Updated on 09/15/2011 2:28PM

Tiznow to WinStar in joint venture with Taylor Made


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington's WinStar Farm and Taylor Made Stallions have jointly purchased an interest in Tiznow*, the 2000 Horse of the Year and only horse to win back-to-back Breeders' Cup Classics. The 4-year-old Cee's Tizzy colt, who retired Friday, will stand at WinStar under the management of both WinStar and Taylor Made. A fee will be announced at a later date.

Tiznow will stand as the property of WinStar and Taylor Made with Michael Cooper and Cee's Stable, which is operated by Pamela Ziebarth and Kevin Cochrane. Ziebarth and Cochrane are the children of the late Cecilia Straub-Rubens, who bred Tiznow and raced him with Cooper.

Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt own WinStar Farm, whose stallions include Victory Gallop and Kris S. The family of longtime horseman Joe Taylor owns Taylor Made, which stands Unbridled's Song, Saint Ballado, and others.

Among the other prominent Lexington-area operations involved in discussions over Tiznow's stallion career was Graham Beck's Gainesway Farm, and Cooper confirmed that Japanese farms also had expressed interest in the colt.

"I'm thrilled to death to still be a partner in this horse, joining this great team of WinStar Farm and Taylor Made Stallions," said Cooper. "With this deal, we are giving Tiznow every chance to succeed at stud like he did as a racehorse. There is something so magical about Tiznow, I have learned to expect everything beyond belief with him.

"We love the In Reality sire line," said WinStar representative Doug Cauthen, who noted that the In Reality line produced leading freshmen sires Valid Expectations and Honour and Glory.

"We had a pre-existing relationship with Taylor Made through Kris S.," he added. "We approached them to come in and work with us to afford Tiznow every opportunity to develop into a leading sire of both sale horses and race horses, similar to Kris S., Unbridled's Song, and Saint Ballado."

Trained by Jay Robbins, Tiznow won eight of his 15 lifetime starts, including four Grade 1 victories, and finished second four times. He retired on Friday with career earnings of $6,427,830, making history's richest California-bred. He also is the only Cal-bred to win a Breeders' Cup race.

A son of the Seattle Song mare Cee's Song, Tiznow is a full brother to graded stakes-winner Budroyale, who earned $2.8 million and finished second in the 1999 Classic.

Click here for the Breeders' Cup Classic chart.*

Click here for some photos of Tiznow.

* Past Performances and Chart require Adobe Acrobat Reader.