Zenyatta’s 2016 Foal Has Passed Away

Photo: Kyle Acebo for Team Zenyatta

Zenyatta’s 2016 colt by War Front has passed. He was born on April 10, 2016. Photo: Kyle Acebo for Team Zenyatta

VERSAILLES, KY — (April 13, 2016) 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. His death occurred at approximately 9:00 am this morning 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.

Update — 5:30 pm
Zenyatta has returned to the field that is her original home at Lane’s End. She has been paired with the mare Vixana, who is also owned by Jerry and Ann Moss. Zenyatta and Vixana are the same age, and they trained together under John Shirreffs at Barn 55. The two are becoming reacquainted and have already shared a drink at the water bowl.

Zenyatta, turned out with Vixana, Ann Moss by her side.

Zenyatta, turned out with Vixana, Ann Moss by her side.


  1. Dear Mary, Kim and Z Fans:

    The address published in Blood Horse to send condolences for the loss of Z Princess was Zenyatta.com, 300 E. 54th St. #27A, New York, NY 10022. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Oh, that’s right. Thanks for the reminder.

      1. Dear Linda:

        You’re so welcome. Love and Hugs, JB

      2. Thank you for the address. But, do you think its current now, at this time still?
        I am going to do a donation in baby colt’s memory. We can help retired horses and mistreated ones, in his memory. Love to all, prayers to all. Its so sad

        1. Dear Mary:

          I think that address is their official business address, but just to be sure; you might want to email info@zenyatta.com and ask where to send cards of condolence. Hope this helps. Love and Hugs, JB

        2. Tell queen zenyatta I sorry for her first lost of her first fold in note it is hard for you right now but you will get though this so your head up and down let get you down you still got two to take care of some hold your head up u have to be the sring for them it will be alright. I’m going to be there for you and your team.

  2. Dear Z, COZ, ZI and DC:

    Goodnight. Love you. Hugs, JB

    Z Princess, Dubai, Baby Z, will always love you.

  3. Dear Sheena and Z Fans:

    Let’s all pray for Z and the Moss’. All our prayers together will help them bear the weight of their sorrow. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, PC, HT, Cap, Herc, Frank, Bentley and all the Sweeties

    1. Yes dear Judy lest’s pray for our Zenyatta
      and her wonderful owners.
      We love you now and forever.

    2. Dear Judy,
      Have been keeping Zenny and her ‘boys’, Jerry and Ann Moss, John and Dottie Sheriffs, the people at Lanes End and you and all Zenny’s fans in our prayers since we read the news. Thank you for emphasizing this important part of our lives – prayer. Love to you and to everyone on Zenny’s website. Seems to be almost all we can think about.
      with love, Elizabeth PS Judy, always love your kindness, wisdom and thoughtfulness. Truly a comfort. Thank you again

    3. To the wonderful Ann Moss and Zenyatta. My thoughts are with you in this sad time and always,

  4. Dear Judy.Yes,indeed.I pray for Zenyatta each night and her lost babies.I know she will recover and be strong again.I also pray for all animals who have been abused or neglected.We know Zenyatta has loving owners and carers.
    Poor Betsy is facing 2 ops next week her leg is the real worry she is so calm and quiet when they dress her wounds.We are expecting eggs at the Dyfi this weekend!Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT Cap Hercules Frank Bentley and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Ingrid, Elizabeth and Sheena:

      Love and Hugs, JB

  5. Zen I love you honey. Hold on be strong. All your fans feel your loss. Brigit Paul
    (Ontario, Canada)

  6. Dear lovely momma Zenyatta, I missed saying goodnight last night. I have been thinking and praying for you and your special owners Ann and Jerry. I only hope perhaps you understood that your new baby was not well when he past. God will lift you up again, you have so many of us that love you and your owners.
    I love you Z from the bottom of my heart and pray for your contentment.
    love you with kisses and to every son and daughter
    I will always. Goodnight with sweet dreams,
    Auntie Sally B

  7. Thank-you for your reply z13rulz for your reply, and your right, Zenyatta looks at peace, and she has all this love following her way!!

  8. I am so very sorry for the Mosses and especially for Zenyatta.i hope they won’t breed to War Front again. He has too many links in his pedigree with Native Dancer I believe and I think their blood doesn’t blend well maybe. I have a friend who when she was married to her first husband she would have horrific pregnancies. It turned out that it was the combining of the 2 blood types. Maybe it’s the same with horses. But aside from that I am grieving for another loss for Zenyatta who is such a great mom.

