Zenyatta Stakes

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Zenyatta Stakes
Grade I race
Location Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, California, United States
Inaugurated 1993
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Santa Anita Park
Race information
Distance 1 116 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track Left-handed
Qualification Fillies & Mares, three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $250,000

The Zenyatta Stakes (formally the Lady's Secret Stakes and Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap) is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually near the end of September during the Oak Tree Racing Association meet at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The race was run at Hollywood Park in 2010 due to impending work at Santa Anita Park.

A Grade I event since 2007, it is open to fillies and mares, age three and older, willing to race one and one-sixteenth miles. It carries a purse of $250,000.

In 2012, the race was renamed after the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic winner and 2010 American Horse of the Year Zenyatta, who won the race in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The race was previously named after Hall of Famer Lady's Secret.

Proposed name change[edit]

After the 2009 running, it was announced that the race would be renamed the Zenyatta Stakes. That change, however, was held off for 2010 at the behest of the connections of Zenyatta.[1] For 2010, it was again run as the Lady's Secret Stakes because Zenyatta was in the field. The Mosses and Zenyatta’s trainer, John Shirreffs, requested that the race be changed back to its original name for this running.

The race name change was done on the assumption that Zenyatta would retire at the end of 2009. The Hollywood Park officials did not anticipate that she might again race in the Lady's Secret in 2010. The race was again run as the Lady's Secret Stakes in 2011 but will be run under its new name in 2012.

Records[edit]

Speed record:

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners[edit]

Zenyatta Stakes[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2014 Beholder 4 Mike Smith Richard Mandella Spendthrift Farm 1:42.19
2013 Beholder 3 Gary Stevens Richard Mandella Spendthrift Farm 1:42.11
2012 Love and Pride 4 Martin Garcia Todd Pletcher Green Hills Farm 1:43.09

Lady's Secret Stakes[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2011 Zazu 3 Joel Rosario John W. Sadler Ann & Jerry Moss 1:41.59
2010‡ Zenyatta 6 Mike Smith John Shirreffs Ann & Jerry Moss 1:42.97
2009 Zenyatta 5 Mike Smith John Shirreffs Ann & Jerry Moss 1:42.89
2008 Zenyatta 4 Mike Smith John Shirreffs Ann & Jerry Moss 1:40.30
‡ In 2010 run at Hollywood Park.

Lady's Secret BC Handicap[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2007 Tough Tiz's Sis 3 Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Watson & Weitman Perf. 1:41.64
2006 Healthy Addiction 5 Victor Espinoza John W. Sadler Pamela C. Ziebarth 1:43.60
2005 Healthy Addiction 4 Garrett Gomez John W. Sadler Pamela C. Ziebarth 1:43.23
2004 Island Fashion 4 Kerwin John Marcelo Polanco Everest Stables 1:43.43
2003 Got Koko 4 Alex Solis Bruce Headley A. Headley & P. Leung 1:42.92
2002 Azeri 4 Mike Smith Laura de Seroux Allen E. Paulson Trust 1:41.10
2001 Queenie Belle 4 Brice Blanc Ben D. A. Cecil Gary Seidler 1:43.64
2000 Smooth Player 4 Ed Delahoussaye Dan L. Hendricks Spohler & Wygod 1:42.27
1999 Manistique 4 Corey Nakatani John Shirreffs 505 Farms 1:42.39
1998 Magical Allure 3 David Flores Bob Baffert Golden Eagle Farm 1:42.55
1997 Sharp Cat 3 Alex Solis D. Wayne Lukas The Thoroughbred Corp. 1:41.45
1996 Top Rung 5 Earlie Fires Willard L. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 1:41.84
1995 Borodislew 5 Gary Stevens Eduardo Inda 505 Farms 1:41.61
1994 Hollywood Wildcat 4 Ed Delahoussaye Neil D. Drysdale Irving & Marjorie Cowan 1:40.61
1993 Hollywood Wildcat 3 Ed Delahoussaye Neil D. Drysdale Irving & Marjorie Cowan 1:41.05

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shandler, Jason. "Zenyatta Stakes Changed Back to Lady's Secret". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14.