Breeding Watch: ‘Tiz’ Time

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Wicked winter weather continued to wreak havoc in North America last weekend, wiping out black-type events from Hot Springs, Ark., to South Florida. But neither snow, nor rain, nor gloom of night could keep Tiznow from enjoying a fine weekend.

After Mother Nature’s latest antics there were nine black-type stakes run in the U.S. during the final week of February, two of them won by sons of Tiznow with another winner the product of a Tiznow daughter. After four starts without success as a juvenile in the Northeast, the Tiznow 4-year-old Rebranded broke his maiden in the 2013 edition of the Riley Allison Futurity at Sunland Park. He’s been right at home in the Southwest ever since and earned his second stakes win in last Saturday’s Curribot Stakes at that same New Mexico track.

A $350,000 graduate of the Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-olds in training sale, Rebranded is out of a mare bred A.P. Indy over Storm Cat, the same pattern we find in the dam of Tiznow’s Grade 1 Carter Stakes winner Morning Line.

A.P. Indy is also the broodmare sire of Tiznow’s 58th stakes winner, Royal Son, who coasted in last Saturday night’s $125,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park. The WinStar Farm homebred rebounded from a seventh-place run in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes, crossing the wire in front for the first time. Royal Son’s maiden victory came courtesy of the Gulfstream Park stewards Jan. 8.

Royal Son left nothing to chance in the Battaglia, setting the pace, shrugging off challengers at the head of the lane and cruising home by 5 1/4 lengths.

Tiznow has sired 32 starters out of mares by A.P. Indy and Royal Son is the sixth stakes winner (19 percent stakes winners from starters from that cross). Along with Morning Line, the others include the Grade 2 winners Carinosa (Arg), Norumbega and Tiz Windy. Tiznow is out of a granddaughter of Seattle Slew, meaning these stakes winners all show a double of the 1977 Triple Crown winner at 4×3. Tiznow is the sire of at least five other stakes winners out of mares returning Seattle Slew within five generations and 2009 Dubai World Cup Well Armed is in that group.

Tiznow is up to nine stakes winners as a broodmare sire after A Day in Paradise rolled to a 3 1/4-length triumph in the Texas Heritage Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park. The winner is a 3-year-old daughter of the solid Three Chimneys Farm stallion Yes It’s True, who now has 48 stakes winners on his resume from 771 starters (6 percent). A Day In Paradise is inbred to Clever Trick (Yes It’s True’s broodmare sire) at 3×4, the third stakes winner so far (from 95 starters) that shows this pattern.

The newest stakes winner by Ramsey Farm’s sensational stallion Kitten’s Joy came on that same Saturday night card at Sam Houston. Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Kitten’s Queen was a comfortable winner of the grassy Jersey Lily Stakes, becoming the 57th stakes winner by Kitten’s Joy from 507 starters (11 percent). She’s also the second Ramsey-bred Kitten’s Joy stakes winner out of a daughter of 2000 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner War Chant (by Danzig). The other is Csaba, a multiple graded winner of $682,440 racing in the colors of Bruce Hollander and Cary Shapoff.

The graded winners keep coming for last year’s leading third-crop sire Curlin. Already the sire of Sam F. Davis winner Ocean Knight and Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes winner Diversy Harbor in 2015, Stellar Wind joined the party with a win in last Saturday’s Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita Park. It was the stakes debut and third overall start for the sophomore lass who put her Lane’s End Farm-based sire in some very good company. The only other stallions with a trio of graded winners far this year are Medaglia d’Oro and Speightstown.

Stellar Wind is also the 13th stakes winner out of mares by the Spendthrift Farm stallion Malibu Moon, who’s been represented by a Grade 1 winner as a broodmare sire in each of the past two seasons – 2013 Alcibiades Stakes winner My Conquestadory (by Artie Schiller) and 2014 Frizette Stakes heroine By the Moon.

Magna Graduate is quietly doing good work from his base at Woodford Thoroughbreds in Reddick, Fla. He’s the sire of just 96 starters in his first three crops, but seven are now stakes winners after Tuba got the money in the Black Gold Stakes at Fair Grounds. That translates to a strike rate of 7 percent, not bad for a stallion with a 2015 advertised fee of $3,000.

Tuba is out of a mare by the Nureyev son Stravinsky and is Magna Graduate’s second new stakes winner in two week’s time. The 5-year-old Magna Breeze was the victor in the Jersey Village Turf Stakes Feb. 14 at Retama Park. Magna Graduate was a six-time stakes winner in his racing days and placed third in the 2006 Dubai World Cup. He’s a son of Honor Grades, a Danzig half-brother to A.P. Indy and Summer Squall.

Matt O’Neil is a freelance writer and pedigree consultant based in Chicago. A former editor of Owner-Breeder International, his work has also appeared in numerous publications that include The Blood-Horse MarketWatch, The Florida Horse and Keeneland Magazine. He is currently marketing and social media coordinator for Adena Springs Farm and a partner in the fantasy horse racing game