Today in History: The 2008 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic

Jockey Mike Smith, left, rides Zenyatta to victory in the Ladies' Classic horse race at the Breeders Cup at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Friday, Oct. 24, 2008.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Jockey Mike Smith, left, rides Zenyatta to victory in the Ladies’ Classic horse race at the Breeders Cup at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Friday, Oct. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Seven years ago today Zenyatta won the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic in 1:46.85, the second fastest time in the history of the race. Watch it again here and head over to the career section for more details.

Team Z


  1. Z is…as always….amaZing

  2. Beautiful hand ride and what a team Mike and Zenny were! In her own style and simply
    amazing!!! I am repeating you Carol,but it is the only word that expresses what I feel.

  3. Can someone tell me where I can go to view the Breeder’s Cup races on Friday? I see that NBC is only showing 3 of the races on Saturday, which is their usual pattern, but I would love to see several of the races on Friday.

    1. TVG is showing the BC Friday and Sat

      1. Thanks so much for the info! I want to see RV vs Songbird and wish it was on regular tv. I don’t have cable or satellite so I guess TVG is my only choice.

        1. That is going to be a great race; both are such great filly’s and 2 HOF jockies.

        2. PS
          Almost like Zenyatta and Rachel meeting at 2 yo

    2. Go to NBC sports. Different channel from NBC. They usually show the early races on NBCSport and switch over to NBC for the others.

  4. It is raining at Keenland; have not heard about Golden Horn’s arrival yet.

    1. Dear Tizgood.He arrived a couple of hours ago.Hugs Sheena

      1. Keenland has a tight turf course so not very Euro friendly, but WD’s favorite and if he can do it GH can, too. Gosden says he is a handy horse. So very much miss WD he was truly a champion of the American Turf.

  5. Zenyatta loved to give the others a chance!She was a real lady.Amazing horse.Love and hugs Sheena.
    Australia look to have another supermare on their hands in Winx a 4yr old daughter of Street Cry who we all know was Zenyatta’s daddy.Trained by Chris Waller she has won 9 of her 15 starts including today’s Cox’s Plate when she broke the record.Sheena

    1. Dear Sheena,
      I love what you wrote about Zenyatta loving to give the others a chance! You are so right; she is a real lady. And yes, Carol, Debbie S., and Sheena, simply AMAZING!!
      Hugs and Love

      Maureen O’Hara was a fine actress and one of the most beautiful women of all time. That lovely complexion, gorgeous auburn hair and expressive eyes — Wow, I always wanted to grow up to be her! The dictionary should have a picture of her as the definition of “beauty”. IMHO :-)
      RIP Ms. O’Hara Many thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  6. What a girl! I know she wins but always get a little short of breath watching her do those amazing come from behind moves.

  7. RIP Maureen O’Hara who died peacefully at her grandson’s home in Boise, Idaho.Aged 95yrs she was watching her favourite film “The Quiet Man” surrounded by her family.Sheena.

  8. Nice race by Z as always
    beauitful action

    hugz/prayerz zsters
    luv vamp <3

  9. Dear Judy.I have heard Lava Man is going to the BC courtesy of Tex Sutton Equine Travel.He’s excited to be going with his kids!!Still no signs of Max.No updates on William over the weekend.His family have asked for privacy.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT Cap Hercules Frank Bentley and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena,
      So glad Lava Man is getting along with this group of kids. Will be fun to
      see him with Nyquist. Glad to hear GH made it safely, hope they have a
      video of him tomorrow. How did you find out he landed?
      Love and hugs

      1. Dear Tizgood.Someone posted the news on Chrome National Treasure FB.Hugs Sheena

        1. Dear Sheena,
          Finally made GH arrival on Bloodhorse, did not realize that he is all brown,
          no white. No video yet. You are the Queen of facebook !!!
          Love and hugs

    2. Sheena its going to be so exciting. So Glad Lava Man is going.

  10. Thank you Team Z!

    I love watching all of Zenyatta’s awesome races and of course I am grinning from ear to ear.

    Love and HugZ to all.

  11. It is funny watching Z as a 4 year old and how much she matured in her racing style as a 6 year old- great win !!!! Powered to the wire for the win.

  12. Hi again everybody!

    I had to clean up my computer so couldn’t post here as Zenny’s site didn’t recognize me. LOL

    Lovely to relive this experience once again!!!

  13. Oh my goodness, Zenny,
    you were and you are one in a million!
    I love you girl!
    Big hugs!!!!

  14. Here’s the whole BC Ladies Classic (2008) :

  15. Dear Zenyatta, Enjoyed the race so much. Its just a “Wow” but all your races are.
    Love Ya so much.

  16. Dear Tizgood and all Simon Bray Fans. I was just watching TVG at the right time today. I heard them say when Simon wil be in the Studio.
    He will be on this coming Wed. with Todd. They didn’t say the time. Maybe he will be on more days before the Breeders Cup., But I heard them say Wednesday. I believe there is going to be some sort of Preview Event of the Breeders Cup that day.

