With owners Jerry and Ann Moss and close to a hundred fans looking on, undefeated Zenyatta put in a strong six-furlong workout in 1:11.80 over the main Hollywood Park track on Saturday.
"She's always splendid,” said Jerry Moss. “It was beautiful, and it looked like she had a lot left. The riders are all happy. It was the kind of work you want."
Working with stablemates El Vino and Sarbonne, Zenyatta, with regular jockey Mike Smith aboard, ran her opening eighth of a mile in 12.80 seconds, the quarter in 25.40, a half-mile in 48.60 and five furlongs in 1:00. She covered the final eighth in 11.80, and the final quarter in :23.00. The workout, which started at the 5/8th pole and continued past the wire, will be her last before she leaves for Kentucky to defend her 19-0 record and Breeders’ Cup Classic title on Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs.
Trainer John Shirreffs reportedly wanted a time of 1:14.
"She went better than good,” said Mike Smith. “It was excellent. She went really, really well and probably a little better than last year. She galloped out strong and was happy coming back. She's ready. I'm always super confident with her. It's racing. She's going to have to get the trip, but if she does, I think we are going to see something phenomenal."
"It was a tune up,” John Shirreffs added. “She finished fast, so it wasn't necessarily a 'fast work.' She was fast at the end. That's her style. From here we have fun. Just play. She's got everything done we needed to do. Now we have fun."
Zenyatta will walk the shedrow on Sunday and jog Monday at her normal training time of 9 am. She is scheduled to leave California for Kentucky on Tuesday aboard a chartered Tex Sutton flight along with several other Breeders’ Cup contenders, including Classic rival Lookin at Lucky.
(Edited release with additional content by Dick Downey)