This years Breeders’ Cup will offer a unique slate of programming in commemoration of ZENYATTA — one of the greatest racehorses of all time. This celebration is being held on the 10th anniversary of her historic Victory at Santa Anita Park in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic, when she became the first-ever female to Win the world-renowned race.
“ZENYATTA’s accomplishments are among the most legendary in the history of horse racing. Her fortitude and tenacity are truly inspiring, and she will forever be remembered as one of the most impressive Thoroughbreds of all time,” said Dora Delgado, executive vice president, racing & nominations at Breeders’ Cup.
Ms. Delgado went on to say; “Upon our return to Santa Anita, the site of her historic Classic Win all those years ago, we’re proud to celebrate ZENYATTA and look forward to doing so, alongside her dedicated fan base worldwide.”
As part of the 10th anniversary activation, all attendees of the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be able to enter the ZENYATTA Peacock Paddock, a specially curated space adorned with exclusive images, memorabilia and life-sized cutouts of ZENYATTA.
To further commend ZENYATTA’s historic achievements, Breeders’ Cup will be honoring her with the Breeders’ Cup Sports and Racing Excellence Award. This award has been previously awarded to Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, renowned golfer Gary Player, and legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg.
NBC Sports Group, the official broadcast media partner of the Breeders’ Cup, will air a tribute segment to ZENYATTA during its broadcast of the World Championships that will revisit her trailblazing history and showcase the legendary mare’s current whereabouts.
One of the most beloved champions in Breeders’ Cup history, ZENYATTA has been recognized with the most significant awards and accolades in the industry, including being named as one of the top 10 female athletes of 2009 by Sports Illustrated as well as Horse of the Year in 2010.
On Wednesday the Daily Racing Blog will begin to preview some of the upcoming Breeders’s Cup races. So be sure to stop back.