Zenyatta: 20 in a row?

As the Breeders’ Cup approaches, many questions have emerged. The foremost of these is whether or not Zenyatta will remain perfect and break the record for longest consecutive winning streak in modern racing history. Her 19-0 career has tied this mark, a 20th win will cement her name in history. Zenyatta will certainly have her work cut out for her at the BC Classic, though. Haynesfield (107), Lookin at Lucky (103), and Richard’s Kid (105) all ran faster Beyer speed figures than Zenyatta’s 100 in their respective races this past Saturday. A victory in the Classic would mark her third BC win, and will most likely be her final career race.

Owners Jerry and Ann Moss have confirmed that the horse will stay in California until the end of October. Zenyatta will continue to train at Hollywood Park until the big day at Churchill Down on November 6th. The reasoning for staying in California is so that she can train without having to worry about the fickle Kentucky weather.

Zenyatta’s jockey, Mike Smith, commented that her 19th race at the Lady’s Secret Stakes was at the lower end of her ability spectrum. 1 1/16th of a mile is a bit short for Zenyatta; the 1 1/4th mile Classic will be much more to her liking, according to her training team.