Horse Racing

1-5 favorite Zenyatta wins Vanity Handicap

The horse known as Zenyatta conquered its seventeenth victory on a row by winning the Vanity Handicap. This thoroughbred horse was the favorite at 1-5 in a race that was worth $250,000 and which took place at Hollywood Park, located in Inglewood, California.

Zenyatta won by just half a length and with the victory, the horse surpassed other big names in thoroughbred racing in “Citation” (a Triple Crown champ) and 2-time horse the year, “Cigar”, as both had sixteen victories each.

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This same horse (a mare actually) managed to win the Breeders Cup Classic from last year (worth $5 million) and was able to run the 1 1/8 miles of the artificial track from Hollywood Park in just one minute and 49 seconds.

The owner of the mare, Jerry Moss, said that his horse is very different from the rest, and that he consider her to be “in a class of her own”, and she mentioned that it is almost a blessing for him to posses such a formidable animal.

The horse that came in second was St. Trinians, and the one that came in third happens to be Zardana, the stablemate for Zenyatta, who hasn’t competed against the other horse with which she shares the stables, Rachel Alexandra, and the main reason is because the owner of the latest does not like artificial surfaces.

Jess Jackson, the owner of Rachel Alexandra (the winner of the 2009 Preakness Stakes), said that his horse and Zenyatta might meet at this year’s Breeders Cup at Churchill Downs (a dirt track) on November 5.

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Zenyatta is not just a big winner but also a bg earner for his owner, as last year, she was the horse with the top earnings for thoroughbred from North American, totaling, $3.3 million.

“Citation” came up with his sixteen consecutive wins back in 1950, and Cigar did it in 1996. Other horses that have reached the 16-victory mark are Mister Frisky in 1990, Hallowed Dreams in 200 and Peppers Pride in 2008. But 17th straight wins is a mark that is of Zenyatta’s alone.

This fabulous horse was trailing before making a wide move by running in the center of the track in the final stretch, burying down St. Trinians. Moss, her owner, said that he will be watching the tapes for the race a few times in order to take note of every little detail in order to prepare for future competitions.

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