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“ZENYATTA MAKES IT 19 FROM 19”
What more can you say? Zenyatta (Street Cry) does what she has to do every time. She got off to a slow start in quest of a third straight win in the Lady’s Secret Stakes (Gr1) at Oak Tree metting at Hollywood Park yesterday and, as is her wont, trailed the field early.
Wheeled out at the top of the lane, she gave her legions of backers a minor heart attack when Switch stole away at the eighth pole, and the margin momentarily looked insurmountable, but Mike Smith went to the whip and the big mare responded, finding her best stride in the shadow of the post. “She seems to know where the wire is at, and she likes to make it a little dramatic,” jockey Mike Smith said. “It’s just incredible. To be honest with you, I try not to get too caught up into it, because it’s just too emotional.”
“Her heart must be huge,” said trainer John Shirreffs. “She can always dig down and find a little more. She never gives up.” “We’re really blessed to have Zenyatta do this,” he added. “God made her very special, and we’re just enjoying it. I couldn’t even begin to describe how special this was. You’ve seen how the fans have learned to really love her and enjoy her - I’ve been along for that, and it’s just been great to see.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News