Zenyatta Statue Unveiling: Live from Santa Anita

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The Zenyatta statue will be unveiled in Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area at noon (PDT), Saturday September 29. Watch the ceremony live here on Zenyatta.com courtesy of HRTV.


ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 14, 2012)—The legendary Zenyatta, winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita and Horse of the Year in 2010, will be honored for all-time by Santa Anita Park as a life-sized statue of the great mare will be unveiled in Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area on the first Saturday of Santa Anita’s upcoming Autumn Meet, on Sept. 29.

Zenyatta. AP photo.

Additionally, the inaugural Grade I, $250,000 Zenyatta Stakes (formerly the Lady’s Secret), a race won by Zenyatta over three consecutive years from 2008 through 2010, will be run on Sept. 29.

Zenyatta, who at the age of eight is currently enjoying her role as a broodmare at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky, will be joining two of the greatest horses of all-time, John Henry and Seabiscuit, as her statuary likeness will now join these legends of the American Turf adjacent to the track’s grandstand.

Named after The Police’s blockbuster album “Zenyatta Mondatta,” Zenyatta is owned by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jerry Moss and his wife, Ann.

“Like the song written by Sting and performed by The Police, everything Zenyatta did here will always be magic for the entire Thoroughbred industry,” said Santa Anita President George Haines. “Her win against the boys in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic is considered by many to be the greatest moment in Santa Anita history.”

The incomparable Zenyatta retired with a remarkable 19 wins from 20 career starts and $7,304,580 in earnings. Although she was defeated by a head in her final start, the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic, her stature as one of the sport’s all-time greats remained undiminished as she was voted the Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year for 2010.

“The breadth of her accomplishments at Santa Anita alone is astonishing,” said Haines. “She won a total of seven races here, all stakes and six of them were in Grade I competition. Her story will forever resonate with our fans and we know we’ll have many thousands of people coming here over the years to admire her statue, which will be situated on south side of the Kingsbury Fountain, directly across from John Henry.”

Trained by John Shirreffs and ridden in her final 17 starts by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, Zenyatta made her third career start on Jan. 13, 2008, winning Santa Anita’s Grade II El Encino Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths under David Flores.

As was the case in her 2009 Classic victory, all nineteen of Zenyatta’s wins came in last-to-first fashion.

After winning the El Encino, Zenyatta’s subsequent Grade I wins at The Great Race Place came in the 2008 & ’09 Lady’s Secret Stakes, the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, the 2009 Classic and the 2010 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap.

“We’d again like to thank the Mosses for running Zenyatta here and we look forward to welcoming them back as we again honor ‘the big mare’ on Sept. 29,” said Haines.

Sculpted by Nina Kaiser, who also created the statue of John Henry, Zenyatta’s likeness stands at her height of 17.2 hands, and weighs 1,200 pounds, which is approximately what Zenyatta weighed throughout her racing career. Commissioned by Santa Anita, the world-renowned Kaiser worked on the project for more than two years.

Santa Anita’s 2012 Autumn Meet gets underway on Friday, Sept. 28. For more information or to make dining and seating reservations, fans are encouraged to visit www.santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Casey Phillips, and many more!

    Many, many wishes of wellness to ALL our beloved equines who are injured or ailing — may good health be close at hand. St. Francis, watch over them.

  2. This is great news to hear. That is soo cool that they put a life-size statue of Zenny in the paddock at Santa Anita because that is where the majority of her races that she won were run.

    1. Sharon-agree completely. Yes, she was stabled at Hollywood Park, but that facility will not stand the test of time like SA will.

      1. Good point, TC.

  3. dear sign thanks very much for the video of joesph after he won at the breeders cup. I did’nt know that the virus was in cornwall I hope it wont affect our racing especially with our national hunt season due to begin soon except for all weather courses our flat racing ends in late october then it’s the jumps in some of the racing magazines i saw today they said camelot did’nt have much of a chance in the arc because he had a hard race in the st leger it’s in the lap of the gods!!good news abouty paynter will pray he makes a complete recovery now hugs sheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena,
      Your National Hunt season is so very special.
      I rode in a couple of Fox Hunts, they are formal
      Dress but very informal if the makes sense. To
      Have hunting recognized is so very special and
      A great honor to win.

      Hope Cornwall is an isolated case. Interesting information
      On Camelot. Maybe he won’t bounce and surprise
      Us all !!!

