The Man o’ War sire line is alive and kicking in the US today through WinStar’s Tiznow, whose descent to the iconic chestnut great goes like this: through Cee’s Tizzy/Relaunch/In Reality/Intentionally/Intent/War Relic/Man o’ War.
Man o’ War was a front runner who stayed, and the same was true of Tiznow. In between the two, the line gravitated towards more speed, especially through champion sprinter and top miler Intentionally, a son of two time 14-furlong San Juan Capsitrano winner Intent. But in Relaunch the In Reality line regained stamina to go with speed and versatility over a range of distances and surfaces. This has been Tiznow’s expression at stud as well.
Tiznow at the moment has a son, Gemologist, on the classics trail, and he, too, is a free-running horse who likes to be near or on the pace. I wrote about him and WinStar’s penchant for 10-furlong races in a column here in Thoroughbred Times TODAY‘s Wednesday edition.
In Reality, a one-time sire of sires, has been the main reason for the survival of this line, but his owns sons were not as prolific as sire makers and this line of descent was seriously in peril until Relaunch’s son Cee’s Tizzy got from out of the blue the off-bred Tiznow. The latter won the Breeders’ Cup classic twice and has since made a name for himself at stud. Ironically, Cee’s Tizzy never won a stakes race and was hardly the best racing son of his successful sire, whose other accomplished runners included such as Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Skywalker (sire of Grade 1 Pacific Classic winner Bertrando); Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner One Dreamer; and top-class Grade 1 winners Waquoit, Honour and Glory, and With Anticipation, among others.
Glen Hill Farm raced Relaunch, a big gray front runner who stayed 12 furlongs against John Henry in the Grade 1 San Luis Rey Stakes on turf. His offspring could stay on the lead, too, and a hallmark of their styles was to battle on the lead. Take a look at some of them and members of this line below:
Relaunch versus John Henry in the 1980 San Luis Rey, run in 2:23.
Skywalker wins the 1986 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Waquoit, who won the 12-furlong Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup among other races, is shown winning the 1987 Grade 2 Massachusetts Handicap over nine furlongs on the lead below from the top-class Broad Brush.
Tiznow wins the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Classic from Giant’s Causeway in 2000.
With Anticipation wins the 2002 Grade 1 Man o’ War Stakes at 11 furlongs on turf.
Undefeated 3-year-old colt Gemologist defeats Grade 1 winner Currency Swap March 16.