The long-awaited foal out of 2010 Horse of the Year and 2009 Breeders Cup champion Zenyatta was born on the evening of March 8. Both mother and baby are reported to be doing well. The dark bay colt, sired by Bernardini, has a star on his forehead and some white spots on his feet.
Thoroughbred racing fans had speculated that the day was near when Zenyatta’s devoted owners, Jerry and Ann Moss, arrived in Kentucky from their California home early this week. Zenyatta currently resides at Lane’s End Farm.
The mare’s appeal to fans, even those that don’t usually follow horse racing, comes in part from her numerous accomplishments. In 20 lifetime races, Zenyatta won 19, falling short of perfection when she placed second in the 2010 Breeders Cup Classic, the final race of her career. But the other key piece in her popularity comes from her owner’s willingness to share her career with the public. Fans were often allowed to visit her at her home track, California’s Hollywood Park. Her owners and other connections, collectively known as Team Zenyatta, were given a special Eclipse Award for their public outreach efforts and the positive attention that they brought to Thoroughbred racing.
Even in retirement, Zenyatta’s fans stay up to date with her day-to-day life by reading her daily blog at Zenyatta.com. That blog was where the news of her colt’s arrival was released late on Thursday night. Shortly after the news reached Facebook, Zenyatta.com crashed from the heavy influx of traffic.
To view a photo of Zenyatta’s colt, visit www.zenyatta.com/diary/diary-post-454