LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The fourth foal of champion thoroughbred Zenyatta has died this morning at Lane’s End Farm, the champion mare’s team announced via the Zenyatta.com website this morning.

The colt, by the stallion War Front, was born Sunday night, and Zenyatta and the new foal were taken to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital for observation after he was born meconium stained. Meconium is the first manure produced by a foal, which can include a number of fluids aspirated by the foal during birth. Those fluids can cause lung irritations.

“For the most part Zenyatta’s foaling was uneventful and by the book," a blog post at the Zenyatta.com said. "However the foal was born meconium stained. Meconium staining is an occasional event at foaling in which aspiration can occur, irritating the lungs. As a precaution and on the recommendation of the attending veterinarians, both mare and foal were taken to the clinic for close observation and treatment."

Unfortunately, the resulting respiratory issues were too much for the foal.

“It is with heavy hearts that Team Zenyatta and Lane’s End Farm must announce the passing of Zenyatta’s 2016 foal by War Front,” a blog post at Zenyatta.com announced this morning. “His death occurred at approximately 9:00 am this morning (Wednesday) due to complications of meconium aspiration syndrome. We express our deep gratitude to Dr. Peter Morresey and the professionals at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital who worked tirelessly to support the mare and foal. Zenyatta is in good health and back home at Lane’s End Farm.”

Zenyatta, who won 19 consecutive races and lost only once during her racing career, was the first female to win the Breeders' Cup Classic. She also lost a War Front weanling two years ago when he was euthanized after an accident in the paddock. She has two other live offspring, Cozmic One and Ziconic.

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