She's Back Baby! Zenyatta Unretires, Racheal Alexander Looms

Joe NixonCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2010

ARCADIA, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Jockey Mike Smith rides Zenyatta out to the track before the Breeders' Cup Classic race during the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park November 7, 2009 in Arcadia, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Harry How/Getty Images

She's back baby!


  Zenyatta the undefeated horse who roared to amazing come from behind victory at the

Breeders Cup Classic in Novemeber 2009 will race again.


The announcement was made Saturday and she already has scores to settle.


On Tuesday, In a match race between Zenyatta and Racheal Alexander was voted “horse of the year” in the Eclipse Awards which are decided by members of the

 National Turf Writers' Association, the Daily Racing Form and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.


Racheal Alexander won all eight of her 2009 races including a victory at the 2009 Preakness Stakes. She became the first filly to win that race since 1924.


Still this was a shock for Zenyatta fans after her amazing Breeders Cup Win in 2009.

It was the first ever by a female horse and came complete with a come frombehind victory that shocked the racing world. She was instantly the horse of the decade said her jockey. Horse of the millennium said fans.


Where to race next is now the question. There is talk of her being shipped to the United Kingdom

to race at Ascot.  The 10 million dollar Dubai World Cup for four year olds and up is another option. Both are likely to be vetoed by the Zenyatta's owners. 


It is likely Zenyatta now racing as a 6 year old will remain where she always has: 

in Southern California. With that in mind the million dollar Santa Anita Handicap

also known as the "Big Cap."


The move of Zenyatta's owners to unretire her is courageous.

This is exactly the kind of move that thoroughbred horse racing needs.

One of the problems for horse-racing is that once it has created

a big star and a plot-line, the horse retires quickly.


It would be even better for the sport if Zenyatta was met at the

"Big Cap" by Racheal Alexander who beat Zenyatta in close voting for

“Horse of the Year.” The owners of both horses are keen to

the idea in matching the two undefeated horses in what

would easily be race of the year and a great way for

the “Sport of Kings” to start a new decade.


Another option for Zenyatta is the April 3rd Apple Blossom in Arkansas.

In that race  she would be likely to draw against Rachael Alexander.