No doubt, Jerry and Ann Moss have ideas of their own about which stallion best suits their great mare, but we denizens of the blogosphere who have watched and cheered and posted about Zenyatta are happy speculators in this fascinating game we term “horse breeding.”
As a broodmare prospect, Zenyatta has nearly everything we could hope for. She has immense athletic ability, is by a good sire, is out of a very good broodmare, and has a distinguished female family on both sides of the pedigree.
The two characteristics that most concern me about her broodmare potential are her size and relative lack of speed. The mare simply must not be bred to too large a stallion because Zenyatta will put plenty of size in her foals. She needs no help there. But she does need a bit more lick out of the gate.
So stallions such as AP Indy; his outstanding sons Pulpit, Malibu Moon, and Bernardini (even Congrats); and Distorted Humor offer proven speed, as well as classic potential.
There’s no getting around it. Zenyatta is the classic type. Big, rugged, and scopy, the mare has been begging for 10 furlongs (or farther), and ran her two best races in the BC Classic at that distance.
If Kingmambo were still breeding, he would be another to consider for the mare and would not be a factor for increasing size or diminishing speed. The fact that Kingmambo raced in Europe and tends to get horses well suited to turf racing and going middle distances is not a problem, either.
Zenyatta would have excelled over turf courses. I could see her rumbling mightily up the straight at Epsom or stretching out and gassing her opponents over the sweeping expanse at Doncaster.
And, as it happens, two stallions standing in Ireland would be extremely tempting mates for Zenyatta. Both are Epsom Derby winners by Sadler’s Wells standing at Coolmore: Montjeu and Galileo.
The Montjeu stock have the reputation of being rather “hot,” which might be too much of a good thing. Galileo, on the other hand, is consistent as a sire of classic stock who have speed, some early maturity, and plenty of quality.
Which stallions would be on your list for Zenyatta?