Happy Birthday, Zenyatta!

Zenyatta’s 15th birthday. Photo courtesy of Alys Emson/Lane’s End Farm.

No fooling, today is Zenyatta’s fifteenth birthday. She celebrated with her Lane’s End friends and some pretty cool cupcakes.

Happy birthday, Queen Z!

Last but not least, happy birthday to Ziconic, who is six today.

Zenyatta’s 15th birthday. Photo courtesy of Alys Emson/Lane’s End Farm.

Zenyatta’s 15th birthday. Photo courtesy of Alys Emson/Lane’s End Farm.

Zenyatta’s 15th birthday. Photo courtesy of Alys Emson/Lane’s End Farm.

Zenyatta’s 15th birthday. Photo courtesy of Alys Emson/Lane’s End Farm.


  1. Happy belated Birthday to our Queen! Glad you had such a fun birthday! Also Happy Birthday to Mr Ziconic! Sure wish I knew where you are. Love you bunches Queen Zenyatta ❤️❤️. I did wish you happy birthday on April 1st on Twitter! Saw a lot of others did also. You’re still the best! 🎈🎈🎈

  2. Dear Z Fans:

    Wonderful slideshow tribute to our beloved 30 year old AP Indy from Bloodhorse by Anne Eberhardt. Love and Hugs AP, JB


    1. Dear Judy.Lovely photos of AP Indy.A grand age.We got our 3rd egg at Manton Bay.Such a darling filly with Quevega.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    2. Dear Judy,

      Thanks for the great slideshow link. AP Indy sure looks good — love those photos. I especially like the ones of AP with Asa Haley, too.

      Hugs and Love

    3. Judy,
      Thanks so much for the slideshow of AP. He is still a handsome dude at his age. What an influence he has been on our horses.

      Belated Happy Birthday to our Queen. She just seems to get more beautiful with age. Seems like just yesterday we were following her on the track. Thanks to Lanes End for taking such good care of her.

      The Derby picture just seems to change every weekend. I hope He Who Cannot Be Named has/gets enough points to make it into the race. His dad has one more son on the Derby trail so perhaps one or both will make it with points.

      1. Dear Sheena, Marshall and Shirlee:

        Glad you enjoyed the slideshow on AP as much as I did. What a legacy!

        Shirlee, can’t remember a more open Derby. Godspeed all; safe and sound. Love and Hugs, JB

    4. Luv the slide show pis of AP indy😍
      He’s so fuzzy. Too cute

  3. I wish they had seen fit to celebrate Ziconic’s birthday seeing it’s the same day as his mother’s, and also let us know where he is, and what is going on for his future. He deserves to be happy like Coz is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Is Zi done racing?

  4. https://twitter.com/winx_horse/status/1115410727647371264

    Winx very relaxed before her final race on Saturday.Thank you darling for all the memories…..

    1. Dear Sheena,

      Doesn’t she look fabulous?!! As I’ve said before, the horse of all our lifetimes. Oh, how we’ll miss her!!! Nothing but good memories from her. Thank you for posting, Sheena!

      Hugs, Kathy XOXO

  5. Godspeed to Winx on Saturday. We will miss her but what a time she has provided for us. Happy healthy retirement to her. Thank goodness for the mares who keep racing past 3. The colts retire too soon.

  6. https://www.facebook.com/queenelizabeththesecond/photos/a.232193920234707/2089484647838949/?type=3&theater

    Her Majesty the Queen out riding on Monday with Terry Pendry.She celebrates her 93rd birthday on the 21st of this month.

    1. Dear Sheena:

      God Bless the Queen; she’s amazing. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. I still wish she would wear a helmet – lol! Thanks for sharing this. I just love her.

  7. Dear Sheena:

    Godspeed Winx on Saturday. Safe hatching! Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

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

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

  9. Dear Judy.Quite a few would love Winx to carry on.Blue 5F has taken to visiting the Dyfi I think she tired of Aran ignoring her.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

  10. https://www.facebook.com/AgaKhanStuds/photos/a.532388860262292/1315604861940684/?type=3&theater

    Zarkava and her beautiful filly by Dubawi.Congratulations Mama and PapaX

    Tegid has returned to the Dyfi again this year.A nice partner for Blue 5F???

  11. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=273062726975538&set=a.102700530678426&type=3&theater

    Remember Souper Spectacular Zenyatta’s brother who was found at a auction.Hannah is taking him to a show in Kentucky Horse Park!She has a go fund me page.He looks wonderful now.Good luck Hannah and Seven as he’s known now

  12. https://www.usracing.com/news/sad-tale-zenyattas-little-brother?fbclid=IwAR00HpJ6KjRRt96RJPc_Zp6mLL4d5dREotOkU3rn1Z5L-22GtIERp_V83lU

    For those who may have forgotten how a horse who sold for over a million ended up in an auction where he was bought for $390.

