Jerry Moss Chats Zenyatta, New ‘Queen of Racing’ Documentary

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Jerry Moss with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith after Zenyatta won the 2009 Vanity Handicap. (Eclipse Sportswire)

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. 

Moss at Zenyatta's Hall of Fame induction. (Eclipse Sportswire)

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

Zenyatta winning 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic. (Eclipse Sportswire)

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.

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