      1. Sheena is referring to the jumping or steeplechase season. The Grand National is a jump race. Kauto Star is a jumper. Frankel is a flat racer. There are no fox hunts in the UK. They have been illegal in Scotland since 2002 and in England and Wales since 2005.

        1. As in National Velvet.

        2. Do love National Velvet, TC. Not sure she was a steeplechase participant,

        3. Soory Max,

          They do avidly fox hunt in the UK. I have quite a few friend from the
          US that go over there to fox hunt with their UK friends.

        4. The big race in Narional Velvet was the Grand National, Elizabeth Taylor riding a horse called The Pie.l

        5. TerryC. You have a fantastic memory about horses. Love your posts.

        6. … and in the original book, “The Pie” was so named because he was a “piebald” color— what would in the US have been called at that time a pinto. I also seem to recall that if a horse was a black and white he was called a “piebald” no matter what the breed. There are a few Clydesdales and/or Shires that are piebalds and are sought as drum horses for the miltary bands. Big, imposing, stoic in temperaments, and big enough to carry two huge kettle drums— and be ridden with reins connected to the rider’s TOES [because he needs both hands for the drumsticks!].

          I was actually quite disappointed in the movie of National Velvet after having read the book— so much was changed… but the horsey scenes were pretty good as I recall. Photography anyway. Haven’t seen it in ?15+ years.

          But then, that’s Hollywood, look what they did to poor War Admiral…

          BTW they still do fox hunt in the UK, but now they have to be accompanied by a fellow with a shotgun who blows the fox to smithereens [how utterly humane, eh?] at the end of the hunt if the dogs corner it. (Just so the DOGS don’t get it!) In actuality most foxes escape or are able to den up— and the guy just blasts his shotgun in the air to signify end of that particular run.

          Fox hunting is more than just cornering and killing a fox… it’s a social and physical event; and it is also a favor to the local farmers whose small livestock is decimated by foxes. And many farmers are members of their local hunt. Can’t remember the resources at this moment but there was a good program on it about 6-8 months ago on ?RFDTV? which showed and explained a lot. It’s an old country sport and activity with real practical aspects… not exactly the brutal killing ground portrayed by people who really know nothing about it. I have a number of friends who are or were participants for many years… we’ve had some long chats about it… so I’m not writing from total ignorance. And if I have offended anyone, I’m sorry…

          They do a lot of galloping and jumping and milling about, and more galloping and jumping… and a field hunter is a tough, strong, enduring horse— or pony… many youngsters still take part. And the fox usually wins.


  4. OMG, this is such G R E A T news about our boy Paynter !!!!! What a true champion he is!!! He certainly deserves the Vox Popoli award as the peoples horse this year. I will continue to pray for his complete recovery. God Bless him and his wonderful, caring owners the Zayats.

    Also pray the news is as good for Money and Traveller and any other sick equines out there. I am going thru some trials myself with my cocker Cisco. He has been having trouble seeing, eyes seem cloudy, so I rushed him to the vet. She did a complete blood panel, and everything looked great, no diabetes etc, so my next stop is the Madison Vet Hosp for glaucoma testing. Please say a prayer for my Cisco that it is something that can be arrested with medication, I would greatly appreciate it. Hugs to all and kisses on my Queen’s and Prince’s noses.

    1. Dear Sue Fredrick:

      Will keep your Cisco in my prayers. Hope he is better soon. Hugs, JB

    2. Dear Sue, i will put Cisco in my prayers.

    3. Sue,
      Will definitely keep Cisco and you in my thoughts and prayers. Hope they can stabilize or reverse the condition.
      Take care and hugs!

    4. Oh my, the Madison Vet Hospital is so GREAT! When my kitty was getting up in years, and having some issues, I credit them with giving me more years with him. We rented a van, so Kiddy would be confortable, and took off on a road trip. Sadly, I did lose him some years later to colon cancer and I miss my baby every day. Amazing how our dogs and cats can take our hearts and own them! Good luck with your baby!

  5. A few redneck jokes for the day. You might be a redneck if the only scales in your bathroom are leftovers from the fish cleaning. You might be a redneck if you wore curlers to your wedding so you would look good at the reception. You might be a redneck if you wear a cowboy har that is three sizes too big. You might be a redneck if the morning after your kids’ slumber party the dogs have fleas. You might be a redneck if your favorite movies are 9 1/2 teeth and Three Brides for Seven Brothers. Topped off by a golden oldie-You might be a redneck if you go to a party and the punch bowl flushes.

