Updated on 04/11/2016 5:37PM

Zenyatta delivers War Front colt


The champion Zenyatta has delivered a colt by popular young stallion War Front, her team announced Monday.

The 12-year-old Street Cry mare is boarded at Lane’s End in Kentucky for owners Jerry and Ann Moss, who were in Lexington to greet the new arrival. According to the official Zenyatta website, the mare’s water broke Sunday at about 9 p.m. Eastern, and the foal was delivered at 9:24.

While the birth was without complications, the colt was born meconium-stained, leading the attending veterinarian to send the mare and foal to a clinic for observation.

Meconium is a newborn’s first stool made of materials ingested during his time in utero. Under some circumstances, it can be evacuated into the amniotic fluid and inhaled, potentially causing lung irritation in a foal.

“Zenyatta is bright and alert and is in excellent health following the foaling,” read a post on the official Zenyatta website. “She and her foal are in good spirits and developing a strong bond. As always, she is a great mother. Currently, the foal can stand and move around the stall with minimal assistance. The pair will stay at the clinic, where they will get the best possible care and attention.

“The foal will be watched closely for 48 hours for any changes. If he continues to do well, both Zenyatta and her foal will be able to return to the farm shortly.”

This is the fourth foal for Zenyatta, who delivered Cozmic One, by Bernardini, in 2012; Ziconic, by Tapit, in 2013; and a War Front filly in 2014. The War Front filly died as a weanling following a paddock accident, and Zenyatta was not bred for a 2015 foal.

The mare has yet to produce a winner, with Cozmic One finishing off the board in two starts last year and Ziconic finishing third in his debut before running unplaced in his second start. Both colts are trained by John Shirreffs, who conditioned Zenyatta for the Mosses.

Zenyatta won 19 of 20 career starts, including the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic and 2008 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Honored as Horse of the Year in 2010, she is a first-ballot finalist for the Hall of Fame this year.

War Front, a son of Danzig standing at Claiborne Farm, is represented by Grade/Group 1 winners such as The Factor, Declaration of War, Data Link, Air Force Blue, Hit It a Bomb, Warning Flag, Jack Milton, War Command, Summer Soiree, and Peace and War. He stands for an advertised fee of $200,000 in 2016, tying him as the second-most-expensive stallion in North America.

– additional reporting by Joe Nevills