Tiznow's Commercial Resurgence

By Nicole Sauer

Tiznow entered his stud career as the only horse to win two Breeders' Cup Classics, but there's only so long a stallion can ride his racing laurels before the commercial market decides his fate. As the only high-profile Relaunch line stallion in Kentucky at the time, the odds were not necessarily in his favor.

After two strong initial crops, the market valuation of Tiznow's yearlings dropped considerably (as is typical of third and fourth crops), and that was despite having 2005 champion 2-year-old filly Folklore in his first crop.

Tiznow's post-Folklore yearlings garnered a spike in popularity (also thanks to 2008 Travers Stakes winner Colonel John and, to a lesser extent, 2008 Belmont Stakes winner Da' Tara), but then he returned to his earlier position in 2009. But since then, Tiznow has steadily gained momentum, developing into a commercial sire irrespective of his sire line. His 2013 Keeneland September median is 5x what it was in 2009 even though the corresponding stud fee (the fee those yearlings were bred on) is only 3x.

With no yearlings left to sell at this year's Keeneland September sale, Tiznow's average ended at $326,634, with a median of $250,000. He also realized a career-high price of $1.75 million for a half sister to leading sire Speightstown, more than double his previous Keeneland September top of $725,000 in 2005.


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I'm just pleased that it looks like Man O War's line will continue.

(I always thought Intentionally was a sprint sire but Tiznow certainly isn't!)

19 Sep 2013 4:41 PM
Pedigree Ann


Intentionally certainly had speed, but his best runners were all over the block with regards to distance. In Reality won the Florida Derby and was still running at the end of the Preakness vs.Damascus; being a contemporary of Damascus and Dr. Fager probably was what kept him from winning a big 10f event, not lack of distance ability. Red Reality won two 11f Turf Hcps, the Del Mar and the Edgemere. Tentam won the 11f UN Hcp as well as the Met Mile.

Intentionally himself had speed and was a hot 2yo, when he did win the 8.5f Pimlico Futurity. At 3 he won two top sophomore mile races, the Withers and the Jerome (the real versions, not the Inner Track aberrations of this year). And as a mature horse, he ran second to champion Carry Back in the 10f Trenton H.

In those days, many a champion sprinter was actually a miler, like My Juliet, or even a stayer, like Forego, who also won a major sprint or two.

After all, Intentionally's sire Intent twice won the 14f dirt version of the San Juan Capistrano H, even though he could also win a good class 7f sprint stakes.

20 Sep 2013 12:52 PM
Karen in Indiana

Isn't there a Man O'War sire line still going in Germany?

21 Sep 2013 12:33 AM
Fred and Joan

Our first farm stallion has the In Reality pedigree. He was the fastest horse we have ever ridden in 30 years of training thoroughbreds. Count Mein Too also had the kindest temperament and we had several young people who were voices enjoy their first ride on him. He was also a natural jumper and could easily clear 5 feet fences. From a very limited opportunity he has managed to have several winners at various tracks in the western states. We always enjoy reading Pedigree Ann`s comments as they are very well thought through. We are very small breeders and are pleased when any one of our horses wins at a recognized track through the efforts of others with access to better tracks than are available to us. The In Reality line of horses we have seem to mature a little slower than most but also seem to stay sounder longer and also race at many varying distances. We feel very fortunate to have this line of horses with their excellent minds.

21 Sep 2013 11:48 AM


Yes, the Man o' War line is still present in Germany through Contat (GER). He is a son of Diktat (GB), also the sire of Dream Ahead. These stallions descend from Warning (GB), son of Known Fact.

23 Sep 2013 4:50 PM

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