Sculpted by Nina Kaiser, who also created the statue of John Henry at the Arcadia, Calif. track, Zenyatta’s likeness stands at her height of 17.2 hands, and weighs 1,200 pounds, which is approximately what Zenyatta weighed throughout her racing career. Commissioned by Santa Anita, the world-renowned Kaiser worked on the project for more than two years. On hand for the unveiling were Kaiser, Zenyatta’s owners Jerry and Ann Moss, trainer John Shirreffs and stable manager Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs.
“Fantastic” is one of the adjectives used by Jerry Moss. “It’s absolutely beautiful. We’re knocked out.”
Retired as a broodmare at Lane’s End Farm, Zenyatta, now eight years old, currently is in foal to Tapit. In March, she delivered her first foal, a colt by Bernardini. Zenyatta won 19 straight races to start her career before losing her final race in the Breeders’ Cup Classic to Blame.
Zenyatta Statue/Benoit photo