Kentucky Jockey Club S. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 8.5f ,)
Tiznow Evil , by Hennessy
BDale Kalmar, KY.; OStonestreet Stables LLC; TScott Blasi
Any Given Saturday
(DK B/ h,
Distorted Humor Weekend in Indy , by A.P. Indy
BRacehorse Management, LLC, KY.; OWinStar Farm LLC and Maverick Racing; TTodd A. Pletcher
El Corredor First Violin , by Dixieland Band
BBarak Farm, KY.; OSilverton Hill LLC; TDarrin Miller
Margins: ½, 5¾, neck. Others: Going Ballistic 122($10,742) , Joe Got Even 122($6,445) , Starbase 122($2,238) , What a Tale 122($2,238) , U D Ghetto 122($2,238) , Mr Blackstone 122($2,238) . Winning Jockey, John R. Velazquez.
He is not only wonderful but Tiz Wonderful is perfect in three races so far in his young racing career. The juvenile ridgling improved his record with a half-length score Nov. 25 in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) during the closing day card at Churchill Downs.
Owned by Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables, Tiz Wonderful had the toughest race of the three in the 11/16-mile contest, but the result was the same. Tiz Wonderful’s latest score came a month after he won the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill by 63/4 lengths. He broke his maiden impressively Sept. 2 at Saratoga by 121/2 lengths.
Garrett Gomez rode Tiz Wonderful for trainer Scott Blasi in his first two starts. With Gomez back riding in California, John Velazquez got the call aboard the 1-2 favorite in the Kentucky Jockey Club.
Tiz Wonderful is the first foal out of the Hennessy mare Evil, who was bred in Kentucky by Ed Cox Jr. Evil won three of 13 races and earned $93,708. As a maiden mare, she was sent to Tiznow, the result being unbeaten Tiz Wonderful, who was bred in Kentucky by Dale Kalmar.
Evil has a yearling colt by Proud Citizen and this year foaled a filly by Exchange Rate.
Tiz Wonderful was consigned to the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale by Bluewater Sales, agent. He was purchased by Don Mattox for $200,000. Five months later, at the Fasig-Tipton Florida February sale of 2-year-olds in training, he was consigned by Hoby and Layna Kight as agents and purchased by Jackson for $475,000.
Cox also bred the second dam of Tiz Wonderful, the Mr. Prospector mare Lit’l Rose, who won three of five starts. Just like Evil produced a stakes winner in her first foal, so too did her dam. The first offspring of Lit’l Rose is the Polish Navy colt Prussian Blue, who won the 1997 Carleton F. Burke Handicap (gr. IIT) and earned $225,341.
Lit’l Rose produced a second stakes winner in Handsome Hunk, by Hennessy, and thus a full brother to Evil.
Lit’l Rose has been bred to Monsieur Cat the last three years, aborting her would be juvenile, producing a colt in 2005, and being barren for 2006.
Tiz Wonderful is one of two stakes winners by Tiznow. The two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) winner stands at Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner’s WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky. His fee was $40,000 this year but will be $25,000 in 2007.—D.M.L.