04/13/2016 12:56PM

Zenyatta's newborn War Front colt dies


Zenyatta’s newborn War Front colt died Wednesday morning at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, Ky., continuing a run of bad luck for the champion as a broodmare.

The colt was born Sunday night at Lane’s End Farm, where the 2010 Horse of the Year and Hall of Fame finalist has been boarded since her retirement for owners Jerry and Ann Moss. While the birth was uncomplicated, the colt was born meconium-stained, leading the attending veterinarian to send the mare and foal to a clinic for observation.

Meconium is a newborn’s first stool made of materials ingested during his time in utero. Under some circumstances, it can be evacuated into the amniotic fluid and inhaled, potentially causing lung irritation or other problems such as pneumonia in a foal. Zenyatta’s team said in a press release that the foal did indeed aspirate meconium but did not offer other medical details.

This leaves the 3-year-old Ziconic as the youngest surviving foal for Zenyatta. The mare’s 2014 filly, also by War Front, had to be euthanized as a weanling following a paddock accident. The mare was not bred for a 2015 foal.

“We express our deep gratitude to Dr. Peter Morresey and the professionals at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital who worked tirelessly to support the mare and foal,” Zenyatta’s connections said in a statement. “Zenyatta is in good health and back home at Lane’s End Farm.”

Gerardo Gonzalez More than 1 year ago
It's a horrible news and please let her rest for a while don't force her, if you guys let her run a little bit more but the greed of making for money, will never have another Zenyatta like her she still amazing and we never going to forget her
Tom Gaeta More than 1 year ago
Incredibly sad news.  That's two Zenyatta babies passed on and her other two boys have had little impact on racing.  She's such a tremendously loved champion of the racing sport.  Is there any way her owners can just let her live without breeding any more?  At least give her another year before trying again.  Bummed.
Katy Russo More than 1 year ago
Sad news to be sure. Glad that Zenyatta is in good health. She will have another baby and perhaps the best is yet to come. God has plenty of room in his pastures for this beautiful baby to romp.
Donna Hathaway More than 1 year ago
Oh no, how awful!  After losing her filly, this is just too much.
Fred Reardon More than 1 year ago
the goal a foal unrealized
run on in our minds
the loss already fulfilled.
Robert Alperin More than 1 year ago
Life is not easy.  To bad even the best among us have to experience such negative events.  May the future ease the pin of the past for Team Zenyatta.
steve More than 1 year ago
I was so sad to hear about Zenyatta 's baby as I remember how it felt to lose ours , devestating but thank God that Zenyatta is still here as we need to remember what a champion she was and is still . My condolence's to thier owners and everyone who took care of her , heartbreaking for the industry as well !
Thomas McDonough More than 1 year ago
He was a beautiful little foal too.
Olivia Austen More than 1 year ago
There are no words to express the sadness I feel for Team Z, her owners and all
involved with her new born colt.  But that's how it is sometimes, the joys and the
heartbreaking loss when a foal is euthanized.
Justin Glagola More than 1 year ago
Maybe don't breed her to War Front any more. Maybe breed her to a dirt classic pedigree stallion like Curlin or AP etc etc.
Cheryl Kleist More than 1 year ago
AP is retired, but Tisnow, 2x Breeder's Classic winner is still at stud.  California Chrome
will be breeding mares next year and is the all time leader in $ won out of the AP Indy line.

gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
American Phoroah