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The Story of Zenyatta

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Zenyatta was born on April 1, 2004, and was bred in Kentucky by Maverick Productions, Ltd. She was trained by John Shirreffs and owned by Jerry and Ann Moss.

Zenyatta was known for her incredible speed and stamina, as well as her unique racing style. She had a tendency to start her races slowly and hang back in the pack before unleashing a furious charge at the end. This made for some thrilling finishes, and Zenyatta quickly became a fan favorite.


In her career, Zenyatta won an amazing 19 out of 20 races. Her only loss came in her 20th and final race, where she finished second by a nose. But even in defeat, Zenyatta showed her incredible spirit and determination.

One of Zenyatta’s most famous races was the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic, where she became the first mare to win the race. She also became the first horse to win the race in consecutive years, winning again in 2010.

Zenyatta’s success wasn’t just due to her physical abilities. She also had a great personality and was loved by everyone who knew her. She was known for being playful and friendly, and she enjoyed spending time with her trainers and handlers.

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After Zenyatta retired from racing, she became a successful broodmare and mothered several foals. She also continued to be a beloved figure in the horse racing world, and her fans eagerly awaited news of her new foals and her own well-being.

Unfortunately, Zenyatta passed away in 2020 at the age of 16 due to complications from colic, a common and serious digestive disorder in horses. But her legacy lives on, and she will always be remembered as one of the greatest racehorses of all time.

In conclusion, Zenyatta was a force to be reckoned with on the racetrack and a joy to be around off it. She won an incredible 19 out of 20 races, including two Breeders’ Cup Classics. But it was her unique racing style and lovable personality that truly set her apart. Though she’s no longer with us, Zenyatta will always be a beloved figure in the world of horse racing.

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