Stallion Spotlight: Shadwell Farm’s Kent Barnes And Greg Clarke On Tamarkuz

Stallion Spotlight offers stud farm representatives a chance to address breeders and answer questions as they finalize their mating decisions for the 2020 breeding season.

This time around, Shadwell Farm stallion manager Kent Barnes and farm manager Greg Clarke discuss Tamarkuz, the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner whose first foals are 2-year-olds of 2020.

Ch. h., 2010, Speightstown x Without You Babe, by Lemon Drop Kid
Notable Wins: G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, G2 Godolphin Mile, G3 Firebreak Stakes, G3 Burj Nahaar
Advertised Fee: $10,000

1) What is Tamarkuz’s strongest selling point as a stallion?

Barnes: Soundness and durability. He raced from two to six winning on three continents, culminating in a Breeders’ Cup win over a stellar field.

2) If I’ve got a mare that needs help from the stallion on a physical characteristic, what can Tamarkuz best contribute to the equation?

Barnes: Tamarkuz is a correct individual with nice balance and good bone.

3) What parts of Speightstown come through in Tamarkuz’s physical? How does Tamarkuz’s female family influence how he’s put together?

Barnes: You can see a lot of the elements of speed that Speightstown passes to his sons. The dam being by Lemon Drop Kid added a bit more leg and height to him than some of the other sons.

4) Now that we’ve got a few crops on the ground, what can a breeder expect from a Tamarkuz foal as a weanling? As a yearling?

Clarke: We have six nice yearlings that were all very correct as foals. They have matured and broadened and all have good balance and bone.

5) What are some of the common themes you’ve been hearing from the people starting the first crop of 2-year-olds by Tamarkuz?

Barnes: We have a filly in Dubai which they are very high on and think she will be an early 2-year-old. The guys in Florida that I have talked to also like their chances of running early.

6) Tamarkuz did his best work as an older horse, but he was a multiple winner at two. In a commercial marketplace that’s increasingly developed a “win now” mentality, how big of a selling point is that early success?

Barnes: The commercial marketplace nearly demands a stallion now that can throw 2-year-old winners and most expect if he was able to win at two, then he has a better chance of siring precocious runners.

7) How does Tamarkuz compare and contrast with Qurbaan, a fellow son of Speightstown standing at Shadwell Farm?

Barnes: From a distance, they are nearly bookends. You can tell they are both sons of Speightstown. On closer inspection, Qurbaan has a bit more muscle and a more powerful hip.

8) What’s something about Tamarkuz that you think goes overlooked?

Barnes: I do think that people overlook the fact that he was a winner at two and three in England prior to being shipped to Dubai.

9) Tamarkuz stands for $10,000. What makes him a standout in that price bracket?

Barnes: He is Grade 1 winner of over $1.8 million by a sire who is proven at getting good stallion sons, from a young mare whose next foal was also a Group 1 winner (Without Parole). He has all the potential to be a prominent sire.

10) What else should someone considering Tamarkuz for their mare know before making the call?

Barnes: He has excellent fertility and a great temperament.

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