Horse racing

Zenyatta loses foal; Bernardini to try again

Not uncommonfor maiden mares

awincze@herald-leader.comMarch 30, 2011 

Champion mare Zenyatta is no longer in foal, Lane's End Farm confirmed Tuesday after her 35-day check.

Lane's End, where Zenyatta is boarded, said the 7-year-old daughter of Street Cry was in good order physically and will be bred back to Darley stallion Bernardini in about a week.

Zenyatta was initially bred to Bernardini — a son of A.P. Indy — on Feb. 23 and was scanned in foal at the 15-day check.

Losing a foal is not uncommon for maiden mares and does not necessarily indicate any physical problems or long-term complications.

"It is unfortunate, and it's newsworthy because it's Zenyatta, but we breed a lot of mares here, and it happens quite frequently, especially with maiden mares," said Lane's End farm manager Mike Cline. "It usually doesn't cause any long-lasting issues. My guess is that if everything goes right, we'll have her bred back in about a week or so. She should get right back in foal, fingers crossed."

Zenyatta is not the first noteworthy mare to not have her first attempt at pregnancy take. Azeri, the 2002 Horse of the Year, did not get in foal her first season in 2006 but has produced four live foals since.

"Zenyatta is healthy, she's settled in, and she's doing great," Cline said.

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Zenyatta was retired at the end of last season with 19 wins from 20 career starts with her lone defeat coming to fellow champion Blame in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.

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