Weaning, Before and After

Zenyatta and 13Z, August. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane's End

Zenyatta and 13Z, August. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End

Happy Tuesday!

Zenyatta’s youngest boy was weaned last week, and it all went very well. Alys sent us some photos before and after, and as you can see the boys are quite large and independent at this time. Z is happy to be back with her old friend Life Is Sweet and they definitely seem to share a bond. We’ll have more photos to share with you soon.

-Team Z


Before weaning, August. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane's End

Before weaning, August. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End

Before weaning, August. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane's End

Before weaning, August. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End


13Z with fellow weanlings this week. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane's End

13Z with fellow weanlings this week. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End

Zenyatta and paddock mates, including Life Is Sweet, post weaning. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane's End

Zenyatta and paddock mates, including Life Is Sweet, post weaning. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End


  1. Very interesting. A neighbor I grew up by, had a horse do this, only thing roof was not slanted like this one.


  2. CAPPERS….just logged on to breeders cup fantasy site and placed my bet…never got email …but site is taking wagers

    1. Dear Carol:

      Thanks. Hugs, JB

  3. This Photo is great. See similarities with recently weaned Little Red. BGG
    Musée Hippodromes ‏tweet with Photo
    #HorseRacing #Cheval

  4. Max, Terry, & all our remember-the-old-days crew
    Max’s comment about “champion” brought back one of my favorite horses.
    Gene Autry’s Champion.
    Original Champion (b. circa 1926 – d. 1943)
    Highlights: could untie knots, roll over and play dead, bow, shake his head “yes” and “no,” and come to Gene’s whistle

    Champion aka Little Champ
    He is described as a sorrel. But, I know that he is a grand ole chestnut. BGG

  5. And, while we are talking about favorite horses, this is a great description of Trigger by Bob Duncan (gate whisperer)

    But last fall Quality Road was a basket case after “freaking out,” as some called it, at the starting gate before the richest race in North America, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park in California. As shocked and appalled spectators and TV viewers around the world watched, Quality Road and the starting-gate crew clashed — the big horse kicking, bucking and rearing, refusing to enter the gate, and gate workers pushing, cracking a buggy whip and finally blindfolding the horse.
    The battle ended when Quality Road was scratched. The next morning Pletcher called Duncan at home in Saratoga Springs. A week and a half later, with the horse back home at Belmont Park on Long Island, Duncan met Quality Road, face-to-face.
    “It was the darnedest thing,” he says. “I don’t think I spent 15 or 20 minutes with him, moving him around, before I felt like I was working with Trigger or something.
    “I’d wag my finger, and he would back up. Point at his shoulder, and he would do a forward pivot. I said to Todd, ‘I don’t see the problem.’ And Todd said, ‘I don’t think there is one.’ ”
    The problem at the Breeders’ Cup, Duncan says, was not a starting-gate issue. It was a leadership issue.
    “It’s in a horse’s nature to wake up every morning and try to advance their position in the pecking order,” he says. “They’re going to figure it out, and then they’re going to be fine with it.”

    1. Here are the credit lines for the story
      Bob Duncan guides horses with a gentle hand for the Saratoga meet
      Long before the Saratoga meet begins, Bob Duncan prepares horses the natural way
      By TOM KEYSER STAFF WRITER Times-Union Published Sunday, July 11, 2010 http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Bob-Duncan-guides-horses-with-a-gentle-hand-for-572644.php#page-2

  6. Friday finds things looking better for Hovis, but there is still no call from the Kiwi. He’s waiting. For Sheena and all other Hovis fans, the best of Fridays and a good weekend.


    1. Max
      Hovis jumping must have been quite a sight.
      It would be great if they did a Hovis tv show. British equivalent of Mr. Ed
      I can see & hear it when I read his Blog
      Have a great weekend
      Hugs, BGG

    2. Max, As usual, thank you for posting Hovis. What a great way to start Friday. Hovis, several good laughs and a cup of coffee!

    3. Glad to find our Hovis a bit more upbeat this week. We need to campaign for photos of him and his Mum doing these jumps. Thanks as always to Sheena via Max for our Friday fix.

