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.