Like many of us, the New York Times’ Alex Brown wonders (linked here): Why would Zenyatta quit on us now, win or not in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic?
If she is perfectly healthy, as we are led to believe, she can make more money on the track than in the breeding shed (unlike a colt). If she keeps winning for fun, and enjoys herself, this is simply a tremendous opportunity to continue to showcase a true star; a star that can become inspirational to a much wider audience.
Kinscem holds the record for an unbeaten horse at 54 wins over four years, in the late 1800s. She won races all over Europe and against the boys. A star from Turkey, she became a national treasure. When she died she was mourned, much like Man o’ War was mourned in this country.
There is no rule to say that a horse should only run a certain number of races, and then needs to be retired. If the horse is fit, healthy and enjoying her career, it seems a no-brainer to me to continue having fun, profitably.