Ticker
  • Collected (3-5) wins the Precisionist by a pole.Posted 3 days ago
  • Irap (5-2) edges Girvin by a nose in the $500,000 Ohio Derby.Posted 3 days ago
  • Battle of Midway (1-9) cruises in a 4-horse field in the Affirmed.Posted 3 days ago
  • Highland Reel wins another big one, this time in the Prince of Wales's at Royal Ascot.Posted 6 days ago
  • Highland Reel (2-1) powers to victory in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (G1) at Royal AscotPosted 6 days ago
  • Lady Aurelia (2-1) easily wins at Royal Ascot again in the King's Stand (G1).Posted 7 days ago
  • Timeline (1-10) cruises in Monmouth's Pegasus Stakes to remain perfect..Posted 9 days ago
  • Sweeping Paddy (7-2) pounces and scores in the Regret Stakes.Posted 10 days ago
  • Gun Runner (1-2) romps home much the best in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster.Posted 10 days ago
  • Forever Unbridled (1-1) way too much for her Fleur de Lis foes.Posted 10 days ago
Breeders Cup 2015
2017 Queen's Plate

Zenyatta Statue Proves Popular With Fans

September 29, 2012. The unveiling of the Zenyatta statue at Santa Anita Park.

Captured to perfection in her signature post-race curtsy, head bowed and right hoof pawing the ground, the mighty Zenyatta was unveiled in magnificent bronze Saturday at noon before an enthusiastic coterie of fans in the south quadrant of Santa Anita’s Kingsbury Memorial Fountain area, directly across from a replica of another turf legend, John Henry.

Enduring uncharacteristically hot weather, the crowd roared its approval when the life-sized sculpture by Nina Kaiser was uncovered, a full 1200 pounds and 17.2 hands high, conforming with Zenyatta’s physical measurements.

“Fantastic” is one of the adjectives used by Jerry Moss, who owns the 2010 Horse of the Year with his wife, Ann. “It’s absolutely beautiful. We’re knocked out.”

Zenyatta won 19 straight races to start her career before losing her final race in the Breeders’ Cup Classic that year. Among her heart-pounding, come-from-behind triumphs was the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, in which she became the first female to defeat males in the championship event.

Retired as a broodmare at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky, Zenyatta, now eight years old, currently is in foal to Tapit. In March, she delivered her first foal, a colt by Bernardini.

“We don’t know who her next boyfriend will be,” Moss told the throng. “We’re so grateful to everyone I can’t express it in words.” Added Ann of the likeness: “She looks fantastic.”

Well after Saturday’s last race, as darkness enveloped the statue, fans were still there, touching it and posing for pictures with the Zenyatta that will be their eternal shrine.

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Older Comments about Zenyatta Statue Proves Popular With Fans...

It's a magnificent statue,that's for sure. Can not wait to see it in person someday.
A smaller version in bronze? I'll put it on my wish list and start saving.
A smaller version in bronze? I'll put it on my wish list and start saving.
I love to see these great athletes immortalized! The careers are generally so short, but they give a lot of pleasure to people! derbydeals.com

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories