11/22/2001 12:00AM

Nite Dreamer heads to South Korea


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Korean Racing Association, which bought Walkslikeaduck as a stallion prospect last month, has purchased millionaire Nite Dreamer for its breeding program.

Nite Dreamer, a 6-year-old El Prado (Ire) horse campaigned by Henry E. Pabst, is in California and will enter quarantine with Walkslikeaduck, according to Narvick International agent Richard Cross, who helped arrange the deal.

Nite Dreamer, who was trained by Niall O'Callaghan, won four stakes in his career, highlighted by a win in the Grade 3 Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap in 1999. He retires with a record of 37-5-10-6 and earnings of $1,149,788. Nite Dreamer is out of the stakes-winning Great Above mare Dream Above.

Cross said that the pair will stand at one of the KRA's two stallion stations. The larger farm, on the island of Cheju, houses about 20 horses, while a smaller satellite farm outside Seoul stands about six. The stallions stand for free, and breeders acquire seasons to them by drawing lots.

"The KRA is a government agency that uses the stallions as a way to give incentive to breeders to grow their industry," Cross explained. "At the point at which they think the breeding industry can stand on its own two feet, they will withdraw what is essentially a subsidy.

"They have fairly strict criteria for stallion prospects," Cross added. "A horse must be a Group 3 winner or better and must be rated 105 pounds or more on the International Classification. It has to be a performer. Consequently, in the past, they have, in my opinion, had horses that were a little too turf-orientated. They've come to realize that and are now buying horses that are more precocious and dirt-orientated."

Tiznow's bloodlines

Horse of the Year Tiznow, whose owners announced his retirement this week to WinStar Farm near Lexington, will arrive in town on Monday, according to WinStar's Doug Cauthen.

When he arrives, two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner Tiznow will be the only son of Cee's Tizzy ever to stand in Kentucky. But his backers - most notably WinStar and Taylor Made Farm, who jointly purchased an interest in the colt and will manage his stud career - point out that the sire line is hardly obscure. Cee's Tizzy is by Relaunch, who sired a Breeders' Cup Classic winner in Skywalker and is himself a son of In Reality.

WinStar and Taylor Made's early promotional efforts for Tiznow hark back to some of the successes the In Reality line has had in making young sires. Valid Expectations, current leading freshman sire with more than $1.1 million in progeny earnings, and Honour and Glory, a top-five second crop sire with more than $2.1 million, are both grandsons of In Reality; Honour and Glory, like Cee's Tizzy, is by Relaunch.

Cee's Tizzy, who stands at Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif., once was suspected of being a sire of speed horses with short careers, but Tiznow's long career has helped erase those doubts. So have Budroyale, Tiznow's millionaire full brother who made 52 starts; multiple Grade 1 winner Gourmet Girl, who made 33; Grade 3 winner Theresa's Tizzy with 35; and stakes-winner Cee Dreams, who made 39.

WinStar and Taylor Made are banking on breeders who will remember the In Reality class influence, the fact that Tiznow is an outcross to dominant central Kentucky bloodlines, and the records of performers like those listed above.

"What I'm seeing in the market is that people want athletes," Duncan Taylor said. "They want pedigree, but they have to have a good-looking horse, which he is.

"It made me very happy to see how good-looking his mother is and how well she sold," he added, referring to Cee's Song (Seattle Song), who sold for an unexpectedly high $2.6 million at Keeneland November earlier this month. Her most recent foal, a weanling full sister to Tiznow, also brought $950,000.

All the hype over Tiznow and his immediate family probably won't hurt Cee's Tizzy, either. This year, the stallion bred 105 mares, a figure that Harris Farms manager Dave McGlothlin expects the horse to get again this year.

Cee's Tizzy stood in 2001 for $15,000, a fee that McGlothlin said will be under review before the 2002 breeding season opens.

CTBA auctions stallion seasons

Cee's Tizzy is one of the stallions with seasons on offer at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association's annual stallion season auction on Dec. 11. The auction - which also features seasons to top California stallions In Excess (Ire) and Free House, among others - will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the CTBA's political action committee. A complete list of the 29 no-guarantee seasons for sale is at www.ctba.org.

Beautiful Pleasure to Thunder Gulch

Beautiful Pleasure, 1999's champion older mare and a recent retiree from racing, will be bred to Thunder Gulch in 2002, according to her owner, John Oxley. "Our interest is in breeding the classic horse, and Kentucky Derby, Belmont, and Travers winner Thunder Gulch is an excellent choice," Oxley said. Thunder Gulch, sire of Point Given, will stand at Ashford for $80,000 in 2002.