Next was a meeting with Z13, Zenyatta's chestnut colt by Tapit. He is a gorgeous copper color with a beautiful refined head. From comments made, I gathered the Mosses are very pleased with the looks of this Tapit colt, so much that another visit to Tapit would not be surprising. His handler had washed and "vacuumed" him for our meeting. Rather fidgety, he reminded me of a young lad forced to clean up for Church or Sunday dinner with family. He was none too pleased that he was separated from his mates. He stomped, he reared, he neighed to his mates. As spunky and spirited as Z13 was, he did afford me a quick stroke of his soft wooly neck. In his paddock, it was obvious that he is a leader.
My visit also included a trip to the stallion barn where I met most of the Lane's End stallions. I made a beeline for the great A.P. Indy. He stood like a statue, facing the window, his rump to me, never breaking his gaze from what ever held him captive. His neck is enormously thick, his back very swayed. 'Do horses relive moments from their past?’ I asked myself for indeed he looked deep in thought. I reached in and scratched just above his tail. How could I not touch the great A.P. Indy?
I left Lane's End feeling very incredible lucky and fortunate that I was able to meet these heros of the track and most especially Zenyatta and Z13.
Coolmore, sitting on close to 5000 acres, is simply stunning. They grow all their grains and hay to feed their horses and other livestock. The stallions’ barns, more like individual cabins for each stud, were undergoing upgrades--adding vaulted roofs that will add better ventilation we were told.
Most of the stallions were shuttled to southern hemisphere countries during our visit last September. However, remaining behind much to my delight were Footstepsinthesand, Holy Roman Emperor, Danehill Dancer and the great Galileo.
He looked out at us with a rather unassuming and sleepy eye. Peter Steele, who was our guide, explained that Galileo is very gentle and very kind. One of his favorite idiosyncrasies is that he adores having his gums massaged. And my friends, outside of feeding Zenyatta peppermints, massaging Galileo's gums goes down as an all-time favorite memory never to be forgotten.
A truly heartfelt thank you to Team Zenyatta, Lane's End and Coolmore Ireland for making this woman's dreams come true. And my husband for indulging me my passion.
~Written by Linda Daly
Please visit my Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/ or Facebook site, https://www.facebook.com/linda.f.daly, for more photos of Zenyatta, Z13, the Lane's End stallions, the WinStar stallions, the retired champs at Kentucky Horse Park (Cigar, Funny Cide, Da Hoss).