12/02/2009 12:00AM

One last parade for Zenyatta


Zenyatta made the final start of her career at Santa Anita, and now will make her final public appearance at Santa Anita. She will parade at Santa Anita on opening day, Dec. 26, which is always one of the best attended days on the Southern California racing calendar.

Zenyatta, owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Shirreffs, completed a perfect 14-race career with a victory last month in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting. She was honored at Hollywood Park, where she is stabled, between races last Sunday.

Santa Anita will distribute a full-color poster of Zenyatta, courtesy of HRTV, on Dec. 26. Zenyatta will be brought to the winner's circle for a ceremony to be emceed by Kurt Hoover.

"We are thrilled and very honored to have Zenyatta return here to Santa Anita one final time," said Ron Charles, the president of Santa Anita. "This will be great for all of our fans as well. What she accomplished here in the Breeders' Cup Classic is something that none of us who witnessed it will ever forget and to have her with us as we celebrate our 75th anniversary is very special."

Santa Anita opened on Dec. 25, 1934.

"On behalf of everyone here, we want to thank Jerry and Ann for allowing all of us to get close to her and to enjoy Zenyatta this one last time," Charles said. "For her to be able to return to the scene of one of the greatest moments in the history of American racing is something that I think everyone is going to cherish."

Opening day will also feature two Grade 1 stakes races, the Malibu and the La Brea, and the traditional wall calendar giveaway. First post for the 10-race card will be 11:30 a.m.