Kicking Off A Big Week…

Happy Wednesday!

We hope you are all having fun this summer. 12Z certainly is! He has grown quite a bit, and he now spends much of his time socializing and playing with other colts.

Alys sent us these photos of 12Z having a great time with his buddies–and mom!

Check back this week for the next Ask The Experts post plus an exciting announcement.

-Team Z

Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End

Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End

Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End

Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End

Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End

Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End

Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End

Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End

Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End


  1. Rachel’s colt is now Jess’s Dream! He was after-all.

    1. Dear Pati:

      Thank you for the info on Taco’s official name. Good choice. Hugs, JB

    2. Loved the exuberance of Zboy and Zenyatta. Such joy.
      You’d know him by the ears, wouldn’t you.? g

  2. Stonestreet Farm on FB posted:
    It’s JESS’S DREAM! (toasting with his glass of water!)
    Congrats to Samuel Bucholtz of Chino, CA–our contest winner!
    He and one friend will be flown out to stay for a weekend on the farm!

    1. What a befitting name for him. But he’ll always be Taco to me.:) I thought they said Thor Stables won!

      1. He is our little Taco. If I ever am lucky enough to watch him race….I’ll be cheering for him by saying, Go Taco Go!

        1. I agree, he is Taco…and what about Chili, not too proud to say I fell in love with him. Taco & Chili, too cute.

        2. Chili will be the next Triple Crown winner.

  3. Beautiful pictures. Thank you. What a handsome colt young Z is. He looks very balanced and athletic, and I certainly can see a lot of his mom in him.

    1. Yes, he reminds me of Zenyatta as well! He sure looks full of energy!

  4. I have a random name idea. c:

    “Fly with Me”
    “Fly with Z” XP


    1. I like that!!! Both of them!

  5. What a beautiful boy! And mom looks great as usual. Thanks so much for the pixs.

  6. What a Handsome boy lol :)

  7. omg they really grow fast. Its great to see them playing but should zee be doing those gymnastic moves?

    1. And how do you propose they prevent her from leaping for joy? Hmm?

  8. Richards Kid set a new track record in the cougar II!!!

    1. Dear Pati:

      Thanks for the info on Richard’s Kid setting a new record in the Cougar. Love this boy. He won the Pacific Classic in 2009 and 2010 with Mikey aboard both times and he closes (like you know who). What exciting races. Here’s the video of today’s win. Click on Race 7. Hugs, JB

      1. Oops.

        Here’s the link to the replay.

        1. Here’s Richard’s Kid winning the 2009 and 2010 Pacific Classic with Mikey aboard both times. Hugs, JB


    1. They had a drawing. Everyone who suggested it was entered. It was the most frequently suggested name, submitted by a few hundred people.

  10. GREAT photos! Z’s got a big belly and butt now, but she can still buck really high! All the colts look so athletic, and they all look so happy. Very cool update:)

  11. What a fantastic looking colt he is!! Oh how I wish they had bred to Bernardini again. I just have a feeling about this combination. I love the way so much of Zenyatta was transferred to the foal. He has so much of her “look” and presence.

  12. Did we miss the big announcement?

  13. Who is that beautiful grey colt in the background?!

    1. Spooky’s boy, probably.

  14. Wow! He has gotten so big!*Sniffs.* He grew up so fast!!


  16. What a gorgeous colt! And Mom looks like she’s having a blast!

  17. Thank you so much Alys. I enjoy seeing Zenyatta and her fine young man. He has that “special something”, just like his mama. So much fun seeing them together, and to know the great care they receive. its written all over him..he is a future champion. Zenny will always be my favorite one though. I appreciate you so much.

  18. Thank you Alys, the pictures are just too good! Z12, has his mamas spirit, its written all over him..a future champion. When I think of the good care they get it makes me smile. I appreciate the time you take, to keep us, Zenny fans informed about her, and her family.Love ya Alys

  19. I keep thinking of names–anybody else doing this? Latest: Z Prince. After all, his mom is the Queen.

  20. What beautiful pictures! Zenyatta and Bernardini have a very special son who will one day, be a great racehorse like them…setting many records himself.

  21. Dear Zenyatta, 12Z and all Lane’s End staff,
    Hope you have had a nice Saturday and that your Sunday will be marvellous.
    Stay cool and enjoy your paddock friends!

  22. “Splendour in the grass.”


  23. When I see them, or any horse, buck now…I think it is not just for happiness, but good for their heart circulation…keep on kickin’. Lisag

  24. I have had a very fun and busy summer too!! 12Z looks so grand with his beautiful mom Z!! He surely has grown. These pictures are stunning Alys! LOVE them!! Just to be around them would be a dream come true. Thank you for sharing them with all of us. Zenyatta looks so healthy; kicking up her legs she is still in such awesome shape!!
    Sending my love & kisses on her soft nose to my forever one of a kind horse, Zenyatta and kisses for 12Z.

  25. i cant believe the mark on his forehead has turned into a perfect diamond! it was so fuzzy before, but now it is clear as a bell!. he is growing so fast and i think he’s going to be a real runner with his Mom teaching him!

  26. I suspect the big news coming later this week is Zenyatta is having twins.


    1. Now that would be some news! ;-)

  27. To All: There is still room on the BC Fantasy league – Zentastic – to join in time for the 1st race – the Whitney Stakes on Saturday 8/4.

  28. What great photos! Mama Z is having fun and look at Mama’s Boy! Can’t wait to see him on the track.

  29. Thank you for sharing just the greatest pictures!
    Absolutely love them!

  30. I would give my eye teeth to work at that farm! LOL
    Thanks for posting these great pics!