The 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 at 12 noon this Saturday.
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 one of five Grade I
Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” stakes to be run on Saturday.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jerry Moss and his wife Ann will do
the actual unveiling in a ceremony just to the south of Santa Anita’s
Kingsbury Fountain and directly across from a life-sized statue of the
great John Henry.
Along with John Henry, Zenyatta, who at the age of eight is
currently enjoying her role as a broodmare at Lane’s End Farm in
Kentucky, will be also be joining the legendary winner of the 1940 Santa
Anita Handicap, Seabiscuit, as her statuary likeness will now team with
these legends of the American Turf adjacent to the track’s grandstand.
Named after The Police’s blockbuster album “Zenyatta Mondatta,”
Zenyatta is owned by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jerry Moss and his
“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 six races here, all
stakes and five 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
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 David Flores.
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.