Befitting the queen of racing that she is, Zenyatta will have a private escort to her Churchill Downs quarters when she arrives this morning at Louisville International Airport at approximately 11:45 a.m., EDT.
Zenyatta is scheduled to leave Hollywood Park at 2 a.m., PDT, this morning and depart for Louisville at 5 a.m. on a charter flight that will include other Southland-based Breeders’ Cup horses, including Lookin At Lucky and Jaycito.
Owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs are also flying to Louisville today on a private plane and hope to arrive ahead of the unbeaten Zenyatta, who could put an exclamation mark on a 20-0 career and cinch Horse of the Year honors with a second consecutive victory in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.
“She will be the first one off the plane and loaded on a private van,” said Buddy Fife, representative for carrier Tex Sutton. “She will go straight to Churchill Downs, a five-minute drive.”
Zenyatta will have a two-car sheriff escort to Churchill Downs, where she will be stabled in Barn 41.
The 6-year-old Street Cry mare jogged a mile over Hollywood Park’s training track Monday morning in her last training activity before departing for Louisville.
“It was just a jog day,” Shirreffs said. “It was just something nice and easy.”
The veteran trainer said he liked the “60 Minutes” feature about Zenyatta that aired on CBS on Sunday evening.
“It was very good,” he said. “They did a great job with it.”
For those who didn’t catch the 60 Minutes segment, here it is: