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captioning funded by cbs and ford-- built for the road ahead. >> from up here you can see the square behind me. >> pelley: february 11th. the egyptian dictatorship was falling, and our correspondent, "60 minutes" correspondent lara logan, was covering tahrir square, but in an instant, a violent mob turned on the "60 minutes" crew and the celebrated around lara turned into a violent sexual assault. >> i thought not only am i going to i do here, but it's going to be just a torturous death that's going to go on forever and ever and ever.
>> pelley: as she was pulled into the frenzies, the cameras reported her shouts. >> stop! >> pitts: new orleans is a rich gumbo of french, spanish and afro-caribbean culture that's been slow cooking for three centuries. buried deep in the music is an energy like no place else in america. and mayor mitch landrieu moves to it with his own rhythm of live. and while his city has well-documented problems, he's tired of defending her. >> i don't know if "defensive" is the right word, but you get riled up. "pissed" would be the better word. >> simon: it's kentucky derby week, so we decided to visit the best and most popular female athlete of our time. >> this is unbelievable. >> simon: the first thing you notice about zenyatta is not her might but her magnificence.
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so, you're a democrat right? >> pelley: the night of february 11, the egyptian dictatorship of hosni mubarak was falling. more than 100,000 people filled cairo's tahrir square in wild celebration. among those in the crowd was our "60 minutes" colleague, correspondent lara logan. lara, a native of south africa, is an experienced war reporter, but tahrir square became her most hazardous assignment. during the revolution, dozens of reporters were assaulted, often by agents of the regime. the night of the 11th, a mob
turned on lara and her "60 minutes" team and singled her out in a violent sexual assault. since then, lara has been recuperating with her husband and two children. now, she is returning to work, and she's decided to tell the story of what happened-- just once, here on our broadcast. she's speaking out, she tells us, to add her voice to those who confront sexual violence, to break what she calls the "code of silence." lara logan arrived in cairo at a moment of triumph for egypt. she didn't imagine, in the hours before midnight, she would be fighting for her life. >> lara logan: when we drove from the airport into cairo that night, moments after mubarak had stepped down, it was unbelievable. it was like unleashing a champagne cork on egypt. i'm anxious to get to the square. i've got to be there, because this is a moment in history that you don't want to miss. >> pelley: what does it look like? >> logan: it looks like a party.
it's a roar of sound because everyone is so excited, and they are singing songs of the revolution and shouting slogans. and everybody is, you know, very physical, so you are being jostled and pushed. and sometimes, people get closer. and my guys are very protective of me; you know, they want to keep people at bay. it was impossible not to get caught up in the moment, which was a real moment of celebration. >> pelley: tell me about your team. >> logan: our producer was max mcclellan. my cameraman was richard butler. bahaa works for us. we had a local fixer, bahaa, whose job was to bridge the divide for us as foreigners. we had two egyptian drivers with us who were purely there to act as security and bodyguards. and then, we had a security person, ray, who's done security all over the world.
this is what these people have been waiting for. they came here day after day. this is about freedom. >> pelley: she reported, without a hint of trouble, for more than an hour. and what happened then? >> logan: our camera battery went down, and we had to stop for a moment. and suddenly, bahaa looks at me and says, "we've got to get out of here." bahaa is not happy here. >> pelley: he's egyptian, he speaks arabic, and he can hear what the crowd is saying? >> logan: yes. >> pelley: he understands what no one else in the crew understands? >> logan: that's right. i was told later that they were saying, "let's take her pants off." and it's like suddenly, before i even know what's happening, i feel hands grabbing my breasts, grabbing my crotch, grabbing me from behind. i mean... and it's not one person and then it stops; it's like one person and another person and another person. and i know ray is right there, and he's grabbing at me and
screaming, "lara, hold onto me, hold onto me." >> pelley: as she was pulled into the frenzy, the camera recorded her shout. >> logan: stop and i'm screaming, thinking if i scream, if they know, they're going to stop, you know. someone's going to stop them. or they're going to stop themselves. because this is wrong. and it was the opposite, because the more i screamed, it turned them into it, it turned them into a frenzy. >> pelley: someone in the crowd shouted that she was an israeli, a jew. neither is true, but to the mob, it was a match to gasoline. the savage assault turned into a murderous fury. >> logan: i have one arm on ray. i've lost the fixer, i've lost the drivers, i've lost everybody except him. and i feel them tearing at my clothing. i think my shirt, my sweater was torn off completely. my shirt was around my neck.
