TAMARKUZ, four-time Graded stakes winner, including the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1, had his first mare scanned in foal on February 27th. The mare, Abby Road (IRE), by Danehill, was a stakes winner at 2 in England and is a half-sister to Palm Beach S.-G3 winner Eh Cumpari. She is out of a half-sister to Unbridled’s Song and is from the family of California Chrome’s sire, Lucky Pulpit.
TAMARKUZ earned the highest Beyer Speed Figure of 2016 for a two-turn mile with a 107 in his 3 1/2-length win in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1. The son of Speightstown also earned triple digit Beyers in his runner-up efforts in the seven-furlong Forego S.-G1 (102), and the one mile Kelso H.-G2 (104). Eight-time winner TAMARKUZ earned $1,840,444 and also had victories in the Godolphin Mile-G2, the Burj Nahaar-G3, and the Firebreak S.-G3, in three consecutive starts.
Fresh from his definitive 3 1/2-length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1, TAMARKUZ has been retired from racing and will stand at Shadwell Stud in Lexington, Kentucky. His fee for 2017 will be $12,500 live foal.
Bred in Kentucky by John Gunther, TAMARKUZ was purchased as a yearling for $325,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September Sale. TAMARKUZ is by Speightstown, champion son of Gone West, out of a daughter of Lemon Drop Kid. She is a half sister to three stakes winners, including G1 winner Stay Thirsty (nearly $2M), and Andromeda’s Hero (G3, $836,961). TAMARKUZ descends from a successful King Ranch family as his third dam is Make Change.
The son of Internationally-successful Speightstown has won eight races, placed an additional four times, earning $1,840,444. In addition to his G1 score in the Breeders’ Cup, he also won the Godolphin Mile-G2, Burj Nahaar-G3, and Firebreak S.-G3 in consecutive starts, and just prior to the Breeders’ Cup was second in both the Forego S.-G1 and Kelso H.-G2. TAMARKUZ began his career in Britain as a 2-year-old, with two wins and a second from four starts before heading to Dubai and then to the United States.
“We knew he had potential,” McLaughlin said. “He’s very well balanced and should make a nice stallion.”
TAMARKUZ arrived at Shadwell on November 6, and is now available for inspection. For more information, please contact Kent Barnes, Stallion Manager (859) 224-4585.