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Friday, September 13, 2013

The Beautiful and Timeless Images of Zenyatta

Since Zenyatta's historic debut on November 22, 2007, this graceful and powerful mare has captured more than just the hearts of her fans and owners. Memorable Zenyatta images have been captured by photographers to preserve the many records and achievements she has had so far in her life. In addition to the many stunning photographers of this magnificent animal, several of her images are also portrayed in paintings.

Zenyatta was born on April 1, 2004 and later sold to A&M record co-founder, Jerry Moss, for $60,000 when she was a yearling. Her unusual name actually comes form the third Police album titled "Zenyatta Mondatta", which was produced by A&M records. In 2009, it was announced that Zenyatta would be going into retirement, however, her owners decided to continue racing in 2010 because "I enjoy watching her run". The year proved to be very productive and lucrative for Zenyatta. She had been a steady competitor with a record of 20:19-1-0 with her only loss being her last race in the Breeder's Cup at Churchill Downs on November 6, 2010. Zenyatta came from dead last to finish 2nd in the brilliant race. Many amazing Zenyatta images portray just how close this race was between Zenyatta and Blame, the winner. The year 2010 turned out to be the year for Zenyatta. She broke several records including on October 2, 2010, she won the Lady's Secret Stakes for the third time, which moved her to a 19-0 undefeated winning title, and also increased her career earnings to $6,404,580, the highest earned by a female racing horse in North America.

With such an impressive racing career, it is far from difficult to imagine all the other achievements that Zenyatta could have accomplished. Surprisingly, there is a list just as long and impressive, with her talent even being compared to other female athletes. In 2009, Zenyatta was second runner-up in the Associate Press Female Athlete of the Year Award to tennis player Serena Williams and then again in 2010 to professional ski racer Lindsey Vonn. Zenyatta has also received the 2010 "O Power List" from Oprah Winfrey and was featured in "O" magazine. She has also been featured in "W" magazine and was on "60 Minutes" for a piece about the possibility for a 20-0 record. Other awards include the Eclipse Award for Top Older Female and Horse Of The Year of the 2010 season. She was nominated for this award three times prior to finally receiving the award. In 2011, she was also the proud recipient for the 2010 Secretariat Vox Populi Award and the first horse to receive the William H. May Award. The latter award honors an individual or group that has provided "meritorious service" to the industry. Zenyatta's image also hangs above the conference of the San Pedro Assistance League where she was the first horse to receive an Honorary Membership.

A story as inspirational as Zenyatta's deserves to be preserved in the keepsake images from her glory days. Much has changed in her life with the birth of 2 colts and another foal on the way, retirement seems to have settled well with the talented mare. Zenyatta images are a great way to inspire and reach for goals to achieve in a lifetime.         


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