Today in History: The 2009 Lady’s Secret Stakes

Zenyatta wins the 2009 Lady's Secret Stakes. Photo by Cheryl Quigley.

Zenyatta wins the 2009 Lady’s Secret Stakes. Photo by Cheryl Quigley.

Happy weekend!

Six years ago today Zenyatta won the 2009 Lady’s Secret Stakes. It would be her second of three victories in this Grade I race which is now known as the Zenyatta Stakes. Watch it again here and head over to the career section for more details.

Team Z


  1. She always gives us a thrill! 😊💖💚

  2. One of Our Queen’s prettiest victories!

  3. Even after all these years. Still gives me chills! One of a kind.

  4. Our beloved Zenyatta a joy to behold!Love you always my darling.Hugs SheenaXOXO

  5. No matter how many times I watch her races….the thrill is still there when she hits the top of the stretch and pours it on….chills in a major way!!!!! NO ONE DOES IT LIKE ZENYATTA!
    Love you!

  6. I remember thinking that Z and Mike were closer in this race because of Anabaa’s Creation. She almost beat her the last time they met up. Z beat her by a nose in their other matchup.

  7. I can only imagine how Team Z was on pins and needles when she raced as she seemed to always come from behind. What a thrill it must have been to see her race in person. Love ya’ Zenny

  8. Dear Judy:Bei-Bei is getting so cute now!Great to see Z’s victories again.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT Cap Hercules Frank Bentley and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Yes Bei Bei is adorable. Love watching Z’s videos over and over again. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM, PC, HT, Cap, Herc, Frank, Bentley and all the Sweeties

    2. Dear Sheena and Judy,
      He looks more and more like a panda every day, still so small compared to mum. How long does it take for him to reach adult size?
      Love and hugs

      1. Bei Bei a.k.a. Tank won’t be considered an adult panda until he’s 4 years old at which time he’ll be deported to China to join his big brother Tai Shan in the breeding program. At the rate he’s growing, he should rival his father Tian Tian in size: Big Daddy Tian is 275 pounds and very handsome . Right now, Bei Bei is considered a cub, and sister Bao Bao is a juvenile panda at 2 years old. Next year when she’s three, she’ll be called a subadult. Bei Bei has reached the major milestone of his eyes being open although he probably can’t see very well yet. He can hear loud sounds and his milk teeth are beginning to “erupt” as the vets call it. He’s scooting very well, but he really wants to skip crawling and go right to walking which leads to many adorable, but angry vocalizations on his part when he doesn’t succeed.

        1. Dear Deb E
          You have been watching these pandas for quite awhile, thanks for the great information. Will he then stay permanently in China, that is a shame, but I guess that is what the whole program is about and we do get to keep his mom correct?
          Love and hugs

        2. Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are here on loan from China. Their lease was renewed for another five years, but eventually we will have to give them back and another breeding pair will be sent to the National Zoo. Until Mei started having cubs after a long series of pseudopregnancies and miscarriages, there was talk right up until 2012 that Mei and Tian would be returned to China. Thankfully, Mei’s reproductive system kicked into full gear, so she and her husband are here for a few more years at the very least.

  9. Still cry with joy watching her, she’ll always own my heart! XoxoxoZ,Coz,Ziconic&ZPrincessAngel

  10. Wish I could have been there!

  11. Thank you so much,Team Z! We always knew how it would end but we held our breath anyway. Kim was right…nobody does it better!

  12. Hail to our Queen!!!

  13. My dear Zenyatta,
    I miss you so much in the race track.
    I wish your babies start running soon, maybe I will miss you less.
    I love you forever and ever.
    Hugs Ingrid.

  14. Wow. Just – wow.

  15. What a beauty! Love you Zenyatta!

  16. Hail to the Queen! I never get tired of seeing her race, over and over again. She is poetry in motion. Does anyone know who the chestnut horse is that Coz hung around with in the weanling and yearling paddock? I would love to know his Dam and Sire and his new owners and trainer. He sure loved him alot.

  17. Dear Beautiful Mama Z, COZ, ZI and Montey:

    Goodnight. Happy Dreams all. Sweet Baby Dreams Z. Love You. Hugs, JB

    Z Princess, Dubai, will always love you.

  18. Dear Team Z:

    Thank you for the memories. Love and Hugs to all of you, JB

  19. Still so thrilling to watch the videos of this beautiful champion of champions – Zenyatta, You are still the best! Thank you for the beautiful memories, sweet girl!

  20. Beautiful Zenyatta and beautiful St. Anita!! Still the best of the best!

  21. Zenyatta – that’s my Girl..pure perfection!

  22. Thanks, Team Z!
    Great to re-live the exciting races of our beloved Queen.
    Zenyatta is and always will be pure magic.
    Big Hugs and Lots of Love

  23. Bentley, im joyfull to hear about you, like race, Coz your style is something like this, like to see your races because they are continuing of Zenny races, twenty one and twenty two :-) :-), beautyfull Zenny Zi Coz and mates stay comfy and cozy, kiss your soft noses, lil 14z filly Dubai im remembering you

    1. Dear andrej:

      Lovely post. November 10th will be one year since beautiful Dubai left us. Remembering him and our beautiful baby Z Princess too. Love and Hugs, JB

  24. October 11 Cherokee Devotional

    Know who you are and don’t worry about what other people think. Be your own best friend and resist trouble like wildfire. Be steadfast in good times and bad, tell fear to get lost and do away with doubt the way you would turn a hose on a fire.
    Never fall into the habit of believing you are always in the wrong. It can be a sufferer’s trap, like a wastebasket that catches all the trash. Time is precious and you don’t have time to stand in a hole. Make a difference now by lifting your vision of yourself. There’s no such thing as bad blood when your heart is right.

    French trappers said a great many things to our fathers, which have been planted in our hearts.
    Chief Joseph
    Nez Perce

  25. Dear Sheena,

    All is well with the FB furbabies I’ve visited. Zoe is contemplating which outfit to wear for the final judging of the cutest dog contest. I voted for the pink feather dress with a tiara on her head if she owns one. Have a blessed Sabbath. Love and hugs from me, kisses from Holly, Nikko and Sugar. Kathy XOXO

  26. Dear Z Family,
    I was just looking back at some of the older Zenyatta pages, and this post came up – one of the sweetest –
    Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday. Pray God’s blessings for everyone and especially you, Momma Z, your precious ‘boys’, and your new Baby Z on the way.
    with love, Elizabeth (one of the pacing aunties … wonder how many rugs we’ve all worn out pacing over the years?!… including the pacing uncles)

    1. Dear Elizabeth:

      Thank you for posting this adorable photo of Mama Z and the First Prince. My gosh, he looks so much like her. Love and Hugs, JB

  27. Dear Kathy.A Blessed Sabbath to you too.I think Zoe looks so cute in ALL her outfits!All her teams played well.Wales got beaten by Australia and face South Africa next.Enjoy your days off.Love and hugs to you,Kisses for Holly,Nikko and Sugar.SheenaXOXO

  28. A very Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadian Z’sters.Enjoy your holiday.Love and hugs SheenaX

  29. Emotionless was found to be lame after his disappointing run in the Dewhurst yesterday.He has a chip in his left near fore and will have surgery.It should not hinder his preparations for next year’s 2000 guineas.Get well beautiful boy Sheena.

    1. All these injuries, deaths here and across the pond, sad.

  30. Ziconic has had no works since August 26, 2015- wonder what is going on and how he is going to start. They have to have works within 30 days of a start.

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