Zenyatta Horse The New Celebrity in “CBS 60 Minutes”

By Reema, Gaea News Network
Monday, November 1, 2010

LOS ANGELES, (GaeaTimes.com)- “CBS 60 Minutes” has always called some of the most wanted celebrities in the show. However, this time it made an exception and decided to move the spot light away from the humans and focus it on an animal, whose status is no less than a celebrity sportsman. This is Zenyatta, the six year old horse, who won nineteen races, and the champion of the last Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Zenyatta horse is the proud winner of nine consecutive Grade I victories, including last year’s Classic. This time is again anticipated her 20th victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, to be held on November 5 and 6 at held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. She was invited in the show for the promotion of her upcoming event. The show not only featured the horse but also her her rider Steve Willard and Jockey Mike Smith. Zenyatta is a mighty horse and is more graceful than others. She is 17.2 hands tall and weighs about 1,217 pounds. She also wears a size seven shoe, which is a size bigger than an average race horse. Where her competitors are never more than 1000 pounds or never exceed 16 hands in size, Zenyatta has an extra edge and is therefore stronger than others. That is why, it has never been a task task for her to defeat her male counterparts in the races. The credit of her well- being may be attributed to her trainer John shirreffs, who trains her at the Hollywood Park.

At the age of 6, Zenyatta is the senior most horse in the race, with a stake higher than million dollars. 23-year-old Michelle Boniface, who is a broad cast associate of “CBS 60 Minutes” and a horse expert by passion, had a good time, explaining correspondent Bob Simon about the specialty of this unique horse. She was excited to be in front of the camera for the first time.

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