By BETH HARRIS
AP Racing Writer
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Zenyatta's owners brought her back to the races so they could have some fun and the fans could enjoy the mare who loves putting on a show.
She delivered on both counts Saturday, when Zenyatta won the $250,000 Santa Margarita Handicap by 1¼ lengths, extending her career victory streak to 15-0.
"Everybody really loves her," co-owner Jerry Moss said. "Everybody's so pleased to have her back and to root for her, and when she wins, she makes everybody happy."
The 6-year-old mare trailed a field of seven rivals going 1 1-8 miles in her season debut before unleashing her trademark late run to win under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.
"This was a great, great race for her and it wasn't taxing at all," Smith said. "We got enough out of this race to move forward."
In New Orleans, 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra was upset in her season debut, possibly jeopardizing the highly anticipated first meeting with Zenyatta in the Apple Blossom next month in Arkansas.
She was beaten three-quarters of a length by Zenyatta's stablemate, Zardana; John Shirreffs trains both Southern California-based mares.