    4. Max thank you
      I am really glad I started reading these. I was laughing so hard today on my lunch break. My coworkers are wondering what I am doing in my cube? I love the part about Hovis seeing the jumps and what he said. We both almost let out some …
      love Sue

    5. Dear Max:

      Thank you. Just love Hovis. Hugs, JB

  7. Who’s Dan’s Daddy? Here he is!
    el halouat wagihe ‏tweet with PHOTO
    Wiseman’s Ferry, sire of Wise Dan #HorseRacing

    1. I see Dan written all over him. Handsome grand ole chestnut sire. Thanks for finding this, Keta.

    2. Dear BGG:

      Thank you so much for sharing this photo of WF. Dan does look like his Dad. Hugs, JB

      1. Keta and JudyB. Morton Fink thinks that Dan looks like his mother. Maybe he’s right? Same for the other Dans and the filly. Lisa Danielle reminds me of V or Kind in her mothering abilities. Each one has produced very good racers and one super horse each, Frankel, Wise Dan and Zenyatta.


        1. Dear Max:

          Great photo of Lisa Danielle. I can see why Mr. Fink thinks Dan looks like her. He sure a beautiful combo of both his Dam and Sire. Grand Ole Chestnut. Love and Hugs, JB

        2. Dear Max,

          Lisa Danielle and Wise Dan, they look a like so much, I voted for her for broodmare – of- the- year.
          Thank you for the link.
          Hug Ingrid.

  8. John Velazquez is now on Twitter. Here is info if you’d like to Follow. BGG
    john velazquez @ljlmvel

    1. BGG, Do you think I should follow him? I could keep up with where he is riding and avoid those tracks!

      1. Good one Shirlee :-)

      2. Dear Shrilee:

        Too funny. Hugs, JB

      3. shirlee,
        That was one of the reasons I shared this.
        V alert, V alert.

  9. Thank you Max, so glad things are on the up for Hovis! Hello Sheena. Happy weekend to both of you and all the Hovis fans.

  10. Good morning, Z Dumplings. Here is a great story about an elephant and her dog.

    @Max–thank you for posting Hovis. I wowuld love a Hovis tv show!

    1. I could not get the link to work bummer.

      1. Me either :-(

    2. Barbara-Agree about a Hovis TV show. My only concern would be the voice assigned to articulate his thoughts.

  11. Dear Barbara,

    Speaking of dogs and since you’re in TX, did you ever get to see David Hartwig’s dog Skidboot? He was so incredibly intelligent. I was sorry when he passed. Loved his performances on Animal Planet and on Oprah.

    1. Yes! Wonderful!!

  12. Dear Max Diolch Yn Fawr Hovis sounds a happy bunny this week, new sharer and he likes her!!I love the idea of him showjumping !Would pay to see that.Am hoping Frankie keeps the ride on Treve for the Arc, she’s a classy girl. Have a good day. hugs Sheena

    1. Sheena. Wish her the best, but in another race. The Arc belongs to the Big O.

  13. Hi Kathy Good to see Hovis happy. Have a great weekend Hugs Sheena

  14. Trying the link again for Bubbles and Bela, the elephant and dog:

    1. Thank you that is a great story. They look very happy together.

  15. Hi there Zen family, my Big Girl, Coz & Zenji (Z-13…it means “Zen master”):

    I haven’t been back for a few days now because I’ve been researching & writing this for THE VAULT:


    …I wonder. Do you think that I’ll get any comments in Hungarian?

    Love & hugs

    1. Just finished reading it Abigail …
      absolutely brilliant horse…
      absolutely brilliant telling of her story…
      her special personality comes shining thru

    2. Dear Abigail,

      I was enthralled by this, having never heard of her let alone her fantastic life story.
      Wonderful. Thank you.

    3. Thank you so much, Carol & MaryP! I fell in love with her all over again as I wrote. And it was hard to “let her go” — I was really under Kincsem’s spell !!!~ So pleased you liked it too!!!!

    4. Abigail. Brilliant like Kincsem herself.

    5. Dear Abigail:

      Thank you so very much for this wonderful article on Kincsem. Wonderfully done. What a glorious horse. Love and Hugs, JB

    6. Great story, Abigail! One fantastic filly, too!
      Thanks for this wonderful post. Hugs

    7. Max, Judy B. & Marshall: So glad you liked it. As I hinted, I just LOVED writing this piece. But it’s just wonderful having your comments & kind words. Love & hugs

      1. Abigail. One of the many things that I have learned from you is the name of K’s cat. Great research and superbly written. Your love of that mighty mare shines through your words. Pleasure to read as always.

