Zenyatta improves to 14-0 with BC Classic win

BY foxsports • November 8, 2009

Zenyatta rallied from last in the early going and fought off Gio Ponti in the straight to win by a length on Saturday at Santa Anita, beating a loaded field of 11 males.

Ridden by U.S. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, the 5-year-old mare ran 1 1/4 miles (2,000 meters) in 2:00.62 and paid $7.60, $5.60 and $3.80 as the 5-2 wagering favorite of the 58,845 fans.

Gio Ponti returned $9.20 and $6.60, while British-bred Twice Over paid $7 to show.

Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird was fourth and Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird was ninth, extending his losing streak to five straight since his 50-1 upset win in May. Irish import Rip Van Winkle was 10th.

Quality Road was scratched from the race.