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The following post appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report.

Tizway’s victory in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap is yet another notch on the barn door of the important sire Tiznow, who stands at WinStar Farm outside Versailles, Ky., as a joint venture between WinStar and Taylor Made. Twice the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic and also Horse of the Year at 3, Tiznow is a really big horse who stands over a lot of ground. Many of his more successful offspring greatly resemble their sire, while others, such as champion Folklore (out of a Storm Cat mare), do not.

Tiznow’s indisputable prowess as a sire of racers also extends for another generation Man o’ War’s male line, which has continued through only a handful of horses for 50 years. Prior to 1960, there were quite a number of sons or grandsons of Man o’ War who made useful or better stallions, but some of the natural bad luck of male-line succession put the great chestnut champion’s male line of descent on the ropes.

The line of descent to Tiznow (pedigree) comes through Man o’ War’s son War Relic, who won the 1941 Massachusetts Handicap and also the Narragansett Special over Triple Crown winner Whirlaway. As a sire, War Relic was not as good as Man o’ War’s Triple Crown winner War Admiral, but War Relic had a son who had a son.

The son of consequence for War Relic was Intent, a tall and rangy chestnut who developed into a top-class performer for racehorse owner and breeder Harry Isaacs. As a 4-year-old, Intent won the Santa Anita Maturity and San Juan Capistrano and repeated his victory in the latter race at 5.

A horse who matured well and stayed very well, Intent was typical of the Man o’ War line (or the line of his sire Fair Play). They tended to be big horses who frequently needed time to mature and strengthen, and they generally were better over a distance.

Isaacs sent a mare by the top racehorse and high-class sire Discovery to Intent, thus doubling up on the Fair Play line. From this mating, Isaacs got a black colt who was cut from very different cloth than the distance-loving Fair Play tribe.

Intentionally was fast and precocious, and as a stallion, he remade the Man o’ War line in the mold of horses with the qualities to prosper in modern racing: speed and more speed.

A top-class 2-year-old who managed to defeat divisional champion First Landing in the Futurity Stakes at Belmont, Intentionally won major races at 3, 4, 5, and 6 before retiring to stud in Florida, where he became one of the country’s most important sires.

As one of the best milers of the 1950s, Intentionally would seem to most of us like a ready-made stallion prospect. And when John Nerud discovered that Intentionally could be purchased, he encouraged Tartan Farm owner William McKnight to form a syndicate and buy the horse.

Intentionally was syndicated in 30 shares at $25,000 apiece, with the majority held by Tartan. It proved a grand decision, as Intentionally sired a fleet of fast horses, including Tentam and In Reality. Both of those horses appear in Tizway’s pedigree.

In Reality is the next step in the Metropolitan Handicap winner’s male line, and the dashing bay son of Intentionally was a top-class racehorse and possibly an even better stallion than his sire. The two stallions effectively revived the Man o’ War line and are responsible for its continuing vitality.

In Reality sired many fast and talented sons, but Relaunch continued the line when he sired Cee’s Tizzy, who sired Tiznow when mated to the very good producer Cee’s Song, by Seattle Song.

Both In Reality and Tentam, who is the sire of Tizway’s second dam Willamae, were distinguished by their speed and class as racehorses, and both won the Metropolitan Handicap. As a test of serious stallion potential, the Metropolitan Handicap has earned its stripes by often bringing together the very best fast horses and testing them against one another.

In last year’s running, Quality Road gassed his opposition, including Tizway, who was third.

In addition to being another major winner for the male line of Man o’ War, Tizway is the best runner out of his dam, the Dayjur mare Bethany, who is a half-sister to Travers and Whitney winner Will’s Way and to Ashland winner Willa on the Move.

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