This is the 21st in a series of notes and impressions about the new stallions in Kentucky for 2009. The horses will be reviewed alphabetically.
Student Council (2002 bay by Kingmambo out of Class Kris, by Kris S.)
Stands at Millennium Farms for $17,500.
A big horse like his broodmare sire Kris S., Student Council did not win at 2 but strengthened with time and maturity, coming to top form as a 5-year-old, when he won the G1 Pacific Classic, and then winning the G1 Pimlico Special at 6.
He showed equal facility in handling a synthetic track as racing over traditional dirt and won at the top level on both surfaces.
In that regard, Student Council showed versatility. In distance requirements, however, he was strictly a two-turn racer. His physique and temperament come from the stouter elements of his pedigree, as he is a distance-loving handicap performer with a ruggedness that reminds me of the handicap stars from decades ago.
That ruggedness tells us something about the foreleg fault (offset right knee) that would have sliced his price at the yearling sales. It didn’t keep the horse from running.
Instead, this big, rangy horse had an extensive career of 30 starts, eight victories, and $1.5 million in earnings.
Physically, he is a tall horse with above-average bone, excellent length through the body, and considerable height off the ground. He ran rather high off the ground, and it is easy to see how his extension allowed him to excel over distance with his length of leg and scope.
Tiz Wonderful (2004 dark bay by Tiznow out of Evil, by Hennessy)
Stands at Spendthrift for $12,500.
Tiz Wonderful was one of the talking horses of his crop as a juvenile, when he was unbeaten in three starts and won the Kentucky Jockey Club and Iroquois stakes.
Physical troubles kept him from racing much or very successfully thereafter, but the big horse has drawn a lot of interest from breeders, especially since his sire, Tiznow, has become one of the most consistent influences for stamina in American breeding.
Standing 16.3 1/2 hands, Tiz Wonderful is a big horse in every dimension, just like his sire. He has a wonderful length of rein and possesses a depth through his shoulder and such length through his forelegs that he would have been very exciting as a turf prospect.
As expected from such a massive animal, Tiz Wonderful has a deep girth of 79 inches and more than 9 inches of bone below the knee. He is quite lengthy through the body and stands over a lot of ground.
A $200,000 yearling who resold for $475,000 as a juvenile in training at Fasig-Tipton February, Tiz Wonderful was notably precocious for such a sizable horse and is an interesting prospect for breeders.