    1. Dear Sheena,

      Thanks for posting the news on Seven (formerly Souper Spectacular). So happy to know that he is now loved and well-cared for. Much gratitude to Mistie and Hannah Lewis for saving him and giving him a second chance.

      Best of Luck to sweet Seven and Hannah at the Kentucky Horse Park show!

      Hugs and Love

  13. The story of Queen Z’s brother breaks your heart. If you breed horses they deserve to have a guaranteed buy back when their riding, racing careers are over. The(3 ) I have sold all went with a guaranteed by back attached to their registration papers. I have owned 15 horses and the only reason the 3 were sold was they were very talented in areas where my talent was limited. AQHA lets you follow the horse during their careers and owners so you know exactly where they are and who owns them. This doesn’t do anything for unregistered horses but they could still have a buy back if you choose to breed them. They deserve a quiet dignified retirement.

    1. Dear quarterhossgal:

      Totally agree; so well said. They all deserve dignified retirement, love and care. Love and Hugs, JB

  14. Dear Sheena:

    Thanks for posting that gorgeous photo of COZ and Isabella and for the photo of Zarkava and Dubawi’s new cutie pie. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

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

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

  16. Dear Judy.Lassie laid her 3rd egg this evening and Clarach Monty and Glesni’s first born has returned to her Scottish home.Tegid the 2016 male also visited the Dyfi he is a stunning bird the image of his Dad.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

  17. Dear Z Fans:

    Beautiful Stage Magic, Justify’s Dam, is Broodmare Of The Year. Love and Hugs, JB


    1. Dear Judy,

      Thanks for posting this article. Yes indeed, Stage Magic is gorgeous! Enjoyed the article very much. This fine chestnut girl definitely deserves the Broodmare Of The Year award.
      Congratulations to Stage Magic and all her connections!

      Hugs and Love

  18. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=palace%20house%20newmarket&epa=SEARCH_BOX

    Today we remember our beloved Dessie on the 40th anniversary of his birth.Born light bay he eventually turned grey and become one of the most popular chasers in history.Fans loved his front running style his iron will and weight carrying performances.No horse since has repeatedly conceded weight at the highest level .His performance in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1989 will long be remembered he dug deep to win that day on a track he hated and very tacky ground.Dessie had the most wonderful retirement spending his summers in Yorkshire and the rest of the time with his trainer David Elsworth.He raised thousands for charities with his public appearances even taking part in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 100th birthday parade and the Queen’s golden jubilee.As with us all age caught up with him.He gathered his loved ones around him that last weekend he was laying down in his box and had eaten some hay around 5am and he died at 6.05am at peace and with a heart full of love.As David Elsworth said at the time Dessie died as he lived his own way.His ashes were buried by his statue at Kempton Park racecourse

    Wishing Quevega a very Happy 15th birthday today no doubt having fun with her new filly and always remembering the daddy of them all Sadlers Wells on the anniversary of his birth.He died on April 26th 2011 4 days before his grandson Frankel won the 2000 guineas in such devastating fashion.He would have been proud.

    1. Dear Sheena,

      Very nice tribute to Dessie. Thank you for writing this post — he was indeed a rare one and a brave one. So glad he enjoyed his retirement and was loved.

      Happy 15th to Quevega and remembering the outstanding Sadlers Wells, also.
      Wishing all the Best to Cue Card — live long with lots of love!

      Thank you for sharing!
      Hugs and Love

  19. https://www.facebook.com/186057081444368/photos/pcb.2340145146035540/2340143936035661/?type=3&theater

    Cue Card bids a fond farewell to life on Colin Tizzard’s farm before joining Katie Jerram for RoR.Have a wonderful life Cue CardX

  20. A very happy belated birthday wish to Zenyatta as well as Ziconic. I was born on my Mom’s birthday as well.

    We were having a delightful evening with friends and of course, the subject of Zenyatta came up. And we both were mentioning, we haven’t been to your website in awhile, so wow, I need to catch up.

    You are very much our favorite mare of all time. Congratulations to your John’s win on Hard Not to Love at Santa Anita yesterday.

    Nice to see another pretty mare in the WC.

  21. Belated Happy Birthday Zenyatta. Sorry I missed the actual date.

    I love you and I always pray for you and your wonderful babies.

    Take care. How time flies. Love and Hugs, Marilu


  23. Congratulations on your pregnancy! You n Candy Ride will be great parents❣️I pray for a healthy delivery and momma especially ❤️❤️🎉🎈🎊💝❣️👍🏼💕🏆

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