Zenyatta came up just short in her bid for perfection.
The six year old mare, with Mike Smith aboard, came up short by a nose in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Saturday at Churchill Downs, her first and only defeat in a 20 race career.
The winner of the Classic, Blame, held on to his lead despite a furious stretch run by Zenyatta, who now goes into retirement. Fly Down was third.
Zenyatta was attempting to become the first thoroughbred in North America to go undefeated in 20 attempts.