05/08/2012 11:44AM

Zenyatta in foal for second time after Tapit mating

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Zenyatta spends some time with her first foal, a Bernardini colt.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Zenyatta is in foal for the second time, this time on a cover to Tapit, her owners Ann and Jerry Moss announced Tuesday via Twitter and Facebook.

The 8-year old Street Cry mare, 2010’s Horse of the Year, underwent an ultrasound scan Monday that conformed her pregnancy. Zenyatta is one of two female Horses of the Year to produce their first foals in 2012. Zenyatta’s first foal, a Bernardini colt, was born March 8 at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky. Rachel Alexandra, Horse of the Year in 2009, produced her first foal, a Curlin colt, on Jan. 22 at Stonestreet Farms in Lexington. Rachel Alexandra has been bred back to Bernardini this year.

Earlier this year, when they announced Tapit as the choice for Zenyatta’s second mating, the Mosses called the cross “a dynamic mating.” Tapit is by A.P. Indy’s son, Pulpit and stands at Gainesway Farm in Lexington for $125,000. He is the sire of such runners as 2011 juvenile champion Hansen.

david More than 1 year ago
I meant Tapit has a great pedigree.
david More than 1 year ago
Zenyatta resembles Tiznow in conformation, preferred distance, and preferred surface, but their pedigrees are so disimilar, they might not be a good match. Mandurah, the current world record holder for a mile on turf, is an example of an AP Indy line sire over a Machiavelian line mare, so maybe crossing Zenyatta with AP Indy line sires makes sense. Pulpit has a great pedigree. Blame has a pedigree similar to zenyatta but his conformation is much different so maybe not a good fit. Kris S did well with miswaki, danzig, and and damascus line mares. Maybe Sea the Stars (danzig over miswaki, w/ simliar conformation) would be good for her (but he's in a different country and was a turf horse).
david More than 1 year ago
Zenyatta resembles Tiznow in conformation, preferred distance, and preferred surface, but their pedigrees are so disimilar, they might not be a good match. Mandurah, the current world record holder for a mile on turf, is an example of an AP Indy line sire over a Machiavelian line mare, so maybe crossing Zenyatta with AP Indy line sires makes sense. Pulpit has a great pedigree. Blame has a pedigree similar to zenyatta but his conformation is much different so maybe not a good fit. Kris S did well with miswaki, danzig, and and damascus line mares. Maybe Sea the Stars (danzig over miswaki, w/ simliar conformation) would be good for her (but he's in a different country and was a turf horse).
Kyri Freeman More than 1 year ago
I think some of the commentators are confused about what would normally be expected for a broodmare. Yes, she will be bred every year, unless she has a year where she is barren (pretty normal for TB mares) or unless she has a pregnancy that negatively affects her physical condition, in which case she might be left open (not bred) as appropriate. A young, normal, healthy mare, which she is, and one getting excellent veterinary care, can certainly have a foal every year. She will not suffer physical or psychological distress from normal, healthy pregnancies. As for selling her foals, I would prefer that they don't go to Europe or Japan like so many of our promising racing and breeding stock do since it will be harder to follow their careers then, but I don't see why they shouldn't be sold. They are valuable and have bright futures ahead of them. As for her current colt, I am not sure at what point in the year they are weaned, but it is a time-tested process and they will both get through it just fine. I like Tapit as a choice. He gets foals that can route, but also that can win early, which seems like a good match. Since so many of his foals are grey, and Zenyatta of course is a black bay/brown, I'll be interested to see what this one looks like.
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
Congratulations!!! Hope it's a girl and she takes after her mom!!! :)
Anna Kugler More than 1 year ago
Congrats to Z and Tapit....I think it is great that she is in foal again. I was a little surprised to find out that she was with foal again but that is cool and with Tapit that is even better. Can't wait to see these little ones race in the near future!
Betty More than 1 year ago
Very common to breed back to back...after all she is a broodmare now and with a limited window to produce.
Rosie More than 1 year ago
i 'd like to see them mate her to smarty jones
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
I guess Tapit Tapped it. Now he can brag to his friends.
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
You know what is awkward... to hear all from you people as if Zenyatta is a human being. Trust me she doesn't have a clue to what her name is being used for, and here people go crazy about posting stupid things about the queen. Just let her do what she is supposed to. Make babies and thats it. And, why in the world people have problem with her foals seeing the sales ring ? Its good if Mosses keep them, but if they want to make some money, SO WHAT PEOPLE ? Thats what thoroughbreds are all about, they run, they breed and they sell. If that was not the case, she wouldn't and shouldn't have been with mosses in the first place. What is the big deal about it. Every animal whether it be zenyatta or a horse at an abandoned farm, deserve the same rights. She is lucky to be where she is, even if she has to give three births in a year, she's still one of the luckiest animals on the planet right now. Save your stupid comments people
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
Well it takes 11 months for one so 3 in a year may be tough. Have to agree with you on the rest, these people are nuts. They should go buy a horse and do the things they suggest. The best will be when she has the foal, they will post their congratulations like she's gonna read them.
Bob Rose More than 1 year ago
Your cold hearted approach does not belong in Zenyatta's world Ahmad. Our Lord placed Zenyatta among us to spread joy, friendship and love. All you would need to do is meet her, one on one, to realize you are in the presence of Royalty. Those that have can attest to that! You might care to consider switching over to car racing. Sounds like something without a heart and soul would fit you better. BTW, I happen to be a retired life long thoroughbred trainer that has lived with these magnificent animals since I was 14. Rode across country with them in box cars, vans, and planes. Slept in stalls, feed rooms, tack rooms, hay lofts, etc., so I do know from where I speak. As for your closing comment, "Save your stupid comments people", that would have been better applied to yourself when you said "She is lucky to be where she is, even if she has to give three births in a year, she's still one of the luckiest animals on the planet right now.", as horses have an 11 month gestation period. Duh. NASCAR awaits your presence, dude.
thomas b More than 1 year ago
The Mosses provide so much for the horses that don't have a chance off the racetrack, thanks in large part to Zenyatta. Almost every dollar Zenyatta's name is making now in merchandise, memorabilia and artwork goes toward these causes, not to mention a portion of what she earned on the track. You can bet that if the Mosses do decide to sell a Zenyatta foal, part of what is brought in on the sale will also go to help save retired thoroughbreds. From what I have heard in talking to many of these retirement farms, the Mosses are extremely generous people and they are very fortunate, thanks in large part to Zenyatta, that they are able to do all that they do.
Jon More than 1 year ago
I want Zen & Rachel go head to head for the next 10 years with their little ones because I know the Zen Brats will skin the hide of the Rachel Brats. Go little Zenny's.
Betty More than 1 year ago
What would be really cool is they come to the track and become rivals much like their famous moms did.
Michael D More than 1 year ago
it would have been good if Rachel and Zenatta were rivals but Rachel was never in Zenyattas class nor would they race her against Zenatta. Zen was in a class by herself and as Bobby Frankel said about her that she was a freak of nature so gifted. We were all very lucky to be able to see her run.