05/02/2016 5:34PM

Zenyatta bred to Medaglia d’Oro

Barbara D. Livingston
Zenyatta was the 2010 Horse of the Year.

Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year and newly elected Hall of Famer, was bred to Medaglia d’Oro for the 2017 foaling season.

The mating was announced Monday on the official Zenyatta website, which added that the mare would be checked in 15 days to determine whether she was in foal.

It marked the fifth trip to the breeding shed for Zenyatta, a 12-year-old daughter of Street Cry, and her second trip to a stallion at Darley’s Jonabell Farm. The late Street Cry also stood at Darley’s U.S. base.

Her first foal, the Bernardini colt Cozmic One, is winless in two career starts, while her second foal, the Tapit colt Ziconic, has placed in one of two starts. She was bred to War Front for her third mating and produced a filly who was euthanized as a weanling following a paddock accident.

After being given a year off from breeding, Zenyatta produced a War Front colt who died April 13, three days after being born, due to complications from meconium aspiration.

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Zenyatta resides at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky.

Medaglia d’Oro, a 17-year-old son of El Prado, stands for an advertised fee of $150,000, making him one of the highest-priced stallions in North America. He has sired nine crops of racing age, with 524 winners and progeny earnings of more than $74.4 million.

His most prominent foal is Rachel Alexandra, who beat out Zenyatta in the 2009 Horse of the Year vote by a margin of 130-99 and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the same class.

Other notable runners sired by Medaglia d’Oro include the champion Songbird, Australian champion Vancouver, Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty, and Grade 1 or Group 1 winners Passion for Gold, Mshawish, Marketing Mix, Coffee Clique, C. S. Silk, Lochte, and Violence.

Medaglia d’Oro won eight of 17 starts for earnings of $5,754,720, highlighted by Grade 1 wins in the Travers Stakes, Whitney Handicap, and Donn Handicap and Grade 2 wins in the Jim Dandy Stakes, Oaklawn Handicap, Strub Stakes, and San Felipe Stakes. He was twice a runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Harold Lara More than 1 year ago
How about a mix of American pharoah and zenyetta? 
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
Donna Hathaway More than 1 year ago
I have very high hopes for this cross, and a filly would be amazing - most of his best progeny are female, and with the Queen for her mother, wow!
Stet Dotnet More than 1 year ago
Hopeful for an uneventful pregnancy and foaling!  Would love to see the result of this pairing...
Frank More than 1 year ago
I agree with Cheryl below -- Tiznow deserves a date with destiny -- Zenyatta!
dave More than 1 year ago
Cheryl Kleist More than 1 year ago
How I wish it had been Tiznow!!  He doesn't have a lot of years left before retirement!
Imagine Tiznow, winner of the Breeders Cup Classic twice, bred to Zenyatta, winner of the 
Breeders Cup once and runner up!  That would be a match made in horse Heaven!  A great
distance horse would surely result!
peter More than 1 year ago
she sure could use a foal that at least wins a race----seems that rachel has a bit more success so far----
peter More than 1 year ago
maybe she shoulda looked up the one that beat her----we all remember that, what a race that was!!!---he was quite a stayer once he got the lead----he could use a boost as well
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
The Mosses wouldn't give Seth the satisfaction, per his immature behavior over HOY
poll_jodi More than 1 year ago
Pray for a filly with an upside down exclamation point!