Race fans and horse lovers will have a rare opportunity on Saturday, November 7, to watch supermare Zenyatta, as she attempts to become the first female to win the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Classic, the final event in the 14-race, $25.5 million Breeders’ Cup Championships, will be televised from Santa Anita Park on ESPN, beginning at 3:30 ET.
Running against males for the first time in her career, five-year-old Zenyatta, who won the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in a 13-horse field that includes 10 G1 winners, including 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and 2009 Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird.
Massive yet statuesque, Zenyatta is undefeated in 13 starts against females. She will break from the #4 post position under Mike Smith for John Shirreffs, who conditions the Street Cry daughter for Jerry and Ann Moss.
The 2009 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will receive nine hours of live coverage over two days on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. The action will start with ESPN2 on Nov. 6 from 3:30-7 p.m. ET, with six Breeders’ Cup Championship races, and will continue on Saturday, Nov. 7 with ABC from 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET and on ESPN from 3:30-7 p.m ET. Post time for the Breeders’ Cup Classic is 6:45 ET.