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Zenyatta is a star no matter how she fares in the Breeders' Cup

By Cindy Boren

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Terrell Owens (with trainer John Shirreffs) said of Zenyatta: "You can tell she has a lot of power. She's as big as a male horse. She's unbelievable, very muscular." (Steve Turner / Hollywood Park)

Zenyatta, according to "60 Minutes," may be the greatest racehorse ever (*cough* Secretariat *cough*). Andy Beyer suggests that she isn't deserving of such lofty praise because of the competition she's faced in racing primarily on artificial surfaces.

Does it really matter, though, when the horse is a gorgeous, Guinness-swillin', race-winnin', camera-lovin' critter like the unbeaten 6-year-old mare who out-Dougies John Wall before she runs and will race for the last time Saturday in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs? (She's an 8-5 favorite and drew the No. 8 pole position.)

Will she win Saturday and finish her career 20-0 or will she be the equine version of the New England Patriots, coming up one win short of perfection?

MORE ON ZENYATTA

Beyer: Zenyatta is not the greatest

The Rail: Why retire Zenyatta?

Joe Drape: On Zenyatta's magic

The queen arrives: Zenyatta goes to Churchill Downs for the Breeders' Cup

By Cindy Boren  | November 3, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
 
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Comments

Where's Mondatta?

Posted by: bs2004 | November 3, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

She's magnificent! I believe she'll do it one last time. Even if she doesn't, we'll all still love her.

Posted by: fedup3 | November 3, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Mondatta is her evil twin? Nah. For those about to hit the Google button, Zenyatta is named for an album by the Police. The album was produced under the A&M label founded by Zenyatta's owner, Jerry Moss. I knew that off the top of my head.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | November 3, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

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