Ziconic’s OTTB Ambassador Debut, The Thoroughbred Holiday Classic Horse Show

Ziconic and Sarah Jumping at Templeton Farms.

Dear Fans,

We hope this finds you enjoying the Fall/Winter weather and the beginnings of the holiday spirit – another year that’s racing by!  

We have some very exciting news to share…

With Ziconic retiring from racing this past June, one of our visions and dreams is for him to be an Off The Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) Ambassador for the West Coast and beyond.  We believe Ziconic can be a great inspiration as well as demonstrate the possibilities for Thoroughbreds in a post-racing career. Supporting special venues that hold our same values is central to Ziconic’s OTTB ambassadorship; From Racehorse to Sporthorse.  

The Thoroughbred Classic Horseshow (LA Equestrian Center) Jump Signs Sponsored by 
Ziconic in Collaboration with Templeton Farms & Sarah Pollock Sporthorses
Featuring Ziconic’s New Logos (Left).

As our 1st OTTB Ambassador opportunity, we have found the perfect venue for Ziconic to champion and at the perfect time of year. In collaboration with Templeton Farms (Ziconic’s Home) and Sarah Pollock Sporthorses (Ziconic’s Trainer), we are delighted to support CARMA with The Thoroughbred Holiday Classic Horse Show, December7th & 8that the LA Equestrian Center. Our “Holiday Trifecta”!  

We are honored to help promote this wonderful event and debut some of Ziconic’s new branding.  These images will be featured on a jump we are sponsoring in the jumping court and will also be one of the jumps in the Trainer & Jockey Calcutta, held on Saturday evening, December 8th, where Trainers and Jockeys compete in jumping rounds on OTTBs. Such Fun!

If you are in the Southern California area, we hope you can attend.  Here is additional information about the Show and the Trainer & Jockey Calcutta event Saturday evening:

Trainer & Jockey Calcutta:  Competitor & Trainer, John W. Saddler
(Photo Courtesy of The Thoroughbred Holiday Classic Horse Show)

You can also learn more about Thoroughbred Holiday Classic Horseshow Trainer & Jockey Calcutta on the event page, which also features a great video narrated by Lucinda Mandella, Executive Director, CARMA. 

And find out more about CARMA, dedicated to providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of California-raced Thoroughbred horses.

Just like his Mom, Zenyatta, Ziconic does things on his own time. While Ziconic will not be attending the Thoroughbred Holiday Classic Horse Show this year, we could not be happier with his transition to date with Sarah at Templeton Farms – we are so proud of him and what they are starting to demonstrate in the jumping court.  We are already looking forward to 2020 and great things to come!


  1. Dear Ann:

    So happy for Max. Yes, Charlie’s by himself AGAIN, so nobody to play “pull the blanket off” with. Hope RL is doing well. Love and Hugs, JB

  2. Dear Sheena:

    Thinking of our Hovis and sending healing prayers. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

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

    Hope you had a wonderful day. Goodnight and Happy Dreams. Love and Hugs, JB

  4. Great info here!

  5. Dear Judy.A very stormy night over here.Thinking of Hovis too.Karen was dressing his hoof today she cannot bend because of her back then she forgot the scissors and had to cut the duct tape with her expensive veneers and she thought one faise move from Hovis but he is such a good boy.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

  6. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10213152949098695&set=gm.2582079581858055&type=3&theater&ifg=1

    All is well with Hovis.If squeamish photos are in comments.Much better than I expected.Onwards and upwards Big Guyxx

    1. Dear Sheena,

      Thanks for the post/linki on Hovis. The photos are very interesting, and I certainly do hope and pray that his healing will now progress smoothly and completely.Get well soon brave Hovis, and please let him stay healthy!

      Hugs and Love

  7. I’ve been away too long from your blog sweet Z. I would have gone to the horse show in LA EQUESTRIAN CENTER. You always have such great information.
    There is a mare I like that in a small way, reminds me of your racing style. Queen Be To You, runs in the back like you did and them mows them down!
    She won the Bayakoa on Sunday at Los Alamitos. She is beautiful just like you.
    I hope the holidays are happy days for you and everyone At Lanes End.
    I will check in more often. Your boys are doing great! And we love Zellda at SA.
    THANK YOU Lanes End for giving us this gift of the Zenyatta fan page.

  8. Dear Judy.Hovis was magnificent as usual.Hopefully he will heal now.More stormy weather due this week.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

  9. Dear Sheena:

    Thanks for the good news update on Hovis. Continued prayers for his complete recovery. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

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

    Have a peaceful evening and Happy Dreams. Love all of you so much. Hugs, JB

  11. https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-latest/death-of-notnowcato-three-time-group-1-winner-and-dual-purpose-sire-at-17/413172

    Sad to hear Notnowcato died after covering a mare.Just 17yrs old.Always remember him beating Derby winner Authorized.Rest well CatoX

  12. Just saw a replay of the Cigar Mile. Go Max!

    1. Dear Barbara:

      Max was brilliant. So happy for him. Love and Hugs, JB

  13. Dear Sheena:

    Those Mini babies are just adorable. Thanks for sharing. Loved the Santa video too.