i felt the moment that my bra tore. they tore the metal clips of my bra. they tore those open. and i felt that because the air... i felt the air on my chest, on my skin. and i felt them tear out... they literally just tore my pants to shreds, and then i felt my underwear go. and i remember looking up... when my clothes gave way, i remember looking up and seeing them taking pictures with their cell phones, the flashes of their cell phone cameras. >> pelley: ray reported that he found himself with the sleeve of your jacket in his hand. it had been completely ripped from the rest of the jacket. >> logan: i felt, at that moment, that ray was my only hope of survival. you know, he... he was looking at me and i could see his face, and we had a sea of people between us, obviously, tearing at both of us, beating us.
i didn't... i didn't even know that they were beating me with flagpoles and sticks and things, because i couldn't even feel that, because, i think, of the... of the sexual assault was all i could feel, was their hands raping me over and over and over again. >> pelley: raping you with their hands? >> logan: yeah. >> pelley: nonstop. during this whole time? >> logan: from the front, from the back. and i didn't know if i could hold onto ray. i'm holding onto him. i didn't want to let go of him. i thought... i thought i was going to die if i lost hold of him. >> pelley: but in that moment, ray, a former special forces soldier, was torn away. >> logan: when i lost ray, i thought that was the end. it was like all the adrenaline left my body, because i knew, in his face, when he lost me, he thought i was going to die. they were tearing my body in every direction at this point, tearing my muscles.
and they were trying to tear off chunks of my scalp. they had my head in different directions. >> pelley: pulling at your hair? >> logan: oh, yeah, not trying to pull out my hair; holding big wads of it, literally trying to tear my scalp off my skull. and i thought... when i thought "i am going to die here," my next thought was, "i can't believe i just let them kill me, that that was as much fight as i had, that i just gave in and i gave up on my children so easily. how could you do that?" >> pelley: your daughter and your son are one and two years old? >> logan: i had to fight for them. and that's when i said, "okay, it's about staying alive now. i have to just surrender to the sexual assault. what more can they do now? they're inside you everywhere, so the only thing to fight for, left to fight for, was my life."
>> pelley: it was a fight she endured about 25 minutes. >> logan: i was... no doubt in my mind that i was in the process of dying. i thought, "not only am i going to die here, but it's going to be just a torturous death that's going to go on forever and ever and ever." >> pelley: lara was dragged along by the mob until they were stopped by a fence. at that spot, a group of egyptian women were camped out. >> logan: and i... i almost fell into the lap of this woman on the ground who was head to toe in black-- just her eyes, i remember just her eyes, i could see. >> pelley: wearing a chador. >> logan: yes. and she put her arms around me. and oh, my god, i can't tell you what that moment was like for me. i wasn't safe yet, because the mob was still trying to get at me. but now, it wasn't just about me anymore; it was about their women, and that was what saved me, i think.
the women kind of closed ranks around me. and i remember one or two, maybe three men standing with them and throwing... the women were throwing water in the crowd. and they were pouring water over me, because i... i couldn't breathe. you know, i was rasping. >> pelley: by this time, her team had convinced a group of soldiers to go in after her. >> logan: finally, finally, some soldiers fought their way through the crowd with batons, beating the mob back, and that was the moment i thought, "i have a chance to get out of here alive." and i grabbed the first soldier and i did not let him go. i did... boy, i was not letting go of him. and i am screaming and hysterical, i'm like a wild thing, at this point. i mean, imagine my hair is everywhere because they tried to tear my scalp to pieces. my clothes are shredded, i am filthy, black with dirt from going down into the filth. >> pelley: the soldiers took you out of there? >> logan: that one soldier that
i was holding onto, he threw me over his back and... and they still had to beat the mob back to get through it back to the tank, where they had more soldiers. >> pelley: what happened in that moment when you first were reunited with the rest of the crew? >> logan: i remember max going down on his knees in front of me. and he said, "i'm so, so sorry. i'm so sorry." >> pelley: by the time producer max mcclellan saw lara, she was in the arms of one of the drivers, dangling as if her legs were broken. >> max mcclellan: she looked like a rag doll. she looked completely limp. she looked like someone who was physically, emotionally, and mentally spent, overwhelmed. >> pelley: the soldiers drove lara and her "60 minutes" team back to their hotel, where a doctor examined her. >> mcclellan: she was basically sore everywhere, head to toe. she... it was like she had been through some sort of grinder.
