November 17, 2010

Breaking News ... Zenyatta to be Retired

Zipse at the Track has learned from very reliable sources that the racing career of the great Zenyatta will soon be officially over. She is expected to arrive in Kentucky, from California, early in December to begin her next career as a broodmare. While most of the speculation recently has centered around her likely retirement, many of her admirers held out hope that the Queen would come back for one more year, or even make a final start in Dubai for the World Cup. If she did start in the World Cup and win, Zenyatta would easily become the richest thoroughbred in history. These hopes now appear to be over. Zenyatta will retire with a record of 19 wins and 1 second in 20 lifetime starts, including two wins in the Breeders‘ Cup and the narrowest of losses in this year‘s Classic. She will win her third consecutive Older Female Eclipse Award in January, and quite possibly her first Horse of the Year title. I think I speak for everyone when I say, Zenyatta will be missed. I wish her the best in her next career at Lane's End.

21 comments:

Mike D said...

Thanks for the news Brian. Her connections gave us three great seasons - they should be praised for keeping her on the track as long as they have.

darlene said...

Hope the Cali girl can find happiness in the colder temps and quieter life style of Kentucky And that someone will post periodic updates such as first encounter with snow

The_Knight_Sky said...

That was a great run. A racing career almost to the age of 7.

Zenyatta was unique.
Never before and never again will American racing have a superstar like this.

She could have done very well in races at Belmont Park in 2011 though. What might have been. One can only wonder.

Beth said...

Oh how she will be missed!

The Harvest Club said...

I will miss Zenyatta so much. I too hope that she will be in a beautiful place with many visitors and activity. I can't wait to see her offspring in action. I will love Zenyatta forever!

Anonymous said...

Breed her to Blame and name the foal "Blame Me"...
May Z enjoy her life in the Bluegrass! She is the mare of a lifetime!

Anonymous said...

I won't be convinced until she's in foal!

william said...

what sad news as i believe she has so much more to offer on the racetrack as a race horse...watching her races reminded me of the great forego rolling down the center of the track...well we have uncle mo and so many more to look forward to..so brian you will have plenty to write about

Sami P. said...

I just can't say goodbye... :(

Anonymous said...

For she is the Saviour, the new Christ that God promised would be sent down to save us.

Bless you my Saviour.

Brian Zipse said...

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Best Horse Gifts said...

California girls really are unforgettable! ;)Great story, Brian.

markinsac said...

Folks, it was a fantastic ride! The memories will live with me forever. Thank goodness for youtube. I'm so happy she's retiring sound and happy . . . um I'm not sure how happy she will be, not being able to race again. But now she can relax, have beautiful children. I fortunate to live here in California, but i wish she raced in New York one time so she could have converted some more of you. She took a lot of criticism from there. But now the war is over. No more Rachel and Zeny debates, let them enjoy their retirement. HOTY battle will be fierce, but be respectful. As a Zealot, I hope Zen wins the award, but I praise Blame for being the only one who could hold her off! Seriously, I'm not getting into a heated arguement like last year. If she does not win the HOTY, it will only make her legacy stronger!

Anonymous said...

Retired sound, healthy and at the top of her game. While I had hoped she would go to Dubai, I'm glad her connections had the courage to let her go out while she was still at her best and not risk her any further. She does not owe anybody a thing..... Very bittersweet.....she will be dearly missed...

Dolores said...

How did you know she was going to Lanes End? That is a great place.lets see..Rock Hard Ten..AP Indy..she needs a good sprinter..who do they think she might be bred to?

Anonymous said...

Zenyatta is undoubtedly the greatest female racehorse of all time. She has beaten the winners of 67 Grade 1 races, 25 horses that won Grade 1 races, 12 horses that were multiple Grade 1 winners, at least 6 and as many as 7 Eclipse Award Champions, six and as many as 7 Divisional Champions, two Breeders' Cup Ladies Champions, broke Citation's, Cigar's, and Eclipse's records, broke Bayakoa's record, beat Rock of Gilbralter's record. She WILL be the HOY for 2010.
She WILL rank within the top 15 of American racehorses.

Anonymous said...

Rock Hard Ten is too closely related to her. I'm going to guess she'll go to AP Indy before its too late. Its a wonderful cross. I pity the poor foal as it will carry the weight of the world on its young shoulders..

Sharon M said...

Giant's Causeway?

Brian Zipse said...

I predicted Indian Charlie on this blog months ago, but with the Lane End's factor, A.P. Indy is now the hot favorite. Giant's Causeway also makes a lot of sense.

Anonymous said...

Indian Charlie isn't the best match for her as far as numbers. He's also a bigger horse than AP Indy and I believe they would be looking for a stallion that would balance her out physically. The other factor is that AP Indy may be one of the classiest stallions standing in KY that she could go to and there just won't be too many more of them. My opinion is that they are overbreeding Giant's Causeway...love him to death, but there are sure a lot of them with the shuttling thing and all. AP Indy stays home!

micheal said...

mineshaft would be my choice for zenyatta he is well built
strong fast a ap indy stallion
between the two 38 races no
major injuries would suggest a
long race career