Flashback Friday: Zenyatta Wins the El Encino Stakes

Flashback Friday: Zenyatta Wins the El Encino Stakes

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Eight years ago this month, the legendary Zenyatta made her stakes debut in the El Encino Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita. Reserved off the pace as usual, the great mare seemed to be too far behind at the top of the stretch to possibly rally and win, but in the final furlong, she swallowed up her rivals with remarkable ease to win going away by 1 3/4 lengths. Relive her stunning performance by watching the replay of the race!

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J. Keeler Johnson is a writer, blogger, videographer, and all-around horse racing enthusiast who was drawn to the sport by Curlin's quest to become North America's richest racehorse. A great fan of racing history, he considers Dr. Fager to be the greatest racehorse ever produced in America, but counts Zenyatta as his all-time favorite. He lives in Wisconsin and also writes for the Bloodhorse.com blog Unlocking Winners.

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