04/20/2014 10:24AM

Zenyatta delivers War Front filly

Kyle Acebo/Zenyatta.com
Champion Zenyatta delivered her third foal, a War Front filly, early April 20.

Champion Zenyatta delivered her third foal, a filly by popular young commercial sire War Front, early April 20 at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky.

The filly arrived at 12:03 a.m. Eastern.

Zenyatta, a 10-year-old Street Cry mare, has been boarded at Lane's End for owners Jerry and Ann Moss since her retirement from racing in late 2010. The mare is also the dam of Cozmic One, a 2-year-old colt by Bernardini, who is in training at Mayberry Farm in Ocala, Fla.; and Ziconic, a Tapit yearling colt, who 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 with 13 Grade 1 victories, including the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic and the 2008 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic. 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.

Zenyatta, out of the winning Kris S. mare Vertigineux, hails from an extremely productive female family. She is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire Balance and stakes winner Where's Bailey. It is the family of Kentucky Oaks winner and multiple stakes producer Sweet Alliance, dam of champion Shareef Dancer; Grade 1 winner and successful sire Mizzen Mast; and Canadian champion Sweetest Thing.

War Front, a 12-year-old Danzig horse, stands at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky. The Grade 2 winner’s fee is $150,000 this year, tied for the highest advertised fee in North America.

War Front’s prominence was elevated last year by a pair of standout runners in Europe, Declaration of War and War Command. Declaration of War captured the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Juddmonte International, both Group 1 events, before finishing a close third in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in his first start on dirt. War Command was a Group 1-winning juvenile in England and a Group 2 winner in Ireland.

The versatile War Front is also the sire of multiple Grade 1-winning sprinter The Factor; Grade 1-winning turf runners Data Link and Summer Soiree; Soldat, a graded stakes winner on turf and dirt; Departing, a three-time graded stakes winner on dirt; and Lines of Battle, the winner of the Group 2 U.A.E. Derby on synthetic.

Although the Mosses will likely retain Zenyatta's foal, War Front has also been a commercial success as a stallion. Last year, his yearlings averaged $363,076 at public auction, bolstered by a $2.5 million colt who topped the Keeneland September sale. At the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, a weanling colt by War Front and out of Treasure Trail, an unplaced half-sister to Zenyatta, sold for $800,000.

War Front is the sire of two foals out of Street Cry mares, neither of whom has started. His lone starter out of a mare by Kris S. – Zenyatta’s broodmare sire – is a winner.

Bryan Tripoli More than 1 year ago
for her 2014 cover, send her to europe for a rendezvous with frankel
Brodieville More than 1 year ago
I don't know how prolific the mares are or what is optimal as far as their health and well-being, but It seems that Zenyatta might deserve a year off...
RIP Grammar More than 1 year ago
You people who just don't get it... horses are meant to be pregnant year in and year out. When their bodies don't want to be pregnant? Guess what? They don't get pregnant and there's nothing you can do to change it. Mares like Zenny who are such great moms love having babies and when they don't have any, they watch other babies and want to be near them.
SmallIsGreat More than 1 year ago
I absolutely agree with you. I thought they would have given her a break between the second and third foal. But it seems the owners think more about money than about Z.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Money?? Tell you what....you couldn't spend Z's owners money if you had 9 lives times 100 years of you living life. They don't need the dough.
John Pisiona More than 1 year ago
Unchained in honor of the Risen Lord
Richard Cadena More than 1 year ago
If they are looking for Zenyatta to expand the family: Try TIznow= TizZen or NOWZEN.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
jttf More than 1 year ago
so zenyatta's first foal is with bernardini. bernardini is eblouissante's daddy. eblouissante has raced only four times in her life. she has around 60 posted works and has scratched about five times. has any horse had a similar career ? the mosses sold this horse for $2.1 million.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Check your facts before posting next time.
jttf More than 1 year ago
whats wrong ?
Richard Holmes More than 1 year ago
The Mosses never owned any part of Eblouissante. The guy who owned her died and that is why she was sold.
jttf More than 1 year ago
thanks. eric kronfeld
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't bother correcting people that base an entire post on a wrong statement, especially one that has nothing to do with the article.
jttf More than 1 year ago
of course it has something to do with the article. it talks about the first foal to bernardini. everybody makes mistakes.
Westin Niles More than 1 year ago
No Blame or Galileo. Candy Ride will be her next mating.
sgvoak . More than 1 year ago
Zenyatta should next be with blame or Galileo
Richard Holmes More than 1 year ago
Have you seen Blame's 2 year olds at the sales. They are absolutely horrible. His stud fee is $30,000 right now and I predict it will drop in half by next year. Zenyatta is obviously only going to be bred to top stallions. I could see them breeding her to Malibu Moon. There is no chance in hell that they will breed her to Blame.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Wasn't there a clubfooted horse who won the Triple Crown?....You can't say a damn thing about Blame's progeny until they actually run.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Not to mention the obsession with Tapit;s. The babies that hit the wall running past 9f..
Maya Joffe More than 1 year ago
Remember how Blame beat Zenyatta by a head in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic?
Orba Hall More than 1 year ago
Am an old Submariner retired for many years>Have been to most all the horse racing tracks overseas and the USA..We Zenyatta Zen Baby when she was running loved her closing style.Nothing beats a good horse race.
Mary Hansen More than 1 year ago
Do you think the Moss's are going to keep this filly? It will be interesting to see how Cozmic One will do this year. I wonder what stallion will sire Zenyatta's next foal or do you think they will give her a year off?