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Tizdejavu (2005 b by Tiznow x Remember When, by Dixie Brass)

Crestwood $5,000

A good-sized horse with scope, Tizdejavu is a typical horse by his successful sire, Horse of the Year Tiznow. The tall son of Cee’s Tizzy stands at WinStar alongside 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and champion sprinter Speightstown, among others. And Tiznow has made a name for himself as one of the country’s most dependable sources of two-turn ability.

Surprisingly, the filly who really launched her sire’s career, first-crop star and champion juvenile filly Folklore, was one of the most atypical of Tiznow’s progeny. Folklore was blocky and well-balanced, precocious and quick … the typical Storm Cat product, and she was out of the Storm Cat mare Contrive.

Most of the others tend to be big, rangy, occasionally raw-boned or angular. Travers winner Colonel John, Whitney winner Bullsbay, and Belmont Stakes winner Da’ Tara come to mind as examples of this type.

Tizdejavu is not as big as some of the Tiznow stock, nor as angular. He’s an attractive horse with good but not unusual size, standing 16.1 and with a substantial girth of 77 inches.

Likewise, Tizdevu has plenty of bone, well-defined tendons, excellent length, and strength through the body.

The 6-year-old bay has unusual length of shoulder and was well-suited to racing on turf, judging by the proportions of his major bone groups. That surface was also kinder to his joints, which is important for a big, rather heavy horse. His right front ankle shows enlargement from his seasons of racing, and his 16 starts is not an overactive career for a horse who raced three seasons, although he had the class and ability to win eight of them, finish second or third in five more, and earn $693,153.

Tizdejavu certainly should add scope and bone to his progeny, and if mated with care, he may be a thoroughly useful prospect for breeders to stretch out the racing stock in their programs.