By Kent Taylor
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Zenyatta has been officially retired. The six-year-old mare will head to Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, to begin her second career as a broodmare.
She won 19 of her 20 lifetime starts, losing by a nose to Blame in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.
Her owners, Ann and Jerry Moss, had talked of retiring her after she won the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic, but changed their minds when they noticed how much she was bouncing around the barn. So, there was some speculation that the massive would race again as a seven-year-old.
Zenyatta won over $7.3 million dollars in her career, the most ever by female horse in North America. She also won the Eclipse Award as champion older mare in 2008 and 2009. Rachel Alexandra beat out Zenyatta for Horse of the Year in 2009, and Blame is expected to do the same in 2010.
She is expected to arrive at Lane's End sometime in December. A public parade is planned at Hollywood Park on December 5.