Any horseracing fans out there? I became a horseracing fan in 2010 while watching a 60 Minutes episode about a great thoroughbred racehorse named Zenyatta. She had won 19 of 19 races in a row and was trying to go for a record of 20 out of 20 in the upcoming major American race, the Breeder's Cup, where in 2009 she broke a record and beat male horses. This would be her final race. I tuned in to watch to see if she would break that record.
She was a mare with a big heart who liked to dance for the fans before and after her races which was mainly her just blowing off steam, but the people loved it. She became well known for her loving heart and would let people come up and pet her, take pictures, etc. all day long. She especially loved children, and to see her up close was breathtaking.
Just watching this beautiful gigantic mare let alone her inspirational races where in every race she would come from behind to win, brought tears to the eyes of those who saw her and would cause many to fall in love with her. She has inspired many people from cancer victims to people in wheelchairs to schoolchildren to keep fighting and working toward your goals, just like she did on the track. She's raised thousands of dollars for charities, horse rescues and retraining of thoroughbreds off the track through auction items and the like.
Although she lost that last Breeder's Cup race in 2010 by a nose coming from way last, she gained a solid reputation as one of the greatest horses ever and won many people's hearts across the globe. For me it was the most inspiring race she ever ran and brought the crowd to their feet with a thunderous roar shouting for her to be first across the finish line. Truly a gift from God!
She is now a broodmare at Lanes End Farm in Kentucky where she's had two foals with a third on the way in April. Being only bred to the best horses with royal pedigrees of Secretariat and Seattle Slew, her babies will be ones to watch in 2014 and beyond! Watch for her first son's run in 2014, Cozmic One,...Kentucky Derby prospect maybe?