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Undefeated Zenyatta Wins 17th Successive Race In US

Monday, 14th June 2010

Darley shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) added a US Gr1 triumph when undefeated 6YO mare & both 2008-2009 US Champion Older Female Zenyatta (Street Cry-Vertigineux, by Kris S) notched her 17th consecutive victory (to break the winning streaks of legendary US champions Citation & Cigar) & also recorded her 3rd Gr1 triumph since returning from a 4-months spell with a half-length victory in the US$250,000 Gr1 Vanity Handicap (9 furlongs on all-weather) for fillies & mares at Hollywood Park in California (to also become the 1st horse to win this race 3 times). Zenyatta (ridden by Mike Smith for trainer John Shirreffs) defeated UK-bred 5YO mare St Trinians (Piccolo-Cherrycombe-row, by Classic Cliché) & Brazilian-bred fellow 6YO mare Zardana (Crimson Tide-Dear Filly, by Southern Halo). Kentucky-bred Zenyatta (a US$60,000 yearling at the 2005 Keeneland September Sale) is a half-sister to multiple Gr1-winner Balance & was unraced as a juvenile. Overall she now boasts 17 wins (also including April's Gr1 Apple Blossom Invitational Handicap over 9 furlongs at Oaklawn Park & March's Gr1 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap over 9 furlongs at Santa Anita, plus 2009's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic over 10 furlongs at Santa Anita, Gr1 Lady's Secret Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Santa Anita, Gr1 Clement Hirsch Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Del Mar, Gr1 Vanity Breeders' Cup Handicap over 9 furlongs at Hollywood Park & Gr2 Milady Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Hollywood Park, as well as 2008's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic over 9 furlongs at Santa Anita, Gr1 Lady's Secret Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Santa Anita, Gr1 Clement Hirsch Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Del Mar, Gr1 Vanity Breeders' Cup Handicap over 9 furlongs at Hollywood Park, Gr1 Apple Blossom Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Oaklawn Park, Gr2 Milady Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Hollywood Park & Gr2 El Encino Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Santa Anita) from 17 starts for US$6,074,580 prize-money & is North America's all-time leading female earner.

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