Today we revisit Nov. 7, 2009, when undefeated Zenyatta came from behind to become the first filly to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
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The field of 12 horses she triumphed over included 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird; 2009 Belmont Stakes, Travers Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup hero Summer Bird; European Group 1 winners Twice over and Rip Van Winkle; and Pacific Classic winner Richard’s Kid. The runner-up, Gio Ponti, was the winner of four Grade 1 Stakes in 2009, including the Arlington Million, and was named Champion Older Male and Champion Male Grass horse. Zenyatta finished the 1¼ miles in 2:00.62, leading an incredible charge down the homestretch you’ve got to see to believe.
Good luck to all the horses running this the Breeders’ Cup this weekend, and go Zeyatta!
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