Tamayaz not only won races on two continents, but he also finished less than five lengths behind Cigar in the 1996 Breeders' Cup Classic, beating five Grade I winners in the process.
That competitive sixth-place finish (at odds of 70-1) impressed Richard Golden, president of Northview Stallion Station, so much so that the Cecil County breeding farm recently bought Tamayaz for $1.1 million from Godolphin, the racing stable owned by members of the ruling family of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Tamayaz, a 5-year-old son of Gone West, has joined Northview's stellar roster of stallions, which includes Two Punch, Polish Numbers and Concern. Syndicated for $1 million, Tamayaz will stand for $5,000.
"We've been looking for another son of Gone West," said Golden, whose farm syndicated West By West four years ago but then sent him to Kentucky. "I've always thought of Gone West as a sire of sires. So I've had my eye on Tamayaz for a long time."
The Dubai sheiks paid $475,000 at Keeneland for the yearling Tamayaz, who was bred by Windfields Farm in Ontario. Windfields, of course, operated a world-famous farm where Northview now stands. Windfields was home to Northern Dancer. Tamayaz's dam, Minstrelsy, is a daughter of The Minstrel, who was a son of Northern Dancer.
Tamayaz competed 17 times and won six races on grass and dirt, including the Rose of Lancaster Stakes in England and the $500,000 Dubai Duty Free Stakes earlier this year on Dubai World Cup Day. He earned $535,596.
Son of Secretariat
Ursula Ferrier discovered the nice-looking thoroughbred in Connecticut, where he was performing as a show horse. She did some research and found that the horse was Innkeeper, a 9-year-old son of Secretariat whom trainer D. Wayne Lukas had paid $1.15 million for as a yearling.
Ferrier mainly breeds sport horses at the farm she rents on the Eastern Shore -- Kennersley Farm in Church Hill -- but Innkeeper intrigued her. She eventually bought 25 percent of the horse and brought him back to Maryland, where he'll stand for $1,500.
At least two other sons of Secretariat stand in the state (Brilliant Protege at Edmarve Farm in Ijamsville and Santiago Red at Saratoga Farms in Hagerstown), but Ferrier said Innkeeper's greatest asset is his dam, Sue Babe, a daughter of Mr. Prospector.
Innkeeper raced only six times and won once. He sired two small crops in Florida and then, Ferrier said, "apparently slipped through the cracks. I think his syndicate might have gone bankrupt
"I've gotten a few calls about him, but nothing on paper. Since he's sort of an unknown quantity, I don't expect a great deal of interest until he gets a few foals on the ground."
She plans on breeding her mares to him -- and riding him.
"He's Mr. Personality, I tell you," Ferrier said, "a real fun guy."
Thirty Six Red dead
Shortly after Thirty Six Red arrived this fall at Corbett Farm in Monkton, he began showing signs of colic, from which he had suffered before. He was rushed to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, where he died during surgery.
The 10-year-old stallion would have stood in Maryland for $3,500 after an undistinguished stud career in Kentucky. As a runner, Thirty Six Red won the Gotham and Wood Memorial in 1990 and entered the Kentucky Derby as the 5-1 third choice. He finished ninth, then rebounded with a second in the Belmont and third in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
But there's good news at W. Lehr Jackson's Corbett Farm, too.
Mr. Zill Bear has entered stud there. A full brother to top distaffer Mz. Zill Bear, the unraced 4-year-old will stand for $1,500. Mz. Zill Bear, meanwhile, resides at Green Willow Farms in Westminster. A winner of $740,423 on the racetrack -- she won three straight Maryland Million Ladies Stakes -- Mz. Zill Bear is in foal to Broad Brush.
Two other stallions will begin work in Maryland in 1998: Secret Odds at Glade Valley Farms in Frederick ($1,000 fee), and One Tuff Oop at Summer Wind Farm in Libertytown ($1,000 fee).
Md. Million deadline
The deadline is Wednesday for nominating Maryland stallions and Maryland-sired foals to Maryland Million events. For information call Maryland Million Ltd., 410-252-2100.
Stud class of '98
According to The Blood-Horse magazine, these top horses will enter stud in 1998 (fee and state where standing in parentheses): Spinning World ($50,000, Kentucky); Pulpit ($35,000, Kentucky); Alphabet Soup ($30,000, Kentucky); Benny the Dip ($25,000, Kentucky); Boston Harbor ($25,000, Kentucky); Atticus ($20,000, Kentucky); Langfuhr ($20,000, Kentucky); Louis Quatorze ($20,000, Kentucky); Always a Classic ($15,000, Kentucky); Siphon ($15,000, Kentucky); Victory Speech ($15,000, Kentucky); Captain Bodgit ($10,000, Kentucky); Editor's Note ($10,000, Kentucky); Helmsman ($10,000, Kentucky): Marlin ($10,000, Kentucky); Smoke Glacken ($10,000, Kentucky).
Chequer ($7,500, Kentucky); Matty G ($6,000, Kentucky); Isitingood ($5,000, Florida); Sandpit ($5,000, Kentucky); Tamayaz ($5,000, Maryland); Tejano Run ($5,000, Kentucky); Urgent Request ($4,000, California); Just a Cat ($3,500, Kentucky); Wild Escapade ($3,500, Florida); Siberian Summer ($3,000, California); Devious Course ($2,500, Texas); King of the Heap ($2,500, Florida); Geri (undecided, Kentucky).
Racing to history
This week's anniversary events, courtesy of Thoroughbred Racing Communications: Dec. 20, 1980 -- In his last race, at Hazel Park, 15-year-old Bucket O' Suds set the record for most starts by a thoroughbred, 273. He raced every year of his career, which began in 1968, when he was 3. Dec. 22, 1991 -- Jockey Kent Desormeaux, 21, won his 2,000th race, riding Saron Lake at Hollywood Park. He was the youngest jockey to reach that mark and did so faster than any other rider. Dec. 25, 1934 -- Santa Anita Park opened in Arcadia, Calif., attracting a crowd of 30,777. Dec. 27, 1987 -- D. Wayne Lukas set a single-season record for stakes wins by a trainer, 92, saddling High Brite to win the Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita Park. Dec. 31, 1966 -- Buckpasser won his 13th straight race as a 3-year-old, the Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Dec. 31, 1982 -- After a year-long battle for leading rider honors, Pat Day edged Angel Cordero Jr. by two races (399-397) after chartering a plane to fly to Louisiana, where he rode two winners that evening at Delta Downs. Dec. 31, 1989 -- Desormeaux set the world record for most wins in a season, 598, at Laurel Park, surpassing Chris McCarron's old record by 52.
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Pub Date: 12/28/97