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Breeders' Cup 2017

Zenyatta: Playing Matchmaker

With the official announcement that Zenyatta has been retired from racing, it's time for her to move on to a new role in her life, producing little Zens. Jerry and Ann Moss haven't announced which stallion she will be bred to, but it's a fun topic to discuss.


Is her perfect mate at Lane's End Farm, where the great race mare will be boarded or does she need to hop on van to find the ideal stud?


What stallion suits Zenyatta best genetically and which one suits her best conformationally? Since this blog is about the auction business, which stallion would provide her with the most commercially appealing foal, should the Mosses decide to sell one of her offspring.

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I really thought Ghostzapper would have been a great choice. His speed, and his ability to come from behind or go wire to wire....and he is one handsome beast! But Bernardini is no donkey. Congrats.
The pamplemouse and bring the baby along slowly like John did with Zenyatta! She has been stabled with him for 3yrs at Hollywood Park.
  • dunia19 · I really thought Ghostzapper would have been a great choice. His speed, and his ability to come from behind or go wire to wire....and he is one handsome beast! But Bernardini is no donkey. Congrats. · 2457 days ago
What about Pleasantly Perfect with Affirmed in the bloodline and he's already at Lane's End!
reality is the first cousin of parimutuel and race understanding
Humphrey stop bringing me down with facts..I'm having fun......Zen Warrior:)
many champion mares produce littel to nothing, so the theoretical is a hope unjustified for the most part.
Truly think they need to go with a proven sire as it is "The Queen" after all. I think she should go with an "Older Man" and boy I think Afleet Alex (my fav of all time) could be kinda interesting all in all.
Eskendereyatta:)
Afleet Alex+ Zenyatta would have to be an amazing foal! Or Tiznow, brought along slowly and hoping its not too huge!
The Bernadini thing,, ugg... Why not Blane, I agree. Curlin and hers' wouldn't fit in a gate. LOL
Giants Causeway
An outcross to a sire from Australia or South America would give hybrid vigor to the offspring...That is needed.
Bring on Bernadini!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My second choice would be Giants Causeway.....
My second choice would be Giants Causeway!!!!!!!!!!
Bring on Bernadini!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Breed her to BLAME, why not? BUT... I would love to see her and SUNDAY SILENCE
Too bad Zenyatta can't have a filly by Maria's Mon (sadly, deceased)--the foal would have been named Zenyatta Mondatta!
It would be best to breed her with a stallion on the smaller side, to try to tone down her size a bit. Zenyatta's family also had a few soundness issues, so she would want a durable mate who didn't retire from soundness problems.
Full siblings to champions Secretariat, Ribot and Norther Dancer would have been lucky to beat a fat man down a hill as a review of the top 50 highest priced yearlings can attest. "Breed the best to the best and HOPE (as it is all pure luck) for the best," are the old breeder's watch words
Zenyatta+curlin=triple crown

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