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August 10, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
Despite all the oohs and aahs and superlatives that correctly followed yet another amazing race Sunday by the remarkable Zenyatta, jockey Mike Smith managed to capture best what had happened. Half an hour after the now 12-0 mare of trainer John Shirreffs and owners Jerry and Ann Moss had done a bullet-train charge down the stretch to win the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar by a nose, Smith sat in front of reporters. He was told that Zenyatta had run her last quarter mile in 22.49 seconds and her last sixteenth in 5.2 seconds, reaching her top speed of the race of 40 miles per hour the moment she hit the wire.
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March 5, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Jockey Aaron Gryder's life is not just a story. It's an odyssey. When he climbs aboard Blingo on Saturday in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the most prestigious race for older thoroughbreds west of the Mississippi, he will be an afterthought. Gryder doesn't mind that. He understands. This Big Cap, after all, has three of the best horses in the world. All three could have easily skipped this one and headed for Dubai and the March 29 Dubai World Cup, with a $10-million purse that makes it the richest in the world.
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November 8, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
These kinds of stories happen only in the movies. Hollywood can create the drama, the unbelievable ending, even the tears. Zenyatta doesn't need Hollywood. She produces her own show. She is, as her jockey Mike Smith, says, "a race horse sent from heaven." On a day that racing will cherish for a long time, a historic moment that may sustain, even boost, a struggling industry for years to come, Zenyatta beat the boys. Oh my, did she. She won the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic, a male domain for all of its previous 25 years.
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January 24, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
If you have memories of a place that stretch over a lifetime - from when you were a kid there to when you brought your kids and then their kids - it's hard to go back and see it empty and unloved, the flowers unwatered and dead, dust coating the floors and the benches. It all happened so quickly at Hollywood Park, where thoroughbreds last thundered down the track just a month ago. Now, with that day's racing slips still scattered about the stands, everything that can be removed is being sold off: the ticket booths, the Jumbotron, the jockeys' impossibly small, narrow bunk beds.
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November 4, 2009 | Grahame L. Jones
With the stars of the show back in their barns, it was left to their trainers to provide the color at Tuesday afternoon's Breeders' Cup post-position draw at Santa Anita. The talk, naturally, was mostly about Saturday's $5-million Classic, especially after the connections of unbeaten mare Zenyatta decided to try their luck against the males. The winner of 13 in a row, Zenyatta was drawn in post position No. 4 and installed as the 5-2 favorite. On her inside will be Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness runner-up Mine That Bird, in the No. 1 hole.
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January 17, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
There was a stirring of excitement in the paddock at Santa Anita on Thursday before the seventh race, an allowance optional claiming race for fillies and mares 4-year-olds and up. Call it the Zenyatta effect. Zenyatta's half-sister, Eblouissante, was set to run in her second race, a 1 1/16-mile test on the dirt, and fans of the 2010 Horse of the Year wanted to see her half-sister up close. Eblouissante didn't disappoint, improving her race record to 2-0 after 1 3/4-length triumph over second-place Pink Blossom under jockey Corey Nakatani.
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November 7, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
Friday's first day of Breeders' Cup horse racing at Santa Anita was a Ladies Day delight. Saturday's second day is expected to be, well, the same thing. Today is Zenyatta's day. No filly or mare has ever won the Breeders' Cup Classic, and they've run this race since 1984. One filly, Jolypha in 1992 at Gulfstream, finished in the money, a third to A.P. Indy. That's it for females in this testosterone dash. So far. The $5-million Classic has been the domain of the big boys, the rough and ready, who can power over whatever turf is presented and through whatever tight hole is presented.
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October 11, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
With Rachel Alexandra taking the rest of the year off, Zenyatta is now the unanimous first lady of horse racing. Maybe she would be anyway. Now, we will never know. When the monster mare from trainer John Shirreffs' barn went to the gate at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting Saturday in the $300,000 Grade I Lady's Secret, there was much at stake. There was also minimal drama as to the outcome. Just before the gate opened, there was nearly $190,000 bet on track for Zenyatta to win. Next closest was Coco Beach, with $35,000.
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November 1, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
This is Zenyatta's weekend. She is the belle of the ball. People who, a month ago, didn't know she existed know now. Sports Illustrated recently told her life story, from baby skin rash to afternoon Guinness. Sunday night, she got a spot on "60 Minutes," where they just couldn't resist the line "There's something Zen about Zenyatta. " This weekend's Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs has 14 huge horse races. The 13 preceding Zenyatta's run in the $5-million Classic, each with a rich purse and featuring the finest thoroughbreds in the world in their respective divisions, might as well be off-Broadway plays.
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October 1, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones
A racing legend takes to the track for the next-to-last time in her extraordinary career on Saturday afternoon, and that alone should bring a tear or two at Hollywood Park. Her name is Zenyatta and, win or lose, the 6-year-old mare has always been a horse to stir the emotions. Except, there have not been any losses for Zenyatta. Not one. She has been loaded into the starting gate 18 times and has reached the wire first 18 times, earning more than $6 million for owners Jerry and Ann Moss.
