09/14/2012 12:53PM

Santa Anita to unveil Zenyatta statue on Sept. 29


ARCADIA, Calif. – A life-size bronze of the mighty Zenyatta will be unveiled Sept. 29 at Santa Anita, where its permanent home will be in the paddock gardens near statues of John Henry and Seabiscuit.

The statue of Zenyatta – all 17.2 hands and 1,200 pounds – was created by renowned sculptress Nina Kaiser, who also produced the John Henry statue. The Zenyatta bronze will be south of the Kingsbury Fountain, directly across from the John Henry bronze on the fountain’s north side. Kaiser spent two years creating the Zenyatta statue.

The unveiling ceremony is scheduled for the first Saturday of the Santa Anita autumn meet, the same day as the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes.

The $250,000 race, formerly called the Lady’s Secret, was won three times by Zenyatta, 2008 through 2010.

Zenyatta retired in 2010 after winning 19 races and $7,304,580 from 20 starts. She won the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic in 2008 and BC Classic in 2009, both at Santa Anita, and finished second by a head in the 2010 BC Classic at Churchill Downs in the final start of her celebrated career. Zenyatta was named Horse of the Year in 2010.

Owned by Jerry Moss and his wife Ann, Zenyatta was trained by John Shirreffs and ridden most of her career by jockey Mike Smith. Zenyatta won six stakes at Santa Anita, including five Grade 1’s.

Santa Anita’s 2012 autumn meet begins Friday, Sept. 28.