Coming off a Maiden Special Weight win on the turf at Santa Anita in his second start, RED FLAG, switching to dirt, took command before reaching the top of the stretch and powered away to a definitive 7 1/4-length win in the Bob Hope S.-G3 at Del Mar. The first-crop 2-year-old by TAMARKUZ was always in contention from the outset breaking from post five. He was four wide on the turn, kicked away from the field before the top of the stretch and drew away under only hand urging racing seven furlongs to become his sire’s first Graded stakes winner. Bred by Elaine MacPherson out of the Stormy Atlantic mare, Surrender, the colt is $220,000 Keeneland September Sales grad trained by John Shirreffs for owners Jerome S. and Tina Moss.
Making her third start after finishing behind a next out stakes performer last out, GLITTER BAY went right to the front and never looked back to win this 5 1/2-furlong maiden test by 12 1/2 lengths. The fifth 2YO winner from the first crop of Breeders’ Cup winner TAMARKUZ was 3 1/2 lengths in front at the first call. GLITTER BAY continued to widen the margin to be up by 10 lengths at the top of the stretch and added to her winning margin through the stretch over a sloppy sealed track at Gulfstream Park West. TAMARKUZ leads all freshman sires with a whopping 63% winners from starters. She was bred by A. Francis and Barbara H. Vanlangendonck & Haras Buen Borincano out of the Include mare, By the Shore.
Making his second start after finishing behind a “TDN Rising Star” on the dirt at Del Mar in his debut, RED FLAG switched to turf and closed wide to win this 5 1/2-furlong Maiden Special Weight by a neck. The $220,000 Keeneland September Sales grad from the first crop of TAMARKUZ trained by John Shirreffs for owners Jerome S. and Tina Moss was off a bit slow as was the case in his first start. The colt began his rally on the turn, was way wide which put him in at least the sixth path turning for home, and then closed strongly on the outside to get up for the win. He was bred by Elaine MacPherson out of the Stormy Atlantic mare, Surrender.
Coming off placing in a Maiden race at Galway in July in which the runner-up came back to be runner-up in the G1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National S., REBEL STEP went gate to wire to win this one mile test on soft ground by a neck against winners at Thurles. Facing four winners in a field of six, the 2-year-old colt from the first crop of Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1 winner TAMARKUZ was seriously challenged with a furlong to go but showed his determination to get to the wire first. The $100,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase was bred by Parrish Hill Farm out of Purr and Prowl, by Purim.
Trying the turf for the first time and stretching out to a two-turn mile in her third start, LONG MONDAY fought her way through a small opening and surged ahead late to win a Maiden Special Weight at Ellis Park by 3/4 length. The second first-crop 2YO winner by TAMARKUZ, from four starters to date, broke alertly from post three in a 10-horse field to take the early lead around the first turn. Heading onto the backstretch, she settled just off the lead in third no more than 1 1/2 lengths back. LONG MONDAY started her rally heading into the top of the stretch, continued to battle between horses down the lane which got tight inside the sixteenth and finished the fastest of the three to beat the less than even-money favorite to the wire. Bred by Keene Ridge Racing, LLC, out of the Henny Hughes mare, Vesper Lynd, LONG MONDAY races for Gatewood Bell’s Hat Creek Racing.
Finishing midpack in her debut at Churchill against next out Schuylerville-G3 placed Hopeful Princess, COOL ENOUGH was much the best in her third start leading gate to wire to win by 5 1/4 lengths at Colonial Downs. The first 2-year-old winner from the first crop of Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1 winner TAMARKUZ broke on top from the inside post to set the pace. She had a three-length lead at the top of the stretch and widened that margin to the wire in an off-the-turf 5 1/2-furlong sprint on a fast track. Bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm, COOL ENOUGH in out of the Macho Uno mare, Make Waves.
The first 2-year-old offered from the first crop of Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1 winner TAMARKUZ brought a final bid of $160,000 from Roy and Gretchen Jackson‘s Lael Stable at the OBS March Sale. The colt, hip 663, was bred by Dermot Joyce and consigned by Pick View LLC, agent.
The first 2-year-old offered from the first crop of Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1 winner TAMARKUZ brought a final bid of $160,000 from Roy and Gretchen Jackson‘s Lael Stable at the OBS March Sale. The colt, hip 663, was bred by Dermot Joyce out of the young Broken Vow mare, Confession. Consigned by Pick View LLC, agent, the April 17th foal worked a brisk 10.2 in the Under Tack Show. He was the only horse the Jacksons purchased at the sale.
