Saturday, August 07, 2010

Late Breaking News on Zenyatta

The North County Times posted an article online this afternoon, saying that as of 3:15 PM PST on Saturday, Zenyatta was still scheduled to run in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes.

The trainer has until 5:05 PM Pacific Time today to pull the mare from the race, but "[d]espite concerns over a 'separation' issue with Del Mar's Polytrack ... the undefeated mare Zenyatta would run in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes."

The report said:
Three horses have been euthanized in the first 13 days of the meet as a result of injuries on the Polytrack. Two came as a result of racing and a third, Friday morning, came as a result of a training accident. A fourth horse had to be euthanized due to an injury on the turf course.
The trainer discussed the "clumpy" track with a track executive who assured him it would be fixed."

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