Zenyatta’s Son Cozmic One Aims To Compete In 2018 Retired Racehorse Project

by | 12.19.2017 | 5:50pm
Cozmic One

Cozmic One's best result on the racetrack was a fourth-place finish at Del Mar in July, but the son of four-time Eclipse Award-winner Zenyatta and Preakness/Eclipse Award winner Bernardini might fare better in his second career.

On Tuesday, Team Zenyatta and De Sousa Stables announced on Facebook that Cozmic One would be aimed at entering the 2018 Retired Racehorse Project. A Lexington, Ky. stable comprised of Sergio de Sousa, Dr. Karen Wolfsdorf, Isabela de Sousa, and Nathalie de Sousa, De Sousa Stables is a private hunter/jumper barn with the goal “to re-train off the track Thoroughbreds and give them another chance to shine in a different discipline,” according to its website.

The Thoroughbred Makeover features competition in 10 different disciplines among recently-retired racing Thoroughbreds with less than 10 months of retraining for a second career. Disciplines offered are barrel racing, competitive trail, dressage, eventing, field hunters, freestyle, polo, show hunter, show jumper, and ranch work.

Horses and their trainers will compete for $100,000 in prize money and the title of America's Most Wanted Thoroughbred (determined by audience vote) at the Kentucky Horse Park on Oct. 4-7, 2018. The event includes seminars, demonstrations, sponsor fair, and a livestreamed finale featuring the top five horses in each discipline. Many of the horses competing will also be offered for sale.

Cozmic One was bred in Kentucky and raced in California by Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss, owners of Zenyatta.

  • Bella

    Wonderful chance for him to excel in another arena of life. Not all horses want to be race horses, and he just may be happy and triumphant in other ways. He is a super horse, and deserves this opportunity to prove that…..I wish him all the success in the world.

    • Minneola

      You’re right. Not all horses do want to race. I’ve always thought of them as more “independent” thinkers who decided what they want to do and what was the furthest thing from their liking. He’s lucky. He has been allowed to not be continued in a sport that he doesn’t like but, instead, given the opportunity to shine elsewhere. Hope he does well in this endeavor but, if not, perhaps, he will end up being a great companion to someone who just thinks the world of him. And, that is not a bad spot to be in, either

      • Bandit252

        It’s always a breath of fresh air to read positive posts such as yours. Too many people only dwell on the negative side of things.

        • whirlaway

          Horses are like people not everyone is meant to do the same thing. The trick in a child or a horse is discover their talent and with patience and proper teaching a star
          may be born. I dread to think how many racehorses never get to a home with a person that will show them a wonderful new life. It is a very upsetting thought the talent that may never be discovered.

          • Bandit252

            Exactly. Cozmic One is so incredibly lucky as most do not have the opportunities he’s had. I hope having such a high profile dam will generate a little more interest in what happens to retired racehorses who aren’t going to be used for breeding. Personally, I feel like an awful lot of horses slip through the cracks.

          • whirlaway

            They do slip through the cracks if nobody is keeping an eye on them or connections do not make the effort to get them retired into an ottb home where they have a future with a new career or just being a beloved pleasure horse. Coz luckily had loving connections firmly in his corner with the Mosses as well as all that cared for him so I think no matter what his future is secure.

          • Bandit252

            He is definitely one of the luckiest ones. My next horse is going to be an OTTB because I believe these beautiful athletes deserve a fantastic home after their life on the track.

          • whirlaway

            They certainly do and I have met a few people that love their ottbs. Another wonderful story was Notacatbutallama that Mike Repole gave to a girl that was his biggest fan and loved him Alyssa Jacobs the assistant director of horseman’s relation at NYRA. always followed him, there still is the story on PR archives a happy story if you have not read it. Being a Harlan’s Holiday gelding he is very good looking also.

          • whirlaway

            Yes there are probably more than a few that fall through the cracks. I have been in a few partnerships, after much time and patience two of the horses never got to the races one was retrained through New Vocations now is in the next state to mine with a long time horse owner being trained in dressage, one through Rerun gelded and
            a riding horse for a retired person. Owners and partnerships must step up. I find many of the partnerships for fans and interested in being a part of a horse do good jobs watching their horses. I agree that losing track of a horse could happen but the owners could be due diligent and try to keep a close eye on their horses, maybe not always perfect but hard to excuse no effort.

          • Bandit252

            Couldn’t agree more with your post.

      • Bella

        Being a great companion to someone who loves their horse..is a great spot for a horse to be in! It will be fun to see what strikes his fancy and hopefully, whatever it is, he is happy.

