It’s A Girl! Breeders’ Cup Winner Tamarkuz’ First Foal A Filly At Scarteen Stud

Tamarkuz, winner of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1, was represented by his first foal in the early morning hours of January 20th. The filly is out of the unraced Aldebaran mare Aly Baran and was born at Scarteen Stud in Central Kentucky.

A son of Speightstown, who won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in 2004 before becoming one of the most highly-regarded stallions at stud today, Tamarkuz rose to international acclaim during his career with wins in the Godolphin Mile-G2, Burj Nahaar-G3 and Firebreak S.-G3 in consecutive starts. Just prior to his Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile victory he was second in both the Forego S.-G1 and the Kelso H.-G2. He retired with career earnings of $1,840,444.

“We are very pleased with the filly. She’s going to be a big girl. She’s very leggy and has great bone – there’s just a lot of substance to her,” said Richie Donworth, who owns Scarteen Stud. “Jerry Kane, who owns Aly Baran, picked Tamarkuz for her after his powerful win in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. We both thought he was an excellent stallion prospect.”

Tamarkuz is out of the Lemon Drop Kid Mare Without You Babe, who is a half-sister to three stakes winners, including multiple Grade 1 winner Stay Thirsty and graded stakes winner Andromeda’s Hero, who was second in the Belmont S.-G1. Both horses now stand at stud. Tamarkuz is a descendent of the successful King Ranch family through his third dam, Make Change.

“I think [Tamarkuz] is going to be a great stallion and I really like that he’s out of a Lemon Drop Kid mare,” said Kane. “We wanted to put a little speed into [Aly Baran], and Tamarkuz checked all of the boxes. He was a good miler and topped off an impressive career by becoming a Breeders’ Cup Champion.”

Among the mares booked to Tamarkuz this year is Eye of Taurus, who is a full-sister to Aly Baran. Owned and raced by Harvey Clarke, Eye of Taurus won the Athenia S.-G3 and the Valley View S.-G3, where she defeated eventual Grade 1 winners Miss Keller and Keertana.

Bred in Kentucky by John Gunther, Tamarkuz was sold as a yearling for $325,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September Sale. He stands at Shadwell Farm in Lexington, Ky. for a fee of $10,000.

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