Cross-posted from Business Lexington (BizNet)
Written by NATALIE VOSS
Lexington, KY (Dec 7, 2010) — An enthusiastic crowd of over 1,000 packed Keeneland’s outdoor sales pavilion in the frigid chill of Monday night to greet champion Thoroughbred (“Queen”) Zenyatta upon her arrival to Lexington.
The 6-year-old mare was met with camera flashes and media swarms worthy of human royalty. Zenyatta’s retirement was announced weeks ago, much to the disappointment of the thousands of fans she has accumulated worldwide in her three-year career. She left her home base in California earlier on Monday for a move to Lane’s End Farm in Woodford County, where she will begin a new career as a broodmare.
Nick Nicholson, president of Keeneland, greeted owners Jerry and Ann Moss with a gift basket full of Zenyatta’s favorite treats, including carrots, pears and Guinness beer, which she is famous for sipping before races.
Zenyatta needed little introduction to her legion of adoring fans, but both Mosses briefly thanked the crowd for their presence in the 16-degree cold. Read full report >>
Hangin’ with Haskin on Zenyatta
Beloved Bloodhorse blogger Steve Haskin writes on the void left in the lives of Zenyatta’s adoring fans:
For many of us, horses are a way of life. It is not something that was forced upon us. We have chosen to allow these magnificent creatures to infiltrate our very being and touch our souls in a way that bonds us to them – yes, at rare times spiritually. The foundation between humans and horses was built centuries ago. Whether it is a racehorse, a riding horse, a show horse, or any horse that becomes a part of our life, there is always going to be that rare one who comes along and enters some hallowed sphere deep within us.
Love or hate horse racing, it is difficult to imagine life without great stars like Zenyatta who are such tremendous ambassadors for all horses. ~Jade