There was an Oxbow
incident at the Fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon in the LeComte
Oxbow, ridden skillfully by Jon Court, bumped slightly with FEAR
coming out of the gate. After straightening out, Oxbow bounded to
the lead while HEITAI
captured the rail and briefly pressured the leader. Court set a
slow pace, getting the first quarter in :24.44 and a half in
:48.58. They ran on unopposed traveling six furlongs in 1:13. 34.
With slight encouragement from Court, Oxbow opened up through the
stretch and galloping to an 11 ½ length win, while the rest of the
field staggered home like a hungover group of frat boys. The final
time for the 1 mile 70 yards was 1:43.30, a tick faster than last
year's winner Mr. Bowling (1:43.49).
legendary hall of fame trainer D.
Wayne Lukas, OXBOW
(Awesome Again - Tizamazing, by Cee's Tizzy) was a $250K Keeneland
September yearling purchase by Bluegrass Hall. The late-developing
colt needed time win his maiden, getting the job done in
front-running fashion at Churchill in late November. Oxbow was
ambitiously placed in the CashCall Futurity (G-1) in his next start.
The bay colt was wide the entire way in the CashCall, and still
managed to finish fourth. Oxbow has compiled a 6-2-0-1 ($217,500)
race record and is in third place in the new Kentucky Derby standings
with 11 points.
pedigree indicates that he’s a late-maturing colt and will improve
as a three year old. His sire Awesome Again was a strong route
runner, excelling at 1 1/8 to 1 ¼ miles. As a stallion, Awesome
Again produces two turn runners and his best progeny include Horse of
the Year Ghostzapper, Champion Older Female Ginger Punch, Breeders’
Cup winners Round Pond and Wilco.
Deputy Minister - Primal Force, by Blushing Groom (FR))
Record: 12-9-0-2 ($4,374,590)
– Breeders' Cup Classic (G-1) 1 ¼ miles
– Whitney Handicap (G-1) 1 1/8 miles
- Stephen Foster Handicap (G-2) 1 1/8 miles
- Jim Dandy Stakes (G-2) 1 1/8 miles
- Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (G-2) 1 ¼ miles
– Hawthorne Gold Cup (G-3) 1 ¼ miles
- Queen's Plate Stakes – 1 ¼ miles
– Travers Stakes (G-1) 1 ¼ miles
sold for $1 million dollars at the 2004 Keeneland September Yearling
sales. Unfortunately, the leggy filly never made it to the races.
Now the dam of six foals, Tizamazing is a full sister to two-time
Horse of the Year Tiznow,
plus California Horse of the Year Budroyale
and restricted stakes winner Tizbud.
She’s also a full sister to Sorrento Stakes winner Tizdubai and a
half sister to stakes placed C'mon Tiger. (by Storm Cat).
Tizamazing's first foal, What Now (by Distorted Humor has made eight
starts , with a 1-2-1 record in the claiming ranks. Her second foal,
Oxbow's full brother Awesome
Patriot, was third in the seven furlong Hollywood Prevue Stakes
(G-3) at two, and won the Alydar Stakes at 1 1/8 miles at three. He
retired with a 7-3-0-1 ($114,600) record. Tizamazing bore Oxbow's as
yet unnamed full brother, plus a yearling filly by Speightstown and a
she is in foal to Unbridled's Song.
major stakes producer Cee's Song is Oxbow's second dam. Don't be
surprised to see this mare achieve blue hen status in the next few
years. Besides her Champion son and his multiple stakes winning
brothers, Cee's Song's daughter’s have bore Haskell Invitational
(by Awesome Again), plus his stakes winning half siblings Tiz West
(by Gone West), Tizakitty (by Distinctive Cat), and Tizalovelylady
(by Western Fame). Other stakes winners produced by the mare's
offspring include stakes winner Tiz Gianni (by Giacomo) and stakes
placed Tizsweetdreams (by Our Emblem).
damsire Cee’s Tizzy won three of six attempts and was third in the
1990 Super Derby. The pretty gray stallion has become a strong
California sire and is best known as the sire of two-time Breeders’
Cup Champ Tiznow, but has also sired Champion Older Mare Gourmet Girl
and the excellent sprinter Cost of Freedom. His daughter have
produced ten stakes winners, including the aforementioned Paynter,
South African Group 1 winner Hangman, Grade 3 winners Tiz West and
Got The Last Laugh, plus listed stakes winners Tizakitty and Drought
Breaker. None of his daughter’s stakes winners have been successful
past 1 1/8 miles, however, Paynter placed second in a heartbreaking
defeat in the Belmont Stakes after making all of the pace.
- Tizly, by Lyphard)
Record: 6-3-1-1 ($173,150)
– Super Derby (G-1) 1 ¼ miles
second damsire Seattle Song raced in France, Ireland and the US. He
captured the Prix De La Salamandre (FR. G1) at about seven furlongs
and the Washington DC International Invitational (G-1) at 1 ½ miles,
both wins over the turf. Seattle Song’s daughters have produced
Ogden Phipps Handicap (G-1) champ Seattle Smooth Grade 3 winner Miss
Birdstone, as well as the Brazilian and Puerto Rico Group 1 winners
Fort Bird and La Veronica.
is bred on a proven bloodline cross. He is considered a full brother
in blood to the heroic Paynter, as they are by the same sire out of
full sisters. Awesome Again has sired 12 foals from Cee's Tizzy
mares. Nine have started, six are winners and three are stakes
winners. Their combined earnings are $1,346,571. They have won
stakes races up to 1 1/8 miles and placed up to 1 ½ miles.
appears to be of average height and he is well-developed with a very
muscular hindquarter. He has a fluid gait with average leg extension.
Oxbow runs neatly with no paddling or excessive leg movement and he's
a professional horse who runs in a straight line. Oxbow beat a very
suspect field in the LeComte and only two winners in the last 40
years have finished in the money in the Classics. Oxbow has a
pedigree filled with stamina and quality. So far, both of his
victories have been achieved in front-running fashion without being
pressured. Only further tests will determine if he owns the talent to
become a legitimate Derby contender. Oxbow may face foes in either
the Risen Star on February 23 or his trainer may opt for the Rebel
Stakes at Oaklawn on March 16.