Today in History: The 2010 Lady’s Secret Stakes

Zenyatta won the Lady's Secret Stakes on October 2, 2010. Photo courtesy of AP - by Jason Redmond.

Zenyatta won the Lady’s Secret Stakes on October 2, 2010. Photo by Jason Redmond courtesy of AP.

Hello fans,

It’s the beginning of an exciting month on! We’re in the midst of preparations for our third annual Celebration. Mark your calendars for Breeders’ Cup Weekend. Details will be announced throughout the month.

Leading up to this event we’ll be remembering important dates in Zenyatta’s career. The first is October 2, 2010. Five years ago today Zenyatta scored her 19th consecutive win with her victory in the Lady’s Secret Stakes at Hollywood Park. Watch the race again here and head over to the career section for more details about this milestone in Zenyatta’s life.

Team Z


  1. Happy Birthday, Judy! Many happy returns of your special day.

    Hugs, Kathy

  2. American Pharoah Remains On Top Of World’s Best Racehorse Rankings
    The Paulick Report by Edited Press Release 10.08.2015
    Although both Golden Horn (GB) [130] and Treve (FR) [126] posted impressive victories over the course of the past month, neither was able to displace American Pharoah (USA) [131] from the top of the eighth edition of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2015.
    In the span of three weeks, Golden Horn was victorious in the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (G1) and Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1), and remains rated at his previously achieved 130. The talented 3-year-old colt will retire to stud at the end of year, however, owner Anthony Oppenheimer indicated Golden Horn is under serious consideration for the upcoming Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1).

      LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY RANKINGS!/universe/events-sports/rankings/race-horse-rankings

      Racehorse Rankings 1st January 2015 – 4th October 2015
      (the next edition will be released on 12th November 2015)

      1. Dear BGG:

        Thank you for these interesting links. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Very interesting Bluegrass Girl, thank you!

  3. Dear Auntie Judy.Wishing you a very happy birthday.Hugs Sheena

    Also remembering this day in 2007 when the mighty John Henry passed away aged 32yrs.RIP sweetheart.Hugs SheenaX

    1. John Henry, the King of grouches! He and Dynaformer are having some interesting discussion up there in the pasture in the sky.

      1. I’d love to eavesdrop!Sheena

      2. RIP magnificent JH. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Happy Birthday Judy, Judy, Judy! (a Cary Grant thing) love and hugs, Sally B

    3. Happy Birthday, Judy! Pray many of God’s blessings for you in your ‘new’ year. with love, Elizabeth

    4. Happy Belated Birthday, Auntie Judy.

  4. Jeremy Balan The Blood-Horse tweet· Oct 7
    California Chrome is scheduled to arrive back at Art Sherman’s Los Alamitos barn
    Oct. 13. Date could change, but that’s the plan now.

  5. Dear Judy:I saw a photo of Angela and Bentley and everything is fine he can go out in the field.Lovely pics of Alex with Dandy.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT Cap Hercules Frank Bentley and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Yes, Bentley will be back out with the other horses and he should be fine with time. Alex and little Dandy are quite a team. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM, PC, HT, Cap, Herc, Frank, Bentley and all the Sweeties

      1. So happy to hear the good news about Bentley.

        It has been decided that Liam’s Map will race in the BC Mile, not the Classic. His owner & TP feel that this distance suits him better & that he has a better chance of winning.

        1. Dear Donna Z:

          Thank you. Me too.

          Godspeed to Liam. Love and Hugs, JB

      2. Dear Judy B.,
        Great news about Bentley! So glad he can resume his normal activities and hang with the other horses. YAY!
        Hugs and Love

        1. Dear Marshall and Z Fans:

          Thank you for your prayers for Bentley. He’s on his way back to complete recovery. Unbelievably brave boy. Love and Hugs, JB

        2. Terrific news, JB.
          Give that handsome guy a big smooch from me!
          Love and hugs.

  6. On this day (9th) in 1940 John Lennon was born.Once a Beatle,always a Beatle.Hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Tragic loss. RIP JL. His birth day is the same as my Russ’s, October 9th. Love and Hugs, JB

      1. Dear Judy.Thinking of you and Russ today.God bless.Love and hugs SheenaX

        1. My Dear Sheena:

          Thank you. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Imagine! Great song and sad loss.

    3. Also Happy Birthday to John’s son, Sean Lennon, who was born in 1975 on his father’s 35th birthday! Sean turns the big 4-0 today!

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

    Goodnight. Love all of you so much. Sweet Baby Dreams Z. Hugs, JB

    Z Princess, Dubai, will always love you.

