Jerry and Ann Moss, owners of 2010 Horse of the Year and three-time champion older mare Zenyatta, relayed her story to an audience of racing fans and equine enthusiasts Sept. 14 during a presentation at the University of Kentucky’s Equine Initiative as part of the Distinguished Industry Lecture Series.
The Mosses covered many topics, including life before Zenyatta, the journey of a lifetime with the mare, and what their plans are for her offspring.
Zenyatta won the first 19 races of her career and then fell a nose short of Blame in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. The previous year Zenyatta won the Breeders’ Cup Classic on the then-synthetic surface at Santa Anita Park.
“There was such a burst of joy that went through the area (when she won at Santa Anita),” Ann Moss said. “People were hugging and kissing people they didn’t know. She brought that kind of joy. We wanted to have that big burst of joy go out to the whole world (in the 2010 Classic) everyone was watching.