Godspeed. Love and Hugs, JB

  10. @Judy-My comment under BGG was meant for you. Not that I don’t like BGG, you are something special. As for being close to Z, the closest I ever came was during her final retirement party at Hollywood Park. She was paraded in the walking ring several times and fans were invited to get up close and personal. Wish you all could have been there.

    1. We do too Terry.

    2. Dear TC GP:

      Love and Hugs from me and Lola Mae. You’re THE BEST!

  11. For Sir Henry and his beloved Warren Place.The memories linger on….SheenaX
    Long,Long be my heart with such memories filled
    As the vase in which roses have once been distilled
    You may break you may shatter the vase if you will
    But the scent of the roses will hang round it still.

  12. I am sure glad Coz and Taco (Jess’s Dream) can’t read. Lots of “put downs” for both of them on various facebook pages. People need to realize that when you have a TREASURE, you handle it very very carefully. They both will hit the track when their teams feel they are ready. So happy that all the comments here on the blog are positive about our First Born Prince.

    1. I totally agree with you!! Sally B

    2. Dear Shirlee:

      Indeed! Love and Hugs, JB

  13. Perhaps some of you horse people can help me. Texas Red is listed as a bay but as the name implies and as well as his pictures, he looks red. Not chestnut. Is this what they mean by a Blood Bay?

    1. Shirleeinindy,
      In reply to your question, a bay horse has a black mane, tail & lower legs, with the main body color anywhere from red to brown. A blood bay is a red horse with the mane, tail & lower legs being black. They can have white socks or stockings, too, but the black needs to be there as well. Chestnuts & sorrels do not have the black markings. I hope this helps.

      1. Judy B and Donna,
        Thanks for the explanations of the bay colors. In some pictures TR looks more of a golden red and in others not very red at all. He does have the beautiful black mane and a nice long black tail! He is a beauty and looks more like Afleet Alex than Materiality does. Don’t think he, or any horse, could have beaten American Pharoah but it would have been interesting to see them go against each other. Could happen later on this summer or at the BC. If Red is as talented as his father, he will make his own legacy.

        1. Dear Shirlee:

          You’re so welcome. Yes, will be wonderful to see TR back in form. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Dear Shirlee and Donna Z:

      Donna, good explanation of Bays and Blood Red Bays.

      Shirlee, I think Texas Red may be a Light Bay and not a true Blood Bay. He’s beautiful for sure whatever.
      Here is a photo of Texas Red and a page of photos of the different colors of Thoroughbreds. Love and Hugs, JB

      TEXAS RED×513.jpg

      BLOOD BAY Second photo under The Modifiers.

      1. Dear Shirlee:

        Here’s another photo of TR. He looks a lot like his Daddy in this one. Love and Hugs, JB

        1. Thanks Judy. It’s a lot easier to see the black in his mane and tail than on his legs :-)

      2. Dear Judy B.,
        Thanks for these links! Texas Red is gorgeous. Great explanation of color types, too.
        Take care and love pats to Lola Mae.
        Hugs and Love

        1. Dear Marshall:

          Thank you. Love and Hugs to you and your Sweeties too, JB and LM

      3. These are great links Judy !!!

      4. Dear Judy,
        Thank you for these links. Fascinating reading on color patterns.

        1. Dear Marshall, Sandy, Tizgood and Diane:

          You’re so welcome. It is amazing the different colors of Chestnuts, Bays and even the Grays. All beautiful. Love and Hugs, JB

    3. Shirlee,
      Texas Red looks like a light bay to me. Bay’s have black on their legs and it
      can go up to their knees or higher. He also has a black mane which makes him a bay.
      Chestnuts, brown and any solid colors do not have two colors. Their body tail and mane are all the same color, what ever it is.
      Love and hugs

  14. RIP Patrick Macnee who has died in California aged 93yrs.Well-known for playing John Steed in the “Avengers” during the 60’s and 70’s.He was the epitome of an English gentleman.SheenaX

    1. RIP PM. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Dear Sheena,
      I absolutely loved The Avengers! John Steed and Emma Peele (Mrs. Peele) were very memorable characters to this then-young girl. They were so cool and sophisticated.
      RIP Patrick Macnee, you gave us lots of wonderful moments.
      Hugs and Love

  15. Dear Judy.Hope you and Lola are well.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT Cap Hercules Frank and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Lola walked down the hall today with me to the rubbish room. She’s doing amazing and I’m walking better too. Thank you for your well wishes. Love and Hugs, JB, LM, PC, HT, Cap, Herc, Frank and all the Sweeties

      1. Dear Judy,
        So glad you and Lola are walking well, hope your bruise is
        healing and still not to painful. And Lola is enjoying her
        dancing lessons.
        Love and hugs

        1. Dear Tizgood:

          Thank you so much for your sweet comments. Yes, Lola is doing the “Cha Cha” a couple of times a day. Love and Hugs, JB

  16. That’s what I’m talkin’ about. Way to go Cozzie! Wish we could see these works on video. Sure John wants to be sure he can repeat this over and over before another race.

  17. Dear Z, COZ, ZI and Montey:

    Goodnight. COZ keep up the good work; you too ZI. Love You. Hugs, JB

    Z Princess, Dubai, will always love you.

  18. Wishing continued recovery for Lola and Judy B. (her leg)
    hugs, Sally B

    Goodnight Zenyatta
    love with kisses and to your sons
    loving thoughts for zprincess and my dear Sir
    Auntie Sally B

    May each and every one of you who are struggling have a better tomorrow.

