06/14/2013 3:16PM

Zenyatta in foal to War Front

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Mathea Kelly/Team Zenyatta
Horse of the Year Zenyatta, shown here with her first foal by Bernardini, has been confirmed in foal to War Front, for what would be her third foal.

Champion Zenyatta has been confirmed in foal to young Claiborne Farm sire War Front, for what would be her third foal. The 9-year-old Street Cry mare was scanned at 37 days in foal Friday.

Zenyatta, 2010's Horse of the Year, produced her second foal, a colt by popular young commercial sire Tapit, on April 1 at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky., where she has been boarded since her retirement in late 2010 for owners Jerry and Ann Moss. The mare is also the dam of Cozmic One, a yearling Bernardini colt who resides at Lane's End.

War Front, an 11-year-old Danzig horse, is the most expensive stallion on Claiborne's roster, with an advertised fee of $80,000 for 2013.

War Front won four of 13 starts over three seasons, earning $424,205. He scored his signature victory in the Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap in 2006 at Saratoga and also placed in five graded stakes that season, including runner-up efforts in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes and Grade 1 Forego Stakes. Out of the stakes-winning Rubiano mare Starry Dreamer, the stallion is a half-brother to multiple Grade 2 winner and Grade 1-placed Teammate, multiple Grade 3 winner Ecclesiastic, and stakes winner Riviera Cocktail.

From his first four crops of racing age—including 66 current 2-year-olds—War Front has produced 110 winners from 158 starters through June 13, for total earnings of $13,492,726, with average earnings per starter of $85,397. He is the sire of 20 stakes winners.

Through June 13, War Front ranked ninth on this year’s North American general sires list, with a pair of prominent 3-year-olds accounting for the majority of his earnings. Lines of Battle won the Group 2 U.A.E. Derby, while Departing captured the Grade 3 Illinois Derby. The two went on to unplaced efforts in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, respectively.

The sire's other top runners include multiple Grade 1-winning sprinter The Factor and millionaire Warning Flag, a stakes winner in Hong Kong. Many of the stallion's top performers have succeeded on turf, including Grade 1 winners Data Link and Summer Soiree and graded stakes winners Soldat, Summer Front, State of Play, and Jack Milton. The versatile Soldat also captured the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes on dirt and started in the 2011 Kentucky Derby.

Although the Mosses would likely retain Zenyatta's resulting foal, War Front has also been a commercial success as a stallion. He had 32 yearlings sell in 2012 for a total of $7,372,070 and an average of $230,377. That included a colt out of the Arch mare Gold Vault (the dam of Grade 1 winner Contested) purchased for $1,050,000 by Jane B. Dunn, agent, at the Keeneland September yearling sale.

Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year and champion older female in three consecutive years, won 19 of her 20 career starts, including the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic and the 2008 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic. She won 13 total Grade 1 events and retired with earnings of $7,304,580, making her the all-time leader among North American females.

The mare also hails from an extremely productive female family. Her dam, the winning Kris S. mare Vertigineux, is the dam of five winners from six starters, including multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire Balance and stakes winner Where's Bailey.

Vertigineux is a half-sister to stakes winner and producer Restrained; stakes winners Blash and National Service; Group 2-placed On the Staff, who is also a stakes producer. Their dam, the winning Forli mare For the Flag, is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner and stakes producer Helenska and to Miss Reality, the granddam of Canadian champion Sweetest Thing. It is the family of Kentucky Oaks winner Sweet Alliance, champion Shareef Dancer, and Grade 1 winner and successful sire Mizzen Mast.

Through May, War Front had produced one foal out of a Street Cry mare; that foal has yet to make a start.

As a son of leading sire Danzig, War Front is a grandson of the great Northern Dancer—and Zenyatta's dam, Vertigineux, has been crossed to stallions of that line with moderate success. Bred to Aljabr—by Storm Cat, a grandson of Northern Dancer—the mare produced the aforementioned Where's Bailey. Bred to Giant's Causeway, another son of Storm Cat, Vertigineux produced Souper Spectacular, a winner who earned over $108,000.

Treasure Trail, Zenyatta's unplaced half-sister by Pulpit, produced a War Front colt this year.