Grade I Winner Lion Tamer to Clear Creek in Louisiana

Grade I Winner Lion Tamer to Clear Creek in Louisiana
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Cigar 'Cap winner Lion Tamer is Louisiana bound.
Lion Tamer, a grade I winner and millionaire, will stand in 2007 at Clear Creek Stud near Folsom, La. The 6-year-old son of Will's Way captured five stakes, four of which were graded.

Lion Tamer's big win came in the 2004 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct over Badge of Silver, with Pico Central, Purge, and During also in the field. Lion Tamer captured three grade II stakes: the Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes at Keeneland and the Hutcheson Stakes and Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship Handicap, both at Gulfstream Park.

"Lion Tamer is a welcome addition to the stallion ranks of Louisiana," said Tom Early, secretary/treasurer of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. "To my knowledge, he is the first grade I millionaire to retire to stud here."

Bred in Kentucky by Paul Smith, Lion Tamer raced first for John Fort's Peachtree Stable, then for Michael Tabor. In what would be his last start, he ran third to Silver Train and Taste of Paradise in the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). He retired with eight wins from 20 starts and earnings of $1,000,727.

Lion Tamer, who is out of the stakes-placed Olympio dam Tippecanoe Creek, is owned by Harvey "Drew" Peltier III, Bryan Harang's Georgia Farms, R. Allen Savoie's Rebecca Farms, and Peter Willmott's Willmott Stables. A fee will be announced later.

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