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Drunk Horse To Race In Breeders Cup

You might think I ripped off that headline from the National Enquirer, but, according to Chicago Breaking Sports' article about Zenyatta, it's true.

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The six-year-old mare, who is running in the Breeders Cup Classic and a chance to retire with a perfect 20-0 record (you can watch on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. CDT on ESPN), is being invited to Ireland (really, the trip is for trainer John Shirreffs and owners Jerry and Ann Moss) because she loves Guinness beer:

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Shirreffs is known to open a bottle of Guinness and pour it into a bowl for Zenyatta in the afternoon. He says she'll only drink the dark Irish stout with its creamy head.
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Just in case you thought the Deep Dish was making this up, there's video evidence:

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And, just in case you want to lift a pint with Zenyatta:

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Guinness brand director Patrick Hughes ... reminds all thoroughbreds and the race fans who love them that Guinness is best enjoyed responsibly.
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Wise advice. And no, we don't think Zenyatta will really be drunk when she runs tomorrow.