An official Equineline mare produce record indicated late Wednesday that Zenyatta has lost her 2018 foal by Into Mischief. Equineline noted the foal, which had been due this spring, has been aborted.
Zenyatta's connections updated her blog Friday morning, revealing the abortion happened mid-April and was caused by low grade placentitis which caused “premature placental separation.”
“Zenyatta has bounced back well and is enjoying the spring sunshine in her paddock,” the entry read. “The staff at Lane's End Farm continues to give Zenyatta the best care possible, and for that we are incredibly grateful.”
Placentitis is a condition estimated to impact 3 to 5 percent of pregnancies in Thoroughbreds and is characterized by the inflammation of the placenta, usually due to infectious bacteria. An information sheet from the American Association of Equine Practitioners explains mares with placentitis may or may not suffer from a systemic infection, depending upon the type of placentitis they contract. This means a mare may not show general symptoms of infection like fever or reduced appetite. The most common symptom of placentitis is premature lactation, which is difficult to identify as “premature” if she is close to her due date. Other signs could include vaginal discharge and a thickened placental wall visible on ultrasound.
Hall of Famer and multiple Eclipse Award champion Zenyatta has lost several foals in various circumstances since producing her first two in 2012 and 2013. A 2014 filly by War Front died as a weanling after suffering a pasture accident. Zenyatta was not bred for the 2015 foaling season, and her 2016 War Front died a few days after birth from meconium aspiration syndrome.
Her 2017 foal, a filly by Medaglia d'Oro, has not yet been named.
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