You might think I ripped off that headline from the National Enquirer, but, according to Chicago Breaking Sports' article about Zenyatta, it's true.â†µâ†µ
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:â†µâ†µ
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.â†µâ†µ
Just in case you thought the Deep Dish was making this up, there's video evidence:â†µâ†µâ†µâ†µ
And, just in case you want to lift a pint with Zenyatta:â†µâ†µ
Guinness brand director Patrick Hughes ... reminds all thoroughbreds and the race fans who love them that Guinness is best enjoyed responsibly.â†µâ†µ
Wise advice. And no, we don't think Zenyatta will really be drunk when she runs tomorrow.