>> pelley: the next morning, max and lara flew back to the u.s. when you landed in washington, you didn't go home, you went straight to the hospital. >> logan: and i stayed there for four days, which was hard. my muscles were so unbelievably sore, because they were literally stretched from the mob trying to tear my limbs off my body. my joints... every joint in my body was distended. and then, they, um... the more intimate injuries, the injuries... the tearing inside. and the... the mark of their hands, their fingers all over my body, cuts and everything you could imagine. but no broken bones. >> pelley: tell me about that moment when you saw your children again. >> logan: i felt like i had been
given a second chance that i didn't deserve, and i... because i did that to them. i came so close to leaving them, to abandoning them. >> pelley: do you feel like you're healing now? >> logan: oh, definitely. i'm... i'm so much stronger. >> pelley: that night, her attackers faded away in the crowd. it's not likely anyone involved will be brought to justice. we may never know with certainty whether the regime was targeting a reporter, or whether it was simply and savagely a criminal mob. it is true that, in egypt in particular, sexual harassment and violence are common. >> logan: i had no idea how endemic, that it is so rife, so widespread, that so many egyptian men admit to sexually harassing women, and think it's completely acceptable; in fact, blame the women for it. >> pelley: why are you telling this story now? >> logan: one thing that i am extremely proud of that i didn't
intend is when my female colleagues stood up and said that i'd broken the silence on what all of us have experienced but never talk about. >> pelley: what did they mean by that? >> logan: that women never complain about incidents of sexual violence, because you don't want someone to say, "well. women shouldn't be out there." but i think there are a lot of women who experience these kinds of things as journalists, and they don't want it to stop their job because they do it for the same reasons as me-- they are committed to what they do. they are not adrenaline junkies, you know, they're not glory hounds; they do it because they believe in being journalists. [ woman ] i had this deep, radiating pain everywhere... and i wondered what it was. i found out that connected to our muscles are nerves that send messages through the body. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia,
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it's rich with culture, and legendary for its indulgences and its disasters. almost six years after katrina, and one year after the b.p. oil spill, new orleans has a new mayor with a new plan on how to run the city. mitch landrieu says it's time to rebuild this place, not into what it was, but into what it can be. he brings his own brand of intensity to the big easy. and like many people who live there, landrieu is in the middle of a love affair with his troubled city, as we discovered when we caught up with him during mardi gras. ♪ ♪ new orleans is a rich gumbo of french, spanish and afro- caribbean culture that's been slow cooking for three centuries. tourism here is a $5 billion a year industry, and the biggest draw is mardi gras. ♪ ♪ beneath the mardi gras masks and the makeup, buried deep in the music, is an energy in new
orleans like no place else in america, and mayor mitch landrieu moves to it with his own rhythm of leadership. i get the impression that you're having as much fun as the people are. >> mitch landrieu: i love mardi gras. i'm a street rat. i told you, i really, really enjoy it. >> pitts: yeah? >> landrieu: it's a lot of fun. >> pitts: mardi gras is a two- week-long party where even the high and mighty can get down and dirty. >> is everybody ready? is everybody ready? then, you know what mitch, zulu? show me what you're working with. >>pitts: you've been described, by people i've talked to, as... as very much a modern-day mayor, someone who was into statistics and analysis of things. but what we see is also an old- school mayor who likes to press the flesh and kiss babies and, in new orleans' case, dance with babies. which are you? which... which world are you more comfortable? >> landrieu: i'm both.