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December 22, 2013 | By David Wharton
The bugler in his green coat and top hat tried to sound upbeat as he blew the traditional "Call to Post," but he might just as well have been playing a dirge. Down by the rail, Todd Matzner listened with a cigar stub clamped between his teeth. "I wasn't going to miss this, no way," the horse racing die-hard said. "Even if it's kind of sad. " Sunday marked the last gasp for Betfair Hollywood Park, a 75-year-old racetrack that had once been a sparkling jewel of the city. The Inglewood landmark, which has fallen victim to declining revenue industrywide, will have its grandstand razed and its racing ovals dug up. Shops, offices and residential units are planned for the spot where fans once cheered for horses such as Seabiscuit and Zenyatta, not to mention renowned jockeys Bill Shoemaker and Laffit Pincay Jr. "The track's closure is a major loss," said Alex Waldrop, president and chief executive of the National Thoroughbred Racing Assn.
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November 2, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The best story won Saturday's $5-million Breeders' Cup horse race. They call this one the Classic, and this time, it really was. But more for who won, than how or why. About 5:55 p.m. at Santa Anita, with just a hint of sunlight still reflecting off the San Gabriel Mountains and a near-delirious throng of celebrants gathering in the winner's circle, a small woman with somebody else's heart marched toward a small man who is 50 years old, sitting...
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September 28, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Last January, when Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens launched his comeback after seven years in retirement, his daughter, Madison, wasn't happy. She was in the winner's circle at Santa Anita, crying, "I want my daddy. " Eight months later, the 4-year-old Madison was in the same winner's circle Saturday afternoon smiling and yelling, "Daddy!" after Stevens guided Mucho Macho Man and Beholder to convincing victories in a pair of $250,000, Grade I stakes. "It's so crazy," said Stevens' wife, Angie.
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April 19, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
John Shirreffs should not depart the Southern California thoroughbred racing scene without a salute. So cup your right hand to your forehead and read on. There will be no brass bands playing when Shirreffs leaves. That's partly because it will be early Monday morning, when racing bustles and everybody else sleeps. Moving vans will pull up to Barn 55 South and load boxes of racing equipment accumulated over three decades at Hollywood Park. That done, the quiet man in the baseball cap will head to LAX and fly east.
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April 2, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Zenyatta has become a mother for the second time, delivering a colt on Monday night. He's a leggy chestnut with a white blaze similar to Zenyatta, according to Zenyatta.com. The father is Tapit. It's the second foal for Zenyatta since her retirement at the end of 2010. Her first foal, by Bernardini, was born on March 8 of last year. Zenyatta won 19 of 20 starts and was the 2010 Horse of the Year. The birth was at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky. ALSO: Kevin Ware of Louisville tweets he'll 'be back next year' Matt Flynn heads to Raiders; Carson Palmer headed out Watch Andrew Wiggins make bigger name for self with monster dunk
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March 2, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
A Ferrari made the rest of the field look like go-karts Saturday in the Santa Anita Handicap. As the 6-5 favorite, Game On Dude was expected to be impressive, but he went well beyond that. He was dazzling, awe-inspiring. For the crowd of 26,901 at the Great Race Place, the 2 minutes and 14-hundredths of a second they got of Game On Dude was easily worth the price of admission. The 6-year-old gelding broke to the front and never looked back, winning the $750,000 Grade I race by a record 7 3/4 lengths over Clubhouse Ride.
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November 2, 2010 | From staff and wire reports
Zenyatta's growing popularity outside horse racing led to her odds getting hammered down to 8-5 for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. The horse with the 19-0 record was made the early favorite in a field of 12 for Saturday's 1 1/4 -mile Classic at the Louisville, Ky., track, where she will try to end her career with one more win. Zenyatta will break from the No. 8 post against the boys. "We like that number. It's one of our favorite numbers," said Ann Moss , who owns Zenyatta with her husband Jerry . "It's considered to be a lucky number.
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April 9, 2010 | Wire and staff reports
Zenyatta came to Oaklawn Park as visiting royalty. After romping to victory in the Apple Blossom Invitational, her 16th win in a row, racing's queen stood before her adoring public and bowed her head twice. Zenyatta high-stepped her way to the starting gate Friday in her distinctive Radio City Rockette style. She lagged behind early as usual before making a sweeping move through the stretch turn on her way to a 41/4-length victory at Hot Springs, Ark. "It's kind of hard to say if she's getting better and better because she's so good," jockey Mike Smith said.
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January 17, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
There was a stirring of excitement in the paddock at Santa Anita on Thursday before the seventh race, an allowance optional claiming race for fillies and mares 4-year-olds and up. Call it the Zenyatta effect. Zenyatta's half-sister, Eblouissante, was set to run in her second race, a 1 1/16-mile test on the dirt, and fans of the 2010 Horse of the Year wanted to see her half-sister up close. Eblouissante didn't disappoint, improving her race record to 2-0 after 1 3/4-length triumph over second-place Pink Blossom under jockey Corey Nakatani.
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November 2, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Quite the ladies' man, this Mike Smith. He may be bald, he may be just a little guy, and he may be just three years shy of that symbolic male decline age of 50. But put him in the saddle of a filly or mare in a big-money horse race and it is instant mutual love. Friday at Santa Anita, in a $2-million Ladies' Classic Breeders' Cup race that was expected to be the best and most closely contested of all the 15 races in this two-day, $25.5-million thoroughbred extravaganza, Smith guided his current girlfriend, Royal Delta, to a convincing length-and-a-half victory.
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