A Classy Champion, 1989 Belmont Stakes Winner Easy Goer
Zenyatta earned the right to be called the “Queen of Racing” with her amazing 19-race winning streak. Her co-owner Jerry Moss answers a few questions with us just in time for the release of “Zenyatta: Queen of Racing,” a documentary DVD chronicling the mare’s incredible career.
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How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: In the late 60s the co-manager of Herb’s [Herb Alpert] live personal appearances invited me to the racetrack for the very first time. And, armed with the [Daily] Racing Form, I worked out a horse to bet and watched the horse finish first, only to be disqualified. Not a great outcome, but we had a great day and a lot of fun.
Favorite Zenyatta moment: Winning her first race on Thanksgiving that year with the whole family in attendance for a photo.
My favorite racetrack: Santa Anita Park
My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: Breeders’ Cup
Other sports/teams I follow: New York Yankees and UCLA Basketball
What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: More maiden races that are split with two winners.
Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Zenyatta
My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: Winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Zenyatta.
My favorite jockey: Mike Smith
My favorite trainer: John Shirreffs
My heroes: All jockeys
Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: World Series, Final Four in college basketball
Favorite quote or motto: To quote the great trainer Charlie Wittingham, “It’s better to say sorry that you did, than to say sorry that you didn’t.”
Favorite animal other than a horse: Another horse, or a whale
Favorite food: Chinese
Favorite vacation spot: Maui
Favorite city: Venice, Italy
Alma Mater: Brooklyn College
Favorite dessert: Pecan pie
Favorite tech gadget: My computer
Best part of the Zenyatta movie: When she came from the back to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2009.