  • thestockbroker

    Maybe Sherriffs can get a retired horse to win, he couldn’t get him to win during his “career”

    • MLS

      I’m sure you could do better. His brothers still in training and still hasn’t won…feel free to show us your talents!

      • duchess

        The brother (Ziconic) has not won, but does usually finish in the money and unlike Cozmic One, does appear to be interested in racing. Cozmic One never really looked very interested. I wish and hope that both of Zenyatta’s sons have long, healthy, and happy lives where ever they end up and what ever they end up doing as their careers.

        • erhrdtthree

          Speaking of Lil’ Red, (Ziconic) I’m wondering if he does not win on the track either, if they will do the same with him? He is built much more like a Quarter Horse, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that this great training program offers the type of events that QH’s compete in. As far as CO, they HAD to do something; Jan 1 he would be six years old and still a maiden, the problems they are having with the tracks out west and even south is making hard to find a race for certain horses, who knows, we could have a jumper and a barrel racer!! :) Awesome!

          • duchess

            I would like to see how he would do on synthetics at a less premiere track, such as Golden Gate or Turfway. He might just not be good enough to win in the company he faces at the likes of Santa Anita or Delmar, but might do just fine at another level of track. Worth a try anyway.

          • Terri Z

            I would like to see Ziconic with another rider.

        • Always Curious

          He did very well in his last race in August, losing by a headbob. Coming from behind like momma with heart to the finish.

      • erhrdtthree

        I’d love to see them use this situation as a way for ALL horses to get a chance like this. The industry as a whole (did you see the poll to the right side of this page) needs to take more responsibility for the horses as well as the owners. I just donated as much as I could towards a gorgeous almost black gelding that the Desourmoux (sp?) brothers were racing, horse won alot, then cracked his ankle. The poor horse was abandoned in the stall for days! :( Luckily someone from the place that tried to help Barbaro found him on the east coast & operated on Jet and he is going to pull through! No more racing, but he already has a home to go to. I think more social media needs to go towards this issue as well, everyone loves the horses when the run and win, but do not give them a thought when they disappear from the track. It is a big problem for horse racing, a HUGE problem. I really hope that this situation can show what an after the track TB can do. I also feel there needs to be a dramatic decrease in the breeding industry as well. Sure, the foals are cute, but what happens to them in 2-4 years from now?

    • Marilyn Shively

      Geez Louse, are nasty comments really necessary just because it turned out he isn’t a good race horse–is that Zenyatta’s fault? Sheriff’s fault?? Good Lord

      • Erin Casseday

        Haters got to hate or they are not happy! Let it not spoil the good here!

      • Beau Geste

        The only way to survive these boards, is to learn to ignore the hate. And ignore the defenses, it’s hate.

      • whirlaway

        They are going to get coal in their stockings.

        • ctgreyhound

          Big time

  • Old Timer

    They shoulda sold him as a yearling.

  • Bandit252

    I love Zenyatta and as much as I wish her sons could be the same type of super star, sometimes it just isn’t meant to be. I think Coz has made it very clear he doesn’t want to be a racehorse and I’m thrilled he’ll be given a shot at another discipline. I’m now curious if he’ll be offered for sale or simply compete?

    • Terri Z

      I read that the Mosses retain ownership of Coz.

      • Bandit252

        That’s very good to know. Thank you!!

  • Wild Oats

    It wasn’t mentioned here, but he has also been gelded.

    • Bandit252

      Thank goodness. Some boys aren’t meant to be fathers and there’s nothing wrong with that.

  • Erin Casseday

    This is awesome news! Good luck!

  • Shaun

    My absolute dream come true. If only I could afford him once he has competed. I’ve joked about that with my husband for the last few years. My best wishes and love to Coz and his connections and greatest thanks for giving him this amazing opportunity.

  • riatea

    “Winner determined by audience vote”, I wish betting was allowed at this event

  • Cgriff

    Gelding him should help with his attitude a lot, and he has every chance to be something special in another discipline. Remember what a change came over Mr. Hot Stuff when he went from stallion on the flat to gelding over the hurdles? A true success story! Hope the same for CO.

  • SusanKayne

    Big. Sound. Gelded. DeSousa hit the Hunter Ring trifecta. Nice to see retirement done right. His celebrity mom should bring more attention to RRP 2018!

  • Very few first crop foals turn out to be good racehorses, or anywhere close to their sires and dams. This big beautiful boy would sure look good in a dressage arena! Good luck to Cozmic One!!

