legendary Zenyatta, winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa
Anita and Horse of the Year in 2010, will be honored for all-time by Santa
Anita Park as a life-sized statue of the great mare will be unveiled in Santa
Anita’s Paddock Gardens area on the first Saturday of Santa Anita’s
upcoming Autumn Meet, on Sept. 29.
Additionally, the inaugural Grade I, $250,000 Zenyatta
Stakes (formerly the Lady’s Secret), a race won by Zenyatta over three
consecutive years from 2008 through 2010, will be run on Sept. 29.
Zenyatta, who at the age of eight is currently enjoying her
role as a broodmare at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky, will be joining two of the
greatest horses of all-time, John Henry and Seabiscuit, as her statuary
likeness will now join these legends of the American Turf adjacent to the
Named after The Police’s blockbuster album
“Zenyatta Mondatta,” Zenyatta is owned by Rock and Roll Hall of
Famer Jerry Moss and his wife, Ann.
“Like the song written by Sting and performed by The
Police, everything Zenyatta did here will always be magic for the entire
Thoroughbred industry,” said Santa Anita President George Haines.
“Her win against the boys in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic is
considered by many to be the greatest moment in Santa Anita history.”
The incomparable Zenyatta retired with a remarkable 19 wins from 20 career starts and
$7,304,580 in earnings. Although she was defeated by a head in her final
start, the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic, her stature as one of the
sport’s all-time greats remained undiminished as she was voted the Eclipse
Award as Horse of the Year for 2010.
“The breadth of her accomplishments at Santa Anita
alone is astonishing,” said Haines. “She won a total of seven
races here, all stakes and six of them were in Grade I competition. Her story
will forever resonate with our fans and we know we’ll have many thousands
of people coming here over the years to admire her statue, which will be
situated on south side of the Kingsbury Fountain, directly across from John
Trained by John Shirreffs and ridden in her final 17 starts
by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, Zenyatta made her third career start on Jan.
13, 2008, winning Santa Anita’s Grade II El Encino Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths under
As was the case in her 2009 Classic victory, all nineteen
of Zenyatta’s wins came in last-to-first fashion.
After winning the El Encino, Zenyatta’s subsequent
Grade I wins at The Great Race Place came in the 2008 & ’09
Lady’s Secret Stakes, the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic,
the 2009 Classic and the 2010 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap.
“We’d again like to thank the Mosses for
running Zenyatta here and we look forward to welcoming them back as we again
honor ‘the big mare’ on Sept. 29,” said Haines.
Sculpted by Nina Kaiser, who also created the statue of
John Henry, Zenyatta’s likeness stands at her height of 17.2 hands, and
weighs 1,200 pounds, which is approximately what Zenyatta weighed throughout
her racing career. Commissioned by Santa Anita, the world-renowned Kaiser
worked on the project for more than two years.
Santa Anita’s 2012 Autumn Meet gets underway on
Friday, Sept. 28. For more information or to make dining and seating
reservations, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com
or call (626) 574-RACE.