    1. Terry. Any horse jokes? I would not mind even some repeats.

      1. I’ve got a few I haven’t used. Perhaps when I feel in a more humorous mood. I’m sure Sandy would approve.

    2. Terry:

      OMG! These jokes are great! Love the party joke the best! Glad too hear your spirits are still high! I am taking a page from your handbook and keeping my spirits up too!

      Thanks for the smile today!


      1. GS-That is the best news I could possibly receive, other than, perhaps, winning the lottery.

    3. Dear TC,

      Have missed your jokes sooo much. So glad that things seem to be coming somewhat
      together and Trina and Diana support has helped you thrive again.

      Scales in the bathroom from my recent deep sea fishing trip to Galveton always work.
      And of course party with punch bowl flushes is the best.

      Thanks for making my day, I have missed the laughter sooo much.

      1. I will chip in on occasion. At least for awhile.

        1. We will hold to that!

    4. These are great, TC GP. I love them ALL.
      Yes, I am a redneck!

    5. Dear TC GP:

      Your back! Funny as always. Hugs, JB

    6. Great Jokes Terry. Keep em coming.

    7. Dear Terry Crow,
      Thanks for the laughs — we have certainly missed your jokes!
      Take care and accentuate the positive!
      Best wishes, dear friend!

    8. Ohhhh Yepee; I haven’t read your great redneck jokes, Terry, it seems forever!! Sally B

  6. Judy B:

    Thanks for the link to the video of I’ll Have Another at his new digs, he looks great and so very happy!

    Took my mother to the Dr’s yesterday and in her car she had a bag of pink Canadian mints, I immediately thought of your guy “Papa Charlie” hope is loving his new home and packing on the pounds! Please give him a scratch on the ears and a BIG kiss from me, and give him a few extra mints from me too! (Don’t forget his lady friend too!)

    Can’t wait to hear how he’s doing when you see him again!

    Lots of Hugs to you both!


    1. Dear Girl Saratoga:

      Glad you enjoyed the video of IHA. He does look great.

      I went to see Papa Charlie today. He’s doing great. Angela and I signed the Adoption Contract and he is officially Angela’s. She said she brought him in last night for his supper and grooming and after he ate his food he proceeded to roll, legs straight up in the air. He’s so funny. I have to ask her to try to get a photo of that the next time he does it. He is gaining weight; eating a lot of grass, carrots and mints. He is a very happy horse. Will keep posting on his progress. Thanks for asking about him. Hugs, JB

      1. Judy B and Barbara Wood,
        Thank you two so much for keeping my Cisco in your prayers, if it should be glaucoma, they say sometimes they have to remove their eyes. This will just break my heart.

        I’m so happy for YOUR Papa Charlie, he is beautiful and sounds to be quite the character. I shall watch for pictures you might post.

        Hugs to both of you

        1. Dear Sue Fredrick:

          I hope that won’t be necessary for Cisco. Will pray for him and you.

          I’m afraid I don’t know how to post photos here. I would be happy to e-mail you photos of him if you would like to send me your e-mail address. Mine is rberube59@cox.net. Love and Hugs, JB

        2. Sue— Am praying for your Cisco. Glaucoma is a nasty thing. Back in the early 70s I had a young Flat-Coated Retriever who developed glaucoma (vet felt it was from a blow during doggy play with her housemate) at the age of 5 months. My vet (remember, this was nearly 40 years ago, much may have changed since then) recommended removing the one eye because if not she felt the glaucoma would move to the other eye eventually. So we did, and she got along just fine — we just had to make sure WE compensated for her slight loss of depth perception etc.

          In later years I had an old Dobe mix whose eyes gradually went from cataracts (they weren’t doing lasers yet, dogs or not) and as long as he was within the area he knew well, he did just fine, negotiated steps, furniture, trees, etc. He was about 13 when this developed and when other things began to fail then I had to let him go. But it was not because of the blindness.

          So don’t give up hope, Cisco CAN have a life after… if it comes to that. And he has you….


      2. Judy B; How great is this, adoption!! If you do get a picture of him in this funny roll can you send it here? I’d love to see.
        hugs, Sally B.

