07/11/2013 4:26PM

Awesome Patriot, full brother to Oxbow, to stand at Spendthrift Farm

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Stakes winner Awesome Patriot, a full brother to Preakness winner Oxbow, will begin his breeding career at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in 2014.

Awesome Patriot, a stakes-winning full-brother to Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow, will begin stud duty in 2014 at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky.

The 5-year-old son of Awesome Again will stand for an advertised fee of $3,500, and will be part of Spendthrift’s “Share the Upside” program to begin his career. As part of the program, breeders may earn a lifetime breeding right by sending a mare to the stallion in his first and second seasons, producing a live foal both times, and paying the stud fee, among other conditions.

“You really won’t find a better pedigree,” said Ned Toffey, general manager of Spendthrift Farm. “He’s a son of Awesome Again, who’s starting to look like a sire of sires and is a wonderful sire in his own right. We think he’s a great value for breeders.”

Bred in Kentucky by Richard Santulli’s Colts Neck Stables – also the breeder of Oxbow – Awesome Patriot was a $350,000 purchase by the Lanni Family Trust at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale.

He broke his maiden in his first start as a 2-year-old at Hollywood Park’s Oak Tree meet, and also finished third in the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes during his juvenile campaign. In 2011, he added a stakes win to his résumé, winning the Alydar Stakes at Hollywood.

In total, Awesome Patriot won three of seven starts for earnings of $114,600, winning at distances from 6 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles.

Awesome Patriot is out of unraced Tizamazing, who is from the hugely successful cross of sire Cee’s Tizzy and dam Cee’s Song that produced Horse of the Year Tiznow, Grade 2 winners Budroyale and Tizdubai, and three other stakes-producing mares, led by Tizso, dam of Grade 1 winner Paynter and Grade 3 winner Tiz West.

Tizamazing is the dam of three winners from as many foals to race, highlighted by the aforementioned Oxbow, who, in addition to his Preakness victory, tallied a win in the Grade 3 Lecomte and finished second in the Belmont.

“We encourage breeders to come out and see him,” Toffey said about Awesome Patriot. “We think they’ll like him. He’s a horse we’re excited about and we’ll support him ourselves.”