The Queen is back.
A life-size painting if Zenyatta will be on display this weekend at Breeders’ Cup. Read on for more info on how you can get a full-on glimpse of the massive, magnificent likeness by artist Jaime Corum.
ZENYATTA IMMORTALIZED IN LIFE-SIZE PAINTING
BY LOUISVILLE ARTIST
Painting to be Unveiled at Breeders’ Cup Zenyatta Celebration
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2011) – Few Thoroughbreds have given racing fans moments of breathless anticipation, heart-pounding thrills, and visions of true beauty quite like Zenyatta. During her extraordinary racing campaign, which included unforgettable performances in three Breeders’ Cup Championship races, she offered nothing but sheer greatness. It is this majesty, grace and athleticism that Louisville artist Jaime Corum has captured in a life-size portrait of the wildly popular mare known to many as simply “The Queen.”
Commissioned by her owners Ann and Jerry Moss for the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Zenyatta Celebration slated for Friday, Nov. 4, at the Kentucky Derby Museum, this stunning 11- by 8-foot painting, entitled “The Queen’s Dance,” depicts a prancing Zenyatta wearing the saddlecloth from her first Breeders’ Cup appearance when she won the 2008 Ladies’ Classic. It will be unveiled during the Zenyatta Celebration Reunion Luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. and will be on display at the Derby Museum Saturday, Nov. 5, during the Breeders’ Cup races.
Jaime Corum, a renowned equine artist who teaches art at Bellarmine University, is known for her classic oil studies of racing champions, including those of Secretariat and Barbaro. She painted the lifelike portrait of Zenyatta in the company of her students during a 2-month span using photographs and exact measurements supplied by trainer John Shirreffs.
”It is a fabulous likeness,” stable manager Dottie Shirreffs said. “Jaime perfectly captures Zenyatta’s beauty, power and personality with expert attention to detail. When John saw it for the first time in Jaime’s studio, he said one word that sums it up perfectly, ‘Magnificent!’”
Ann and Jerry Moss said they are eager to unveil the portrait to some of Zenyatta’s most enthusiastic fans at the Reunion Luncheon.
“We chose Jaime to do the painting because she beautifully captures both the elegant nobility and the individual personality of her subjects, and her depiction of our Queen is just breathtaking,” the Mosses said.” The portrait truly immortalizes Zenyatta for future generations to grasp how special she is and the impact she has had on the sport.”
The Mosses and the entire Zenyatta team will be at the Zenyatta Celebration along with Corum to sign posters featuring the portrait. The 20- by 28-inch posters will be $40 and limited-edition prints, foil-stamped and signed by the Zenyatta connections, will be $125. Both will be available for purchase beginning Nov.4 on site at the Kentucky Derby Museum or online at Zenyattashop.com. Proceeds will benefit the V Foundation and the Moss Foundation.
Carter Carnegie, Breeders’ Cup senior vice president, agreed “The Queen’s Dance” magically relives Breeders’ Cup history.
“Breeders’ Cup is both thrilled and honored that the Mosses will be sharing this magnificent piece with our fans in attendance at the races as well as with others through the philanthropic sale of limited-edition prints and the posters,” Carnegie said. “Zenyatta is one of our greatest champions and brightest stars. The unveiling is sure to be the highlight of the Zenyatta Celebration and a jewel of this year’s championships.”
The inaugural Breeders’ Cup Zenyatta Celebration on Nov. 4 will kick off the Breeders’ Cup racing festivities and will include a Reunion Luncheon, a Hospitality Retreat and an After Party at the Kentucky Derby Museum, adjacent to Churchill Downs. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Zenyatta.com, breederscup.com or the Kentucky Derby Museum.
Zenyatta.com is the official online source for the beloved mare, where fans can find official merchandise, Zenyatta’s diary along with information about her amazing career. Fans can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
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