06/27/2002 11:00PM

T J's Lucky Moon's grandsire also won a Queen's Plate


What do Mr. Prospector, Deputy Minister, Woodman, Silver Deputy, and British Columbia's Tejabo have in common?

They are the sires of the last six Queen's Plate winners and Tejabo, whose T J's Lucky Moon stunned the Woodbine folks on June 23 by winning the 143rd Plate at 82-1, is a son of Deputy Minister.

While his pedigree is true blue collar compared to the bloodlines of the most of Plate winners in the last two decades (1996 winner Victor Cooley was sired by the little known Ontario stallion Cool Victor), T J's Lucky Moon's grandsire, Key to the Moon, was a Plate winner himself and there is much stamina in the genes.

Tejabo, who stood at Persley Den Farms until last spring, was moved to British Columbia and Brian Kozak's Crown West Farms in Chilliwack late in 2001.

Kozak, who has a contract with Tejabo's owner Ted Burnett to stand the horse at his farm, didn't get to see T J's Lucy Moon's Plate win.

"As the race was running, I was breeding a mare to him," said Kozak. "A friend of mine called me and I thought he was pulling a joke on me. It was pretty exciting."

Kozak this year bred, he said, about "20 to 25 mares" to Tejabo, a great grandson of Northern Dancer, and also said that the stallion will be a good match for the western Canadian mares.

"British Columbia is a mecca for mares that fit well with Northern Dancer bloodlines," said Kozak. "And there's a real pattern with Bold Ruckus blood."

Kozak said the racing at Hastings Park in Vancouver is "speed dominant" and that the Northern Dancer influence in Tejabo, of speed and stamina, is popular in the West.

"I stood Regal Intention when he came out here from Ontario and he was in the same situation," he said. "There is just so much Northern Dancer blood in Ontario."

Regal Intention is one of the top sires in B.C. and Kozak expects that Tejabo will have the same kind of success.

"He has something like 60 3-year-olds this year so it was about time that one of them came out firing some big numbers," Kozak said.

Tejabo won 8 of 44 career starts, including the Autumn and Fair Play handicaps. He set a track record at Woodbine for 1 mile and 70 yards of 1:40.20 and was sixth in the 1988 Plate.

He has sired seven crops, 138 foals, 85 starters, 51 winners, and four previous stakes winners. His best foal before the Plate winner was Grade 3 stakes winner Except for Wanda, a top turf runner.

"He's a wonderful animal to be around," said Kozak. "He's big and gorgeous and a real gentleman," said Kozak.

Crown West is also home of the Gone West stallion Real West and Ralph Bodine's King of Cats, a Storm Cat stallion.

Queen's Plate's top two finishers are related

T J's Lucky Moon and Plate runner-up Anglian Prince are actually related through their sire and dam respectively.

Tejabo's third dam, Blue Charmer is a half sister to I Declare, the fourth dam of Anglian Prince.