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Oct 15, 2010

Zenyatta workout at Hollywood Park



Inglewood, CA (Sports Network) - Thursday morning at Hollywood Park undefeated mare Zenyatta had a five-furlong workout in advance of next month's Breeders' Cup Classic.

The six-year-old champion, trained by John Shirreffs, worked 1:02 3/5 over Hollywood Park's synthetic surface. Her regular rider Mike Smith was in the saddle for Zenyatta's first workout since she won the Lady's Secret Stakes at the track on October 2.

"It was perfect for what you want first work back," said Smith. "Not too fast. Not too slow. Her energy level is great. I tipped off the turn there and kinda let her run. Two jumps and she caught him (stablemate El Vino). Whooo. She's like driving the most incredible sports car and today we didn't even need to get out of second gear. I let her run, she got past (El Vino) and then she just went right back to cruise control. Just incredible."

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Zenyatta will have two more workouts before defending her crown in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on November 6. Shirreffs has scheduled workouts for Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 30.

"Nice work for her first one back," Shirreffs said about Thursday's session. "It was just to get her focus back on a routine. It's not how fast. It's about getting back to work and letting her know that another work will be coming. It's about getting the proper spacing."

Among the thoroughbreds that are expected to face Zenyatta in the Classic is Preakness Stakes winner Lookin At Lucky. The three-year-old colt had a four- furlong workout Wednesday at Hollywood Park and covered the half-mile in :48 2/5.

Also being pointed for the Classic is trainer Derek Ryan's Musket Man. The four-year-old was second in his last start in the Monmouth Cup on October 9.

"He'll have a pair of works and then ship to Kentucky on the 31st," said Ryan. "He came out of his last race fine and he's doing well."

Owned by Eric Fein, Musket Man has earned more than $1.2 million with six wins in 14 career starts.

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