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1 winner TAMARKUZ will be represented by his first crop at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga’s New York Bred Yearling Sale. Selling on Monday, August 12th, hip 446, a chestnut colt out of the Medaglia d’Oro mare, Gold Love, and bred by Stonegate Stables LLC, will be consigned by Bluewater Sales, as agent. Last year at the Keeneland November Sale, the first weanlings by TAMARKUZ were well received with four offered, all four sold, including a colt for $140,000 and another colt for $110,000. For the sale, weanlings by TAMARKUZ averaged $82,500, with a median of $80,000, the highest average and median by any first-crop son of SPEIGHTSTOWN.
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1 winner TAMARKUZ will have his first crop offered at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky’s July Sale of Selected Yearlings. Hip 348, a chestnut colt out of One for You, by Dayjur, and bred by Coal Creek Farm, will be consigned by Terry Nickell and Mark Tsagalakis’ Endeavor Farm, as agent. In 2018, the first weanlings by TAMARKUZ were well received at Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Four were offered, all four sold, with two going over the $100,000 mark. Hip 1069, a colt out of Abby Road (IRE), by Danehill, and bred by Glidawn Stud, was purchased by Jerry Dilger for $140,000. Hip 2399, a colt bred by Dermot Joyce out of the Broken Vow mare, Confession, went for $110,000 to En Fuego Stables. For the sale, weanlings by TAMARKUZ averaged $82,500, with a median of $80,000, the highest average and median by any first-crop son of SPEIGHTSTOWN.
SHE’S GOT YOU (GB), a Glennwood Farm homebred filly trained by John Gosden, won for the second time in four starts pulling away to take a one mile handicap by two lengths on the July Course at Newmarket. This follows her placing in a seven-furlong event in her seasonal debut after a five-month layoff. Last year at two, she made an impressive second start drawing off in the final furlong to win by seven lengths. By Kingman (GB), she is a half-sister to Shadwell stallion G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner TAMARKUZ and to 2018 St. James’s Palace S.-G1 winner WITHOUT PAROLE (GB). Her dam, Without You Babe, is a half-sister to dual G1 winner and successful sire Stay Thirsty, sire of 2019 GSWs Coal Front and Mind Control, as well as G1 horses and sires Andromeda’s Hero and Superfly.
SHE’S GOT YOU (GB), a Glennwood Farm homebred filly trained by John Gosden, made an impressive second career start as she drew off in the final furlong to win by seven lengths. The 2-year-old filly by Kingman (GB) defeated 10 rivals in this seven-furlong sprint on the all-weather surface at Wolverhampton. She is a half-sister to Shadwell stallion G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner TAMARKUZ and to this year’s G1 St. James’s Palace S. winner WITHOUT PAROLE (GB). Her dam, Without You Babe, is a half-sister to dual G1 winner and successful sire Stay Thirsty, as well as G1 horses and sires Andromeda’s Hero and Superfly.
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The first weanlings by Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1 winner TAMARKUZ were well regarded at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Four were offered, all four sold with two going over the $100,000 mark. Hip 1069, a colt out of Abby Road (IRE), by Danehill, was bred by Glidawn Stud and purchased by Jerry Dilger for $140,000 from the consignment Garrencasey Sales. Hip 2399, a colt bred by Dermot Joyce out of the Broken Vow mare, Confession, went for $110,000 to En Fuego Stables out of the Paramount Sales consignment.
WITHOUT PAROLE (GB), the Glennwood Farm homebred trained by John Gosden, made the first start of his 3-year-old season an impressive one taking a one mile conditions race by a dominating six lengths on the good to firm going at Yarmouth. His time of 1:34.83 was two seconds faster than the other division. This was his second victory in as many starts as he won his career debut last December at Newcastle Racecourse, also by six lengths. He is a half-brother to Shadwell stallion G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner TAMARKUZ. His dam, Without You Babe, is a half-sister to dual G1 winner and successful sire Stay Thirsty, as well as G1 horses and sires Andromeda’s Hero and Superfly.
Shadwell’s four-time Graded Stakes Winner, by Internationally-successful sire SPEIGHTSTOWN, retires with a record of 8 Wins, 4 seconds and earnings of $1,840,444. In his Breeders’ Cup win, TAMARKUZ recorded a 107 Beyer, the highest of 2016 for a two-turn mile.
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.