    • Dale

      But many did. Bull Lea’s first crop had Armed, Durazna and Twilight Tear in it.

      • Yes, some do turn out to be pretty fabulous. But they are very uncommon. Which is why I’d said, very few turn out to be good racehorses. There are always exceptions to that rule, and most any other too.

  • disqus_v6LneMHJ4O

    He had enormous (horseshoes) to follow…probably would have been an acceptable lower-level racehorse, but not acceptable for Zennie’s son…he looks like a lovely animal – I’m sure he will probably shine in another discipline…so happy he will be given the chance to do something else.

  • Larry sterne

    My Christmas WISH is that all horses have this chance

  • HappyHarriet

    I think if there is a poster child for “Don’t Get Your Hopes Up”, it would feature Cozmic One.

    What a total disaster this horse is in terms of a racing career. Actually, he was embarrassing. Why they kept him in training all these years, when he was clearly a dud, beats me. I guess they needed the tax deduction.

    • Ida Lee

      HappyHarriet, I’m surprised at your comment…why the hostility? I know you love the horses and the sport…no need to put down Cosmic One like this….we were all so excited when he was born and so happy for Zenyatta….the important thing is that he’s safe and sound and has a chance at a new career….so he wasn’t a racehorse …. so what …and for the record, ….no horse is an “embarrassment” …..

    • whirlaway

      There are many horses on the track that run many many times sometimes showing no interest. I have wondered why their owners continue covering the cost to keep a horse in training even at the various claiming levels when the horse is really not interested or competitive. Coz was not the first and will not be the last, how about Zippy Chippy I was so thankful for the horse he found a nice retirement, he may have loved racing but did not seem interested in winning and may have been even happier in another career.
      Embarrassing is hardly the word I would apply to any race horses but plenty of humans fit that word.

  • WT

    It’s sad Zenyatta has yet to pass on at least some of her brilliance.

  • WT

    Bernardini is overrated as a sire. For example, his 5% SW is much less than Tapit (9%), Medaglia (8%) and War Front (12%).

    • The Impaler

      Bernardini has the 2nd most Gr.I winners on dirt since 2011 and you think he’s overrated?
      Foolish.

  • Shari Hazlett

    Nice to see him get another chance to shine. Go Cosmic One

  • whirlaway

    Glad to hear this a few posting thought another career would have been a good option. Coz never looked really interested and that can happen with many race horses. Remember Blackfoot
    Mystery a very competitive Olympic eventer ran only three times and his trainer found a trainer that developed him into a very desirable performance horse ridden by a top rider. Coz being the son of a ultra famous mare was given more than a fair chance. Best to Coz in his new career he may find this more his type of activity and be successful. Good Luck to all.

    • Minneola

      Yes! Blackfoot Mystery! If Coz does well, maybe, Boyd Martin might consider giving him a ride. The LA Olympics are not that far away and, with sufficient training… Okay, maybe, I’m getting a little ahead of myself here.

      • whirlaway

        There certainly are some lovely photos of Blackfoot Mystery eventing, he is a favorite of mine and kudos to his trainer and owner that realized racing was not his thing. That does not mean a racehorse should not get a chance with patience and trying but I guess after three races at Hollywood Park the writing was on the wall with Blackfoot Mystery. Not everyone will be a Seabiscuit after so many races to find the perfect trainer and connections that made him a great talent.

        • Always Curious

          Whirlaway I just saw your comments about Seabiscuit’s breeding, now I can’t find it. He was regally bred wasn’t he? Bred & raced by the Whitney’s and the Phipps, racing royalty, goes against the underdog image. He won races prior to Howard’s purchase. I say this not to take anything away from the Biscuit! He certainly don’t think his career would be as great without Howard & crew.

          • whirlaway

            I agree Tom Smith and Charles Howard along with Red Pollard,,, were the perfect fit for Seabiscuit. He started out not very well but in the right environment he blossomed into a fantastic horse. It was the early days of the Phipps /Wheatley stable but already the start of a long time relationship with the Hancock family, always boarding their broodmares there and standing numerous stallions there. It made the story better to imply Seabiscuit was from the wrong side of the tracks. He certainly was not a star but his sire Hard Tack was a talented but a temperamental horse once refusing to leave the starting gate as the field left racing. He was a Man O’War son out of a mare sired by Rock Sand a winner of the English TC the 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby and the St Leger. How would that be considered a lesser pedigree. I am the type of person that reasearches information and not believe everything i read or hear and draw my own conclusions. I love history and especially racing. I really enjoyed and own the BH series of early history of breeders, stallions, and broodmares good reading.