  8. Goodnight, I love you to the moon Zenyatta and Coz & Zi
    love zprincess and my dear Sir,
    Auntie Sally B

  9. Zenyatta I am anxiously waiting to visit your Waiting Room in 2016. If my memory serves me right, you’ll be delivering a March foal. I am so excited that I am a winner in the “See Rachel” contest. Hopefully some day I will get to visit you as well. Sending virtual peppermints to you, Coz and Ziconic.

    1. Dear Allie, Congratulations on winning the contest to see RA! How exciting! Yes, we’ll all have to start pacing in the new year – am so excited for Zenny! Looking forward to hearing all about your visit. Pray God’s blessings for you on your trip. with love, Elizabeth

    2. Allie,
      If you can’t make the trip to Kentucky, I volunteer to do it for you! Congrats~

      1. Dear Shirlee:

        Too funny! Love and Hugs, JB

    3. Dear Allie:

      Congrats on winning a visit with RA. Please give her big hugs and kisses from us. So looking forward to Z’s little one too. Love and Hugs, JB

  10. Hovis is “full of it”!!!But is rather annoyed being compared to a poncy TB.He has made a film for Bransby and he’s going out for a hack today may end up in Cornwall YEEHAA!Safe trips to all horses and jockeys this weekend.GH was out on Warren Hill earlier and one step nearer to the BC.He has put on weight since his return!Sheena.

    1. Dear Sheena,

      Thanks for our update. Sounds like Hovis had a fabulous week. Lots of bouncing and filmed, too! Good for him! TGIF everyone, and safe trip for all horses and jockeys running this weekend. Hugs, Kathy

    2. Dear Sheena:

      Thank you for our Hovis update. Do you think Bransby will have the Hovis video on their site. Would love to see it. Love and Hugs, JB

  11. October 9 Cherokee Devotional

    Never take on more than is yours to handle. When you are a caretaker by nature, it can appear that the whole world rests on your shoulders. Some of it does, of course, because no one is without responsibility. But when you begin to think you have to do it all, it is time to back off and reassess your position.
    Life is a matter of give and take-and if you try to do all the giving, someone is going to get the idea they don’t have to do anything. The only way they can receive is to give first. And if someone else does all the giving, there’s something amiss-and it may be you.

    Our patience…is exhausted, and we are discouraged from persevering any longer.
    Joseph Brant

  12. Dear Sheena,

    Steve’s working from home today so my schedule will be all messed up. All the FB furbabies I’ve visited are fine. Great to see Marty in his porcupine Halloween costume. Zoe looked beautiful in her fairy tale princess pink feather dress last night. And she brought fairy dust to help us all sleep. Have a wonderful day. TGIF! Enjoy the weekend ahead! Love and hugs from me, kisses from Holly, Nikko and Sugar. Kathy XOXO

  13. Dear Kathy.Wonderful devotional as always.All the furbabies I have managed to visit are well.Racing on today from Newmarket!Oh,Hovis is leading them a merry dance these days with his energy.A lovely day here typical autumn weather now.Mango spoke to an angel yesterday and Katybug is doing well practising with her butterfly wings.The ratties have been bisiting Temmessee and got to see Dollywood.Still no signs of Mr No Ears.Very sad for him.Have a wonderful day.Love and hugs to you,Kisses for Holly,Nikko and Sugar.SheenaXOXO

    1. Speaking of furbabies, Bei Bei a.k.a. Tank Xiang-Tian had an exam. Boy, has he changed since the last vet visit! The videos are up on both You Tube and the NZ Facebook page. He has officially reached the “excruciatingly, painfully cute” stage now that his eyes are open! He is so adorable and such a little fussbudget! I don’t know how Mei manages to keep her famous serenity intact when he starts crying, but she does somehow. Today I think she’d had it with him being cranky in her arms, so she put him on the floor to calm him down. Boy, can he move in a straight line when he’s angry! DoxiePanda has a video of the entire episode up on both YT and FB. Bei Bei did manage to calm down and go to sleep while Mei watched him. Then she went out to get her treats!

  14. Chili, Union Jackson, Taco’s pasture buddy is running at Keeneland tomorrow.

    1. Dear Shirlee:

      Thanks for this info. Godspeed Jackson. Safe and sound. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Go, Chili, Go!
      Thanks for the update, Shirlee.

  15. Wow the beautiful Coolmore filly Minding an impressive winner at Newmarket under Ryan Moore just cruised up the hill at the end!By Galileo(who else)out of Lillie Langtry she is favourite for our fillies Classics next year.Hope she can get the 1 and 1/2 miles in the Oaks.A stunning individual.Also Her Majesty had a winner with Mustard a double for Ryan.Sheena.

