Our final Daily Moment of Zenyatta: A perfect sendoff, and a perfect payday


(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Zenyatta runs during a practice session for the Breeder’s Cup horse race at Churchill Downs Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, in Louisville, Ky.

A press release from the National Throughbred Racing Association:

In support of Zenyatta’s attempt for a 20th consecutive victory in Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., has placed a 20′ x 150′ sign on its rooftop that reads, “Good Luck, Zenyatta!” The sign will be in full view of airplanes flying into and out of nearby Los Angeles International Airport.

“We, like so many others here in Southern California, are fiercely proud of Zenyatta, and this is just one small way for us to share that pride,” said Jack Liebau, President of Hollywood Park.

“Zenyatta is a once-in-a-lifetime Champion bidding to accomplish something no Thoroughbred in modern history has achieved,” said Alex Waldrop, President and CEO of the NTRA. “We wish her the best of luck in her quest for perfection.”

A view of the banner from the roof of Hollywood Park as you might see it if you’re coming into LAX (but very doubtful if you’re leaving, since planes tend to take off over the ocean): (linked here)


Meanwhile, Guinness said it is offering Zenyatta a trip to its famed St. James Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland if she wins today’s race.

Trainer John Shirreffs is known to open a bottle of Guinness and pour it into a bowl for Zenyatta in the afternoon. He says she’ll only drink the dark Irish stout with its creamy head.

Guinness brand director Patrick Hughes says the brewery will be raising a pint and holding its collective breath during the $5 million race. He reminds all thoroughbreds and the race fans who love them that Guinness is best enjoyed responsibly.

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