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Zenyatta delivers second foal, colt by Tapit
By Nicole Russo
Champion Zenyatta delivered her second foal, a colt by popular commercial sire Tapit, late the night of Monday, April 1 at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky.
The chestnut colt was foaled at 11:47 p.m. Eastern time. He shares a birthday with his dam, who was foaled April 1, 2004.
The colt, estimated at 145 pounds, was on his feet by 12:18 a.m. and was nursing within the hour, according to information posted on Zenyatta's official website.
"Both are doing so very well, and it’s a joy to see how much Zenyatta loves being a mom," the mare's team wrote.
Zenyatta, a daughter of Street Cry, has been boarded at Lane's End for owners Jerry and Ann Moss since her retirement from racing in late 2010. The mare delivered her first foal, a colt by Bernardini, on March 8, 2012. The as-of-yet-unnamed yearling resides at Lane's End.
Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year and champion older female in three consecutive years, won 19 of her 20 career starts, including the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic and the 2008 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic. The victories make her the only horse ever to win two different Breeders' Cup races.
She won 13 total Grade 1 events, including three editions each of the Vanity Handicap and Lady's Secret Stakes, and two editions of the Apple Blossom Handicap. She finished 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.
Hopes have been high for Zenyatta as a broodmare, not only because of her racing record, but because she comes from a productive female family. Her dam, the winning Kris S. mare Vertigineux, is the dam of five winners from six starters, including multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire Balance and stakes winner Where's Bailey.
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.
Zenyatta's fourth dam, Mrs. Peterkin, is a half sister to three stakes winners. Her offspring include Kentucky Oaks winner Sweet Alliance, who produced three stakes winners, including champion Shareef Dancer; Kinema, dam of Grade 1 winner and successful sire Mizzen Mast along with three other stakes placed winners; Grade 2 winner Dancing Camp, dam of stakes placed Farouche, also a stakes producer; stakes winner Whydidju, who is represented by several stakes producing daughters of her own; and stakes producers Minstrelsy, Miss Pete, Banderole, and Nijistar.
Vertigineux, who was privately purchased by Coolmore Stud in the fall of 2008, is currently in foal to Street Cry for a full sibling to Zenyatta.
Tapit, a 12-year-old Pulpit horse, stands at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky. for an advertised fee of $125,000 in 2013, the co-second highest in North America.
The sire of juvenile champions Stardom Bound and Hansen joins Bernardini on a select list of stallions to be bred to two female Horse of the Year honorees. Havre de Grace, the 2011 Horse of the Year purchased for a record $10 million by Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm at last November's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale, is in Tapit's book for 2013.
In addition to siring Zenyatta's first foal, Bernardini is represented by a filly out of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, delivered Feb. 12.
Bred her to Rock hard 10, They'll need a ladder to mount the horse!
Should breed her to Sea the Stars. He is smaller, very talented and from a terrific female line. Also find a way to produce fillies. The line needs to continue.
That muzzle looks like he might be going to grey up some. Not unusual for Tapit babies. Either way, he sure is a cutie.
Have her bred to Galileo. The would be a super horse.!!
I still believe that she should be bred to BLAME. WOW!
Horse racing has a lot to look forward to with such amazing modern day racers becoming stallions and Zenyatta and Rachel taking the heat on the other end.
Zenyatta has extended her winning ways to motherhood. She is the epitome of a splendid thoroughbred and continues to amaze in the newest phase of her life.
The expression on Zenyatta's face is so sweet and endearing--what a kind and beautiful mare she is. Congratulations on your little 13Z April Fool surprise. Good health and long life to you and all your foals.
Breed her to Quality Road and get the horse to end all horses.