Santa Anita Workouts

Ziconic breezing down the stretch.

Ziconic breezing down the stretch at Santa Anita.

Happy Sunday!

Scroll down for pictures of the boys breezing this month at Santa Anita park. You can see more photos on their Twitter accounts, @ItsZiconic and @CozmicOne.

Team Z

P.S. It’s the last day for holiday orders from the Zenyatta Shop, expected delivery by December 24. We’re offering free shipping through the end of the day!

All photos by Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs.

Ziconic breezing to the wire with Mike Smith (in white sleeves)

Ziconic breezing to the wire with Mike Smith (in white sleeves)

Ziconic under Mike Smith at Santa Anita

Ziconic under Mike Smith at Santa Anita

Cozmic One alongside trainer John Shirreffs on Tug

Cozmic One alongside trainer John Shirreffs on Tug

Coz looking down the stretch at Santa Anita

Coz looking down the stretch at Santa Anita

Coz, continuing to breeze, December 9

Coz, continuing to breeze, December 9


  1. Dear Max:

    Wishing you a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Dear Max.Ditto!Hugs Sheena.

  2. Merry Christmas everyone! Driving across the range for Christmas in just over an hour (from our mountains to the other side of the next range to the west). Should be beautiful.
    We’re supposed to get almost 2 feet of snow Sunday! We’ll be driving up the mountains behind our home for 2nd Christmas with some more of our family members – if we can make up the mountain.
    Love and Merry Christmas to everyone,
    with love

  3. Fans on the forum are trying to look for “works”
    for the full brother to Zenyatta at Ballydoyle – they
    don’t have any such thing in Europe as a work or
    a timed work. They gallop every morning and plan
    their races accordingly.

    1. PS
      Ballydoyle gsllops 70 or more horses every morning as well.

      1. gallops not gsllops

      2. Hopefully he will be back for the BCC !!!

    2. I wonder if they’re not on to something over there. The conditioning, but also, the gallops themselves must be more interesting for the horses than the hard oval track.

      I’ve wondered about Coz in that context.

      1. Dear Sophia,
        I think the Euro way of training is much more natural for the horse although
        it is definitely training as they gallop out a course that is railed off, but they also
        gallop them out in a field as well to clear their minds. And at Newmarket they have all types of training areas for the horses that are part of a beautiful landscape
        and very natural. Unfortunately in the US we don’t have such lush and beautiful
        landscape for our training tracks and race tracks. See the below video of how Adian works his horses at the Currah in 2013 – DOW is in group one; Camelot is in group 2; and there are 2 grand national contenders that come out first. A very educational video – Adian is working 60 horses.
        Love and hugs

        1. Part 2 of the Curragh work in 2013 – each rider wears special color cap and is given an individual set of instructions by Adian. Looks very different from our

        2. This video is of Ballydoyle gallops – first gallop of flat season in 2014.
          This group is about 30 to 40 horses galloping together. Keep in mind,
          each rider has been given instructions by Adian as to what they are supposed to be doing on the gallops.

        3. What would control freak BB do if he had to train at Ballydoyle – no more
          white hair I guess !!!!

    3. See below – Zenyatta’s full brother – in Florida – he is a light bay

      1. Tizgood,
        Thanks for the news.
        Hugs Ingrid.

      2. Dear Tiz:

        Thanks for this photo of Montey. Love and Hugs, JB

  4. Never So Few – Rags to Riches and Galileo is training at the barn of
    Todd Pletcher – a dark bay, gorgeous, very european looking
    like daddy – photo shows him training over the dirt. Hope he
    shows mama RR proud. She has been trying …. Think this her second
    foal by the great one. And oh great one wish you success on the dirt.
    Love and hugs

    1. He has had 8 breezes since October all at Palm Meadows on the dirt –
      last one December 20; 3/14; 1.01

      Maybe he will start soon and all that great bone from the great one will
      balance off RR soundness issues.

      Good luck boy !!!

      1. There is no jockey mentioned yet, but JV rode RR to her victory in the Belmont
        against the mighty Curlin.

      1. Dear Tiz:

        Wow, great find. He’s gorgeous; didn’t know he was with TP. Thank you. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Dear Tiz:

      Yes, I believe she had a filly by G in 2014. Love and Hugs, JB

      1. Dear Tiz and Z Fans:

        Found this photo of RTR and G’s 2014 filly. She’s a Honey! As you scroll down you will see other photos of some darling foals, including Frankel’s gorgeous little filly out of In Lingerie at Shadai Farm in Japan. Love and Hugs, JB

  5. Happy Christmas to all!!Welsh Grand National in doubt course is waterlogged who’d have guessed???Sheena

    1. Dear Sheena,
      So soory to hear the course is waterlogged, read the going was heavy
      earlier in the week with more rain expected. Will they reschedule it?
      Is that twitter account “fansofaobrien” official? That is where I saw Never
      So Few – gorgeous colt.
      Love and hugs

  6. Merry Christmas everyone

    I have not been here for a long time.
    I hope that everyone is doing well.
    I know there will be a new post today so I am hoping that I can reach as many of you as I can before it changes.

    I am asking for prayers for my Mom.
    Mom’s cancer has gone to the bone, liver and another gland.
    The first treatment that the DR. tried was not working.
    That treatment was only for 2 months.
    Now they are going to start with a harsher treatment.
    The new drug is very poisonous to your system with many side effects.
    I also read the life expectancy at this time. It is not long.

    So for Christmas the gift I am asking for is prayer.
    Prayer that my Mom does not suffer so bad her last few months.
    That when she does leave us she is not in pain and very sick.

    Thank you all
    love Sue

    1. Merry Christmas, Sue – and prayers for your mom.

      Hang in there!

    2. Sue, Special Prayers for your mom. God bless you and prayers for you and your family. Love, Ann Maree

    3. Adding my prayers Sue. This is such a difficult thing for all of you to be going through, but I hope that today, at least, will be one of peace and hope. Hugs, Sandy

    4. I will pray for her and light a candle in church. I am so sorry that you and your mom are going through this. Sending you a hug too.

    5. mega hugZ and prayerZ for ur mom sue
      my heart goes out to u both. god bless u and keep u in his care, vamp

    6. Thank you all for your prayers
      We had a nice day today and I took lots of pictures.

      I hope you all had a good day and evening.

      love Sue

    7. Dear Sue,
      Bless you and your mother. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
      I am so sorry.

      Hugs and Love

    8. Prayers for you and your mom, Sue!

  7. Dear Sue.I am so sorry to hear about your mum .Sometimes these treatments are too cruel at the end of one ‘s life but they do give hope.I hope she will not suffer too long and leave this world with dignity and peace and that you can cherish this last Christmas with her Love Sheena

  8. Who else but Kauto winning Racing UK’s favourite King George moment with his 5th victory in 2011!!!!Dessie’s 89’win was in 2nd place.Sheena.

    1. Dear Sheena:

      He was and is so loved. Well deserved! Love and Hugs, JB

  9. Dear Sue,

    I’m catching up and read about your mom. I add my prayers to the many who are already praying.

    Hugs, Kathy