Coolmore Lexington S. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 8.5f ,)
(DK B/ h,
Tiznow Hepatica , by Slewpy
BJoseph LaCombe Stables, Inc., KY.; OJoseph Lacombe Stable, Inc.; TGregory Fox
Tale of the Cat Starship Lillian , by Iam the Iceman
BStarship Stables, FL.; OBaker, Robert C. and Mack, William L.; TD. Wayne Lukas
Distorted Humor Belle South , by Phone Trick
B4M Ranch, KY.; OPesch, A., Bolton, G. and Fog City Stables; TSteven M. Asmussen
Slew’s Tizzy didn’t run like he was 40-1 in the April 21 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland. The 3-year-old son of Tiznow took the lead soon after the start, repelled a challenge from 36-1 Starbase six furlongs into the race, and beat that rival by 31¼2 lengths.
Slew’s Tizzy, who showed only a maiden win going into the 11¼16-mile event, races as a homebred for Joseph LaCombe Stables. LaCombe will keep his options open about possibly running Slew’s Tizzy in the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
La Combe’s adviser, Noel Murphy, owner of Castle Park Farm near Georgetown, Ky., bought Slew’s Tizzy’s dam, Hepatica, after the mare sold for $35,000 at the 2001 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Consigned by Ashleigh Stud, agent, Hepatica was bought by Lakland Farm.
“I missed her at the sale and bought her for Mr. LaCombe from Becky Thomas (of Lakland) the same day,” Murphy said. “I like her because she’s a beautiful looking mare and because of Tiznow.”
At the time, Hepatica was in foal to Tiznow’s sire, Cee’s Tizzy. In late October, Tiznow had won his second consecutive Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I). He would be voted 2001 champion older male. In 2000, Tiznow was named Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male.
From that Cee’s Tizzy mating, Hepatica foaled a filly, later named Helleborus Blue, who ended up in South Africa. Slew’s Tizzy was her next foal.
Hepatica’s 2-year-old Tiznow colt, Slew’s Tiznow, is with trainer Patrick Biancone. She also is the dam of a Hennessy yearling filly and a 2007 Deputy Commander filly. Plans are for LaCombe to race the Hennessy filly. Hepatica is booked to Stormy Atlantic.
LaCombe, who owns a home in Cincinnati and one in West Palm Beach, Fla., is retired from a business career and concentrates primarily on his racing and breeding operation. He owns six mares and 15 horses in training, including 2-year-olds.
LaCombe raced earlier graded stakes winners Favorite Trick, Deputy Glitters, Indygo Shiner, Panama City, Polished Brass, and Quick Blue alone and in partnership. Racing solely for LaCombe, Favorite Trick was voted 1997 Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old male.
Tiznow has sired four stakes winners, including additional 2007 added-money winners Tough Tiz’s Sis. Tiznow stands for $25,000 at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.—D.S.