04/20/2014 10:24AM

Zenyatta delivers War Front filly

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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.