Zenyatta retirement official

Zenyatta and Mike Smith
Zenyatta and Mike Smith in one of Sarah K. Andrew's great photos of Zenyatta.

Jerry Moss had said before the Breeders Cup that it would be Zenyatta’s last race.

Then, in the aftermath of her loss to Blame, there was the suggestion that maybe she would run again. “I retired her without speaking to my wife, and that was a big mistake,” he said in a post-race interview.

Today the speculation ended. Zenyatta officially retired for the second time (the Mosses retired her at the end of last year but then decided to run her in 2010). This time it looks permanent as she is headed to the breeding shed at Land’s End Farm in Kentucky.

Now the buzz is all about who will sire her first foal. Odds are it’s A.P. Indy, who was the 2002 Horse of the Year.

Zenyatta retires as the all-time leading North American female, winning $7,304,580 and the hearts of millions.

Here’s a nice collage of her 19 wins.

And, of course, her trademark “dance moves.”

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