Broodmarathon - Connections to TIZNOW Up For Bid

We're less than three weeks away from Kentucky's big November breeding stock sales. I've narrowed my own list down to eight mares that I'll bid on -- and if the bloodstock market tanks as much as the yearling sales did, I might have a chance at one or two of them!

Today, I've chosen a couple of broodmare offerings with connections to hot sire Tiznow (SRO).  Rest assured, these two are well outside of my price range, but window shopping is always fun.

Tiznow is currently the only Top-5 sire whose 2008 stud fee was under six digits.  In fact, at $30,000, his fee was less than one-fourth the second-lowest fee of these leading sires.  (Leading Sires list)

Hip #217 (catalog page, pedigree), a 10-year-old mare named TIZSWEET, sells Mon., Nov. 3, 2008  at the Keeneland November mixed sale
  • Thoroughbred female family:  26
  • Race record:  took third in only start (at 2) for earnings of $5,640
  • Produce record: dam of 5 foals: two winners including a stakes-placed filly; 3-year-old colt is a 2008 runner; 2006 and 2008 fillies are unraced
  • Covering sire: mated to El Prado (IRE) (SRO) and Bluegrass Cat (SRO).  Bluegrass Cat's 2008 stud fee was $50,000.
  • Full sister to Tiznow

This mare is one of nine full siblings produced on the Cee's Tizzy - Cee's Song cross.  Of those nine, there's grade I-winning Tiznow, two grade II winners, and an additional stakes winner.  Tizsweet herself raced only once, without winning.  But she's already produced a black type filly, indicating that she inherited some of the same genes as her more successful brothers and sisters.

This is one of those interesting cases where a mare was mated to two different stallions in one season.  The mare's official report will reflect the double mating and The Jockey Club will verify parentage when the foal is born (chiefly through DNA testing that is now standard for all foals).  Generally, the stallion indicated last is most likely to be the sire of the carried foal -- in this case, Bluegrass Cat.  The Jockey Club's policy on registering foals from mares that have been bred to multiple stallions can be found in Section V, subsection 1-E of the Rules Book.

Hip #105 (catalog page, pedigree), a 4-year-old filly named BEAR NOW, sells Sun., Nov. 2, 2008  at Fasig-Tipton's November sale
  • Thoroughbred female family:  21-a
  • Race record: 19 starts with nine wins for career earnings of $1,078.391.  12 of this filly's 14 times in the money came in stakes races, including multiple graded wins.
  • Produce record: broodmare prospect
  • Covering sire: none. 
  • From Tiznow's second crop

Bear Now has one of those pedigrees that showcases good sires that occasionally passed on greatness -- names like Crafty Prospector and Olden Times and Seattle Song. Her breeding also lends itself to a wide array of sire lines for future matings.  She herself is inbred to In Reality, and gets a double of Northern Dancer through her sire, Tiznow -- but both influences are well back in her five-cross pedigree, as is her single cross to both Seattle Slew and Mr. Prospector.

I suspect that her high stature and her pedigree will ensure that the top A.P. Indy (SRO)-line stallions are considered for Bear Now's first matings -- including Bernardini (SRO).  It's also interesting to look at A.P. Indy as a broodmare sire.  Bear Now gets an A++ TrueNicks rating when crossed with Any Given Saturday (SRO), for example.

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