i'm both. i mean, it's... you... you... in order to be... >> pitts: which one's more natural for you? which one is more... >> landrieu: both, they're both. i love them both. i mean, i love people. i really... i mean, i'm in... i'm in this business because i really love people. man, how you doing? >> i'm terrific. how are you? >> landrieu: nice to see you. how you doing? >> good to see you, too. >> landrieu: i'm mitch landrieu, i'm the mayor. >> pitts: landrieu's election in february, 2010, held an omen of positive changes from the start. the very next day, the saints won the super bowl. >> landrieu: in a crazy way, it was a spiritual moment for the people of the city. people here so desperately needed something good to happen, and to believe that you could go from worst to... to best. you see that beginning to happen on the streets of the city of new orleans. >> pitts: but many of those streets are filled with reminders of the destructive power and emotional trauma inflicted by katrina. today there are about 45,000 abandoned homes and buildings in new orleans, making it one of the most blighted cities in america.
but landrieu says the city's making a comeback. >> landrieu: our unemployment rate is lower than the national average. our housing values have gone up 9% in the last year. for the first time in, i don't know, years, all of a sudden, more people are moving back into the city. the people of new orleans not only are resilient and not only are rebuilding back, but they're examples that, in many areas, we're doing better than we were before. and people just didn't fold their tent and go away. because the things that we learned in katrina is that the value of life does not come from the size of the home that you live in, that your church is not the building that you go to-- it's the community that you have grown up and lived with. >> pitts: landrieu grew up here on prieur street in a middle- class integrated neighborhood. >> landrieu: this is where i learned everything that i know. really, everything that i know is a result of the values that i learned on this particular spot-- learned how to live with other people that are not like you, learned how to compete and how to share, learned how to be part of a community. >> pitts: and what is the saying, "if it doesn't play here..." >> landrieu: if it don't play on
prieur street, it don't play. this is what it is. >> pitts: his father "moon," the former mayor, and mother verna still live in the house where they raised him with his eight brothers and sisters. >> verna landrieu: i'd put him out here on this play... in his playpen out... and he's talking to everybody walking the streets. i mean, and he... then he... one day, he climbed... >> mitch landrieu: put me out to play? tell him the truth-- you put me in a harness. ( laughter ) >> verna landrieu: well... well... >> mitch landrieu: you tied me to the porch, and put me in a harness out there. >> verna landrieu: well, i tied you down there in the harness, because you... he kept running into the street. but he was just one... you know, he was just constantly moving and-- and friendly. and so, i mean, he's got his hands full, but he loves it. >> pitts: he's always been that way? >> verna landrieu: always, since the day he's born, absolutely. >> pitts: after katrina, the landrieu home, like so many others, stood in nearly seven feet of floodwaters. >> mitch landrieu: the damage that was caused down here was not caused by a natural disaster; it was caused because the levees broke. and the levees were owned, engineered, and operated by the federal government. >> pitts: but this year, new orleans will have added protection when hurricane season starts. the u.s. army corps of engineers
is finishing 120 miles of walls and levees that will circle the city, at a cost of nearly $15 billion. it's supposed to withstand a so- called "hundred year storm," much like katrina. the centerpiece is this 1.8-mile long concrete wall that rises 26 feet above the water. where's the city from here? >> mitch landrieu: the city is eight miles away. you know, you got the coast, then you've got this wall, and now you have the city, which is why they can comfortably say we are a lot safer than we were before katrina. >> pitts: but inside the storm walls, landrieu has plenty of other problems. >> mitch landrieu: nobody here is naive. i mean, this... what we're doing is hard. nobody else in the country has ever done this. people have had struggles in their communities with one thing or another; we're struggling with everything. >> pitts: and "everything" is what? what's "everything"? >> mitch landrieu: "everything" is everything. everything is "i don't have a house." everything is "i don't have a car." everything is "i don't have a doctor." everything is "i don't have a road." everything is "i don't have a school." and we have to repatch all that stuff. >> pitts: when landrieu took office, he faced the same
