Even though both 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta give up to produce a new generation of champions, their rivalry continues.
Recently after Rachel Alexandra’s owners proclaimed that she was pregnant, Zenyatta was also confirmed to be ‘in foal’. Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs, wife of trainer John Shirreffs and the racing manager for owners Ann and Jerry Moss, made the declaration ‘in character’ as the superstar mare on ‘her’ website at Zenyatta.com. The 7 year old Zenyatta was bred to 2006 Preakness Stakes winner Bernardini 14 days ago and the pregnancy was discovered on Thursday morning after a routine ultrasound.
Zenyatta’s website regularly features opinions attributed to the mare written by Ingordo-Shirreffs. Here’s how ‘she’ give the big new:
I guess my guys at the farm could not wait a moment longerand they scanned me this morning. I really want to share the news with you!
I AM IN FOAL!
This is my 15 day examine! From what I am told, everything looks fabulous and solid. The embryo looks to be a good size. So, at present, everything is WONDERFUL!
I will be rescanned at about 28 days and if that is all A-OK, my next scan will be at the 40-42 day time period from the date I was bred. As Dottie describe to you earlier, the latter scan is truly very important. If all is correct at that time, then I am pretty well on my way in my pregnancy. This is all so exciting and so new to me! I JUST LOVE IT!
As Zenyatta/IngordoShirreffs notes, she’ll receive another ultrasound in a pair of weeks followed by other scan around 42 days. These timeframes are model for broodmares since miscarriages and false pregnancies aren’t exceptional. If these scans are both positive, there’s a much better chance that she’ll be competent to carry the pregnancy to term. Or, as ‘Zenyatta’ put it:
HOOVES CROSSED for the news on my next scan to be just at POSITIVE!
Zenyatta now stands at Lane’s End Farm near Versaille, Kentucky. Sire Bernardini is owned by Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum and set at Darley Stud at Jonabell Farm in Lexington. Rachel Alexandra is owned by Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke, and was mated to Preakness and Breeder’s Cup Classic winner Curlin who they also own.
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