Zenyatta, whose “unbelievable” 2009 Breeder’s Cup Classic win inspired horse racing fans worldwide, is now the center of some unbelievably sad news: Her youngest foal has died following a tragic accident.
With her ground-devouring strides and dramatic come-from-behind finishes, 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta captured the hearts – and the imagination – of the horse racing world. After retiring from horse racing in 2010, the striking dark bay began her new career as a mother. But the horse racing world is stunned this morning after the death of her weanling daughter, affectionately known as Z Princess, was announced last night.
According to the Blood Horse, the weanling War Front filly was euthanized following a paddock accident at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky. The team behind Zenyatta, headed by her owners, Jerry and Ann Moss, announced the devastating news on Zenyatta.com last night:
We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Zenyatta’s filly, affectionately nicknamed Z Princess. She was a member of our family and had just begun to make her mark on the world. This is a heartbreaking loss for those who knew and loved her.”
Lane’s End Farm general manager Mike Cline stated that Z Princess was humanely euthanized on the night of Oct. 28 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.
The following statement was issued from Lane’s End Farm:
It is with a heavy heart that I must report the death of the 2014 War Front / Zenyatta weanling filly. She was humanely euthanized last night at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital after a paddock accident on the farm.
As caretakers of these Thoroughbreds, we collectively mourn the loss of this beautiful filly.
On behalf of the Farish family and the entire staff at Lane’s End Farm, our condolences go out to Jerry and Ann, Team Zenyatta and all the great fans who support Zenyatta.
General Manager of Lane’s End Farm
Zenyatta.com has asked for “all messages of love and condolences be sent to the Zenyatta office. Team Z would like to lessen the load on Lane’s End Farm and their dedicated staff. Thank you for all of your love and support during this difficult time.”
Condolences can be sent to:
300 E. 54th St. #27A
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