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  • Zenyatta Day at Hollywood Park

    Today was Zenyatta Day at Hollywood Park and thousands of exuberant fans traveled from far and wide to be part of the celebration honoring the great mare. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was a special guest, congratulating Zenyatta's connections and presenting a bronze California bear to the Mosses -- an award given for Outstanding Achievement.
    Here's more, including a photo from Zenyatta Day.

  • #2
    I watched it on TVG...a very nice tribute to all of her connections. What a lovely mare!

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    • #3
      I was there. I'm not sure that the governor is coming back anytime soon.

      Of course, when he presented the trophy at last years BC, I thought he looked a little mystified "What am I doing here? Haven't I killed this sport off yet?"

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      • #4
        I was there as well.

        I agree with Pronzini - the governator certainly didn't get an overwelming welcome from the fans.

        Such a wonderful mare, and it was great that the Mosses shared her with her fans one more time.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Pronzini View Post
          I was there. I'm not sure that the governor is coming back anytime soon.

          Of course, when he presented the trophy at last years BC, I thought he looked a little mystified "What am I doing here? Haven't I killed this sport off yet?"

          Interestingly TVG muted some of his "welcome", sounded like a lot of boos in the crowd...

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          • #6
            I only watched the sendoff on TVG, unfortunately; I wish I could have gotten there. But I thought the booing was in bad taste; the Mosses and Mike Smith looked uncomfortable in the winners circle during the worst of the heckling of the governor. It was Z's day, her connections' day, and her fans' day, and whatever political feelings one has, don't let them mar the day, IMHO.

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            • #7
              i was at hollywood park and didn't tape tvg - i've heard people say that tvg muted a portion of his speech however, they were having mic problems earlier in the day. during the singing of the national anthem it cut out about midway through and didn't come back until near the end.

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              • #8
                I'll confirm what tuxtin said - the mike did indeed cut out a number of times, on various speakers as well as during the National Anthem.

                But I would have thought that TVG's own camera and mikes would have still picked up most of the boo'ing. It was pretty loud, and lasted a long time.

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                • #9
                  I didn't see any of the Z-day events but from the Daily Racing Form:

                  Schwarzenegger was at Hollywood Park on Sunday in support of Jerry and Ann Moss, who own Zenyatta. Jerry Moss later said that he and Schwarzenegger have been acquainted for years through the Special Olympics.

                  The governor was at the racetrack for a little less than an hour, arriving just before the ceremony that honored the popular mare.

                  "Just the fact that he came out shows there are people in racing that are close to him," said Hollywood Park's president, Jack Liebau. "We were pleased that he came out."

                  When Schwarzenegger was invited into the winner's circle to speak, most of his comments were drowned out by boos from the crowd of more than 9,800.

                  After the ceremony, he praised Zenyatta's achievements, saying, "It's terrific to celebrate a great horse. It's not that easy to win a bunch of races and not easy to win the big races. It takes a really special performance. ...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by iloverocky View Post
                    I only watched the sendoff on TVG, unfortunately; I wish I could have gotten there. But I thought the booing was in bad taste; the Mosses and Mike Smith looked uncomfortable in the winners circle during the worst of the heckling of the governor. It was Z's day, her connections' day, and her fans' day, and whatever political feelings one has, don't let them mar the day, IMHO.
                    Part of me agrees but in retrospect, I think they miscalculated even having him there. He is very unpopular in racing circles. In these perilous times, some of his appointments to the CHRB have been utter jokes (the Honorable Bo Derek?) and he just signed a bill which would allow the tracks to significantly raise the takeout which gamblers see as the stake through the heart of Californian racing. He is seen as too close to Indian casinos which have prospered while racing suffered. Besides in this holiday season, how many furloughed state workers were in that crowd or people who lost benefits recently? One guy I was standing near was yelling something about what Arnie did to the teachers.

                    The irony of course is that he came into office riding feelings that were just this nasty. Somewhere Gray Davis must be smiling.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Pronzini View Post
                      Part of me agrees but in retrospect, I think they miscalculated even having him there. He is very unpopular in racing circles. In these perilous times, some of his appointments to the CHRB have been utter jokes (the Honorable Bo Derek?) and he just signed a bill which would allow the tracks to significantly raise the takeout which gamblers see as the stake through the heart of Californian racing. He is seen as too close to Indian casinos which have prospered while racing suffered. Besides in this holiday season, how many furloughed state workers were in that crowd or people who lost benefits recently? One guy I was standing near was yelling something about what Arnie did to the teachers.

                      The irony of course is that he came into office riding feelings that were just this nasty. Somewhere Gray Davis must be smiling.
                      I wasn't really aware of the political situations surrounding the governor; it sounds like Hollywood Park should have found a different presenter.

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                      • #12
                        Somewhat oddly (IMHO) it looks like they'll trot the gal out for yet another event as I guess Hollywood Park wasn't quite good enough or something. I suspect the relatively small crowd of 9k didn't really go over well and the powers that be want a 30k+ crowd to send her off.

                        DRF 12-2-09 "One last parade for Zenyatta"

                        She will parade at Santa Anita on opening day, Dec. 26, which is always one of the best attended days on the Southern California racing calendar.

                        She was honored at Hollywood Park, where she is stabled, between races last Sunday.

                        Santa Anita will distribute a full-color poster of Zenyatta, courtesy of HRTV, on Dec. 26. Zenyatta will be brought to the winner's circle for a ceremony to be emceed by Kurt Hoover.

                        "We are thrilled and very honored to have Zenyatta return here to Santa Anita one final time," said Ron Charles, the president of Santa Anita. "This will be great for all of our fans as well. What she accomplished here in the Breeders' Cup Classic is something that none of us who witnessed it will ever forget and to have her with us as we celebrate our 75th anniversary is very special."

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                        • #13
                          Glimmerglass, I think the plan was always to parade her at both locations because both dates have been floating around since the week after the Breeder's Cup. (I've been trying to figure out a way to get my husband to agree to going out there for the 26th since mid-November)

                          After the ceremony at HP, it does seem strange, but that was the game plan before that ceremony; I am not sure her connections knew how final and "farewell you are retired" the Hollywood ceremony was going to be.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by iloverocky View Post
                            Glimmerglass, I think the plan was always to parade her at both locations because both dates have been floating around since the week after the Breeder's Cup.
                            I stand corrected!

                            From the Nov 13th DRF:

                            Hollywood Park and Santa Anita, along with owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs, are making plans for Zenyatta to parade in front of the crowd at both tracks. The date for the Hollywood showcase this fall has not been announced; Shirreffs said Santa Anita "wants to do something opening day (Dec. 26)."

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