Zenyatta finished her perfect 14-for-14 career with an exclamation point on Saturday, defeating a world-class, international field of males* in last-to-first fashion in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Racecourse in Arcadia, Calif. (Watch the exhilarating footage of her romp after the jump, fight back tears of joy during the stretch drive, repeat.) Yet for all her success in the Sport of Kings, the fine folks at ESPN suggested a rather wacky alternative to Zenyatta’s post-racetrack plan for lolling about in a big paddock and producing future racing champions: A stint on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars**. Sure, it sounds crazy on paper, but watch the embedded video below – if you’re pressed for time, skip ahead to the 1:20 mark, where DWTS’ own DANCMSTR, Len Goodman, waxes poetic about the mare’s trademark moves – and perhaps the sight of Zenyatta’s patented hoof extensions and tail swishes will convince you otherwise.
*Added to Goldikova’s romp over the boys in the Breeders’ Cup Mile a few hours earlier, plus the incomparable Rachel Alexandra’s wins over colts earlier in the year in the Preakness, Haskell, and Woodward, 2009 certainly turned out to be racing’s Year of the Filly.
**Show title must be uttered in excitable British accent.