With three Grade One wins to her name and eight career victories in total, Zenyatta, whose latest emphatic victory came in the Lady’s Secret Stakes on Saturday, heads to the Breeders’ Cup meeting on the last weekend of October with her unbeaten record intact.
The four-year-old Street Cry filly is arguably the most exciting distaffer in training in the United States and she will continue her build-up to the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic back at Santa Anita on 24 October, the first of the two-day meeting, from her training base at Hollywood Park. Now a millionairess in career earnings, it’s easy to see why Zenyatta is described by her trainer John Shirreffs as ‘sent from heaven’.
Whobegotyou set up a great weekend for Street Cry with his Group Two victory at Moonee Valley in Australia while prospective Darley stallion Street Boss finished half a length off Cost Of Freedom when runner-up in the G1 Ancient Title Stakes, ending his five-race winning streak which included the G1 Bing Crosby Handicap and the G1 Triple Bend Invitational.
There was also success for four-year-old Street Cry gelding Sweep’s Cry, who recorded his seventh career win in the Open Stakes at Lethbridge in Canada.
But it wasn’t just the offspring of Street Cry that shone in Stakes action over the weekend. Zanjero, a four-year-old son of Cherokee Run, was rewarded for his consistency with a forthcoming trip to the Breeders’ Cup following his victory in the G2 Kentucky Cup Classic Stakes at Turfway Park.
The colt, bred by Tony Holmes and Walter Zent, won the West Virginia Derby and Indiana Derby last season and has remained in the spotlight this year with two wins and two seconds, all in Stakes company.
Holy Bull two-year-old R Betty Graybull made her third start in the $200,000 Monmouth Park NATC Futurity and returned victorious for the second time, after winning a maiden at Belmont Park earlier this month.