One day after an unusually wet morning, Mother Nature continued to oblige two-time champion Zenyatta with Kentucky like weather morning as she went to the Hollywood Park main track amidst cool temperatures and overcast skies on Thursday. The undefeated mare galloped 1 π miles under regular exercise rider Steve Willard as she continued to prepare for defense of her title in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on November 6.
“She's doing grand,” said Willard. “Mentally, her head is in a great place. Her mechanics are great and when they are good, good horses will be in a good spot.”
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Prior to her gallop, Zenyatta got a little keyed up at the presence of her jockey, Mike Smith, because he usually means a work or a race is about to happen, but she quickly settled down. While Mike had just stopped by on Thursday to talk to some reporters, he will return on Friday to pilot Zenyatta through a workout, her second of three scheduled timed exercises before she leaves California for Kentucky on November 2.
Friday's workout will be shown on TVG.
The $26 million Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on November 5 and 6.
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