INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 28, 2010)—Zenyatta will make her final public appearance in California during a special celebration Sunday, December 5 at Hollywood Park.
The 6-year-old Street Cry mare, who finished her spectacular career with 19 wins in 20 starts and more than $7.3 million in earnings, will visit the saddling paddock after the sixth race, giving her legion of fans another opportunity to show their admiration.
Not long after, Zenyatta, who has called Hollywood Park home for more than three years, will head to the track and parade in front of both the grandstand and clubhouse area.
Replays of some of her most memorable races, including her debut Nov. 22, 2007 and her final victory, a thrilling decision over Switch in the Lady’s Secret Stakes Oct. 2 during the first Oak Tree at Hollywood Park meet, will be shown throughout the day.
All those closest to Zenyatta, who will depart the following day for Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky to begin her life as a broodmare, will be on hand.
Besides owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs, the list includes the Mosses’ racing manager Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs, Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who was aboard Zenyatta in her last 17 races, exercise rider Steve Willard, groom Mario Espinoza and hotwalker Carmen Zamona.
Smith will also be available to sign autographs prior to the start of the day’s races. Post time is 12:30 p.m. The session will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Paddock Tote Board.
The feature event Dec. 5 is the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap. Defending champion Zardana is among the probables for the Grade II for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track.
Owned by Arnold Zetcher, Zardana, who also defeated 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra in the New Orleans Ladies Classic March 13 at the Fair Grounds, is trained by Shirreffs. The 11-1 upset by Zardana last year was a record fifth in the Bayakoa for the trainer.
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