Happy Monday Everyone!
Wow, it has been a busy, but OH SO WARM WEEKEND! (At least here and on the East Coast! My Team told ME that it was fabulous weather in Del Mar… the low 70’s!)
The Saratoga Meet got off to a great start. The racing was very competitive and the stakes results were very solid. The horses seemed to handle the heat…as did the fans!
Del Mar weather and racing was terrific from all reports. Shorts, hats, and California Casual dress worked well for everyone. It was crowded over the weekend…but nothing like opening day. The entire environment was perfect for betting, enjoying the horses parading in the paddock, and having a bite to eat.
I’d like to give a special ‘shout out’ to my Barn 55 pal, CLOUD MAN, who won a very nice allowance race at Del Mar on Friday night. During the Del Mar Meet, they have a late first post each Friday, 4 o’clock, run the races, and then have a concert for the fans.
Each week, the group performing is different. These concerts are really well-attended. Last year, the performances were held in the infield, but as the Meet progressed, they thought the noise might be a bit too loud for the horses. This year, management reorganized things and relocated the stage placing it next to a huge parking lot by the beach side of the grandstand. This is a terrific location for everyone to have a great time.
Even though I love music and I truly adore DANCING…really loud music the night before a big race is not always the best thing for an athlete when he/she is trying to focus, relax and get some rest. So, changing the on-site location for these summer concerts is a fabulous thing. On behalf of my fellow horses, THANK YOU DEL MAR!
In this heat, relaxing in the barn with the cool air breezing around ME, I’ve had a moment to reflect upon so many things. Throughout the years, there have been numerous photos taken of ME that I truly enjoy. Fans often send various pictures to Dottie…ones she has never even seen before. When she saw the one above, she thought you might also enjoy it. In it…is a cartoon drawing of ME done by one of my fans…flying between the Twin Spires. Notice the intent look on my face as I’m studying this poster. I love it when I’m showing my SERIOUS SIDE!
Hugs to All~
hi Z! I love the photo, YOU are looking serious;) Stay cool gorgeous mama, love YOU xoxoxo
It’s great to get these updates, Zen. They make my day!
JAG :-) California
Hi Zenny Beautiful Girly Girl! I’m so swamped with work; just want to say I’m always thinking of you (and John Henry who is your Guardian Angel!) You are the two LOVES OF MY LIFE!
HUGS & KISSES TO MY QUEEN Z AND BABY Z XOXOXOXO
Kari: Wonderful photos. I admit I got choked up. Love this horse!
Dear Kari Bussell:
Thank you so much for another beautiful video of Z with lovely music. Hug, J.B.
Christine in VA
You are so smart and intuitive. I am amazed to see how you respond to so many things around you. One SMART LADY.
Have a good week Queen.
Thanks you for the very interesting post. Hugs, J.B.
You look so beautiful and intent in this photo. Your Mom Ann and Dottie are Too Cute. Stay cool. Love you and love to all of you, Judy and Russ
@MArgaret–thanks for sharing about the habits of the moose (I was tempted to say “meese”–LOL!
@Kari B–marvelous video. I left a comment on youtube.
@Terry Crow– before I realized there was another diary entry, I sent youa long posting about my connection with Jayne Mansfield.
@Karen Gogue–thanks for all you are doing (that I can’t mention!) We miss hearing from you, but we know why.
You always make my day, love you my adorable Zenyatta, Ingrid.
Zenny, I SWEAR you are part human! We all adore you and wish nothing but the best for you forever and ever!
Signofthetimes, Barbara W. and Judy B.
Thank you for the lovely thoughts…..gasp, gasp! If you know what I mean! Ahhhhh…fresh and delightful!
Yea, Cloud Man! Another horse I really like is First Dude … just read he’s been retired. Too bad; was hoping he would have made it to the BC Classic this year.
JAG :-) California
For those who followed the Dyna King story, here is a link to a book on Heart of Tucson’s website. He is coming back. What a miracle. I need to send another donation…
love you always Z
@Zenyatta – this one embodies TOO CUTE for sure! Has anyone ever taken a BAD picture of YOU? Bet not!
