It’s a Boy! for Zenyatta

By Adele

At 10:10 p.m. on March 8, Zenyatta gave birth to a 130-lb. bouncing baby colt. His father is Bernardini, but the boy looks just like his mother.

Like mother, like son. (Photo - Ann Moss)

Both Zenyatta and Bernardini are former Horses of the Year, so the little guy has plenty of good genes on both sides.

Bernardini was the horse who won the Preakness Stakes in 2006. That was the infamous race where the favorite, Barbaro, sustained a leg injury that proved fatal in spite of his heroic, year-long effort to heal.

Motherhood really seems to agree with Zenyatta. I’ve never seen her looking so contented. Soon she’ll be dancing around the paddock, teaching her little guy her special moves.

If you’ll remember, the rival Zenyatta never raced, Rachel Alexandra, also gave birth to a colt on January 22, who still hasn’t been named. Stone Street Farm, where he lives with Rachel, ran a contest but haven’t announced a winner yet.

Here’s some video of Rachel romping with her colt.

Now that their racing rivalry is over, I hope Zenyatta and Rachel can soon set up play dates for their boys. Then they can sit back and reminisce about their racing days, when Zenyatta was Queen of the West Coast while Rachel ruled in the East.

We wish Zenyatta and her colt the best!

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5 Responses to It’s a Boy! for Zenyatta

  1. Noel McWormald says:

    How cute is that colt? If even the little ones couldn’t crush me with one step, I’d hang out
    at the track.

  2. Bacardi1 says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! I’ve foaled out 3 of my own, & they’re particularly adorable at that stage.

  3. adele says:

    Adele, Zenyatta is certainly the cool customer, looking so happy and composed so shortly after giving birth. And her boy is her spitting image.

    Truth to tell, I was kind of hoping that both Zenyatta and Rachel would give birth to fillies, to pass along their talent to more females. But maybe their boys will have little sisters sometime fairly soon.

    Looking forward to an interview with Zenyatta soon.I expect her little guy’s first steps will be dance steps.

  4. catsworking says:

    Adele, I was hoping for girls, too. But I guess it’s good that the first-borns are sons so they can look after their moms in old age.

  5. Zappa's mom says:

    What an adorable baby!

    ZM

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