Saturday, March 10, 2012

Zenyatta New Mom

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — Zenyatta gave birth to a newly born colt yesterday.

The former Horse of the Year foaled a dark bay colt shortly after 10 p.m. EST Thursday at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky., where Zenyatta has lived since retiring in November 2010. The colt weighed 130 pounds and resembles his mother with a white star on his forehead and white dots on his left front hoof.

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She and the colt were said to be doing well Friday. The colt was sired by 2006 Preakness winner Bernardini. Zenyatta won 19 of 20 races in her career. She became pregnant last June after a miscarriage in her first mating session with Bernardini.

Owners Jerry and Ann Moss said Friday that Zenyatta is encouraging her baby, who they say is already showing his mother's spirit.

A posting Friday on Zenyatta's website, which is written as if from her, said: "I am one who likes to lick. It is a habit I developed somewhere along the way in my life. As you may remember, I used to lick my (groom) Mario's face all of the time after I won a race. Thus, licking my dear foal seems like second nature to me."


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ellabrowne23 said...

Just like human, animals can also give birth and multiply, just like the case of Zenyatta, a former Horse of the Year, who gave birth. It is good to hear that for maybe someday this colt can be as good as her mother and be also a Horse of the Year. Congratulations to Zenyatta and to her owners, Jerry and Ann Moss!

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