Iroquois S. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 8f ,)

TIZ WONDERFUL (B h, 117 lb) $67,384
Tiznow —Evil , by Hennessy
B—Dale Kalmar, KY.; O—Stonestreet Stables LLC; T—Scott Blasi

What a Tale (DK B/ h, 117 lb) $21,736
Tale of the Cat —Mrs. Filio , by Eastern Echo
B—Sugar Maple Farm, NY.; O—Miller, III, Maurice W. and Van Meter, II, Thomas F.; T—Patrick L. Biancone

Starbase (B g, 117 lb) $10,868
Tale of the Cat —Starship Lillian , by Iam the Iceman
B—Starship Stables, FL.; O—Baker, Robert C. and Mack, William L.; T—D. Wayne Lukas

Margins: 6¾, ½, 3½. Others: Incriminate 117($5,434) , Officer Rocket (GB) 123($3,260) , Passport 121($1,109) , Shore 119($1,109) . Winning Jockey, Garrett K. Gomez.

Tiz Wonderful ran to his 9-10 backing on the opening day of the Churchill Downs fall meet Oct. 29, pulling away to win the $110,900 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) by 63/4 lengths. The son of Tiznow got the mile in 1:35.92 under Garrett Gomez, who also won the Pocahontas Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies about an hour later.

In his debut Sept. 2, Tiz Wonderful galloped to a 121/2-length maiden at Saratoga. He came into the Iroquois off four works over the Polytrack at Keeneland for trainer Scott Blasi.

During the early running of the Iroquois, he was steadied repeatedly early on while racing along the rail just off two frontrunners. He fought his way to the lead on the turn and as the seven-horse field straightened away for home, he found some room and quickly separated himself from the rest of the field.

“He wanted to get out, but he couldn’t until the top of the stretch,” said bloodstock agent John Moynihan, who purchased the ridgling for Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables in February. “He went head-and-head with another horse and then went on. He did everything he was asked to today.”

Tiz Wonderful, who was bred in Kentucky by Dale Kalmar, was sold by Bluewater Sales, agent, to Don Mattox for $200,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale. As a 2-year-old at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale at Calder, Moynihan went to $475,000 to procure Tiz Wonderful for Stonestreet Stables. He was sold by Hoby and Layna Kight, agents.

“Hoby expounded about the horse,” Moynihan said about Tiz Wonderful at the sale. “He worked beautiful on the racetrack, he looked like a horse that could go fast and go two turns. He’s a little narrow, but he’s the kind of horse you want here for the big race on the first Saturday in May.”

It was an exciting win for Jackson. “We had high hopes; that’s all you can have,” the owner said. “We’ll bring him along slowly. We’re not chasing money, we’ll just let him decide.”

“If you’d watched him work, you’d have thought this was what he was going to do,” Blasi said. “He’s been impressive from the beginning. I think being patient with him, and giving him a chance to grow up, will be the way to go for him to reach his full potential.”

Tiz Wonderful’s yearling half-brother, by Proud Citizen, was an “out” as hip number 2,400 at this year’s Keeneland September sale.

Tiz Wonderful is from the second crop by Tiznow, the back-to-back winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) in 2000-01. The son of Cee’s Tizzy, who stands at Kenny Trout and Bill Casner’s WinStar Farm near Midway, Ky., has sired two stakes winners. His 2006 fee of $40,000 has been lowered to $25,000 for 2007.—E.I.H.