  7. Paynter UPdate Thursday Oct 4 A.ZAYAT‏ tweets 6:30 AM Eastern (9:30 Pacific)

    our champ is doing just Awesome today.

    his huge and skillful teams of vet Are simply happy ,
    eating real well ,very hungry,alert pass several time manure very comfortable
    Temp normal. He is recoverying well.
    Update later will issue of full medical report

    1. AWESOME!!!!! Keep at it big guy!!! Love to all vets that have made this horse well!

    2. Dear Keta:

      Thanks for this update. Hugs, JB

    3. Great News…. Maybe we can sleep a little easier. Want quit praying for you Paynter. Don’t want anything to pop up. Thank you Dear Lord. Thank you my Devine Angels

    4. Keta,
      Thanks for the good news about Paynter!
      Hallelujah!!!! PUP!

    5. Hi Keta:
      Thanks so much for posting the update on Paynter!

  8. 2Sue Fredrick–prayers coming your way for Cisco. Please update as you can. It was Z. who brought us all together to care for each other in such a beautiful way. I will always be grateful.

    @Terry C, GP– you never fail to make me laugh. I’m still trying to picture toilet seats as picture frames from the other day!!!

    1. I’ve got a few photos I wouldn’t mind putting in that frame.

      1. That would be sooo much fun as a decoration in TRINA’s house.

        SOOO VERY FUNNY !!!!

        1. Trina has a wonderful sense of humor, but I don’t know if she would appreciate that.

      2. Likewise, TC…..hehehe!

        1. OOPPS! That was for the photos in the toilet seat frame….my computer is whack today.

  9. Max,
    This is for you & all the Dynaformer fans
    It is a lovely article describing the farewell ceremony for Dynaformer.
    Petals on the Path: Farewell to a Legend
    Published: Thursday, May 03, 2012, 11:52 PM
    By Todd Simmons From Staten Island Live
    Farm president Case Clay speaks last, speaks of Dynaformer’s importance not just to the farm, but to the industry, this sire who was one of the last carrying the Roberto blood.

    1. This is a really nice account of his retirement.

      I really love his “funeral” video, it was soooo very nicely done.

    2. Thanks, Keta, that was moving.

    3. Dear Keta:

      Have seen this video before. Great tribute to a great horse. Hugs, JB

    4. Keta. Thank you. This means a lot to me. Big D, I love him. When Big D gets into your heart, he’s there forever. No day goes by when I do not think of him with a tear and a smile. Run free my hero. To me you can do no wrong.

    5. Keta:
      Thanks for posting the article on Dynaformer. I got to see him in 2009. Unfortunately I lost all my pictures of him. But I do remember him. So sad he is gone.

  10. Today I salute a very special horse: Let Me Be Frank!
    Claire Novak‏ tweet on Thurs. Oct. 4
    Let Me Be Frank will be making his 113th career start
    in the $50,000 Maryland Million Starter Handicap Saturday! Impressive!
    Keta Note: 113 starts=that’s a WOW!

    Let Me Be Frank (MD)B , G, foaled May 6, 2002
    ( Awad – Hassenack, by Ack Ack)
    Connections as of last Start:
    Jockey: Travis L. Dunkelberger
    Trainer: Damon R. Dilodovico
    Owner: Mark B. Lapidus, LLC
    Breeder: Plane Tree Farm
    2012 Statistics:
    Starts: 9
    Firsts: 3
    Seconds: 3
    Thirds: 1
    Earnings: $33,100
    Career Statistics:
    Starts: 112
    Firsts: 23
    Seconds: 12
    Thirds: 22
    Earnings: $268,722
    Earnings Per Start: $2,399

    1. The race is part of Maryland Million Day, a 12-race program held in mid October that was the creation of renowned television sports journalist Jim McKay. The “Maryland Million” is the first State-Bred showcase event ever created. Since 1986, 27 other events in 20 states have imitaded the showcase and it’s structure.[1]

      Thanks, Keta. Go Frank!!
      Thanks Jim McKay!

    2. Dear Keta:

      Wow, Frank’s twelve years old. Very impressive race record. Thanks for this info Keta. Go Frank. Hugs, JB

    3. Oh wow, that is a lot of running for a dear TB. Glad he came through all of the 113 races okay!! hugs, Sally B

  11. Racing Post‏ tweet
    The ground at Longchamp is soft, though come Sunday
    course director Christian Delporte feels it could
    “be between soft and very soft.”