    RIP beautiful Notnowcato.😪😪😪

    Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

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

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

    1. Thanks for the link, Sheena. Istabraq is certainly inspecting those deer! He looks great.

      RIP Notnowcato. Very sad — condolences to all his connections.

      Hugs and Love

    2. Dear Sheena:

      Adorable photo of Isti. What glorious and curious beings they are. All the very best to Authorized; long, happy life.

      Hope your broadband problem is resolved. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

  15. Dear Judy Sorry I missed you last night.Trouble with my broadband another stormy night.Goodnight and Godbless you and the sweeties.love and hugs SheenaXs

  16. https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-latest/authorized-the-latest-stallion-confirmed-as-sold-to-the-turkish-jockey-club/413205

    Another famous horse off to Turkey.He gave Frankie his first Epsom Derby win in 2007 and sired Tiger Roll.Stay safe always.

  17. Judy,
    Wonderful article on Bloodhorse.com by Steve about your Max. He always says just the right thing. Max’s story is like that of little Z Princess. Oh what might have been.

    Hope Charlie is doing well by himself. Good health to you and him. Both of you stay warm.

    1. Yes, that was a great article. I wish I knew how to send those links like the rest of you do. The article made me sad and happy at the same time.

      This very wrong disqualification has always (to me) been about robbing Maximum Security of his rightful place in history. Interestingly enough, it may serve to elevate him as no one will remember Country House (who, btw, is a wonderful horse) as the winner but will always remember Max as the ‘horse who crossed the finish line first’.

      I wonder how the Kentucky Derby will proceed from here. There is always bumping in that huge field where colts and jockeys alike are aggressive. Will they disqualify the winner every year or just when they feel like it?

      Justice served when Max wins Champion 3 year old with no need of the Derby.

    2. Dear Shirlee:

      Thanks. Will check it out. Steve is always spot on.

      Yes, sadly we’ll never know if Max would have been a Triple Crown Winner and if our beautiful Z Princess would have won the BC Classic just like Mama. Always felt in my heart she would have been a power house on the track. Love and Hugs, JB

  18. https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/miller-wants-champion-stormy-liberal-retired-owners-to-move-horse-to-another-trainer/?fbclid=IwAR39pvTFulH1Lh6PnprYXca83yuPJ1CnwyEFLqzs_fo6JE5Tppn9or0M3AI

    A rather sad story about Stormy Liberal.I just hope he stays safe and well.

    Dear Judy.We’ve been promised a wet Christmas!Big day tomorrow.I’ve already voted .Goodnight God bless you LM PC HTand all the sweeties.Love and Hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Joining you in wishing Stormy Liberal safe and sound. Beautiful boy.

      Hope all goes best for the UK tomorrow. Prayers for Hovis. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Oh my.
      Mr. Bernson says there are two sides to every story, hahaha. Actually there are three and Stormy’s truth will be displayed soon enough. Poor Stormy Liberal. Praying for you Champ!

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

    Have a pleasant evening; comfy and cozy. Love and Hugs, JB

  20. Zellda had a workout at Santa Anita yesterday.

    1. Dear Shirlee:

      Thanks for this info. Looked for ZEL’s work video but couldn’t find it. I did find this work video of Muchie’s boy, Mucho Gusto. Love and Hugs, JB


  21. Hovis’ hoof is stilling bleeding a little so the pressure bandage stays on until tomorrow when hopefully the double act Herman the German and CNSM can work their magicX

  22. Still Typo

  23. https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-latest/ascot-hero-and-juddmonte-stallion-observatory-dies-at-the-age-of-22/413435

    Juddmonte sad to announce his death.He had lived at Banstead for 18yrs .Always remember him beating the Giant.Sleep tight Bonnie LadX

    1. Dear Sheena,

      Wishing Stormy Liberal all the best — sorry to see him being re-located. Hope he will be treated well and that he stays sound and healthy until allowed to retire in good health.

      Hope Hovis continues to heal with no complications. Power Up, brave boy.

      Sorry about Observatory. He was a beauty. Condolences to all connections.
      RIP handsome boy.

      Hugs and Love

  24. Dear Judy.Still watching the results.Another stormy night over here in more ways than one.Boris is still our PM.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

  25. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10213179411160230&set=pcb.2591169490949064&type=3&theater&ifg=1

    photos pf Hovis all done and dusted and no la-la juice needed.The boys a star!

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Continued prayers for our Hovis. Power Up beautiful boy.

      RIP Observatory.

      Your Christmas card arrived today. Thank you so much. Love and Hugs, JB, LM and all the Sweeties

    2. Dear Sheena,

      Thanks so much for posting Hovis’ diary version of his operation. I laughed heartily! What a grand sense of humor our Hovis and his mum have. Power Up, brave Hoverine!

      I must say how utterly patient and calm our boy Hovis appears while being worked on — he is such a rock. That is some fancy hoof apparatus he is sporting — quite an engineering feat (for the feet) by Herman and CNSM.

      Hovis is one impressive boy! Continued prayers for his wellbeing and successful recovery. All the best, Hovis and Karen!

      Hugs and Love

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

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

  27. Dear Judy.Glad your card arrived safely.Still stormy here.Hopefully Hovis will recover now Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT and all the sweeties Love and hugs SheenaX

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