Z-Family to Family Fundraiser
Central to Zenyatta’s heart has always been the gift of giving – giving back to Thoroughbreds that go on to 2nd careers after the track. And helping take care of our own. It is in this spirit that our Z-Family is coming together to support our greater Thoroughbred Family and the those that take care of them. One Family helping Many Families.
Today, amid COVID-19, we are extremely excited that Zenyatta and her immediate family - Cozmic One, Ziconic, and Zellda - are collaborating with the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation and creating a designated fund: “Z-Family to Family”. Our Fund is directed to support Off The Track Thoroughbreds and their caretakers – the backstretch workers and their families.
In addition to its educational efforts, the Foundation supports ongoing backstretch recreation programs, such as softball and soccer sports leagues, annual holiday events, and field trips for stable area personnel and their children to water and amusement parks, local zoos, professional baseball and soccer games, and more. The vision of the Foundation is to continue to expand its programs in these areas. All programs and various activities are offered at all major thoroughbred racetracks and approved racing facilities located in both Northern and Southern California.
Board of Directors
Thoroughbred trainer Jenine Sahadi is President of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation. She has been head of the Foundation since July, 2001, finds it a highly worthwhile cause, and has been particularly motivated by its role in providing financial help in college for children of stable workers.
Since obtaining her trainer's license in 1993, she has already achieved several significant firsts. She became the first female trainer to win a Breeders' Cup race, with Lit de Justice in the 1996 Sprint. She is the only female trainer to win two Breeders' Cup races, repeating in the Sprint in 1997 with Elmhurst. She became the first female trainer to win the Santa Anita Derby with The Deputy in 2000. She is also the leading female trainer in career earnings.
Daughter of prominent California thoroughbred breeders Fred and Helen Sahadi, she graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism/communications and worked for seven years in the marketing and publicity departments at Hollywood Park before turning to the backstretch. Jenine retired as a thoroughbred trainer in 2011.