  12. Another Redneck Club occasional series:


    The Southern vocabulary is similar to the rest of the Nation’s – it only sounds different. The following is a sample to help all Yankees, in hope that it will teach them how to talk right.

    Ah ——- The things you see with.
    Aig —— Which came first, the chicken or the aig?
    Arn —— An electrical instrument used to remove wrinkles from clothing.
    Ay-rab — The people who inhabit much of North Africa.
    Bawl —– What water does.
    Bidness — The art of selling something for more than you paid for it.
    Bobbycue – A delectable Southern sandwich of chopped pork, cole slaw, and a fiery sauce.
    Bud —— Small feathered creature that flies.
    Cheer —- A piece of furniture used for sitting.
    Chekatawfarya – Heard at service stations in small Southern towns.
    Co-Cola — Soft drink.
    Crine —- Weeping.
    Dawfins — Name of the professional football team in Miami.
    Daints — A more or less formal event in which members of the opposite sex hold each other and move rhythmically to the south of music.
    Doc —— A condition caused by the absence of light.

    Tomorrow’s installment! (Alfa-bet E – M)

    1. Dear Vicki B.:

      Too funny. Hugs, JB

    2. Great Vicki,thanks!
      A few years back, the family and I ventured to NYC. Being born and raised southern style,including thick accents…well,it was fun confusing the NY crowd. Ordering food was hilarious and in the end,we made many friends. We traded dialects and phrases.

      looking forward to E-M…..lol!

      Bobbycue….we say CUE for short and everyone runs to get some!! Vinegar sauce!

    3. Love these Vicki B.

      Keep them comin’ !!!!

    4. Redneck ‘Ann NC’ contributed an addition under the letter “C”: Car-doors — corridors, as in hallways, e.g., “Place your laundry in the ‘car-doors’ for service.”

    5. Vicki….funny I seldom arn anymore and I don’t like buds in my house! I am learning!
      Thanks Vicki

  13. Wood winner Gemologist retired
    Posted on October 4, 2012 by Jennie Rees
    A press release issued on behalf of WinStar Farm:
    Leading 3-year-old Gemologist, winner of this year’s Wood Memorial (G1), has been retired and will enter stud at WinStar Farm for the 2013 breeding season.
    The son of Tiznow encountered a minor setback in his training last month and was sent to the Versailles-based farm for rehab. After it was determined he wouldn’t make it back to any big races on the remainder of the 2012 racing calendar, the decision was made for him to retire.
    Gemologist, who retires with 5 wins from 7 starts and earnings of $794,855, hails from the multiple stakes-producing Mr. Prospector mare, Crystal Shard. He joins fellow Grade 1 winners Bodemeister and Take Charge Indy as future WinStar stallions from a vintage 2012 crop of 3-year-olds. A stud fee for Gemologist – and all other WinStar stallions – will be announced at a later date.

  14. Keta, Thank you for all of your informative posts especially the updates about Paynter.
    I am a racing fan but never really followed racing owners, trainers etc. until Zenyatta. I take it that this is an unusual year, that so many 3 yr olds are retired for one reason or another. Is this rare or is it gradually happening more? Just have to wonder, so many young horses didn’t even have a 3 year career!
    So fortunate for Zenyatta that she was delivered into the care of wonderful people all around her.

  15. Keta; I am unable to be here as often as I would like. But, when I want to know something, I look for your name. Thanks so much for all your contributions and to let me know Paynter is doing well. What a fighter. He must have had a lot of angels with him because of all our prayers too. hugs, Sally

  16. Pati…”Just Do It”. Read briefly about you competing in swimming. Coach has plans for you. You can and will surprise yourself how well you do! Sally

    Barbara W., I am happy Money is doing better!! You are selling your home? Where do you plan to move? I have missed a lot. hugs, Sally B

    Sue F. You know once you told me of the possible deliema with Cisco (Smootchie), I have had Smootchie in my prayers. I pray for him, but I know how you feel about him, and therfore I am praying for you too. He is everything. I have read here from the Zsters all the prayers for him too. love ya kiddo, hugs, Sally B
    We will keep them coming!

  17. Hi to all Zsters: Less then a month to the BC. I am getting very excited.

  18. All the best for Cisco, Sue F. Will keep both of you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Take care and may St. Francis keep watch over Cisco.

  19. When will we be seeing more info and photos of John and Dottie’s visit? Last said was “watch for more” I think that’s how it was left.
    Please Team Z.

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