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Breeders' Cup 2017

Zenyatta Continues Lady's Secret Preparations

Continuing her preparation for the $250,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes, presented by TVG, on Oct. 2, Zenyatta worked six furlongs in 1:13 4/5 Saturday at Hollywood Park.

Undefeated in 18 starts for owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs, the 6-year-old Street Cry mare will be looking for her third consecutive victory in the Lady’s Secret.  The race at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track is one of six Grade 1’s that will be run during the first weekend of the Oak Tree at Hollywood Park meet.

Besides the Lady’s Secret, the Oct. 2 program will include the $250,000 Norfolk Stakes for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the $250,000 Goodwood Stakes for older horses at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track and the $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 ¼ miles on turf.

The two Grade 1’s on Oct. 3 are the $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track and the $250,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship, presented by TVG,for older horses at 1 ¼ miles on turf.

In her Saturday drill, Zenyatta, who has been stabled at Hollywood Park throughout her career, worked with stablemate El Vino.

The winner of an unprecedented third consecutive Vanity Handicap in her most recent start at Hollywood Park on June 13, Zenyatta, according to Hollywood Park clocker Russ Hudak, was timed in 25 1/5 seconds for her opening quarter mile. She drilled three furlongs in 37 2/5, a half mile in 49 3/5 and completed her final two furlongs in 24 1/5 en route to the final clocking. Hudak said Zenyatta galloped out seven furlongs in 1:27 3/5.






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Forget about watching the races. The most entertaining part of this year's BC will be reading all the whining and excuses here in this forum after Z flops in the Classic and doesn't even make the board.
I use the term sucker money to an underlay that is not worth the wager straight...Often however they can be used in an exotic. QT had been challenged veruss meager pace times and really stepped up much better than I thought that one would, but coming off of putting green grass courses to a deep one is a very hard step.
Congratulations on picking the winner of the Woodbine Mile. When you're right you're right and I'm man enough to admit it. The only thing I disagree with is the term "sucker money". There were too many legitimate contenders in that race to use that term. Even though I missed that race I had a nice day having sucessfully tabbed Wyomia in the 3rd Objiway Signal in the 5th and Church View in the 6th. I even bet Vinny's Valley in the last race but got taken down by the stewards.That one hurt as that would have been my 3rd nice priced winner of the day. All in all made a nice profit on the card, but I missed the two big races. Again congratulations on picking the winner of the big one at a nice price
Right on Medlocke! The congratulatory case of Guinness is ready to ship:)
This one could quite possibly be the best we have seen since Secretariat
It doesn't matter if Zenyatta preps for the Breeders Cup Classic in a Wall-Mart parking lot. Surface is not, and never has been the issue for this mare. Anyone who see's both of her win's at Oaklawn can tell that Zenyatta doesn't have any problems handling conventional dirt. Shipping is always what's been Zenyatta's chink in her armor. She doesn't ship well at all. She looses weight, doesn't eat, and she doesn't like take-off's or landings in airplanes. This has always been very well documented. I think it's played a big part in why she's raced nearly all of her career in California. But I'm sure Shirreffs's will make sure she get's shipped to Louisville in plenty of time to overcome any quirks that may cause her to have before the Breeders Cup Classic. This mare is talented. She's a behemoth. She has the stride, strength, and turn of foot to run down any horse that's going to be in the Classic against her. Zenyatta will repeat as Breeders Cup Classic champion and be retired undefeated. A 3-time Breeders Cup champion. Not a doubt in my mind. JMO.

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