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Could Cocoa Beach stop Zenyatta?

America’s top older mare, Zenyatta, holds a perfect record 12-for-12 mark and takes it into Saturday’s Lady’s Secret Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita against former Dubai International Racing Carnival winner Cocoa Beach.  After taking the 2008 UAE 1000 Guineas and UAE Oaks (G2), Cocoa Beach was third in the 2008 UAE Derby (G2) behind Honour Devil.  She was second behind Zenyatta in the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (G1) over this same Santa Anita Pro-Ride surface.

Zenyatta has only three starts in her 2009 campaign, the last of which being her narrowest victory, a nose win over Anabaa’s Creation in the Clement L Hirsch (G2) at Del Mar.  Arguably, Cocoa Beach is the most accomplished filly to face Zenyatta this season but has also had only three starts in her 2009 campaign, which included a lackluster fourth in the Ballston Spa Handicap (G2) over the turf at Saratoga.  Richard Migliore will ride Cocoa Beach for Godolphin.

The Lady’s Secret is part of a Breeders’ Cup preview card at Santa Anita, which includes Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) hopefuls in the Goodwood Stakes (G1).

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