The unlikely wonder horse just misses her 20th win and perfect record

By Rennie Dyball
Updated November 06, 2010 07:00 PM
Credit: David J. Phillip/AP

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.