Zenyatta’s future in the balance after Breeders’ Cup

Zenyatta’s future will not be decided for another fortnight.  Owners Jerry and Ann Moss are still deciding whether the mare will return to racing as a seven year-old in 2011.

Earlier this week, Goldikova’s owners announced the Anabaa mare will return to Churchill Downs next year in an attempt to win an unprecedented fourth Breeders’ Cup Mile crown.

Trainer John Shireffs said bad luck had cost Zenyatta the chance of stretching her unbeaten run to 20 in the Breeders’ Cup Classic .  The Street Cry mare was blocked by the tiring Quality Road as she began her charge in the straight.  

“We didn’t get the perfect ending,” Shireffs said in the wake of her head defeat by Blame.  “But we saw a horse with a tremendous amount of heart that was really laying it all down.

“Zenyatta just didn’t catch a break anywhere.  Mike (Smith) had to alter course and that probably cost her victory.”

Trainer Bob Baffert, who saddled up champion colt Lookin At Lucky in the Classic, said the lone defeat will probably enhance her place in history. 

“Zenyatta is a great horse,” Baffert stated.  “The track was very demanding but she ran an incredible race.  When she went by Lookin At Lucky, I started cheering for her like crazy.”