Updated on 09/16/2011 7:47AM

Champ Tiznow turns artiste


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year candidate Tiznow has taken up painting since his retirement from racing late last year. Now standing his first year at stud at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., Tiznow is one of about 10 horses who will "paint" for an upcoming auction of literal equine art that will benefit ReRun, the racehorse adoption program.

The auction, set for March 30 as part of the organization's annual Mane Event fund-raiser in Lexington, Ky., also will feature paintings by stallions Kris S., Victory Gallop, and Gone West, pensioned studs Groovy and Savinio, and ReRun graduates Our Mims, El Bakan, Known Ranger, and Region.

The horses use hooves, noses, and tails to produce the watercolor artwork on paper. ReRun will display the framed artwork in Lexington and at the web site www.themaneeventkentucky.org in the weeks leading up to the fund-raiser but will not reveal the identity of the equine painters until immediately before bidding opens. Viewers can cast votes for their favorite of the horse-drawn paintings.

Monarchos home at Claiborne

Monarchos, winner of the 2001 Kentucky Derby, arrived Thursday morning at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., where he will take up stud duties this year.

A 4-year-old Maria's Mon colt, Monarchos came by van yesterday from trainer John Ward's barn at Gulfstream Park.

"He got here at about 8:30 this morning," Claiborne's Gus Koch said Thursday. "He looks great, and he feels great. Many times, when horses have been on a van all night, they're pretty tired, but he was as fresh as he could be."

Claiborne staff turned Monarchos out into his paddock soon after his arrival, and the colt played and rolled.

Koch said Monarchos will occupy champion Riva Ridge's old stall, which is next door to the stall that once held the great Secretariat.

Monarchos, who is out of the Dixieland Band mare Regal Band, retired on Jan. 28 after injuring his left front ankle. He retired with total earnings of $1,720,830 from a career race record of 10-4-1-3. In addition to the Kentucky Derby, Monarchos also won the Grade 1 Florida Derby.

Monarchos will stand for a $25,000 stud fee this year.

First foals

Multiple Grade 1 winner Behrens (Pleasant Colony), who stands at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington, Ky., has sired his first foal with the Feb. 2 birth of a filly out of Da Bounboun. A stakes-placed Sunshine Forever mare, Da Bounboun is owned by Woodrow D. Marriott.

Moyglare Stud's Lisieux Rose, Ireland's high-weighted older mare in 1999, produced her first foal, a Storm Cat filly, on Feb. 1 at Eaton Farms near Lexington, Ky. A Group 2 winner in Ireland at age 3, Lisieux Rose (Generous-Epicure's Garden, by Affirmed) won the Orchid and Sheepshead Bay handicaps, both Grade 2, in the United States in 2000.

* A no-guarantee season to Lane's End stallion Gulch, who stands for $50,000 live foal, sold for $35,000 to top Equine Spectrum's online auction of seasons and shares on Feb. 6. The auction sold 18 stallion seasons for gross revenue of $271,400 for an average price of $15,077; 13 seasons, including a no-guarantee season to Danzig that brought $234,000, failed to reach their reserve prices.