Zenyatta’s Boys, Back in CA

Happy Friday!

If you’ve been waiting for an update about Zenyatta’s boys, this post is for you. Brothers Cozmic One and Ziconic spent the last few months with John Shirreffs at Belmont Park. They are pictured above eating some of their favorite treats, sweet potato for Ziconic and carrot juice for Coz.

This month, John and Dottie moved the horses back to Santa Anita for the winter. We’ll let you know how they’re settling in next week.

Here are a few photos from Ziconic’s November 25 workout at Belmont Park and a couple of Coz breezing as well. Photos courtesy of Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs.

Team Z

Ziconic striding out... getting close to the finish line.

Ziconic striding out… getting close to the finish line.

Galloping out past the wire.  Pretty stride and such focus!

Galloping out past the wire. Pretty stride and such focus!

Continues to gallop out.

Ziconic continues to gallop out.

This is well past the finish line and still going strong.

This is well past the finish line and still going strong.

Coz breezing at Belmont on November 27

Coz breezing at Belmont on November 27

Coz gallops out after his breeze.

Coz gallops out after his breeze.


  1. Great win by Mor Spirit – a gorgeous colt by Eskendereya.

    Eskendereya raced for Zayat Stables. His full breeding rights were sold to Stonestreet
    Stables to settle a bankruptcy for Zayat Stables.

    He has now been sold to Japan – best of luck their big boy !!!


    1. Dear Tiz:

      I was so sad to see him leave the States. Happy life beautiful boy. Love and Hugs, JB

      1. Dear Judy,
        He was just becoming such a successful stallion, too.
        Love and hugs

    2. I don’t see anything to substantiate the claim that Eskendereya was sold due to part of a bankruptcy of Zayat stables, I seriously doubt that.

      Eskendereya hopefully will be returned to us when his stud career is over. He has always been much and cared for. The Ferdinand clause is pretty much standard when we sell overseas.
      His pedigree is superb!

  2. Two Mares of the World’s Best in 2015 – by Horse Racing Nation – Treve and Beholder
    a great chronology of both of their careers


    1. Dear Tiz:

      Thank you for posting this wonderful article on two Beauties. Love them both. Love and Hugs, JB

  3. Beholder at Peacefield Farm – Trabecula, CA enjoying rest and relaxation. She will be back at the Mandella Barn January 1, 2016 with a start (unknown) in about 2 months. It hardly looks like her in the video – she is just wandering around the pasture grazing.


    1. Dear Tizgood,

      I’m in Riverside…just a stone’s throw from Temecula. I’ll have to go see her!

      Hugs, Kathy

      1. Dear Kathy,
        That would be wonderful if you could see her and let us know
        how she is doing. It sounds like she is sweet and wonderful
        when out of training. Looking forward to her return – we are
        so lucky to have her coming back at 6. Thanks to Mr Hughes.
        Love and hugs

  4. sorry Tramecula, CA

  5. Dear Z Fans:

    I apologize if this is a repeat post, but in case you haven’t seen it. This is a video of CC’s work this morning (12/19/15) with comments from Art Sherman at the end. He looks soooo good. Love and Hugs, JB


    1. Judy,
      He looks wonderful. He seems to be really thriving after his change in ownership, turnout at the farm and being back with Art. Here’s to responsible owners for all horses

    2. Dear Judy,
      He looks soooo good; Beholder is going to
      be his big competition, but he is 5 and a big strong
      stallion. Looking forward to his return. So very glad
      Art has this chance to train him again.
      Love and hugs

  6. This is a MUST read and brought me to tears.
    From Rolling Stone
    “American Pharoah: Who Was 2015’s Biggest Star? The Horse, of Course

    The Triple Crown winner made history this summer, erasing 37 years of frustration and giving millions of fans a reason to cheer. Finally
    The sound.

    My goodness, the sound was indescribable. As American Pharoah made the final turn at Belmont Park and headed down the homestretch with no horse within shouting distance, the entire place rose as one. Many of them were there for the spectacle of possibly seeing the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. Others were just regulars who had endured the close calls and brutal defeats of decades past……………………………. (Again a MUST read)

    1. Dear Ashton,

      Wonderful article! Thank you so much for posting it! I live in Southern CA and yes, American Pharoah really made the summer for me. I traveled to Del Mar and Santa Anita 3 times each just to see him. He is indeed magnificent.

      1. Dear Kathy,
        How fortunate to see him in person. Great advantage to
        living in CA, the great race place and Del Mar. So sad
        Trevor is leaving SA, but he will still be at Del Mar and
        enjoying his farm in the Northwest.
        Love and hugs

        1. Dear Tizgood,

          Yes, sad about Trevor. Del Mar is a lot longer trip for me than Santa Anita! Have a great day. Love and hugs, Kathy

    2. Ashton–We all miss your dear mother.

      1. Terry,
        Well said. Just think how she would have loved the boys!

    3. Dear Ashton,
      Thank you so much for posting this link — what a wonderful article! The Rolling Stone magazine writer, Brendan Prunty, did a fabulous job of writing. It brought tears to my eyes, too. Yes, American Pharoah is magnificent and is most certainly the biggest star of 2015!
      Great to hear from you, Ashton. Hope you are well and that you have a lovely holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

      Hugs and Love

  7. December 20 Cherokee Devotional

    We view life with our hearts-and if someone does not have it in his heart to see something very beautiful, he will see only the hardship and distrust.
    Two people in nearly identical circumstances can wake up to the same news, the same information, the same landscape-and see it in totally different ways.
    One expects trouble to pass-and gives it time. The other sees problems pouring in faster than she can solve them One sings, the other cries. We have to check our reactions and then check our hearts for corrected vision. This is our privilege-this is life meeting our expectations.

    We took an oath not to do anything wrong to each other or to scheme against each other.
    Chiricahua Apache

    1. Dear Kathy,
      Such a great devotional and some just are not able to
      see all view points in a mature manner. Greed is the
      enemy of man and using animals to satisfy that greed
      is unacceptable. We all know where some of those
      animals end up – on feed lots.
      Love and hugs

  8. Dear Sheena,

    Hope all is well with you. The FB furbabies all seem fine. I hope you have a blessed Sabbath. Last weekend before Christmas…people are running around like maniacs! lol Love and hugs from me, kisses from Holly, Nikko and Sugar. Kathy XOXO

  9. Dear Kathy.Wonderful devotional.I always think of the birds who greet each day with a song no matter what.Some floods outside town rivers bursting their banks but it does feel fresher today.Everyone is going crazy over here too and the supermarkets are open Boxing day plus our sales begin!!Mango is enjoying her journey to Ohio and Mattie is sort of behaving!A blessed Sabbath to you,Love and hugs,Kisses for Holly,Nikko and Sugar.Sheena.XOXO

  10. Good Morning everyone….so excited, COZ worked yesterday (12/19) at SA
    5F 1:04.40 h
    Have a feeling ZI and Coz will be racing VERY soon!

    Luv to Z, Coz, Zi, and Z Princess……stay warm :)

  11. Sad news that Campanologist has succumbed to colic while travelling from Argentina to Germany.He was only 10yrs old.I dislike shuttling horses all the world.RIP brave boy run free now.Sheena.

    1. Oh, that is too young. Very sad. Curse that awful colic!
      Condolences to all those who cared for him. RIP Campanologist

      Hugs and Love

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