Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

April Fool’s Day jokes are usually lame.

With too much planning and not enough quality execution, the gags usually pass as brief giggles only to be forgotten an hour later.

And then there’s Zenyatta. She’s one you should never forget.

Born on April 1, 2004, this champion horse goes for her 20th straight win on Saturday evening in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

She’s never lost.


In her life.

No modern champion horse has ever won 20 races in a row. Not Secretariat, not Seattle Slew, not even Cigar. All of those horses have experienced defeat. Zenyatta doesn’t know what that feels like.

She’s toiled in her last three races, winning only by a half-length twice and a neck once. While other horses like to use the rail to make the trip to the finish line a shorter one, she brazenly sweeps five-wide to use the middle of the track as she finds the wire first.

She’s always first.

She’s beaten girls, boys, won two different Breeders’ Cup races (the only horse in the history of the event) and if she wins on Saturday, she becomes the second horse to win the Classic in consecutive years.

She wasn’t entered in any Triple Crown race during the ’07 season. Her owners like to run her on a synthetic track, as opposed to the dirt-based tracks that make up the Triple Crown trail. That’s not to say that Zenyatta can’t run on dirt. Yeah, she won on that too. I’m fairly certain this horse could set a track record on cement.

She has a very unique running style of hanging in the back of the pack – sometimes spotting the leader 12-14 lengths – and magically flying down the center of the track to win the race.

One of the horses outside of the modern era who won 20 races in a row was named Kentucky. That’s where Zenyatta will try to break the modern day record of consecutive victories on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

No joke.




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