02/14/2011 1:25AM

Zenyatta: Career highlights and video replays


Owner: Ann and Jerry Moss

Trainer: John Shirreffs

Breeder: Maverick Productions, Limited

Career record: 20-19-1-0

Earnings: $7,304,580

Zenyatta – by Street Cry out of the Kris S. mare Vertigineux – was retired at age 6 at the end of the 2010 season and is beginning a new career as a broodmare. But for more than three years, she captivated racing. Her popularity, like her win streak, reached new heights in 2010. As the wins mounted – 15 in a row, 16, 17, 18, 19 – her appeal reached well beyond the cozy confines of racing. She attracted the attention of “60 Minutes” and Oprah Winfrey. Everywhere she went, crowds of adoring fans followed.

Her popularity was born of a combination of a win streak that lasted nearly three years and a personality that had her playing to swooning crowds.

“The great thing about Zenyatta is that she has a personality you can share with other people,” said her trainer, John Shirreffs. “You need to see her, need to visit her. She has this aura about her.”

In her final start, Zenyatta tried for a second straight victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Facing 11 males, she passed all of them but Blame, who was named 2010's Eclipse Award champion older male and lost a close vote to Zenyatta for Horse of the Year.

Zenyatta, who was bred by Maverick Productions, Limited, ended her magnificent career 19 for 20. But does anyone think any less of her because of the loss? Hardly. Her courageous rally in her final start was roundly hailed as one of her best performances and won over her few intractable skeptics, those flat-Earth believers who failed to appreciate what a remarkable feat it was to remain unbeaten, and in top form, for nearly three years.

After winning two Eclipse Awards in 2010, and four in her career, there is no doubt that Zenyatta will go down as one of the greatest racemares of all time, if not the greatest.

Text by Jay Privman. Photo by Barbara D. Livingston.

PAST PERFORMANCES: Download Zenyatta's lifetime Daily Racing Form PPs »

2010 season race recaps and video replays

Date Race Video Track Surface Age Dist. Beyer Finish Margin
Nov. 6 G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic Race Video CD Dirt 3&up 1 1/4 111 2nd hd
Oct. 2 G1 Lady's Secret Stakes Race Video OTH Cushion Track 3&up 1 1/16 101 1st ½
Aug. 7 G1 Clement Hirsch Stakes Race Video DMR Polytrack F-M 3&up 1 1/16 95 1st neck
June 13 G1 Vanity Handicap Race Video Hol Cushion Track F-M 3&up 1 1/8 103 1st ½
April 9 G1 Apple Blossom Race Video OP Dirt F-M 4&up 1 1/8 95 1st 4 ¼
March 13 G1 Santa Margarita Handicap Race Video SA Pro-Ride F-M 4&up 1 1/8 102 1st 1 ¼

More on DRF.com
* Zenyatta side by side with Big Red
* Seeing shades of Zenyatta in her half-sister
* 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta: A photographic tribute
* Zenyatta takes Horse of the Year over Blame
* DRF Weekend: A legend takes her final bow
* Barbara Livingston photos: Zenyatta a reminder to celebrate life