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2009 Breeders' Cup World Championships Saturday Part 1


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Zenyatta with her flowers
Zenyatta parades with her flowers

Zenyatta parades with his flowers as jockey Mike Smith celebrates after the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Winning jockey Mike Smith said, "I still never got to the bottom of her. That's the amazing thing. She still had run left. She's incredible. She's sent from heaven. She's God's horse. I was able to cut the corner with her off the turn, and that made the difference. She started to get to them in the stretch, and the crowd started screaming. Then she started looking at the crowd, so I had to get after her a little bit, but she still won within herself."

Trainer John Shirreffs added, "There are tears coming to my eyes. I can't believe it. She is a great, great filly. She is all heart. The way the crowd took to her was just amazing. They cheered for her, they clapped for her; they love her. What a wonderful relationship." When asked if she is Horse of the Year, he said, "You tell me."

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