The newborn foal born to champion US racemare Zenyatta on Sunday night has died at only three days old.
Born at Lane’s End farm in Kentucky, the foal by War Front was born with meconium staining, an occasional event at foaling in which aspiration can occur, irritating the lungs.
On the recommendation of the attending veterinarians, both mare and foal were taken to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital for observation and treatment.
He had been in good spirits and moving around, according to Team Zenyatta. But sadly, the foal was unable to overcome his respiratory issues.
Zenyatta’s connections said: “It is with heavy hearts that Team Zenyatta and Lane’s End Farm must announce the passing of Zenyatta’s 2016 foal.
“His death occurred at approximately 9am 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 won 19 races in a row including 17 consecutive victories in graded stakes events, 13 of those grade one. She was the 2010 Horse of the Year.
Her 2014 filly, also by War Front, died in a paddock accident as a weanling. She has two other foals, Cozmic One (by Bernardini) and Ziconic (by Tapit), both of whom are racing.