This is Zenyatta with her exercise boy. She ran most of her races at Santa Anita racetrack in California. She is a 2004 mare out of Vertigneux by Street Cry. Her pedigree includes such notables as Native Dancer, Nashua (twice), Hail to Reason and Princequillo (Secretariat's lineage too). At 17.2 hands, she's a very tall lady. She raced in 20 races and won 19 of them.....you can see more about her here.
After the tragedies of Barbaro and Eight Belles (both very heavily line bred from Native Dance through Mr. Prospector, who threw many foals that eventually broke legs due to bad ankles), I stopped watching horse racing altogether, so I missed her racing career. Then, just before Christmas, I saw a documentary of her on television, so I became a fan.
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