Updated on 09/15/2011 1:32PM

Tiznow's stud fee set at $30,000


LEXINGTON, Ky. - *, 2000's Horse of the Year and winner of the 2000 and 2001 Breeders' Cup Classic, will stand for $30,000, WinStar Farm announced Friday.

The 4-year-old Cee's Tizzy colt, who has been at WinStar since Nov. 21, will stand as the property of WinStar, Taylor Made Stallions, and Cee's Stable partners Michael Cooper, Pamela Ziebarth, and Kevin Cochrane.

"The fact that we already have over 75 mares submitted to him tempted us to do the $40,000 or $50,000 fee, because we've polled people and think he could stand for that," said WinStar's Doug Cauthen. "I've even heard $75,000. But everybody loved the idea of starting him low. We feel that in the long run that is the way to go. We're sticking to our guns of offering breeders a good deal and looking at the long-run prospects of his career rather than the short run.

"Because we're setting his fee low, and because we're seeking top-quality mares, the fee should be an incentive for people to send their very best mares," Cauthen added. "We expect 300 applications and we'll take the top 100 mares. He's a 'wow' horse. When people see him, they'll know they're getting a deal."

Cauthen said WinStar will hold an open house for viewing Tiznow on Wednesday.

Tiznow is a son of the Seattle Song mare Cee's Song, making him a full brother to multiple Grade 2 winner and millionaire Budroyale. Tiznow retired in November with earnings of more than $6.4 million and a lifetime race record of 15-8-4-2. In addition to his consecutive Classic wins, Tiznow also won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap this year and the Grade 1 Super Derby in 2000.

Record weanling at Tattersalls

A weanling full sister to Epsom and Irish Derby winner Galileo sold for $1,640,100 Friday afternoon at the Tattersalls December sale in England. Coolmore principal John Magnier purchased the filly, who was auctioned to dissolve a partnership that included Coolmore, according to a Racing Post report.

The price of 1.1 million guineas was the second-highest ever for a foal at the auction. Satish Sanan set the record of 2.5 million guineas in 1997, when he bought a full brother to 1991 Epsom and Irish derby winner Generous.

The filly is by Sadler's Wells and out of European champion Urban Sea (by Miswaki), who also has produced Irish champion Urban Ocean, by Bering; English stakes winner Melikah, who placed in the 2000 English and Irish Oaks; and Group 1-placed Black Sam Bellamy.

Michiganders buy Volterra

Michigan racing commissioner Annette Bacola and her husband, Bob Cummings, have purchased Steve Stavro's former Volterra Farm, a 300-acre property near Lexington, and are busy developing a commercial operation.

Managed by Gerry O'Meara and now named True North Farm, the property is home to the couple's stakes-winning Proud Truth mare Truebreadpudding and about five other broodmares, as well as to about 10 mares that Stavro boards there.

True North operates as a commercial breeding farm and is seeking more clients, Bacola said Friday. Ultimately, it may also serve as the primary residence for Bacola and Cummings, who currently divide their time among homes in Michigan, California, and Illinois.

"We will take clients' broodmares as part of the commercial breeding operation," Bacola said, "and we also have our own mares that we'll breed to put horses on the track and to sell. Our strategy is to buy fillies that are on the track and have a year or two left to race but also have pedigrees and excellent potential as broodmares."

As part of that program, Bacola and Cummings purchased the stakes-placed 3-year-old Honour and Glory filly Glory Glory for $200,000 at Fasig-Tipton's November sale. The filly will go to trainer Niall O'Callaghan.

Bacola and Cummings, a partner in a firm that specializes in private equity funding, have been involved in Thoroughbred racing since the early 1990's. Bacola also has a family association with the sport: her uncle, the late Billy DeStefano, was a jockeys' agent for a time and most recently worked at The Meadowlands.

The couple also stands The Wicked North at Silvernails Farm in New York. Bacola said they may move some New York mares to Kentucky, but they will probably not stand stallions at True North Farm immediately.

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