Forgive Jerry Moss if he enters upon Churchill Downs this week with mixed emotions.
On the face of it, the sight of the place should trip nothing but
blissful memories. Moss and his wife, Ann, took their first turn on the
national stage in 1994 when their filly Sardula won the 120th running of
the Kentucky Oaks. In 2005, they were back with Giacomo, who upset the
131st Kentucky Derby at 50-1.
It was their most recent visit, however, that didn’t go so well. For
most owners, running second in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic
would be the definition of a pretty good day at the races. For the
Mosses, the 2010 Classic at Churchill Downs forever will mark the
setting of the one and only loss in the remarkable 20-race career of
their towering mare Zenyatta.