  9. I echo the thoughts and prayers from others – I want express my deepest thoughts and prayers of thanks and sympathy to Jerry and Ann an of course to Zenyatta – I cannot imagine the emotions – I wish upon my stars that the hearts are healed – that the goodness survives – Jerry and Ann are admirable

    My deepest sympathy
    My heart felt Thanks
    My best wishes for the future

    You are exceptional


  10. Dear Zenyatta and family,
    Thoughts and prayers still being sent to all of you with sincere wishes that you will be comforted by the knowledge that we love you.
    Bless you all.

    Hugs and Love

  11. Dear Zenyatta,

    Please know that you & your family are still in my prayers.

    I pray that all the love shown here for all of you will help you through this difficult time. We are united in being there for you in the best way we can-through our thoughts and prayers. May all of you draw the strength you need from us until you emerge from this grief process to happiness part of life again.

    May God hold you close, dear Zenyatta and family.

    Donna, Amy & Cappy

  12. To Kathy,

    How are you doing with hearing of the loss of Zenaytta’s foal so soon after you gave your Holly the ultimate gift of love? I have been thinking of you and keeping you & your family in my prayers as well.

    Amy & Cappy

    1. Dear Donna Z,

      I’m devastated as is everyone else here. Still miss my Holly. I brought her ashes home. I have to keep things in perspective. Holly had 14 1/2 years. This precious colt had no life at all. So very sad. I will bring back the Devotionals once everyone has had time to mourn. I thank you so much for your prayers.

      Love and hugs, Kathy XOXO

  13. “At the end of your life-path is an entrance to heaven. Only I know when you will reach that destination, but I am preparing you for it each step of the way. The absolute certainty of your heavenly home gives you Peace and Joy to help you along your journey. You know that you will reach your home in My perfect timing: not one moment too soon or too late. Let the hope of heaven encourage you as you walk along the path of Life with Me.” I believe there are animals in heaven also.
    All we can do now is to continue our prayers for everyone involved in Zenyatta’s life and know that her sweet and special little Z Prince is now safely in heaven.
    With love and special thanks to everyone for all they have done and continue to do for
    Zenyatta and her family.

  14. Miss Zenyatta, I love you. Wish more than anything that I could just give you a big southern hug. I know we would both feel better.

  15. It has been a few days now. The sadness is still strong, the compassion for all of her connections is stronger and the love for Zenyatta is strongest of all..

  16. I am so sad to hear of this news and I had no idea that she had 4 babies since retiring…I was always in love with that mare….actually I have a Mare and love her as well….I hope to God these babies and young offspring of Zenyatta never ever turn up at a horse slaughter like most do….I would love to adopt any one of her babies….
    Thank You….~Anna~

  17. Don’t think Zenyatta’s offspring will ever be anything but loved and well cared for. Ann and Jerry love Zenny and her “kids” and will see to their welfare all of their lives. Also, there are a bunch of Aunties out here who are helping to keep watch over the kids.

  18. Was hoping to see a post from Team Zenyatta about how Queen Z is doing. Praying that her physical and mental health are improving after her tragic loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with all that love The Queen and her family.

  19. A fabulous win for Vicente in the Scottish Grand National today at Ayr.Trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Sammy TD Paul is now back in the lead for the trainer’s title with a week to go.It isn’t over til’ the fat lady sings.A very sad postscript Golden Chieftain broke down and died.Too bad his jockey never thought of pulling him up when he made an error.RIP brave boy.Sheena

  20. Poor Zenyatta, she’s already lost Princess Z

  21. @Z13Rulz

    Scrolling through comments and you answered the question(page 4) I was most curious about, the handling of Z saying her ‘goodbyes’…Thank you for the explanation. Much appreciated.

  22. Sorry for your loss. Sad day for a beautiful colt.

    I have mentioned several times abot her b ein bred to American Pharaoh. Can you please respond to this.
    Thank you
    GOD bless.

  23. Sorry about the spelling. ( about her being bred to)

  24. so sorry beautiful Zenyatta and baby. Life just isn’t fair. I too hope they don’t breed her to War Front again. I just saw a special on him, and his ferrier said he would just as soon kill you as not. Trainer also said he was a mean SOB…..American Pharoah would be a wonderful match. Lots of speed in the beginning, she has lots at the end. We love you Zenny. You will forever be one of my favourite horses, and I have twins (horses) of my own.

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