        1. Max: You’re a doll! I got the name of the cat from a Hungarian source….hence the importance of the Hungarian-English translator!!!!

    8. Loved the blog post, Abigail. It was wonderful to finally learn more about Kincsem other than she recorded so many wins and remained undefeated. Your research and attention to all the details really came through and that’s why it is always such a pleasure to read your blog! Thank you for sharing!!

      1. Thanks so much, Celeste. It’s lovely to hear from you and I so appreciate your kind words. Kincsem was just an amazing lady. It was an honour to write her story. Love & hugs

    9. Immortal is right. A good case can be made for Kincsem being the best ever.

      1. Terry: Glad you agree!!!

    10. Abigail,
      You brought a legend to life.
      Can see her standing at the pier for 4 hours waiting for her cat companion
      to come ashore. And, see her crossing the finish line still munching her
      pre-race snack.
      What a collection of photos and pictures.
      Your gift for turning research into a great read is unparalleled.
      Hugs, BGG

      1. Bluegrass Girl: THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Your comments are making me BLUSH BLUSH as Zenny (Dottie) would say but are hugely appreciated! I was pleased with the collection of photos and found this great print source online….and bought the 2 prints from the Goodwood Cup of Kincsem that appear in the article! I can hardly wait until they arrive. I’ve wanted an image of her to hang on my wall for a long, long time!!!

  16. Dear Abigail Congratulations on a magnificent article. An astonishing horse and a wonderful story. Hugs Sheena

    1. Sheena: Thank you so much! It’s wonderful to know that a horse enthusiast with so much knowledge enjoyed it. I put a lot of energy into the writing but Kincsem is so worth it! Love & hugs

  17. Abigail,
    I could not open the link on work computer…blocked. So will read it when I get home! I was intrigued by the comment about comments in Hungarian…..because I raise vizslas (Hungarian pointers) my eyes always pick up on things referring to Hungary.
    I will find out on next Friday if Brook is pregnant…I think so but will not get my hopes up until I see those little heartbeats on the ultrasound!

    1. Lynn: I love this breed. When my Jericho was alive one of his best friends was a vizsla. You’ll be pleased to know that Kincsem was a Hungarian thoroughbred who remains one of the best thoroughbreds who ever lived. Enjoy!

    2. Lynn-We are all anxious to hear the news.

  18. Name idea- Tap Dance

    Reason why- Tapit has “tap” and Zenyatta always danced before her race.

    1. That a good one!

  19. Dear Z, COZ, Prince 2 and Baby Z:

    Goodnight. Sweet Dreams. Love you lots. Hugs, JB

  20. Shanghai Bobby Victorious in Belmont Return (Article with Race Replay Video)
    By Claire Novak, The Blood-Horse Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 7:38 PM

    Shanghai Bobby, the champion 2-year-old male of 2012, made his first start off nearly a six-month layoff a winning one Sept. 20 at Belmont Park (VIDEO).
    The 3-year-old son of Harlan’s Holiday took the $100,000 Aljamin overnight stakes by a neck at the New York oval when making his first start for trainer Todd Pletcher since a fifth in the March 30 Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I). Owned by Starlight Racing, Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith, he was sidelined for half of the season with a pelvic fracture.

    1. Dear BGG:

      Thanks for this update on “Bobby”. Congrats SB: Hugs, JB

    2. I have mentioned this before, but I believe Bobby is a sprinter and should not be entered in races more than one mile.

  21. Dear Zenyatta, CoZmic One and 13Z (little Secretariat), and all of Team Z.

    Thank you for sharing so much of Zenny and her boys with us. I love every bit I get to see.

    Zenny, I think of you everyday and love you as much today as ever, as well as your beautiful boys Cozmic One and 13Z. Hope all is well with everyone. Love to all.