problems other mayors do-- budget deficits, high unemployment and crime. but he also took over a city government described as suffering from incompetent leadership and widespread corruption. >> mitch landrieu: that's... that's accurate. >> pitts: it sounds like you have your hands full just fixing city government before you can fix the city. >> mitch landrieu: that... well, that... that's an excellent question. and the answer is, "yes." and the answer is also, "we have to do both." >> pitts: you've been very up- front about the problems in new orleans. why the blunt honesty? is it to lower expectations? >> mitch landrieu: the people of new orleans have gotten to rock bottom. and the only way out, in my mind, is for them to really understand it, and then to really choose to get better. >> pitts: the one problem most people want to see solved quickly is violent crime. new orleans has the highest per capita murder rate in the country. the neighborhood of st. roch looks quaint on the surface. but there have been at least ten murders in the past six months
in an area just over one square mile. crime is your biggest obstacle. >> landrieu: absolutely. >> pitts: you've got to fix that first. >> landrieu: well, let me say this. you have to fix everything all at the same time. you can't... you can't concentrate on one thing to the exclusion of the others. >> pitts: landrieu and the top brass from the new orleans police department walked through st. roch during our visit. it's something they do every month in tough neighborhoods. >> landrieu: give me one second. hey, guys, how y'all doing? nice to see you. y'all well? >> pitts: the mayor says it makes people feel safer and more connected to him and the police. do you fully appreciate how much people expect from you? i mean, there are people in the city who are genuinely counting on you, mitch landrieu, to make their city, make their life better. >> mitch landrieu: well, that's good. i'm counting on them. i mean, so back at you. i mean, we're all in this together. they had enough of people
pulling us apart. we're going to try to figure it out. they also know intuitively that they have to do themselves. >> pitts: part of the crime problem is the new orleans police department itself. last year, landrieu took the unusual step of asking the u.s. department of justice to investigate. in march, it issued a scathing report describing a corrupt and dysfunctional police force. >> mitch landrieu: political corruption is endemic all over this country; in some places, worse than others, right? on crime, you have other major american cities where the crime rates, at different points in their histories, have spiked dramatically. so this is not something that we... that we get just because we drank it in the water down here. it's not something that... that you don't find in other places. but for some reason, we seem to kind of get, you know, the microscope. >> pitts: i don't know if... if "defensive" is the right word, but you get riled up. >> mitch landrieu: well, "pissed" would be the better word. ( laughter ) okay? because it's... it's... you get to these things where you go to places and people say things to you. they just say, "well, gee, i... i didn't realize that we were the only ones that were like that." by the way, you know, people in glass houses shouldn't throw
stones. take care of your business and we'll take care of ours. so, confronting corruption, confronting crime, making sure the people of america know that we know we've got it and we're going to do something about it is a healthy thing. >> father tony ricard: i think it's actually a pretty exciting time, i think. the fact that we have a hands-on mayor. >> pitts: on the mayor's walk through st. roch, we met the neighborhood priest, father tony ricard. it seems to me, in new orleans, your problems have problems, that everything that can be wrong with an urban environment is wrong in new orleans. >> ricard: exactly. >> pitts: so can one mayor fix them? >> ricard: i think that... that the... you always need a catalyst to start something. you know, when god created the world, there was the big bang. somebody had to make the boom. and i think this mayor has the ability to be that bang, to be that one that will give us that start. >> pitts: many believe landrieu at least has the pedigree. his sister mary has been a u.s. senator from louisiana since 1997.
