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.

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  1. This is very sad news.
    Deepest sympathy to all at Team Z, especially Ann and Jerry Moss.
    Zenyatta will get over this faster than anyone, but it is so reassuring to see the photo of her in the pasture with Ann.
    Much Love,
    EllenR

  2. This just breaks my heart! RIP Lil Warrior, you have Z Princess to welcome you in the heavens above, as well as your grand-dam Vertingeaux and your handsome dam sire Street Cry. Run free precious one!

    My deepest sympathy to Ann and Jerry Moss, all of Team Z and Lane’s End.

  3. Dear Zenny and Team Z and Zenny’s Fan Family,
    We love you. Such sadness over the loss of your foal, Zenny. Thank you Dr. Morresey and your staff. So thankful Zenny you came through safely, and now you have your friend, Vixana, with you. with much love, Elizabeth

  4. Z I love you and sorry your baby got sick. I wish I could come and give you another hug and peppermint
    Love Addeston

  5. I’m truly at a loss of words and can’t express the sadness I have felt today. I’ve been a true fan and follower of Zenyatta for years, this is so hard as I have watched her baby grow within her womb for the past year and shared all the excitement. Thank you to Lane’s End for sharing for capturing so many great photos of Queen Z. My sincere condolences to Jerry & Ann Moss, friends, acquaintances, Lane’s End, Rood & Riddle staff and all that are feeling the loss of this beautiful foal.

  6. Sharing your sadness today …very tearful here . Holding you close in prayer. God bless you all . Hug Zenyatta for us .

  7. Hi Zenyatta. Sleep well tonight. I am thinking of you. I love you so much.

  8. Heartbreaking, absolutely heartbreaking.
    Such a profound and senseless loss.
    The sorrow Mrs. Moss and her husband must be feeling is unimaginable.
    I am so very sorry for their loss.

  9. So sorry for your loss. Such a beautiful foal. Given life for a moment, just enough time on earth to show her beauty to the world, make her way into the hearts who cared for her, and sent to faraway pastures. She will never know pain.

  10. Oh, goodness. That’s heartbreaking. I’m sorry, Zenny and the Moss family. What a tragic loss. Seems like the Zenyatta/War Front foals are doomed to never grow up! I’m sending lots of hugs and feelers to both Zenyatta and her human family.

  11. I know this must be so hard, but please Ann, stay with her and help her get through the next few days. God bless all of you who are there struggling through this time.

  12. Thank you for sharing the pic of Zenny and Ann. It warms my heart and lessons the pain just a little to know that our Queen is really okay and healthy.

  13. This has been such a down day after reading the news at noon. My sympathy to Ann and Jerry Moss, to Lane’s End Farm , the staff at Rood & Riddle and especially Zenyatta. She’s such a good mother, this must be hard for her. It’s good that Zenyatta is in a pasture with a former friend. When I read this foal was born in meconium stained fluid, my heart skipped a beat. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. QUEEN Z I’M SO VERY SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR NEW BABY BOY, I NO EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL AND IT’S A HOLE IN YOUR HEART THAT WILL NEVER BE FILLED. JUST NO YOUR LITTLE BABY BOY IS WITH YOUR LITTLE GIRL Z PRINCESS, THEY ARE BOTH WATCHING OVER YOU.
    TO THE MOSS’S I’M SO VERY SORRY AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU AND ZENYATTA AND THE WHOLE TEAM.
    RIP TINY ONE RUN IN THOSE BEAUTIFUL HEAVENS WITH YOUR BIG SISTER Z PRINCESS.

    1. Ditto. My heart is broken. Well said.

    2. Very well said Julie. Thank you. I feel the same.

  15. For a day you came to join us
    For a day we got to see
    The beauty of your preciousness
    For a day you got to be
    That special long awaited gift
    Of springtime in kentucky
    For a day you melted many hearts
    As you cuddled close to mommy
    For a day is never long enough
    When a day is all you have
    And the memory now is what is left
    Of a day we’ll not forget…..
    Days go by and time will pass
    But dear little colt we’ll remember ….
    The image of you two….
    For a day is all it took for us
    to fall in love with you!

    I am heartbroken…..Blessings to all …Hugs for you Z with love
    Julia B

    1. Beautiful. I am feeling so hollow inside, but your poem made me smile.
      Lynn

      1. Lynn I think we all are a bit in shock. these words just rolled out….glad they made you smile..i just saw the photos and of course fell in love…blessings :)

      2. Beautiful! You captured the feelings in thousands of hearts.

    2. Thank-you for this beautiful poem.
      We had that precious moment.

      1. Yes we did & we can cherish that precious moment thanks to the beautiful photos that captured a tender story :)

    3. Your poem is BEAUTIFUL and aptly expresses what I also feel in MY HEART. Thank you for stating this sad moment in time so well.

