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http://www.equibase.com/static/workout/ ... A-EQB.html
Who's dat mare that worked 50.40?
And remember...Things work out best when you make the best of the way things work out.
We must have posted at about the same time, but I deleted mine.
I was wondering about the workout. Is this common for a horse, whom I presume is going to be retired, after the biggest race of her life?
I'm not going to start speculating however; not yet, anyway.
I wondered the same thing.
Even in retirement, Zenyatta keeps working
By Steve Andersen
The retired undefeated superstar Zenyatta worked a half-mile at Hollywood Park on Monday, but it does not mean that the winner of 14 races is going to have another start before being bred in 2010.
Trainer John Shirreffs said on Monday that Zenyatta needed the workout "to take the edge off a little." She breezed a half-mile in 50.40 seconds, the eighth fastest of 17 recorded works at the distance.
Zenyatta has not raced since becoming the first female to win the Breeders' Cup Classic, at Santa Anita on Nov. 7.
"She's just galloping every day," Shirreffs said. "We wanted to take the edge off of that. When they're fresh and feeling good, it makes them hard to handle."
Shirreffs did not rule out another workout for Zenyatta before she is scheduled to leave for Kentucky in January.
"That's a long time to keep her in the barn," he said.
Zenyatta, 5, finished her career in the Breeders' Cup. Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, she won five stakes this year, and is a candidate for the Horse of the Year title along with the brilliant 3-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra.
Avatar - Lords Table winning the Bull Rastus Handicap at Los Al, 9/9/05, Russel Hadley up.
SHE'S RETIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JJ, oops sorry, I mean RS . . . . . . . . .
Nureyev . . . . my Twinkle Toes
Sire of Miesque
Do you wonder that whoever they pick to breed to Z might be intimidated to uh, let's say approach her to consumate the pairing. I've seen how the farms "work" the mating, but my sick mind keeps thinking the dude better be a real stud. Sorry, I'll get back to focusing on her working out.
Thanks for the post, LordsTable. I didn't know if these workouts were common for soon to be retired horses or not. With all the talk going back and forth about... well... you know... But I'm happy everything is moving forward for Zenyatta's new life. I can't wait to find out who the lucky stallion is. What an offspring the couple should produce.
Just think, in a few years, after Rachel is all done on the track, and she starts having her kids, and her kids grow up, and Zenyatta's kids grow up, we might be having this same discussion again about HOY. (LOL)
You just never know.
Lemme just say what most are thinking... wouldn't it be awesome if the Moss family said f' it and raced her all over the place next year? Come on, $10 million at Dubai and now synthetic (not that I really think it matters)? Jesus, who really gives two f's about her breeding career? This is why the ponies are a double AA sport. I'll start the drumbeat now, bring back Zenyatta for a year competing in all of the biggest races (and against RA)! Just imagine, Dubai in the spring, the Arc in the fall and a month later at Churchill against RA. Now that would grab some headlines, no?
They ended up jogging Seattle Slew daily much of his (early) life after going to stud. Just gotta do whatcha gotta do.
They feed these retired race horses too rich a diet anyway if they aren't burning some of it off. Could lead to laminitus. Let 'um graze in the pasture.
Sherrifs said something to the effect that he has to, in that just walking her won't do it. Also considering how big she is, without some kind of exercise burning off the calories she'd probably really pack on the pounds & get soft. When she gets in foal, she'll be even bigger.
If wishes were horses then beggars would ride-
& If dirt were dollars we'd all be in the black
Breed to Rock Hard Ten - call the male off-spring Goliath!
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