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Zenyatta in foal after second mating to Bernardini
Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year and the only mare to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, is in foal after a second mating to Bernardini.
The mare’s pregnancy was confirmed on a website written by Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs, purportedly in the mare’s “voice,” after vets performed an ultrasound Tuesday morning. Ingordo-Shirreffs is an adviser to the mare’s owners, Jerry and Ann Moss.
The scan took place about 60 days after the mare’s second mating with Bernardini that took place around April 2. Zenyatta is a broodmare at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky. Bernardini, champion 3-year-old of 2006, stands at Darley at Jonabell in Lexington.
“Yes, I am eating for two!” Ingordo Shirreffs wrote. “As of this morning, I have had what is technically called my ‘60-day check-up.’ I am happily in foal! All is A-OK! My pregnancy is progressing nicely and the baby has a very strong heartbeat!”
The website noted that, under the Mosses’ usual policy, “we are not going to be fetal-sexing to determine if the foal is a colt or filly. My owners never do this with any of their mares. Part of the fun, in their opinion, is the anticipation.”
The 7-year-old Street Cry mare failed to maintain her first pregnancy that resulted from her initial mating to Bernardini in February. The Mosses had kept Zenyatta’s pregnancy status quiet since the second mating, but Ingordo-Shirreffs kept speculation running at a fever pitch by repeatedly hinting on the website that the wildly popular Zenyatta might be pregnant again.
Zenyatta is one of two female Horses of the Year in foal this year for the first time. Rachel Alexandra, who won the title in 2009 over Zenyatta, was pronounced in foal to two-time Horse of the Year Curlin on March 7. She is at the Stonestreet Farm of her late owner, Jess Jackson, in Lexington.
Zenyatta is the only female so far to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic. She did that in 2009 en route to her title as the year’s champion older female.
Video: Glenye Cain Oakford on how horses make the transition from racemare to broodmare.