Guinness welcomes Zenyatta to Dublin

NEW YORK -- Zenyatta is still welcome to visit the Guinness brewery in Ireland despite her loss in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

A Guinness spokeswoman said Monday the company decided to extend its offer even though Zenyatta lost by a head to Blame in the $5 million race in Kentucky last weekend. It was her first loss after 19 consecutive victories.

The company says Zenyatta's bold performance on the track has been fascinating to watch and captivated the nation and the world.

Guinness has offered a trip to its famed St. James's Gate brewery in Dublin for Zenyatta, trainer John Shirreffs and owners Jerry and Ann Moss.

Zenyatta is known to drink the dark Irish stout with a creamy head most afternoons in her stall.