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UNDEFEATED ZENYATTA DRAWS POST 4 IN BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC; HIGHLIGHT OF BREEDERS' CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FRIDAY & SATURDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2009) – Undefeated 5-year-old mare Zenyatta drew post position 4 for Saturday’s renewal of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park as she bids for her 14th career victory facing 12 male rivals in the 1 ¼ miles test, including Kentucky Derby hero Mine That Bird, Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird and European star Rip Van Winkle (IRE).
The 26th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, racing’s prestigious global showcase, consisting of 14 races with purses totaling $25.5 million, will be held during the Oak Tree Racing Association meeting on Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7. The Breeders’ Cup races will be televised live on ABC/ESPN and viewed in more than 130 countries.
A complete list of Breeders’ Cup entries is available at www.breederscup.com.
A total of 149 horses were entered in the Breeders’ Cup races, including 30 from Europe, and 10 defending or former Breeders’ Cup champions, topped by Zenyatta, who sealed an Eclipse Award campaign here last year with her dramatic victory in the $2 million Ladies’ Classic.
Trained by John Shirreffs for owners Jerome and Ann Moss, Zenyatta posted the 13th victory of her perfect career winning the Lady’s Secret Stakes over the Santa Anita track on Oct. 10, equaling the modern day record at the top level set by Personal Ensign winning the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs.
Ballymacoll Stud Farm’s 4-year-old Irish homebred Conduit (IRE) bids for a repeat victory in the $3 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf for trainer Sir Michael Stoute in a field of eight drawn for the 1 ½ miles grass course event. His challengers include Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s English-bred filly Dar Re Mi and J. Paul Reddam’s 6-year-old Red Rocks (IRE), winner of the 2006 renewal of the Turf at Churchill Downs.
With Zenyatta opting for the Classic rather than defend her Ladies’ Classic crown, a field of eight fillies and mares was drawn for the 1 1/8 miles to climax the Friday program. Godolphin’s 5-year-old Chilean-bred Cocoa Beach, runner-up to Zenyatta in the race last year, Godolphin stablemate Music Note, and Donver Stable’s 3-year-old emerging star Careless Jewel invading from Canada are among the favorites.
The other former Breeders’ Cup Champions returning are Wertheimer et Frere’s French-trained 4-year-old filly Goldikova (IRE) defending her 2008 victory in the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile, Augustin Stable’s 5-year-old mare Forever Together bidding for a repeat score in the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, Juddmonte Farm’s 5-year-old mare Ventura in the $1 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, R. A. Pegum’s 5-year-old gelding Muhannak (IRE) defending his title in the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon; Tarabilla Farms Inc.’s 5-year-old horse Desert Code seeking a repeat bid in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint; Godolphin Racing LLC’s Midshipman, winner of last year’s Juvenile, bids for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile; and Karen Woods & Saud bin Khaled’s Maram, winner of the 2008 Juvenile Fillies Turf, runs in this year’s Filly & Mare Turf.
Emerging stars that will be heavy favorites in their respective races will be Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 2-year-old Lookin At Lucky in the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Zayat Stable’s 3-year-old Zensational in the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint, both trained by Bob Baffert.
Complete list of Breeders’ Cup World Championship Races
Friday, November 6, 2009;
First Post 11:15 a.m. (PT); First Breeders’ Cup Race 12:35 p.m. (PT)
• $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon
Field of 10, Morning line favorite is Mastery (GB) at 9-5
• $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
Field of 12, Morning line favorite is Lillie Langtry at 3-1
• $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
Field of 12, Morning line favorite is Blind Luck at 3-1
• $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
Field of 8, Morning line favorite is Forever Together at 5-2
• $1 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
Field of 9, Morning line favorite is Ventura at 8-5
• $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic
Field of 8, Morning line favorite is Music Note at 9-5
Saturday, November 7, 2009
First Post 10:05 a.m. (PT); First Breeders’ Cup Race 10:45 a.m. (PT)
• $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
Field of 12, Morning line favorite is Interactif at 4-1
• $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
Field of 14, Morning line favorite is California Flag at 7-2
• $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint
Field of 9, Morning line favorite is Zensational at 7-5
• $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Field of 13, Morning line favorite is Lookin At Lucky at 8-5
• $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile
Field of 11, Morning line favorite is Goldikova (IRE) at 8-5
• $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
Field of 10, Morning line favorite is Mastercraftsman (IRE) at 6-5
• $3 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf
Field of 8, Morning line favorite is Conduit (IRE) at 7-5
• $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic
Field of 13, Morning line favorite is Zenyatta at 5-2