Lion Tamer

Lion Tamer

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Grade I Winner Lion Tamer Bought for Stallion Duty

Lion Tamer, a grade I winner and millionaire, has been purchased privately with the intention of standing him at stud in 2007.

The 6-year-old son of Will's Way scored his major win in the 2004 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) and finished third in last year's TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) in his last start. No decision has been made as to where Lion Tamer will stand or if he will race again.

"It's too late to stand him this year," said Bryan Harang of Georgia Farms.

Lion Tamer's new owners are Georgia Farms, Harvey "Drew" Peltier III, R. Allan Savoie's Rebecca Farms, and Peter Willmott's Willmott Stables. The first three men are from Thibodaux, La., and Willmott is from Chicago. Matt Bowlings and Jamie Lamonica brokered the deal.

Lion Tamer, who formerly raced for Michael Tabor, has won eight of 20 races and earned $1,000,727. He not only beat Badge of Silver and Pico Central in the Cigar Mile, but also won that year's Commonwealth Breeders' Cup (gr. II), the Formal Gold Stakes, and the Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship Handicap (gr. II). As a 3-year-old in 2003, he took the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II).

Lion Tamer is out of the stakes-placed Olympio mare Tippecanoe Creek.