    1. My Dear Sally:

      Thank you and wishing the best, good health for you too. Love and Hugs, JB

  19. Go “Catch A Flight”, Best of Luck wishes for you and all in the Gold Cup. Know PaPa is already very proud of you. God Speed to all horses and Jockeys
    Geez us east coasters are going to have to wait late for this race. Looking so forward to it.

    1. Dear Peggy:

      Godspeed to Catch A Flight. Safe and sound all. Love and Hugs, JB

  20. Dear Judy,

    So glad you and Lola are doing so well. You both take it easy. So happy to hear Lola is walking some. So Happy

    1. Dear Peggy:

      Thank you so much. Love and Hugs, JB and LM

  21. Hovis is working hard!!!But did manage to have some fun with Dolly too!He was remembering his trip to “Your Horse Live”last year.Sheena.

    1. Dear Sheena,

      Thank you for our Hovis update. Poor Hovis…working hard is the pits, but thankfully he got to play with Dolly. TGIF everyone, and happy weekend ahead. Hugs, Kathy.

    2. Dear Sheena:

      Thank you for keeping us updated on Hovis. Love that boy. Love and Hugs, JB

    3. Dear Sheena,
      Poor Hovis! He sure has a tough time as there is no pleasing Mum, or so it seems. He takes it all in stride, however.
      Thanks for our weekly update on our favorite “manly equine”!
      Hugs and Love

  22. June 26 Cherokee Devotional

    Make a quality decision to put aside anything that makes you worry the first thing in the morning. Keep morning as putty in your hands-that time to pray when your mind and spirit are rested. And if they are not rested, it is more important than ever to insist on morning freedom.
    Lift your arms and give thanks that you are you and a new life is pouring into you this very moment. Bow down and be grateful for the freedom to do it. Keep fear out by rebuking it. Keep joy in by cultivating it. You are not helpless, you just forget to be blessed early in the morning.

    Get a little further, lest I tread on thee…
    Quoted by Speckled Snake
    100-year-old Creek

  23. Dear Kathy.Early mornings are just the best in spring/summer!It’s rather damp and drizzly here today .It just HAD to rain for Glastonbury!!!Great news about Fubu he’s put on weight and his mouth is a little better!The Lady in Country Cottage Garden hasn’t posted in over a week so I got the cat video then.Had to laugh I mistook Mason for Seville last night.She’s a lighter marmie and a very big girl!!Abby has found the car!!!!She wants to go shopping.You must be so used to huge cars in the US calling it a Hamster car. Has no one seen our minis??The “bobs” should double their weight this coming week.Mum is finding it awkward in the nest to say the least but the Manton Bay male loves his chicks lays in the nest just watching them.Of course Monty and Glesni are old hands at this parenting lark now.Dexter looks like a gentle Giant with the poms!Pee-Wee is getting a special cart as a gift from Faith the Chihuahua.Poor Hovis he could give his mum a fit and pretend to be lame again!Have a wonderful Friday.Love and hugs to you,Kisses for Holly,Nikko and Sugar.SheenaXOXO

  24. Dear Sheena,

    Too bad for the rain for Glastonbury! That’s really good news about Fubu. Plus he’s in that contest. Fingers crossed he does well. That was a wonderful video. Thank you again. The Mason/Seville mix-up is funny! Glad Abby found the car. You’re right, we have good-sized cars over here for the most part. I have seen your minis. I would worry about feeling secure! That’s amazing that the “bobs” will double in weight in just 1 week. Poor Glesni! That’s tough when the babies are almost as big as you! Would love to see the Manton Bay male laying in the nest watching the chicks. The contrast between Dexter and the poms never fails to amuse. Love the bond between him and Sprout. They seem to be best buds. That’s great that Faith is providing Pee-Wee with a special cart. Hovis and his mum…they are so funny. So entertaining! Wonderful Friday to you, too. And enjoy your weekend ahead. Love and hugs from me, kisses from Holly, Nikko and Sugar. Kathy XOXO

  25. 1/12!!!! Way to go Coz. Think about Zenny and the boys every single day. What a blessing they are to me. I know many people don’t care for TVG but without them I would never have found Zenyatta and all the wonderful people here. Prayers for all the victims of today’s terror attacks around the world. Sitting at the red light in front of the county courthouse and a big pickup truck ran into my rear end. Meant the cars rear end. No damage no injury. I do miss the days when cars were made of real metal. About CC’s foot injury, how do they not know a bruise from an abscess? Why wouldn’t CC run in the Classic? If he were my horse I would want to run against the very best and try to take him down. AP will be ridden by VE so Mike Smith is an obvious choice for CC. He is the leading Breeders Cup rider. Just saying.

    1. I sure would like to see CC ridden by Mike Smith. The horse bruises his foot and leads to an abcess, which causes pain and if left long enough lameness. In CC case just tenderness, have to soak it and get the pus to come to the surface in the hoof and burst
      and drain, once it all drains out they can put a shoe on. Tender the whole time it is draining, though.

      1. Dear Tizgood:

        Just the word abscess, after what Dubai went through, just scares me silly. Hoping CC will be well and fully recovered soon. Love and Hugs, JB

  26. Praying for the victims of the terrorist attack at a beach resort in Tunisia today.British,Irish German and Belgian tourists involved.28 dead so far also an explosion at a chemical factory in Lyon,France.The suspect’s boss was decapitated.A very sad situation.RIP Sheena.

  27. Go, Coz, Go!
    Team Z is good for racing.
    The Firecracker is this weekend. No horse can match your performance, Wise Dan.
    Happy and safe racing this weekend for all.

  28. Dear Max:

    Miss hearing from you; hope all is well. Love and Hugs, JB

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