Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year and first mare to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, gave birth last night to her first foal, a 130-pound colt.
The dark bay colt was born at around 10:10 p.m. local time at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, according to the horse’s website. Zenyatta and the newborn are both healthy, according to the post.
The colt, whose name wasn’t given, is the son of Bernardini, winner of the 2006 Preakness Stakes. Owners Ann and Jerry Moss were on the farm for the birth, according to the website.
The winner of 19 of her 20 races, Zenyatta won the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic, North America’s richest thoroughbred horse race. She retired in November 2010 with career earnings of more than $7.3 million, at the time a North American record for a filly or mare.
Zenyatta was first bred to Bernardini in February 2011, but a routine scan last March revealed she had lost the pregnancy, according to the Daily Racing Form. She was bred again to Bernardini in April.
Zenyatta is the second former Horse of the Year to give birth to her first foal this year, the Daily Racing Form said. On Jan. 22, Rachel Alexandra, who won the honor in 2009, delivered a 125-pound colt sired by Curlin.
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