@Cynthia H; @Sharon in Seattle; @Nancy in NJ; @Susan in TN: Please contact me off-blog at email@example.com
diastu the tagger
Hi again Zenny and all. I posted a message at the same time this new post came up, so I didn’t know if it would get read. I wanted to be sure these thank yous got where they would be seen…..
@Kari Bussell: Thanks for the updated video “A Very Special Love Song” – Beautifully done!!! @signofthetimes: Enjoyed the Bernardini videos.
@Barbara Wood: Enjoyed the Dog Prayer video. @DJ: Thank you for the prayers.
Love and prayers for all you wonderful Dumplings and Zenny and all at Lanes End.
@Marilu V: You too – contact me off blog.
diastu (it’s like herding cats, I tell ya!)(
ZENNY,you are just the MOST adorable thing in town!!!!! Love you lady….How’s your little girl(fillie) doing. Getting a nice size baby bump.. Lots of Hugs and Kisses, Alene :-)
Seems like a sad weekend for racing with several accidents and the retirement of First Dude and Awesome Maria not racing the remainder of the year. Everytime I hear this kind of infomormation I am in wonder at your career and how it was handled. You not only had a fabulous racing career but retired healthy and very happy big kuddos to your wonderful owners and trainers. Much love to you and your team!!!
STAY COOL ZENNIE, COLD WEATHER WILL BE HERE TOO SOON FOR ME. ONLY SIX MONTHS BABY Z WILL ARRIVE. AUGUST IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. ENJOY ALL THE PRETTY SEASONS. LOVE TO ALL, SHERRY D. WV.
Dear Karen Gogue:
Thank you for all the hard work you are doing. Please let me know if I can help. Hugs, J.B.
I have a special thank you for you……Saturday was my birthday and because of you I have made so many new friends who sent me wishes from all over because of our mutual love and admiration for you!
I hope that you are feeling well, please take care of yourself in this extreme warm weather we have in the south.
I love you so much!
Dear Barbara Wood:
It’s really tough to look at those photos. So glad that Gifted is fine now. God Bless all the people that help these beautiful, beautiful horses. Hugs, J.B.
Dear Cheryl Smith:
Happy Belated Birthday wishes. Hugs, J.B.
Susan in TN
Zenny- you are too cute, looking at your poster! And I love that your besotted mom and patient Aunt Dottie are there with you-quite a group of girls. <3
I just got back from the rescue, Z, and everyone is SO HOT. I'm glad you have your fan and can go inside. Wish you could see how much the foal has grown! I did a "halter lesson" with him and he was so good. You have all that to look forward to, Zenny! His name is Sasparilla but sometimes I can only get "Sass" out, he is so quick. Rusty and Rootbeer (the yearlings) are growing and filling out some. Rootbeer (the shy one) is doing so much better. I am the besotted mom, too!
The heat has kind of been getting to me, Big Girl, as I have been going out mid-day to give Chester (the elderly pony) his lunch. I know your Team would do the same. I am going to watch the new video that your fan Kari made- I know it will be great! Love you<3
Hugs and warm wishes to my Z friends!
@Georgia Harper: I completely agree – and a breakdown at DMR also on Sunday with sad outcome. I believe in miracles – 20 races over 2-1/2 years- “20” victories – records set – awards won – healthy, happy, sweet tempered horse – well in foal – yep, miracle (named John-Jerry-Moss-Shireffs-Ann-Dottie-Mario-Miracle)
@Rats! Just realized First Dude was the Dude I entered in that contest for the combo Gold Cup/Classic deal.
@Anti-rats!None this time.
diastu in tempe
tony and sue
@Georgia Harper, you are so right. To think she raced all those years without any health problems only proves how talented her John is as a trainer. He sure knows how to bring out the best in his horses…Zenny will always be the ultimate example of that. Of course Z is in a class by herself, but that angel on her browband helped guide her safely home over and over again. Her whole journey to date has been amazing.
Dottie O. Moore
Thank you, Kari Bussel, for this video
that really touched my heart.