Retirement For Star Mare Zenyatta

Gaining 19 victories from 20 starts, America's sweetheart mare Zenyatta, will now go into retirement after her failure to defend her Breeders' Cup Classic title, which resulted in her defeat by a head from Blame.



It was revealed on Wednesday that the six year old mare will spend her retirement at the Kentucky stud farm Lane's End, after earning $7,304,580 (£4,594,225/€5,398,441) for owners Jerry and Ann Moss.

Her trainer, John Shirreffs stated earlier in the week, "We wanted the perfect ending. We didn't get it, but we saw a horse with a tremendous amount of heart that really tried."

For the greater part of her racing career Zenyatta was partnered by jockey Mike Smith, and Shirreffs commented, "Mike was devastated, really devastated, he loves this mare so much."

Although breeding plans are not yet set, it is anticipated that the mare will arrive at the Lane's End Farm early in December.

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