08/04/2010 10:48PM

Zenyatta goes once around at Del Mar


The big girl has arrived at Del Mar.

Zenyatta galloped once around the track Wednesday morning, but not before she checked it out. Not before everyone stopped what they were doing to check her out.

Zenyatta (looking into camera) came onto the main track at 9:15 a.m. and for 10 minutes stood virtually motionless in the backstretch chute. After her and trainer John Shirreffs were satisfied, it was time to go. Zenyatta and exercise ride Steve Willard galloped one mile.

The perfect show continues in race 9 Saturday. Five other fillies and mares entered the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, the mile and a sixteenth race in which Zenyatta will try to make it 18-0.

Is she a sure thing? Of course not.

Del Mar is where Zenyatta nearly got beat last year; the distance is shorter than she likes. Betting windows will be open.