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Mike Smith: Ready for the Breeders' Cup

Liz O'Connell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

It's not always been like this for Smith. When he was 11, he got his start riding Quarter Horses at bush tracks around Roswell, N.M.

Let's Talk Breeders' Cup

Liz O'Connell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

The Breeders' Cup is more than two days of elite international horse racing, it's a gathering of racing's tribe. This week, horses, trainers, owners, ...

Zenyatta and Her Handsome Colt

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.15.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Zenyatta, the eight-year-old iconic racemare and 2010 Eclipse Horse of the Year, delivered a strapping 130 pound baby boy.

Zenyatta Is Due

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.07.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Zenyatta is due to foal today. A maiden mare giving birth for the first time hasn't read What to Expect When You Are Expecting, gone to a Lamaze class or consulted with a doula.

Zenyatta's Having a Party!

Liz O'Connell | Posted 12.12.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

A year has gone by since we were all on edge - was Zenyatta going to make it three Breeders' Cup victories in a row? It wasn't to be.

In 2011, Equine Advocates Is a Perfect Ten

Liz O'Connell | Posted 10.01.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

If my bank account wasn't so laughable, I could do all my holiday and birthday shopping for... me, starting with the painting of Zenyatta, at the Equi...

Zenyatta and the Breeders' Cup Team Up for Charity

Liz O'Connell | Posted 09.11.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

It's been a while since 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta has been center stage. These days Zenyatta spends time out in the pastures with her posse of broodmare pals.

The Patter of Hooves

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Zenyatta is having a baby. Fifteen days after her last trip to the breeding shed with her consort, Bernardini, racing icon and Eclipse Horse of the Year Zenyatta is in foal.

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Berman

It's way too long between the championship games and the Super Bowl, so who would you rather have for entertainment value, Mum Bill or Blabberhouth Ryan? No contest.

The Horse Of The Year Award Goes To..

AP | STEVEN WINE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Moments after the Eclipse Awards ended Monday night, Zenyatta owner Ann Moss came off the stage eager to call her mare in Ke...

And the Winners Are ...

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

The racing community is in the final moments of debating the merits of the finalists for the Eclipse Horse of the Year Award. Who will be the MVP of horse racing in the United States?

Six Horse Racing Highlights From 2010

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

This year, advocates for the welfare of horses stepped up their game. And as for the sport? Some relatively new, relatively young race horse owners' commitment to the sport paid off.

Zenyatta's Last Dance

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Over 1500 fans turned out on a blustery winter night to both greet and say farewell to the great champion race mare, Zenyatta. This would be the final gig of this rock star's farewell tour.

Happy Trails, Zenyatta

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

It's just a month since Zenyatta ran her final race -- the Breeders' Cup Classic. We all know she lost by a nose. When Blame edged her out of the win, the race was over, the horses galloped out unharmed and the crowd was not ready to let Zenyatta go.

Friends, Zenyatta & Turkey...Oh My!

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Where to start when giving thanks? Do I bring it in personal or spin it out to the universe?

Zenyatta Retiring

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

VERSAILLES, Ky. — Zenyatta is headed off to retirement in Kentucky. The 6-year-old mare whose narrow loss in the Breeders' Cup Classic left her...

Zenyatta's Walk of Fame -- Racing Cinéma Vérité

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

With hand held video camera, Frances J. Karon joined Zenyatta's entourage, covering the big mare's race prep and the race -- from on the race track!

Zenyatta Is Ready to Run

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

2010-11-05-pullhorse.jpgZenyatta gallops under the fabled twin spires of Churchill Downs, preparing for the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday.

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Berman

The Mets suspend their long-time clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels in an illegal gambling investigation. It reportedly doesn't include betting on baseball.

Zenyatta Is Favorite At Breeders' Cup Classic

fanhouse.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

Zenyatta will try to end her career a perfect 20-0 at the Breeders' Cup Classic, and oddsmakers like her chances. The mare was installed as an early ...

She is Simply... Zenyatta

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

She dances. She guzzles Guinness. She is a premier athlete. She is... Zenyatta.

Racing Superstars Readying for $25.5 Million in Breeders' Cup Purses

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

A total of $25.5 million will be disbursed as winnings, earning the Breeders' Cup (BC) the distinction of being the world's richest prize money event.

You Can Bet on Little Larky

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

What could be so special about the pretty but plain brown four year old placing second in her initial outing in a Belmont maiden claiming? If your name is Little Larky, plenty.

Ponies, Poker and Platters: Hollywood Park Casino

Jay Weston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

The best bet in poker is the delicious food at the Hollywood Park Casino.

Horse Of The Year 2009: Rachel Alexandra Tops Zenyatta In Thoroughbred Eclipse Awards

AP | ANDREW DALTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Rachel Alexandra won the first matchup between racing's leading ladies, beating out Zenyatta for Horse of the Year. May...