Queen of Racing Gives Birth to a Princess

May 17, 2020

Zenyatta with her Candy Ride filly

Credit: Alys Emson/Lane’s End Farm

Zenyatta delivered a healthy filly by Candy Ride early Sunday morning, May 17. Lane’s End posted an announcement on her website  that stated the following: 

“Zenyatta gave birth to a chestnut filly by Candy Ride this morning at Lane’s End Farm. The foal, Zenyatta’s sixth, arrived at 5:40 a.m. ET, weighing 148 lbs. She has one hind sock and a star.

Zenyatta and her filly are both in excellent health following an easy delivery. It brings us such joy to see them bonding in their paddock on this beautiful day.

We would like to express a sincere thank you to Zenyatta’s veterinary team and staff at Lane’s End for their dedication to the wellbeing of Zenyatta and her new foal.”

The 16-year-old mare has resided at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky., since she was retired from racing in 2010. Candy Ride, the sire of champions Gun Runner, Game Winner, and Shared Belief stands stud at Lane’s End.

Zenyatta has produced three previous registered foals. Her first two, Cozmic One by Bernardini and Ziconic by Tapit, were born in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Both have been retired to second careers as off-track Thoroughbreds.

Zellda, Zenyatta’s 3-year-old filly by Medaglia d’Oro, is in training with John Shirreffs at Santa Anita Park. She has turned in three workouts since mid-March and last worked a half-mile in :49 2/5 on May 9.

Zellda was Zenyatta’s first foal since she lost two by War Front. Zenyatta aborted an Into Mischief foal in 2018 before being bred to Candy Ride the following year. 

Trained by Shirreffs for Jerry and Ann Moss, Zenyatta collected broke the set the record for consecutive wins in North America at 17 surpassing Cigar. The impressive mare also achieved three Eclipse Awards as champion older mare, a Horse of the Year title in 2010, victories in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1), 17 stakes with 13 grade 1 wins, and over $7.3 million in earnings.

Zenyatta was sired by Street Cry (IRE), who also sired 2007 Kentucky Derby-winner Street Sense, Australian Horse of the Year Winx, and 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking. Zenyatta is out of Vertigineux, and is a half-sister to multiple Grade I winner Balance.

Owner Jerry Moss named her after the album Zenyatta Mondatta, by The Police, who were signed to his A&M Records.

For updates about Zenyatta and her new filly visit www.zenyatta.com.

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