  17. “Wow” he’s back. Huge Congratulations to Dortmund. You looked just fantastic. Hope you come out the race in good order. Huge Congrats to PaPa Big Brown too.
    Love You Both

    1. Dear Peggy,
      They interviewed BB after Dortmund’s win and I think BB actually thought about entering him in the BC dirt mile as his first race back. He looked fantastic, hope he races all next
      Love and hugs

  18. As exciting as the first time.

  19. Wonder if “Air Horse One” is taking American Pharoah. I bet it is.

  20. Zenyatta – You are still our amazing Queen of racing. Om ran a great race as well as Dortmund this afternoon at Santa Anita . I love re-watching all your races, this is for sure one of my favorites. And if I ever feel a bit down, I will play your song by Liza.
    What great news about Lava Man in attendance at the BC. He will be such an extra treat for the fans at Keeneland.

    Safe racing for all and hope the weather is good.

  21. Posted on TVG 10/23:

    10/26 Zenyatta’s Classic 11:00 PM ET
    10/27 Best of the Breeders’ Cup 11:00 PM ET
    10/28 The Works (Simon, Todd, Paul, Scott, Christina 6:30 PM ET

    Am so looking forward to BC week and the races. Praying for safe races for all horses and jockeys.

  22. Thank you for sharing the anniversary and video of this wonderful Zenyatta race with us. This has to be one of my favorites as she goes along with so much ease and then when she quickens on the far side, it just takes my breath away as she is passing horse after horse. Her races were almost always run so much further than everyone else because she usually was so wide to be in the clear, but she handled the distance with her ears up. Amazing mare!! This just lifts my heart – one more time. Thanks to all of Team Zenyatta!!

  23. Oh, how I miss watching Zenyatta run. In every race you knew she was coming. Thank you for these wonderful memories Team Z. We LOVE you, Zenyatta.

  24. October 25 Cherokee Devotional

    At one time, most of us thought we knew it all, and later on, we wished we had kept quiet until we had learned something.
    Discovering the depth of one thing makes us think we have tapped a reserve of wisdom and knowledge. What we really learned was how much there is left to learn.
    We want to know; it is our nature. But most rebel at being taught, especially the things of the spirit. What we learn should always be carefully examined-but never with the intellect alone and always with the spirit. Life, itself, is the spirit and it should never be allowed to suffer malnutrition.

    The roots of the tree of his life have not yet grasped the rock and soil.
    Standing Bear

  25. Dear Sheena,

    All seems well with the FB furbabies. I wish you a blessed Sabbath. The torture of the Tennessee Walking horses is just sickening. I’m going to find a petition I can sign. Have a lovely day. I’m celebrating my cousin’s birthday with her tonight. Love and hugs from me, kisses from Holly, Nikko and Sugar. Kathy XOXO

  26. Watching Zenyatta brings chills and thrills to my heart and of course a tear or two. She is one of God’s great gifts to those who love her.
    Love to all dumplings,

  27. Dear Kathy.A Blessed Sabbath to you and enjoy yourself tonight.We learn something new every day.I am suffering from jet-lag with the new time takes me a few days to get used to it.I hadn’t heard about the flooding in Texas and Oklahoma until I went on Zoe’s page.I love Marty’s messages from Heaben and how Walter Melon grew.Frankie is riding CDA this afternoon in the Prix Royal Oak.Have a wonderful day.Love and hugs to you,Kisses for Holly,Nikko and Sugar.SheenaXOXO.

  28. CDA could only manage 4th in the Prix Royal Oak today and an extended distance too.Sheena

    1. Poor CDA may be time for retirement; was the turf soft?

  29. RIP Rajdhani Express who died in the Monet’s Garden old Roan chase this afternoon.It was won by Paul Nicholls Sound Investment who beat old-timer Wishfull Thinking by a head.
    Some good news about Sprinter Sacre.Nicky says he’s the best he’s seen him for over 18 months!Sheena.

    1. Dear Sheena,
      Are they going to run SS again this year??? Radjani Express died during the chase? RIP
      When is Baldizar King returning- the iron king??? So excited about Fazhihm he is soooo fast. Can hardly believe jumps is in full swing and no AP. What is he doing??? Rain Rain
      Rain go away. Hurricain Patricia has sent sooo much rain every where. Guess it is going all the way to KY. Hope it stops by the time of the BC. Yes, they keep people in drug induced coma for a long time to decrease brain swelling and brain damage. Thoughts and prayers to William Fox-Pitt and His Family- Horses are creatures of god but Equine sports are very dangerous.
      Love and hugs

  30. The Keenland main track is sloppy, we all know who will win the BCC if it remains sloppy. Beholder will not run in the slop; she trained today on the synthetic track.

1 2 3