Unbeaten racing superstar Zenyatta will be featured on CBS television’s 60 Minutes on Oct. 31, the Sunday night before the Breeders’ Cup championships are held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The appearance on the highly rated, long-running news magazine is the kind of exposure that few human athletes ever receive, much less a horse racing star. Whether Zenyatta wins or loses in her final career start in the $5-million Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 6, the industry and the Breeders’ Cup surely have to be ecstatic that Queen Z’s connections brought her back after almost retiring her last year. Her appearance means tremendous exposure for horse racing and the Breeders’ Cup. 60 Minutes has averaged 13.7 million viewers per episode this year, according to USA Today.
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Following are the press notes from the Oak Tree Racing Association at Hollywood Park about Zenyatta and 60 Minutes (You can also read more at Fanhouse.com)
ZENYATTA GALLOPS INTO “60 MINUTES”
Superstar mare Zenyatta galloped on the main track under exercise rider Steve Willard Thursday in preparation for her finale in the $5-million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on November 6.
A crew from the long-running, weekly “60 Minutes” television show has been following the 6-year-old mare this week for a segment to air October 31. Zenyatta, who has been based at Hollywood Park with trainer John Shirreffs throughout her career, remained unbeaten in 19 starts with a victory in the Lady’s Secret Stakes over Cushion Track on October 2.
Zenyatta is scheduled for her next-to-last work for the Breeders’ Cup Friday. She will be shipped to Kentucky on November 2.