04/19/2013 1:26PM

Full brother to Zenyatta foaled at Ashford


A full brother to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta was foaled April 9 at Coolmore's Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.

The Street Cry colt is out of the winning Kris S. mare Vertigineux, Kentucky's Broodmare of the Year in 2008. The mare was privately purchased by Coolmore from breeder Eric Kronfeld in the fall of 2008.

"He's a good-quality bay colt, both mare and foal are doing well," Ashford Stud manager Dermot Ryan said.

Vertigineux is the dam of five winners from six starters, with her most famed runner being Zenyatta. The 2010 Horse of the Year and champion older female in three consecutive years won 19 of her 20 career starts, with the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic and the 2008 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic among her 13 Grade 1 victories. Zenyatta's only loss came when second by a head to Blame in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic in her career finale. She retired with earnings of $7,304,580, making her the all-time leader among North American females.

Zenyatta delivered her first foal, a Bernardini colt recently named Cozmic One, in March 2012. She delivered her second foal, a Tapit colt, on April 1. The mare and her two offspring are boarded at Lane's End Farm in Versailles for owners Jerry and Ann Moss.

Vertigineux is also the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire Balance and stakes winner Where's Bailey. Balance is the dam of Mr. Besilu, a son of A.P. Indy who sold for $4.2 million at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale; and Go Nineteen, who sold for $750,000 at the same sale the following year.

Eblouissante, a half-sister to Zenyatta by Bernardini, is Vertigineux's most recent daughter to reach the track, and has won both of her career starts. The mare is also the dam of two unnamed fillies by Coolmore stallion Henrythenavigator.

Vertigineux is a half sister to stakes winner and producer Restrained; stakes winners Blash and National Service; and stakes placed On the Staff, also a stakes producer. Their dam, the winning Forli mare For the Flag, is a half sister to Grade 3 winner and stakes producer Helenska and to Miss Reality, the granddam of Canadian champion Sweetest Thing. It is the family of Kentucky Oaks winner and stakes producer Sweet Alliance, as well as Grade 1 winner and successful sire Mizzen Mast.

Zenyatta was from the first crop of multiple Grade/Group 1 winner Street Cry, who is based at Darley's Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky. The Machiavellian horse also produced Kentucky Derby winner and champion Street Sense from that crop.

Through April 18, he is the sire of 502 winners for total progeny earnings of $66,078,163. His 65 stakes winners also include Australian champions Shocking and Whobegotyou, and multiple Grade 1 winners Street Boss and Seventh Street.

Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
What a classy family and an amazing mare is Vertie! Love the story, and best to the new colt!
Wesley Wright More than 1 year ago
Hopefully we will see a photo soon. This should be a special colt.
Lise McLain More than 1 year ago
Hi! Where is a photo and/or a video of mother and child - Zenyatta's full brother? Would love to see it. I enjoy seeing the babies, watching them grow up, and watching their racing careers. It is so much fun. Thank you! Lise from Maine
Lise McLain More than 1 year ago
Hi! This is a very nice story. Just love reading these kinds of stories and all the details. Hope he does as well as Zenyatta did in his racing career. Good luck little guy! Lise from Maine
Chantal Smithless More than 1 year ago
I was SO hoping that Verty would have a colt!!!!!! I hope that the media will be kept up to date on him so that the public/fans can follow him. Just saying the WORDS "a full brother to Zenyatta" gives me the chills!
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Oh yeah! Brrr
Wesley Wright More than 1 year ago
This is awesome, a full brother to Zenyatta. I will be keeping my ears to the ground for this colt. Hopefully they will let big sister give him some coaching when he starts training. Will she teach him her famous dance? Let's wait and see.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Isn't she amazing? I can watch Z dance and prance as easily as watch her race. Love her post parades.