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Zenyatta Completes Vanity Preparations

In her final major preparation for the $250,000 Vanity Handicap on Sunday at Hollywood Park, Zenyatta breezed six furlongs in 1:15 1/5 over Cushion Track this morning.

 

Hollywood Park clocker and morning line maker Russ Hudak said the 6-year-old Street Cry mare completed the final three-eighths of the mile in the work in 36 2/5 seconds.

 

Undefeated in 16 starts for owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs, Zenyatta will be seeking an unprecedented third consecutive victory in the Vanity, a Grade 1 at 1 1/8 miles on Cushion Track.

 

The win would also enable her to surpass the 16 race win streaks of Cigar, Citation and Mister Frisky.

 

St Trinians appears the main threat to Zenyatta, who will carry the same 129 pounds she did when winning last year’s Vanity.

 

Owned by Dan Capen and Laura Chavers and trained by Mike Mitchell, St Trinians, a 5-year-old English bred daughter of Piccolo, has won four of five in the United States. Her biggest victory came in the Santa Maria, a Grade II, on Feb. 13 at Santa Anita. She will be ridden for the first time by Martin Garcia and will carry 120 pounds.

 

Other probables for the Vanity are Miss Silver Brook and Will O Way. Miss Pleasant, Third Dawn and Wynning Ride are considered possible. Entries will be taken on Thursday.

 

Each paid admission on Sunday at Hollywood Park will receive – while supplies last – a bobblehead likeness of Zenyatta.

 

 

 

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St. Trinians will be the best filly or mare that Zenyatta has faced thus far in 2010. By far. St. Trinians is a very legitimate contender, that's won some races since coming to America from racing in the UK. She had also won some races, or ran very well in races in the UK as well. Similar to a Tuscan Evening, although she hasn't won as much in America as Tuscan Evening. St. Trinians won the Paseana Handicap in January and the Santa Maria Handicap in February, a Grade I win. Many thought St Trinians was going to challenge Zenyatta in March in the Santa Margarita Handicap. But St Trinians connection passed on that race in favor of running her in the 2010 Santa Anita Handicap. Where she gave a very solid 6th place effort to a very good field of older males. I don't look for St. Trinians to beat Zenyatta. But I do look for her to run a big race in the Vanity Handicap. This is certainly a mare that Mike Smith doesn't want to fall asleep on, and give her too much rope in the race. Like he did in the 2009 Clement L. Hirsch at Del-Mar, when he left Zenyatta far too much to do, and took her far too wide to do it in that race. It was only Zenyatta's extraordinary athleticism that saved the race for them on that day. If Smith were to make that same kind of mistake against St. Trinians in this race? It could certainly cost Zenyatta the title of most consecutive win's in a row without a defeat that she's been chasing for some time. JMO.

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