Zenyatta Comes Up Short in Breeders' Cup
The unlikely wonder horse just misses her 20th win and perfect record
It looked like another amazing comeback.
But after running the majority of the Breeders’ Cup Classic in dead last, Zenyatta made a run for her historic 20th consecutive win, only to lose by a nose.
“She’s a little anxious, but she’s ready,” her jockey Mike Smith said just before the race, which they finished second behind a horse named Blame.
Zenyatta, the 6-year-old Thoroughbred mare who overcame some incredible odds to become one of the greatest racehorses, attracted quite a fan base with her size, beauty, and her unusual pre-race dance moves and post-race drinking habits.
The mare, who was a heavy favorite to win, previously earned $930,000 for 2010.