Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs was still cool with temperatures in the mid 40's but without the chilling wind facing participants and spectators on Tuesday. Many horses arrived yesterday including those who flew in from California with Zenyatta, and were out on the track today.
Zenyatta stood at the back of the mile chute to relax before galloping twice around the main track under exercise rider Steve Willard. The defending champion in the Classic then returned to the barn to graze. Trainer John Shirreffs said, “She did fine. She seems very happy and really got over the track good. They say that the Churchill track is a lot like the Oaklawn track. That’s what I’ve heard, but I’m from California. She seems to like it just fine.” Willard added, “She's terrific. She couldn't be training any better. She loves the dirt. I knew it two years ago and I knew it going into Hot Springs. She drives off it. It doesn't have the trampoline effect like the synthetics."