Thursday, January 27, 2011

And the lucky stallion is...

...Bernardini! I read this morning that Zenyatta is going to be bred to Bernardini, who looks to be a worthy match. If you want to read about him, Wikipedia has a good article. His sire is A.P. Indy (yes, the horse that sired all those other A.P. horses you hear about), grandsire is Seattle Slew, and great-grandsire (sire's dam's sire) is Secretariat. He won numerous G1 stakes in 2006, including the Preakness and the Jockey Club Gold Cup. He also (like Zenyatta) took second place at Churchill Downs in the Breeders Cup Classic in 2006.

The Thoroughbred Times website has an article about the breeding decision, as well as a contest - name the hypothetical Bernardini-Zenyatta foal! The person who picks the best name (as decided by their editorial board) gets a prize package of Zenyatta memorabilia. (Sorry, I don't think they will name the actual foal by that method, though. ;) ) My entry was Bernardatto for a colt, and Bernardatta or Bernardatte for a filly. Sort of a take-off on the name Bernadette. :) Several people suggested Zendini...but that's not really taking off for me. Sounds too silly, I think.

Anyway, that's all the latest news on the Zenyatta front. I hope this foal of hers turns out to be something great!

Note: I just watched some of Bernardini's races on YouTube. He was amazing!! Check out the 2006 Withers, Travers, Jim Dandy, Preakness, and Jockey Club Gold Cup. Very different running style from Zenyatta - he was usually on or near the lead, and won going away, by anywhere from 3 to 10 lengths.


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