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The produce record of Bethany, dam of Metropolitan Handicap winner Tizway, is a study in contrasts. Always well intended and apparently highly regarded as both a racing and producing prospect from her hammer prices as a yearling and as a broodmare, Bethany did not have any early success.

I mean any.

Unraced. Her first five (5) years at stud yielded exactly three foals, one winner of one race.

By that point, many breeders would have shot the mare … or themselves.

Then Bethany produced a pair of stakes winners back to back, listed stakes winner and graded stakes-placed Ticket to Seattle (by Capote) and Tizway (see below):

1st Dam: Bethany, dkbbr, 1994. Bred by Robert L. Quinichett (KY). Unraced in NA, Eng, and Fr. ($190,000, 1995 keesep yrlg; $135,000, 2002 keejan brdmr)

1999: Go For A Dip, dkbbr f, by Benny The Dip. Unraced in NA, Eng, and Fr. ($4,000, 2001, keenov, brdmr) Died 2009.
2000: Unnamed foal, b c, by Seeking The Gold.
2001: Golden Tones, b c, by Seeking The Gold. Raced 1 yr in NA, 3 sts, 1 win, $35,720 (ssi = 3.76). ($6,000, 2001, keenov, wnlg; $400,000, 2002, keesep, yrlg)
2002: No record.
2003: Barren.
2004: TICKET TO SEATTLE, dk b/ f, by Capote. Raced 3 yrs in NA, 17 sts, 4 wins, $263,574 (ssi = 5.05). Won Peach Blossom S.; 2nd Endine S. (gr. 3), Safely Kept Breeders’ Cup S. (gr. 3), Lewes Overnight S.; 3rd Crank It Up S., Fiesta Lady S. ($260,000, 2006, obsapr, 2yo; $550,000, 2009, keenov, brdmr)
2005: TIZWAY. ($140,000, 2006, keesep, yrlg)
At 4: 3rd Jockey Club Gold Cup Inv. S. (gr. 1).
At 5: Won Kelso Breeders’ Cup H. (gr. 2); 3rd Metropolitan H. (gr. 1).
At 6: Won Metropolitan H. (gr. 1); 3rd Charles Town Classic S. (gr. 3), Gulfstream Park H. (gr. 2).
2006: Unnamed foal, c, by Gulch.
2007: Par Seven, b g, by Aldebaran. Raced 2 yrs in NA, 2 sts, 0 wins, $332.
2008: Perfectly Divine, dkbbr f, by Vindication. Unraced in NA, Eng, and Fr.
2009: Slipped.
2010: Unnamed foal, b f, by Elusive Quality.
2011: Unnamed foal, c, by Tiznow.

Broodmare sire: DAYJUR, dkbbr, 1987. Sire of 176 dams of 820 foals, 612 rnrs (75%), 385 wnrs (47%), 130 2yo wnrs (16%), 42 sw (5%).

2nd Dam: WILLAMAE, b, 1980-2000. Bred by Angus Glen Farm, Ltd. (ON). Raced 2 yrs in NA, 7 sts, 4 wins, $41,585 (ssi = 6.03). Sent To Ireland, 1990; Sent To USA, 1992. Won Mill Race H.; 3rd Barbara Fritchie H. (gr. 3). ($55,000, 1981, keesep, yrlg; $210,000, 1985, keenov, brdmr; $105,000, 1987, jones, brdmr; $160,000, 1995, keejan, brdmr) Dam of WILLA ON THE MOVE (f, Assert (IRE). $442,063, Won Ashland S. (gr. 1), Caesar’s Wish S. (R), Gay Matelda S., Moccasin S., Marshua S.; 2nd Gazelle Handicap (gr. 1), Spinster S. (gr. 1), New Hope S.; 3rd Alabama S. (gr. 1), Kentucky Oaks (gr. 1)), WILL’S WAY (c, Easy Goer. $956,400, Won Travers S. (gr. 1), Whitney Handicap (gr. 1); 2nd Jim Dandy S. (gr. 2), Suburban Handicap (gr. 2); 3rd Woodward S. (gr. 1), Flamingo S. (gr. 3), Massachusetts Handicap (gr. 3)), LADY REIKO (IRE) (f, Sadler’s Wells. $302,845, Won Calder Breeders’ Cup Handicap; 3rd Cardinal Handicap (gr. 3), Notches Traces S. Dam of CHOPPER WON.), Citidancer (c, Dixieland Band. $80,022, 2nd Jerome Handicap (gr. 1)), Sweet Willa (f, Assert (IRE). $41,763, 2nd Tanya S.; 3rd Cameo S.).

What can we make of that?

For one thing, Ticket to Seattle and Tizway both brought very respectable prices as racing prospects. That indicates they were nicely conformed, athletic, and much better than average.

Both are by big horses, and there is more than a small suggestion from the pedigree that Bethany needed some size or scope to produce a racer with the right stuff. If that inference is correct, then the mare’s last two foals, both by big stallions in Elusive Quality and Tiznow (again), should have better than average results as racehorses.

It will be interesting to watch.