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11/15/2010 04:20 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Zenyatta's Walk of Fame -- Racing Cinéma Vérité

Turf journalist and bloodstock advisor Frances J. Karon lived the dream at the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic. With hand held video camera, she joined Zenyatta's entourage, covering the big mare's race prep and the race -- from on the race track!

Zenyatta walks and dances over to the saddling enclosure. Hear the cacophony of the crowd. You are on the track, walking with Zenyatta, trainer John Shirreffs and her grooms. In the paddock, Zenny's jockey Mike Smith is talkative, watch his eyes, they keep going back to his girl.

Granted unheard of, unfettered access, Karon filmed the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic, from where it was run and where every racing fan wanted to be -- on the race track at Churchill Downs.

Zenyatta walking over from the Churchill Downs backstretch before the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic.
Courtesy of Frances J. Karon

Zenyatta and her entourage in the saddling enclosure and walking ring at Churchill Downs' paddock.
Courtesy of Frances J. Karon

Zenyatta leaving the paddock immediately before the race.
Courtesy of Frances J. Karon

The on-track view of the running of the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic.
Courtesy of Frances J. Karon