      1. Isnt amazing how we can be captivated so quickly that it breaks our heart when we’ve lost it….i can only imagine how devastated the Mosses are as well as everyone connected .

      2. Isnt it amazing how we can be captivated so quickly that it breaks our heart when we’ve lost it….i can only imagine how devastated the Mosses are as well as everyone connected .

    4. Dear j brown:

      So beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Love and Hugs, JB

    5. What a beautiful poem. Thank you for posting this.

    6. Beautifully said, Judy. Thank you, with love, Elizabeth

    7. j brown, thank you so much for such a lovely poem about a sweet, innocent little angel. Thank you.

    8. Dear J Brown,

      Thank you for expressing those beautiful sentiments. Your poem is beautiful. We all feel the same. Thank you.

    9. Such a beautiful poem for our Little Z Prince.

    10. Thank you, J Brown. Your poem is just what the doctor ordered as we ask, why, why, why.
      RIP baby boy.

    11. BEAUTIFUL POEM J BROWN. IT WAS VERY WELL SAID AND SO VERY TRUE! DO YOU MIND IF I SHARE YOUR POEM ON MY FACEBOOK TIMELINE? R BEALL.

      1. Oh yes feel free to repost…so sorry i havent been able to visit the blog in a while but i still think about about Z and sweet Little Z Prince . Blessings:)

    12. jBrown. We all share these feelings that you put so lovely into words of poetry. Beautiful.
      Sally B

    13. Well written; I know we all share their heartbreak. The tragedies this life does bring. I do hope she gets a big food reduction as her body may be in food production mode of which will not happen and could be dangerous to her health.

    14. Dear Julia B.,
      Absolutely beautiful!
      Thank you for posting this lovely poem and for expressing exactly how we felt and are feeling. One moment in time and in our hearts forever.

      Hugs and Love

    15. So beautiful…made me cry.

  16. So sorry Z !

  17. Two…this is very sad news. No words, I am truly sorry for everyone, he was beautiful.

  18. I’m so sorry for your loss & hope your sadness is tempered by those who care for you & Zenyatta.

  19. Lovely poem, Julia. It got me crying all over again. Zenyatta has been so kind to so many over the years – people & other horses. She shouldn’t have to endure such losses, but I know she will rebound with warmth, love & affection towards Vixana, future foals & her everloving human family. God put her on this earth to show us all the true meaning of love, friendship & compassion. Bless you Zenyatta!

    Carole J

    1. Zenyatta is one of a kind…she will soldier on Zenyatta style.I am glad Vixana is with her…she is loved!

      1. Beautifully said.

  20. Heartbreaking news. Keeping Mr and Mrs Moss and the Team in my prayers. And a big hug to the magical Zenyatta. Love KathyR

  21. Thank you for your update. We were so concerned about Zenyatta and are so devastated by her loss of foal. She is a champion and deserves the best. Please give her a carrot for every reason I can think of.

  22. This was very heartbreaking news from one that has followed Zenyatta all through these years. The good thing is that Z is okay and Ann is with her. The love between them is so beautiful and inspiring. My thoughts and prayers are with Ann and Jerry and all the good folks at Lane’s End who I’m sure are grieving as well. I will never forget that sweet face of her precious foal. Hugs to all.

  23. I’m numb…the sorrow for some reason I cannot quantify and am so deeply saddened. My heart goes out to Zenyatta, Mr. & Mrs. Moss and Team Zenyatta.

  24. Charles, Lynn, my heart goes out to you guys most. Any time we lose a baby, it hurts. This one bites big time. Love you guys. Am so so sorry. Karla

  25. So saddened to hear this. I feel heartbroken for Zenyatta and her Mom Ann Moss. So sad for all her human family. He was a beautiful boy and looked so much like Zenny. I hope she will be ok. I don’t know how horses grieve or how they deal with a loss. My prayers are with you all.
    With much love,
    Charlotte

  26. This is heartbreaking news. Sincere sympathy to Jerry, Ann, Zenyatta
    and everyone involved.

  27. Deepest sympathy for your loss. I know how you feel, having lost a much anticipated foal myself a few years back. Mares grieve too, so please give Z a pat and a hug for me, and for horse lovers everywhere.

  28. I’m so saddened by your loss..What a beautiful little one who we had the joy of sharing,even if it was just for a short time..My deepest condolences go out to the family and Queen Z..Can’t wait to miss this very special lady one day..

  29. So sorry to hear this. How is Zenyatta doing?

  30. I am so very sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to you all…The Moss’s for their kindness in sharing our girl and her life with us, the good and the bad…The staff at Lane’s End and Z’s Vets that work so hard for all they’r Little and Big one’s they watch over so diligently…I know my heart is breaking and I can’t even imagine what you all are going through right now…;=)))

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