09/24/2009 11:00PM

Zenyatta could run again after Cup

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Zenyatta, the champion older female of 2008, could race into 2010 before being bred, trainer John Shirreffs said.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Zenyatta's racing career may not end in the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita in November.

On Thursday, trainer John Shirreffs said owners Jerry and Ann Moss are considering starting Zenyatta in early 2010 before sending her to Kentucky to be bred.

"I think she'll continue to race until that decision is made," Shirreffs said. "She's doing so well. I hope that would be the case. She's just rounding into form now."

The champion older female of 2008, Zenyatta has won 12 races and earned $2,594,580. She has won three stakes this year and retains her leadership role in the older female division.

A 5-year-old by Street Cry, Zenyatta is expected to have two starts at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting which begins Wednesday - the $300,000 Lady's Secret Stakes for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 10 and a race on Breeders' Cup weekend, Nov. 6-7. The Breeders' Cup options include the $2 million Ladies' Classic over 1 1/8 miles, which she won last year, on Nov. 6, or the $5 million Classic over 1 1/4 miles against males on Nov. 7.

"I think all options are open," Shrreffs said of the Breeders' Cup.

Shirreffs said plans for 2010 are contingent on how Zenyatta performs for the remainder of this year.

If Zenyatta races in 2010, there remains a chance for a long-awaited matchup with Rachel Alexandra, the star 3-year-old filly. Rachel Alexandra has been taken out of training for the rest of this year, and owner Jess Jackson has said he does not want to run her in the Breeders' Cup on Santa Anita's synthetic track.

Shirreffs did not mention any specific goals for Zenyatta in 2010, although Santa Anita does have two Grade 1 stakes for older females around two turns early in the year - the Santa Maria Handicap over 1 1/16 miles in February and the Santa Margarita Handicap over 1 1/8 miles in March.

Zenyatta has not started since winning the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 9. At Hollywood Park during the summer, she won the Grade 2 Milady and Grade 1 Vanity handicaps. Since the Hirsch, Zenyatta has had three workouts, including a six-furlong breeze in 1:13.40 at Hollywood Park on Sept. 18. The workout left jockey Mike Smith and Shirreffs impressed.

"The last time he worked her, [Smith] said she showed a lot of acceleration," Shirreffs said. "She got to her workmate in three jumps."

Zenyatta is scheduled to work this weekend, continuing preparation for the Lady's Secret.P

Ferneley to be nominated to BC

Ferneley, winner of the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile in August and runner-up in the Woodbine Mile last Sunday, will be nominated to the Breeders' Cup program with the intent of starting in the BC Mile on Nov. 7, trainer Ben Cecil said.

Owned by Silver Springs Stud Farm, Ferneley can be nominated to the Breeders' Cup for $100,000 as a horse of racing age. He will be eligible for Breeders' Cup races for the remainder of his racing career. It will cost an additional $60,000 to pre-enter and enter the BC Mile.

"He belongs in there," Cecil said.

Ferneley was beaten a length by the mare Ventura in the Woodbine Mile.

"It was a one-turn race, and I think two turns is better for him," Cecil said.

In the Del Mar Mile around two turns on turf, Ferneley rallied from fifth to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

Johnny Eves retired with injury

Johnny Eves, a graded stakes winner in the last three seasons, has been retired because of a recurring suspensory injury, trainer Jay Robbins said.

"It just didn't look good, and we didn't want to keep going," Robbins said.

The injury was detected at the end of the Del Mar meeting. At the time, Johnny Eves was being prepared for a start at the upcoming Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting, having not raced since late winter.

Owned by breeder Sharon Hilliard, Johnny Eves won 7 of 20 starts and $581,120. His career highlights included wins in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes in 2007, Grade 2 Vernon Underwood Stakes in 2008, and the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Handicap earlier this year.

Robbins said that Johnny Eves, a 5-year-old gelding, will be given four months off and then be re-trained to be a hunter-jumper.

Governor appoints two to CHRB

Horse owners Keith Brackpool and Richard Rosenberg have been appointed to the California Horse Racing Board by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The announcements were made Thursday. Brackpool, 52, and Rosenberg, 70, replace former chairman