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Zenyatta wins the Classic Santa Anita 7.11.09

Zenyatta: remains in the care of trainer John Shirreffs

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Workouts  fuel talk of possible Zenyatta return

USA: Breeders' Cup Classic winner Zenyatta completed another recorded workout at Hollywood Park this week to fuel speculation that her racing career may not yet be over.

In the wake of her Santa Anita triumph owners Jerry and Ann Moss stated that the unbeaten mare would be bred in 2010 and her subsequent exercises were to help her wind down from regular training.

Yet she remains at trainer John Shirreffs' stable and a third timed workout in six weeks on Wednesday has only continued to stir the rumour mill in the US, where race fans are eager to see her race again and take on the other outstanding female Rachel Alexandra, the winner of the Preakness, Woodward and Haskell Stakes.

Rachel Alexandra

Rachel Alexandra (right): fans want to see a clash with Zenyatta

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Shirreffs told the Daily Racing Form: "That decision is Mr Moss's and he hasn't said anything other than what he said after the Breeders' Cup. I think a lot of people would like to see her run and I would also say she's accomplished enough and let her retire."

Zenyatta, who is six, won all her 14 starts and in her only race against colts in November became the first female to win the Breeders' Cup Classic. She has taken part in two retirement ceremonies at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita since that day.

Whether she races again or not, she will go head to head with Rachel Alexandra at a ceremony in Los Angeles on January 18 when both horses are finalists for the 2009 Eclipse Horse Of The Year award.

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