    1. Congrats to Minding, Mustard, RM and Her Majesty. Love and Hugs, JB

  16. I am confused about those rankings. Why is Shared Belief on the list and not Beholder? Doesn’t AP’s story deserve a movie? Can’t wait until Breeders Cup. My brother got a nanny goat! When he was little he had a little goat. Hateful beast. Abby, her name is Abby, doesn’t smell bad which surprised me. She chewed through her rope which didn’t surprise me. I’m not milking a goat.

    1. Dear Vicki:

      Too cute. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Vicki,
      Made me laugh! Good luck to you, your brother and the nanny goat! They will, of course, eat about anything.

  17. October 2, 2010 was the thrill of my life as I got to witness Zenyatta’s #19 win. I met some great people that I only had talked to before and got to see Zenyatta race in person. What a wonderful time that was, one I will never forget. She is so amazing!

    1. Dear Karen:

      Lovely memory for you. Thanks for sharing. Love and Hugs, JB

  18. Penitent owned by Middleham Park racing (Moosie’s owners)has been retired aged 9.He travelled to Dubai and Longchamp in his career.He will have an excellent retirement as his trainer David O’Meara’s hack.Sheena.

  19. Wow! Thanks to Team Z for this reminder that there will never be another Zenny. How I miss her! Also miss poor old Hollywood Park… Is it really only 5 years?

  20. Dear Judy.Alex is growing up so fast.Saw her with Dakota today.Aidan is hoping that Gleneagles can run on Champions day next week!We haven’t seen him since June.I don’t know what happened to Hovis’ film as he said it most probably ended up on the cutting room floor!!Aunty Becky is taking him out tomorrow.Look out Lincolnshire!!Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT Cap Hercules Frank Bentley and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Yes, Alex is becoming a beautiful young lady. Poor Hovis. Well, he has his book. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM, PC, HT, Cap, Herc, Frank, Bentley and all the Sweeties

  21. Beholder ‏tweet Friday Oct. 9 2015
    Workout today! 5f in 1:02.00, finishing 33/39.

    Jay Privman ‏@DRFPrivman ‏tweet Friday Oct. 9 2015
    There were 112 works today at Santa Anita.
    The only one designated as breezing was Beholder. #BreedersCup

    Art Wilson ‏‏tweet Friday Oct. 9 2015
    Baffert, with eye on Ky. weather, says
    Pharoah will ship Oct. 25 or 27.
    Beholder will head to Ky. on Oct. 19.

    1. Dear BGG:

      Thanks for this info. Love and Hugs, JB

  22. Dear Mama Z, COZ, ZI and Montey:

    Goodnight. Stay comfy an cozy. Sweet Dreams Z. Love all of you so much. Hugs, JB

    Z Princess, Dubai, will always love you.

    1. Dear Judy,
      Happy Birthday to your Russ! Loved reading all the comments today.
      with love, Elizabeth

      1. Dear Elizabeth:

        Thank you so much. He would have been 89. Love and Hugs, JB

  23. Dear Judy, So glad Bentley is doing good. So Happy

  24. Dear Judy, (JAG) Sending you very happy Belated Birthday wishes. Hope you have many many more wonderful Birthdays.

  25. Dear Judy, Thinking of you and Russ today on his birthday. Hope you have been OK today. Know its hard.

    1. Dear Peggy:

      Thank you dear heart. Love and Hugs, JB

  26. Dear Orfevre, Sure wish the Japanese would bring you over to the race track on Monday. Your being there in person would be the most wonderful thing for your celebration. Know its not likely but I will still hope. Miss you and love you so much.

  27. Orfevre, think you need to be paraded around again. Listen they do it for Wise Dan. Sure wish I had a hot line to the Japanese. Your fans love you.

  28. Have a good weekend, everybody!
    Love you Zenny and sons!
    Hugs and Love

    Marty, are you okay? We haven’t heard from you in a long time. Miss you!
    Hope all is well.
    Hugs and Love

    1. Dear Marshall:

      I second your thoughts for our Marty. Miss her too. Love and Hugs, JB

  29. October 10 Cherokee Devotional

    If you argue with stupid reasoning you end up being stupid. Expressing an opinion can run you out of bounds and into areas that are not yours to argue. And no one has any business matching wits with someone who hasn’t a notion of honor.
    Consider what good can possibly come from a heated debate with someone who is in it for the argument alone. When there is noise and insult, the reason is weak. Someone said ignorance is behind every argument-but let’s not let it be ours.

    You pretty good fighter, Quanah, but you not know everything.
    Quanah Parker

  30. Dear Sheena,

    Happy Saturday! I’m ecstatic at the thought of 3 days off!!! I hope to get in a few naps! The FB furbabies seem to be doing well. Enjoy your day. Love and hugs from me, kisses from Holly, Nikko and Sugar. Kathy XOXO