and the last white mayor of new orleans was their father, "moon." he ran the city in the 1970s, when it was bitterly divided by race and class. his most important step was integrating city government, and setting the stage for a succession of four black mayors. mitch landrieu's election broke the streak. as you well know, new orleans has been dominated by white business elite, black political elite. but you're neither one of those. so, do you represent a new way, a third way of doing business in new orleans? >> mitch landrieu: well, yeah, i think so. you can't hide behind race anymore. you can't hide behind class structure anymore. you can't hide behind family. you need to produce. i have to be honest with you, i get a little frustrated that things don't move more quickly. sometimes, i think i was born in the northeast because i have a couple of, you know, not-so-good things about me. i'm impatient, i'm hot tempered, i want to go faster rather than slower. i don't understand why things take so long. at the same time, i have to admit to you that you don't want to lose the richness of what it
is that we do down here. and sometimes, richness takes time. ♪ ♪ >> pitts: during the pageantry of mardi gras, landrieu presides over the parades with their elaborate floats, marching bands, and whatever this is. i've talked to a lot of politicians who certainly love and respect their city, but you seem to have a unique affection for new orleans. >> mitch landrieu: i... i think that you know now that i'm like every other new orleanian. you've talked to a lot of people on the streets, and every one of them will tell you that they are desperately in love with this troubled yet beautiful city, this place that is just so spectacular that it just, as i like to say, gets all up in them all the time. >> pitts: this year's mardi gras was the largest since katrina, a $350 million money maker for new orleans. it's one more sign, he says,
this american original is starting to thrive again. >> mitch landrieu: i think that you know that people here are going to fight for what it is that we have because we love it so much. we just... we just adore it. >> pitts: it... it sounds romantic, the way you describe it, but i'm thinking now... about mitch landrieu... >> mitch landrieu: it is. it is romantic. it's one of the things that people like about the place. it's romantic. during its first year, the humpback calf and its mother are almost inseparable. she lifts her calf to its first breath of air, then protects it on the long journey to their feeding grounds. one of the most important things you can do is help the next generation. at pacific life, we offer financial solutions to accomplish just that. ask a financial professional about pacific life. the power to help you succeed. morning! mor-ning. i'm your genie. you're wishing for...
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>> simon: it's kentucky derby week, so we decided to revisit the most popular female athlete of our time, and the most accomplished. she took on the boys at every opportunity and left them defeated and distraught. the most they could hope for was a poor second. we met zenyatta in october last year, and it was, as they say, love at first sight. she was indisputably the queen
in the sport of kings. zenyatta was 19 for 19 at the time, which is unheard of in horse racing at that level, and she was about to enter her 20th and last race. it was the $5 million breeders' cup classic, the super bowl of the sport. she had won it in 2009, and we knew she would win it again. she just did not know how to lose. but she did. she lost by a nose. objective, impartial journalists that we are, we were heartbroken. >> track announcer: zenyatta is dead last. >> simon: she started out way behind, but she always did. that was the way she raced. as the finish line approached, she would go for broke and let the boys eat her dust. it was a strategy that caused coronaries, but it worked. and it seemed to be working this time, too.
>> track announcer: blame bunching up at the top of the lane. >> simon: she was way back at the turn for home, but, coming down the stretch, she fired off her rockets and started passing them all. even the announcer thought she was going to pull it off. >> track announcer: zenyatta... zenyatta... >> simon: and she almost did. but that wire came just 15 feet too soon. >> track announcer: zenyatta ran her heart out but had to settle for second. >> simon: when we started hanging out with zenyatta, we were struck not so much by her might as by her magnificence. she is quite simply the most splendid creature we'd ever seen. she's big for a mare, taller than most of the boys in the stable, and very calm. thoroughbreds are supposed to be high strung and hot blooded, but there's something zen about zenyatta. she loves kids and welcomes strangers, particularly when they come bearing gifts. the mere sight of zenyatta can bring tears to the eyes of people who've been around horses all their lives. perhaps it's her perfection, the
sense that, like the music of mozart, you cant imagine a more beautiful creation. but when she hits the track, there is a personality change you can barely believe. she becomes obsessed, it seems, with showing the boys that she is faster and tougher than any one of them. she drives people into fits of frenzy. this was the 2009 breeders' cup. >> track announcer: zenyatta has come to the outside. zenyatta coming flying on the grandstand side. gio ponti on the inside. summer bird is right there. this is unbelievable! zenyatta! >> simon: her hall of fame jockey, mike smith, has won all the races in the triple crown, and nearly 5,000 more. how does zenyatta compare to the other horses you've been on who won these championship races? >> smith: she... she means more
to me than all those. >> simon: and can you explain why? >> smith: she's just who she is. she's zenyatta. she's incredible. she's done everything that we've ever asked of her. >> simon: where did she live? where else? hollywood. and at more than 1,200 pounds, she was the biggest star in town. the camera loved her, and she loved the camera. before every race, she posed and strutted and did a little dance. but once on the track, she became a ferrari racing against a pack of volvos. >> vic stauffer: she's got a chance to gun the boat down, and here she comes! >> simon: track announcer vic stauffer has called zenyatta's races from the very start, which is when she was just another horse. >> stauffer: and the bad start has zenyatta at the back of the pack. >> simon: that's where zenyatta has always started-- in the back, lingering languidly as if she's on a sunday outing. but then she puts her feet on the pedal and slams into high gear. >> stauffer: zenyatta runs up outside of her and draws within a length of the lead.
