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Breeders' Cup 2017

Zenyatta to Prep for BC at Hollywood

Zenyatta's next race will be at the track where she has been based through her illustrious career.

Trainer John Shirreffs said on Friday that the undefeated Zenyatta will be pointed for a stakes at the Oak Tree meeting, which is set to be run at Hollywood Park in October. Oak Tree Racing Association officials are pursuing dates for a five-week race meeting there this fall, from Sept. 29 to Oct. 31, after the California Horse Racing Board on Thursday rejected their proposal to race at Santa Anita this fall because of concern from horsemen over the safety of the racing surface. Read More


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katman, do yourself a favor, fly to Los Angeles on Oct. 2nd. Hollywood Park is located just about 2 or 3 miles from Los Angeles Airport. Go watch Zenyatta race in the Ladies Secret Stakes. It's an afternoon you'll NEVER forget. The crowd celebrates every second Zen is parading around. And then comes the race! She always manages to put on a show. I don't know how many times I turned to my father, whom I take every time, and say, "Dad, this might be the time she loses." And she pulls a rabbit out of her hat. I mean, she just knows how to entertain. If you can't make it to L.A. then try your best to be at Churchill for the BC. I might have to watch it on TV, as it's expensive. But I'm trying my best to be there. Hope you can make it to. IT WILL BE ZENYATTA'S GREATEST RACE!
Katman, you kind of contradict yourself. You bring up the Yankees and Red Sox. Should Red Sox fans be polite when the Yankees lose? Or vise versa? NOOOOO! If you want to LOVE (ooooh) both Zen and Rachel, tha'ts fine. But don't criticize the one's who take it to another level. Im a rabid Zen fan and only deflect the criticizm back to them. I cheer when Rachel loses, I'm not ashamed of that and would expect Rachel fans to cheer if Zen loses, that's not disrespectful. I in no way would cheer if Rachel got injured during a race and I don't think the most rabid Rachel fans would cheer a Zenyatta injury also. Anybody from either side who does is a sick puppy and doesn't represent all. So go back to your lovefest of both horses. I do have a respect for Rachel. She was good last year, just in my opinion, Zenyatta deserved HOTY more. The fans' polls all pointed to Zenyatta. Cant help it if most of the writers are located in the east.
Why would you want to cheer to the fact of Rachel losing unless its to Zenyatta? Funny thing is I love both these horses! How is there a rivarly when they've never run against each other? Thats almost like saying The Yankees and The Red Sox aren't rivals! Is it because horse of the year went to Rachel instead of Zenyatta? If so its to bad they both couldn't have won because they both deserved it! I was at saratoga for the Woodward last year to see Racheal run and again at the Esign this year to see her run again. I've never had the chance to see Zenyatta run though I would love to! Living 20 minutes from the spa has its advantages! I'm not one to hate a west coast runner, a dirt runner, a poly track runner, an overseas horse! I'm a hater of people who actually can hate a horse! Hate a trainer hate a jockey hate a owner, but don't hate something that was born to do exactly what it does RUN! I hope to go to Churchill Downs for the BC to see Zenyatta run. It would be awesome! Thing is as with seeing Rachel in the Woodward and the Ensign and given the chance Zenyatta in the BC win or lose I go to see them RUN win or lose! Although I love seeing them win!!
Tha Spa said, "Actually Curlin I'll correct you, Nobody hates Zenyatta. Rachel fans and countless others are highly critical of her connections & career path she's had. Many Zen fans hate Rachel, that's the difference" Now in order for that to be true, then miraculously Rachel fans must be made up of some different DNA than Zen fans. I was one of the many Zen fans who cheers every time Rachel loses a race. Why? Because this is a rivalry! So what you're saying, the Spa, is if Zenyatta loses a race, Rachel fans will gasp and feel sad? They in no way will cheer at Zenyatta's defeat? Is that what your saying. It's one of the most amazing things that Rachel fans are so polite and Zen fans aren't. I'll be at Hollywood Park Oct. 2nd to see Zenyatta's farewell California appearance. And it is a spectacle for sure. Kind of telling that only 23,000 showed up for Rachel's last race, while 34,000 showed up at Zen's. And, oh by the way, Zen will end up in that little place that Rachel keeps not ending up . . . . the Winners' Circle. And I'm so glad to see that they finally erected a statue of Rachel at Saratoga. It's located between the sixteenth pole and the finish line!
tha spa....actually ra fans spew as much or more hate than what you accuse zen fans of spewing. i see it in many posts including facebook. there are many zen haters, and that is a fact. i think it is moreso envy of 18-0 and than she is the reigning world's champion, quite simply. and the arrogance that east coast trax are better, dirt is more consistent than the safer poly, and the west coast has inferior horses is just laughable propaganda!
Actually curlin, I'll correct you. Nobody hates Zenyatta. Rachel fans and countless others are highly critical of her connections & the career path she's had. Many Zenyatta fans hate Rachel. That's the difference. It's actually an amusing obsession to watch.
I agree. There is no horse on the planet that can beat her. Honestly, you would have to resurrect secretariat to have a shot. QR isn't that great, blame is decent but can't beat her, we really don't know how good LAL is since all the other 3 year olds suck, rachel is a has been, no once can beat her. All you zenyatta haters better hope that jap horse Espoir city brings his A game because He may have a very slim chance of upsetting the queen.
Zenyatta is her mighty uncle Forego reborn with healthy legs and caring trainers and owners. She loves to win.
I hope for your sake you are right. Any other horse losing the Classic is simply a loss in a very tough race & does nothing to their legacy. A loss by Zenyatta and her legacy is tarnished forever. For everyone other than her most diehard fans she will then forever be known as a synthetic only filly who beat up on allowance horses throughout her career. Unfair? Perhaps, but you can thank her connections for that.
medjokee - still a tool I see.
I don't care if Zenyatta preps for the Breeders Cup Classic running up and down Miami Beach. Not Blame. Not Quality Road. Not Rachel Alexandra. Not Lookin At Lucky is going to stop this great race-mare from surging to lead down that long, forever Churchill Downs stretch. Then finding and using whatever gear that she deems necessary to propel herself past the finish line first. Zenyatta is going to be the only other horse besides Tiznow that will win back to back Breeders Cup Classics. Then she'll be retired. Likely 20 for 20 by then. As a 3-time Breeders Cup champion in both Classic divisions. Then she'll rightfully take her place among American racing's all-time greats. Whether you like Zenyatta? Or whether you detest her? You'd better learn to love her. Because this race-mare is not going to be denied victory in the Breeders Cup Classic. She just has gears, and more gears to draw upon whenever needed. She handle's conventional dirt just fine. As witnessed by two G1 win's on the surface at Oaklawn Park. A racetrack that's been reported as being extremely similar to Churchill Downs surface. Defeat doesn't enter into this mare's thought process. And there's not one of these Classic contenders that she's not big, strong, and fast enough to run down, and pass in the stretch.

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