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Breeders’ Cup Notes: BC Mile

Beethoven John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith’s Beethoven walked the shedrow again on Monday, awaiting clearance from quarantine, which was expected to come by 5 p.m. He arrived at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Traveling head lad Pat Keating said that he, like all the runners from Ballydoyle, “traveled well, and we couldn’t be […]

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Zenyatta works seven in 1:27 1/5 over Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track

In her next-to-last work in Southern California before she heads to Kentucky, Zenyatta completed seven furlongs  in 1:27 1/5 Friday morning at Hollywood Park. Exercising over Cushion Track under jockey Mike Smith, the 6-year-old Street Cry mare, who is undefeated in 19 starts, broke off behind Sarbonne, went her opening three furlongs in 38 4/5, […]

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ZENYATTA NOTES: Another Smooth Day for Zenyatta

PRESS RELEASE 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 […]

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Proviso Wins Fourth Straight G1 with Victory in Keeneland’s First Lady Stakes

By Scott Jagow Proviso showed her “winstinct” once again Saturday, powering home from the back of the pack to capture the Grade 1, $400,000 Abu Dhabi First Lady Stakes on the Keeneland turf.  The five-year-old mare was second to last in the field of nine at the top of the stretch, but jockey Mike Smith took […]

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Zenyatta Does it Again; Wins in Heart-Stopping Fashion

By Scott Jagow Zenyatta rarely makes it easy on her fans.  The champion mare once again waited until the final strides Saturday to pass a game rival and take the Grade 1, $250,000 Lady’s Secret at Hollywood Park.  The victory improved Zenyatta’s career record to 19 for 19 and set her up for a shot at ending her perfect career with a […]

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AND STILL UNDEFEATED!

Zenyatta extended her unbeaten streak to 18 as she beat Rinterval by a head in the Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar. Read it at the San Diego Union-Tribune MIKE SMITH (Zenyatta) — “Oh, she was looking good today. This was Zenyatta. I wanted everyone to see her and she showed up. I think […]

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COLUMNIST: WHILE ZENYATTA IS TERRIFIC, I’M NOT SO SURE SHE’S EVEN THE BEST FILLY OR MARE

In this morning’s San Diego Union-Tribune, Nick Canepa wants us to stop for a minute and think things through before proclaiming Zenyatta as the greatest of all time as jockey Mike Smith did after last weekend’s Hirsch. He’s not even convinced that Z is the best filly or mare in history. “I refuse to say […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: NOT AN EASY CLUB TO JOIN

By Ray Paulick In this week’s American Graded Stakes standings brought to you by Keeneland, we’ll take a quick mid-season look at the Grade 1 stakes winners. There have been 38 G1 races run in the United States thus far this year, won by 33 different horses, the only repeat winners being Zenyatta, with three, […]

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ZEVENTEEN!

By Ray Paulick Zenyatta made number 17 one of her most suspenseful victories ever, getting up in the final few strides to pass a stubborn St. Trinians and win the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap by a half-length at Hollywood Park on Sunday. Under Mike Smith and carrying top impost of 129 pounds, the undefeated, […]

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HOW DOES ZENYATTA’S 17-IN-A-ROW COMPARE TO OTHER WINNING STREAKS?

By Ray Paulick They all get beat, or so the saying goes. Eclipse never did though. In fact, the English colt retired in 1771 with a perfect record of 19-for-19 because there was no competition left to take him on. You know the saying: “Eclipse first, the rest nowhere.” Colin was undefeated, too, winning 15 […]

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