>> simon: vic stauffer realized early on that this was one fast girl with one hell of a future. >> stauffer: here's a future superstar. zenyatta. wow. and that's when you knew you were really looking at something very special. >> simon: she always comes from behind. you ever go a little bit crazy when she's way behind? >> stauffer: again, yeah, because i've become a fan and i've rooted for her. but that's just all part of the theater of her. she passes them all, and i have a feeling that if there were ten more in front of her, she'd just pass them. >> smith: i think that's what keeps her... keeps her sound and keeps her happy, is that she only does what she has to do. >> simon: so you might not have been on her at her fastest yet? >> smith: i truly don't believe i have. i've always... in every race that i've ridden her in, i've always felt that there was another gear if i needed it. >> auctioneer: 40, 45... >> simon: but her beginnings did not seem special at all. the only thing remarkable about her was her price. she was bought at an auction when she was one year old for
only $60,000. john shirreffs has been her trainer ever since. >> shirreffs: we were just really blessed and fortunate. >> simon: how'd you get her so cheap? >> shirreffs: well, i... i think, because she had skin disease. she had a form of ringworm, so she wasn't particularly attractive at the sale. >> simon: she had a rash? >> shirreffs: had a rash. yeah. >> simon: so, it's been from rash to riches? >> shirreffs: ( laughs ) yeah, yeah. >> simon: i don't quite believe i said that. under john shirreffs' tutelage, zenyatta has won more than $6 million, but she was a late starter-- not ready and too immature, shirreffs thought, to run in the big races when she was a little kid. when she was three years old, why didn't you race her in the kentucky derby? >> shirreffs: you know, she wasn't... as a three-year-old, she... she wasn't ready to race. you know, it took her a long time to... to mature in... into the horse she is now, and we just had to be patient with her. >> simon: shirreffs gave
zenyatta time to grow up and insisted on doing it at his own pace, without ever losing his temper. he thinks horses know when people are tense, and they don't like it. we spent nearly a week with zenyatta and, for a celebrity of her stature, we had unusual access. we could watch her beauty treatments in the morning, the bandaging of her legs in the afternoon. we played with her on the lawn, which was planted just for her. >> that's what's so amazing about her: she chooses to be gentle all the time. >> simon: zenyatta's owners, ann and jerry moss, who made their fortune in the music business, knew how to pamper their starlet. >> jerry moss: she's touched and handled by 14... oh, at least 14 people a day. >> simon: she's touched by 14 people a day? >> jerry moss: over 14. >> ann moss: yeah. >> jerry moss: yes. at least 14 people a day. >> simon: and there's somebody with her 24 hours a day? >> jerry moss: yes. >> ann moss: yes. >> simon: pretty cozy? >> ann moss: it is. >> simon: but the training on the track was regimented and rigorous. five days a week, john shirreffs
had zenyatta run at a moderately slow pace. she didn't like slow, so her exercise rider had to use all his strength to hold her back. then, once a week, she was let loose. but even then, mike smith says, she wasn't nearly at full throttle. what does it feel like being on her? >> smith: you know, there's just so much power. she's so athletic for such a big, big horse, which is just amazing. >> simon: how does it feel when she starts her surge? >> smith: it's pretty amazing because, within a matter of two or three jumps, she can make up close to ten lengths. >> simon: it's even more stunning from the jockey's perspective, as you can see from these pictures taken by a camera mike smith agreed to wear on his helmet. >> smith: it's just... it's wild. it's mind-boggling too. >> simon: now who decides when she starts the surge? is it you? ( laughter ) or is it her? >> smith: it's me most of the time, but it's also her at times. she's like a loaded gun.