          • Always Curious

            Whirlaway, Me too! It is too bad SB did not make a good sire with his breeding. You can’t get any better than a dam by Rock Sand and the Fair Play sire line too. Man o’ War and Hardtack were both by him.There is some fierce temperament from the Fair Play line that came from the evil Hastings, who got it from his really mean mother Cinderella! She was a pretty ugly mare to boot, brought from England. Their cast off mares brought here did great things with our sires. Too bad the line is almost gone. There are a couple left but of course I can’t remember their names! Do you? Seems like I read something about it in the past year. It is my understanding that the Northern Dancer pretty much squeezed what is now commonly called the MOW line, out of existence.

          • whirlaway

            Poor Seabiscuit remained in Calif and bred mostly to Mr. Howard’s mares which back then were probably not the best to help him as a sire. No real California breeding program yet and C.H. was really not that driven to try to get him back to Kentucky to stud. Heck outside the family no knowledge where Seabiscuit is even buried, somewhere on the family property. As fans just happy he had a wonderful life with the Howards. I believe Tiznow is the best chance of the MOW line
            and in March of this year I read he has 13 sons at stud half of those young horses. The MOW line descends from the founding line of the Godolphin Barb or Arabian (depending what your reading) Matchem line a distant second to the more abundant Darley Arabian/Eclipse line. Cee’s Tizzy by Relaunch that carried the MOW line only sired 4% stakes winners 28 stakes winners but as we know his sire Relaunch sired 86 stakes winners 12%. I always was a big fan of Tiznow a beautiful stallion and still the only two time BCC winner in two of the most exciting BCC races
            and he had wonderful connections. Just hard not to be his fan.

          • Always Curious

            Thanks for all the info Whirlaway. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

          • whirlaway

            Definitely it is Merry Christmas and a happy healthy new year. I live in NH so 3-6 inches of fluffy snow becoming rain this evening and rain tomorrow clear Sunday
            some bit of snow Xmas day out by noon. I love the four seasons and beauty of NH
            and I was a Californian my childhood and adult life not much for hot weather. Big crock pot homemade soup hot bread and life is all ok for those that like this. 🎄

      • Always Curious

        Lol a little premature on his timing being at the Olympics, but It would not be surprised to see him there!

  • Always Curious

    I agree with Cozz. I don’t like to run down the road for no good reason!

    • Minneola

      I see a couple of former Thoroughbred racehorses who are now owned by young ladies that think the world of them. One did fairly well on the track but sustained an injury that prevented continuing in racing. Is more of a pet, now, but he is lovingly spoiled by his owner. The other horse was one that never did well in his first five starts so they, wisely, retired him. I have nice “chats” with him and from what I can tell, he didn’t see any real payback (an extra carrot, maybe?) just to have some jockey using the whip to get him to cross the finish line before some other horses that probably felt the same way. Smart horse!

      • Always Curious

        Your chats with him sound wonderful! I am envious. I am so happy for Cozz’s new adventure ,and that we will get to see him start his new career with the TB Makeover. He is a big athletic boy. I am sure he will be Great. He won’t be a trail horse. I expect big things:)

  • POWAYMOJO

    As evidence that Queen Z is a ‘freak’ (in a good way) of the horse world, she just does not transmit that to her babies. A shame, I guess, but having seen her in the flesh, I count it as a blessing I had this one chance. Bloodlines are pretty complicated. Got to love here for the greatness she displayed for us even more.

  • ctgreyhound

    With the Mosses as owners you knew they would find an acceptable alternative to racing. Certainly Coz will excel & be happy in another field of endeavor.

  • Kyri Freeman

    I wish they would show the Racehorse Makeover on TV! Would love to watch. I bet Cozmic One makes a really nice sport horse… he’s always seemed to me (without having seen him in person) to have very athletic conformation and I would think there is a sport out there with his name on it.

  • GSDMom

    In no where NEAR the same rarefied genetic air as Cozmic One, my gelding raced from age 2 – 9 (1/1 this year) and earned just shy (by a couple hundred dollars) of $260,000. He was retired by his owner/trainer and sent to me – a person who had followed him from the yearling sales on. We’re going to see if he wants to compete in any other discipline. If not, so be it. He’ll be my adored trail buddy and live out his days being cared for and loved. I hope Zenyatta’s boy is as happy as my sweet boy is.

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