  22. Dear Judy Am late Computer problems! is 5 45am over here but Goodnight God bless you, Lola Mae, Charlie and all the Sweeties Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Hope your computer problems get resolved. Love and Hugs, JB, LM, PC and all the Sweeties

  23. Good Morning Zenny…..hope you are relaxing and keeping all spa appt’s …say hi to your great friend LIS for all of us too…now is we could just get TT in there too…
    Penny and Lauren? good grief….who knew?
    So Gary S will be on Munchie in the AA at SA….I think they got this one…he is improving and no mud!
    CAPPERS….tried for a price in our race today….I think WTC is going to win and validate his travers victory…but he will go off at no odds at all…
    have a great day.
    kisses for all soft noses
    ps-please fix Cigar’s camera again…I know I broke it…caught him morning and night the day before it went down…twice in one day!

    1. carol. I miss seeing Cigar too. Hate it when that camera is down.

    2. Dear Carol:

      I think you’re right about WTC. I threw caution to the wind and went with two long shots. Hugs, JB

  24. Oh Boy, Oh Boy and Wow! Gary Stevens is going to ride Muchie! Take that, Johnny V.

    Of course, Paynter is in that race too and with my luck Mike will be on him.

    1. Dear Shirlee:

      That’s my Exacta. Hugs, JB

  25. Dear Z family Seems Atlantic Jewel lost her unbeaten record down under. Said to be the “next Black Caviar,” she was beaten by It’s a Dundeel ridden by James Macdonald who spent the summer over with us in the UK. Hugs Sheena

    1. Sheena. Thanks for this news although I am sorry for AJ. They refer to It’s A Dundeel as the Kiwi in the Australian papers. Hovis may have to call him next.

  26. Don’t know if you all have found them or not. Curlin has a great feature on his facebook page called Guess This Horse. Pretty hard at times to figure out who it is.

    Also, PennMarydel, Barbaro’s full brother, has a facebook page with pictures etc. He is a big boy-17 hands and will probably not race this year. Very nice looking guy. Here’s hoping he lives up to big brother.

    1. shirleeinindy. I saw that Facebook for PMD and the photos. Well worth reviewing. He’s a handsome one and very much like Barbaro. Big D has some good looking sons and daughters.

  27. Dear Max Because of your scottish background, you may be interested to know Highland Colori won the Ayr Gold Cup ridden by up and coming Irish apprentice Oisin Murphy. Hovis loves the kiwis!!Hugs Sheena

    1. Sheena. Another handsome UK horse. He’s got El Gran Señor in his pedigree, which was the nickname of Northern Dancer’s trainer. The Dancer used to try for a bite out of his trainer when he was within range, like Hurricane Fly still does.

  28. Things are getting too serious around here, so I think I will post this old chestnut. A waitress in a small diner was having a particularly tough time with an obstinate customer. After about 10 minutes of complaining about the menu, the customer asked if the waitress had any recommendations. “The tongue is especially good,” said the waitress. The customer said, “Are you kidding me? I could never eat anything that came out of an animal’s mouth.” “Well then,” said the waitress, “Can I bring you some eggs?”

    1. Terry Crow,
      Perfect joke for Saturday morning-had a nice laugh.
      Posted a Champion and a Trigger comment and the bottom of page 12.
      Hope you have a great weekend-lots of East Coast racing.

    2. Dear TC GP:

      Thanks for another Gem. Hugs, JB

    3. TC,GP–thanks for lightening us up. I remember a similar gag on an episode of “all in the Family” in which Archie Bunker asked for eggs after making a similar statement. Oh for the good old days……

    4. I had to think about this for a minute or two (I know, I know).

    5. Love it, Terry!!
      Thanks bunches for the laughs! Lots of Hugs and chuckles, and have a good weekend!

  29. Mucho Macho Man (5-Year-Old Horse) Workout
    Date: September 21, 2013
    Distance: Five Furlongs
    Time: 1.01:00 Handily
    Track Condition: Fast
    Surface: Dirt
    Rank: 16/40

  30. Dear Z Fans:

    Barbara Livingston’s latest Blog. Enjoy. Hugs, JB


    1. Dear Judy B.,
      Thanks for this wonderful Barbara Livingston collection!
      Smiles generate more smiles, don’t they?
      Enjoy your Sunday. Lots and lots of Hugs

      1. Dear Marshall:

        Yes, they do. Have a great Sunday too. Love and Hugs, JB

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