Jerry and Ann Moss had planned to leave the six-year-old daughter of Street Cry in the breeding ranks after she completed a 14-0 career with a 5-for-5 showing in 2009 capped by a worst-to-first charge to victory in the Classic.
But Jerry Moss watched Zenyatta work at Hollywood Park on Saturday and after consulting with Ann and trainer John Shirreffs, decided his horse was running too well to be put out to pasture.
“We saw her gallop today and I talked to Ann, and then I talked to John, and she looks too good,” Moss said in a statement. “It’s what she likes to do and that’s what we decided to do, so we’re going to run her.”
Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra are favorites for Monday’s Horse of the Year award to be announced Monday. Either could be the first female to win the honor since Azeri in 2002.
“It had nothing to do on whether she is Horse of the Year or not,” said Moss. “If she’s Horse of the Year, she’ll run as Horse of the Year, and if she’s not, she’ll run as not Horse of the Year.”
Rachel Alexandra was 8-for-8 last year and became the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness over male rivals. She did not race in the Classic.
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