>> simon: really? >> smith: when you pull the trigger, i mean, it's... she's going to fire. >> simon: and every day, after the workout, it's lunch time. here's a question i think trainers all over the world will want to hear your answer to: what do you feed her? >> shirreffs: ( laughs ) well, you know, we give her oats and hay. >> simon: come on. ( laughter ) come on, you don't expect people to believe that. >> shirreffs: well, okay, so we... we... we add a little bit of aloe vera juice, right. we give her aloe vera juice, because it's good for their stomachs. and then, if she's been really good, i could pop open a guinness and she could have a beer in the afternoon. >> simon: you give her a beer? >> shirreffs: yeah. >> simon: and she likes it? >> shirreffs: yes. yeah. >> simon: just one? >> shirreffs: usually just one. >> simon: i wonder how she'd react if you gave her a different beer. >> shirreffs: i've tried that. >> simon: really? >> shirreffs: yeah. and guinness is very expensive. she won't do it, you know. ( laughs ) >> simon: talk about a high- class horse. >> shirreffs: ( laughs )
yeah. yeah, she just won't... she won't accept it. you know, it's got to be the stout. >> simon: and that's perfectly okay because john shirreffs was happy to let her be a prima donna. when she's playing to the crowd, how do you see it? what physical manifestation is there? >> shirreffs: well, she gets very bright, you know. she... she puffs herself up. you know, she looks very strong, and her... and her eyes seem to, you know, stick out a little bit. and... and she's just really bright and alert. her ears are extremely... you know, her ears are like this. she's just listening for anything. look over here, look over there. you know, she's just... she's really into it. she's... her whole focus is on what's going on around her. >> simon: you really think that when she's prancing before the crowd, sticking her ears up, you really think she knows what she's doing? >> shirreffs: absolutely. there's no doubt about it. yeah. >> simon: this is hollywood. >> shirreffs: ( laughs ) there's no doubt about it. no, she's... she's just... she just feeds off of it.
>> simon: and the magazines fed off of her. zenyatta was profiled in "w" magazine. oprah called her one of 20 women rocking the world. she didn't try to interview zenyatta, but john shirreffs says he talks to horses all the time. >> shirreffs: horses are very special. you can talk to them, you can work out your problems with them. >> simon: how do you communicate? what do you communicate with zenyatta? >> shirreffs: yeah, well, i... you know, when you look up into her face and look in her eyes, and... and you just say, you know, "you're doing great. you're the best ever. thank you for everything you've given me." and you just see that really kind look. you know, you have a feeling that she's actually understanding you. >> simon: maybe she is. >> shirreffs: yeah, yeah. you have to believe it, don't you? >> simon: in january, zenyatta was named horse of the year. and that's just the beginning. she is clearly destined for membership in the thoroughbred hall of fame.
>> smith: i think she could arg... arguably go down as one of the greatest, if not the greatest horse of all time. >> simon: greatest horse of all time. >> smith: definitely. >> simon: she's retired now in kentucky-- seems to be okay; still enjoys her little dance, . even if nobody's watching; makes friends easily; doesn't let anyone know about her glorious past. she's going to have a good life after this-- green pastures, motherhood. >> smith: yeah. they often talk about who they'd breed her to, and i've always said no one's worthy. >> simon: no man is worthy of... >> smith: no. >> simon: ...zenyatta. >> smith: no. not at all. not even close. >> simon: maybe not, but zenyatta's always had a thing or two to teach the boys. and, for the first time, she is free to horse around. she has already had a brief affair, but so far no kids. she's sure to keep trying, though. and imagine what it will be like to have zenyatta for a mother. just try to live up to that!
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