The newborn colt of Zenyatta has died, the owners of the champion mare announced Wednesday.
Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year, foaled the War Front colt at Lane’s End Farm at 9:24 p.m. Sunday. Though the birth was without complication, Zenyatta and the colt were taken to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital for observation after the foal was born meconium stained.
Meconium is the first manure produced by a foal and is made up of amniotic fluid and other material the foal swallowed while in the uterus. Meconium staining is an occasional event at foaling in which aspiration can occur, irritating the lungs.
“It is with heavy hearts that Team Zenyatta and Lane’s End Farm must announce the passing of Zenyatta’s 2016 foal by War Front,” Zenyatta.com, the website overseen by owners Ann and Jerry Moss, posted. “His death occurred at approximately 9:00 am this morning (Wednesday) due to complications of meconium aspiration syndrome. We express our deep gratitude to Dr. Peter Morresey and the professionals at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital who worked tirelessly to support the mare and foal. Zenyatta is in good health and back home at Lane’s End Farm.”
Zenyatta’s broodmare career has been hit with heartache before. In October 2014, her weanling filly by War Front was euthanized after a paddock accident at Lane’s End.
Zenyatta has produced two other live foals, Cozmic One, her first foal by Bernardini foaled in 2012 and Ziconic, a colt by Tapit foaled in 2013. The 12-year-old daughter of Street Cry did not produce a foal in 2015.