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Tamarkuz

  • Jockey
    Mike Smith
  • Trainer
    Kiaran P. McLaughlin
  • Owner
    Shadwell Stable
  • Breeder
    John D. Gunther
  • Sire
    Speightstown
  • Dam
    Without You Babe

Shadwell Stable’s Tamarkuz proved two things in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup: He was no substitute and his connections’ belief in him was justified. Often considered the second fiddle in the older horse ranks of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's barn, the son of Speightstown was brushed off by many as a substitute for the stable’s top charge Frosted when said 4-year-old colt was pointed to the Breeders’ Cup Classic in lieu of the Dirt Mile. Despite speed figures that rivaled virtually any horse in the field and the Breeders’ Cup’s top jockey Mike Smith in the irons, the $325,000 Keeneland September 2011 Yearling Sale purchase was dismissed at nearly 12-1 in the nine-horse field, but won like he was 1-2. Sweeping past a trio of rivals in the final three-eighths of a mile — including 3-5 favorite Dortmund and Kentucky Derby-placed Gun Runner — Tamarkuz dominated his foes by 3 1/2 lengths at the wire, winning in a time of 1:35.72, while paying a healthy $25.80. Adding to his ascendancy, he did so despite being fractious in the gate, breaking a step slowly and having to swing five-wide at the head of the lane. The victory rewarded the faith of Shadwell, who brought the medium-sized chestnut over to America from Dubai with hopes that the form that saw him vanquish his foes during the 2014-2015 Meydan meet would translate stateside. Though it took nearly a year and a half and seven starts against some of the nation’s top sprinters and milers, the commanding winner of the 2015 Godolphin Mile finally showed the spark that made him a phenom in the Middle East, ending his career with panache while the world watched. McLaughlin, as always, was his affable self. “Now all the media knows why Frosted is in the Classic,” he said, laughing. “We knew we had a horse who would win the Dirt Mile. We knew he had potential.”

Previous Races

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November 04, 2016Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt MileSANTA ANITA PARK11
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October 08, 2016Kelso H.BELMONT PARK22
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August 27, 2016Priority One Jets Forego S.SARATOGA12
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June 11, 2016Mohegan Sun Metropolitan H.BELMONT PARK19
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October 03, 2015Kelso H.BELMONT PARK24
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August 29, 2015Priority One Jets Forego S.SARATOGA16
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June 06, 2015NYRA.com Metropolitan H.BELMONT PARK14
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March 28, 2015Godolphin Mile Sponsored By Meydan SobhaMEYDAN RACECOURSE21
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March 07, 2015Burj Nahaar Sponsored By Emirates HolidaysMEYDAN RACECOURSE31
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February 12, 2015Firebreak S. Sponsored By Land RoverMEYDAN RACECOURSE31
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January 22, 2015TabloidMEYDAN RACECOURSE 1
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January 08, 2015Longines Saint ImierMEYDAN RACECOURSE 2
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March 01, 2014Meydan SobhaMEYDAN RACECOURSE 14
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January 30, 2014Dubal Casthouse TrophyMEYDAN RACECOURSE 5
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October 10, 2013Betvictor.com/British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Conditions Stakes (Class 4)KEMPTON PARK 1
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September 21, 2013Martyn Heyes 40 Years Of Service Handicap Stakes (Class 2)NEWMARKET 17
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October 10, 2012Sportinglife.com Nursery Handicap Stakes (Class 2)KEMPTON PARK 1
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September 13, 2012Follow Us On Twitter @wolvesraces Maiden Stakes (Class 5)WOLVERHAMPTON 1
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August 27, 2012Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Maiden Stakes (Class 5) (Div Ii)WARWICK 2
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August 10, 2012NGK Spark Plugs Maiden Stakes (Class 4)NEWMARKET 4