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Tiznow standing at Winstar Farms, Kentucky
Sire Cee's Tizzy
Grandsire Relaunch
Dam Cee's Song
Damsire Seattle Song
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1997
Country United States
Colour Brown
Breeder Cecilia Straub-Rubens
Owner Michael Cooper
Cecilia Straub-Rubens
Trainer Jay M. Robbins
Record 15:8-4-2
Earnings $6,427,830
Major wins
Breeders' Cup Classic (2000 & 2001)
Super Derby (2000)
Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (2000)
Affirmed Handicap (2000)
Santa Anita Handicap (2001)
San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (2001)
American Champion 3-Year-Old Male Horse (2000)
California Horse of the Year (2000, 2001)
American Horse of the Year (2000)
NTRA "Moment of the Year" (2000, 2001)
American Champion Older Male Horse (2001)
U.S. Racing Hall of Fame (2009)
Tiznow Stakes at Hollywood Park
Tiznow Handicap at Louisiana Downs

Tiznow (foaled March 12, 1997 in California) is an American Thoroughbred Hall of Fame racehorse best known for his wins in the Breeders' Cup Classic in 2000 and 2001.


Tiznow is a brown horse with a white blaze bred by Cecilia Straub Rubens. He was sired by Cee's Tizzy out of the Seattle Song mare Cee's Song. A full brother, Budroyale, also finished second in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Tiznow's unraced full sister Tizamazing produced 2013 Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow, by the stallion Awesome Again. Tiznow was trained by Jay Robbins and ridden by Chris McCarron. During his racing career he was owned by Michael L. Cooper and Cee's Stable.

At maturity, he reached 16.3 hands (67 inches, 170 cm) high.[1]


Tiznow was noted for his toughness on the dirt. In fifteen starts, he won 8 times, placed 4 times, and came in third twice. Over his career he won $6,427,830.

At 3, he won the Breeders' Cup Classic, beating Irish champion Giant's Causeway, Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, and Lemon Drop Kid. He also won the Super Derby, Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap, and Affirmed Handicap, and was second in the Pacific Classic Stakes and Swaps Stakes.

When he was 4, he again won the Breeders' Cup Classic, beating Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Sakhee. He also won the Santa Anita Handicap and the San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes, placed in the Strub Stakes, and was third in the Woodward Stakes and the Goodwood Breeders' Cup.

Tiznow is the only racehorse to date to have won the Breeders' Cup Classic twice. He was inducted into racing's Hall of Fame in 2009.

At stud[edit]

Tiznow at WinStar Farm in 2010.

At stud, his fee was relatively low in 2013 ($75,000 for a live foal) as his pedigree is unusual for a great horse; he is one of the few modern Thoroughbreds whose sire line does not end at the Darley Arabian. Tiznow is a direct male line descendant of Man o' War whose sire line ends instead at the Godolphin Arabian. He made a promising start to his career as a stallion. As a freshman sire, Tiznow sired 2005 Eclipse Award champion juvenile filly Folklore, who won the 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Tiznow is the sire of 2008 Belmont Stakes champion Da'Tara. The bay colt scored a gate-to-wire upset over Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown, who was eased in the stretch and finished last. He is also the sire of Well Armed, the winner of the 2009 Dubai World Cup.

Other top performers include Bullsbay, Tough Tiz’s Sis, Slew's Tizzy, Colonel John, Miss Tizzynow, Liquidity, Sweet Sugaree, Informed, Outrageous Limit, Bear Now, Tizthen, Sure Why Not, Tis a Man, Tizaqueena, etc.

In 2006, champion sire Tiznow's 2-year-olds sold for $350,000-500,000. His yearlings sold for $200,000-300,000. Mares in foal sold for $300,000-1,600,000.

Tiznow stands at Winstar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. [1]

Peppers Pride, the undefeated winner of 19 consecutive races and the 2007 and 2008 New Mexican champion, was bred to Tiznow and was in foal as of May 2009.

Horsemen ranked Tiznow in 2009 among the top seven stallions then at stud. The order was A.P. Indy (b. 1989), Distorted Humor (b. 1993), Smart Strike (b. 1992), Dynaformer (b. 1985), Awesome Again (b. 1994), and finally the "to be pensioned" stallion Dixieland Band.[citation needed]

Notable progeny[edit]

※G1 Winner


Pedigree of Tiznow
Cee's Tizzy
In Reality Intentionally
My Dear Girl
Foggy Note The Axe
Silver Song
Lyphard Northern Dancer
Tizna Trevieres
Cee's Song
Seattle Song
Seattle Slew Bold Reasoning
My Charmer
Incantation Prince Blessed
Magic Spell
Lonely Dancer
Nice Dancer Northern Dancer
Nice Princess
Sleep Lonely Pia Star
Sulenan (F-No.26)