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.