Champion Thoroughbred racing mare Zenyatta’s 2016 colt by War Front died on April 13 at 2 days old. Lane’s End Farm released the following statement:
“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. His death occurred at approximately 9 a.m. this morning 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.”
Meconium, a foal’s first manure, is typically passed during the first 12 to 24 hours of life. However, it can be expelled while a foal is still in the uterus. If this happens, a foal can aspirate feces during its first breaths. Meconium aspiration can lead to severe pnemonium, systemic infection, and death.