The Kentucky-bred Tamarkuz was purchased at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale by Shadwell Estate for $325,000. He has won eight of 20 career starts and earned $1,840,444 during his racing career. Tamarkuz is from 2004 champion sprinter Speightstown, who will stand at WinStar Farm in 2017 for a fee of $100,000.
“He had great conformation, and he was well-bred and a really good-looking individual,” said Shadwell General Manager Rick Nichols. Farm manager Gregory Clarke added: “We loved him from the get-go.”
A few of Tamarkuz’s career wins include the Godolphin Mile Sponsored by Meydan Sobha (UAE-II), the Firebreak Stakes Sponsored by Land Rover (UAE-II), and the Burg Nahaar Sponsored by Emirates Holidays (UAE-II). Stateside, he had a couple of second place finishes in the Kelso Handicap (gr. II) and the Priority One Jets Forego Stakes (gr. I).
Prior to making his was to Dubai, Tamarkuz began his racing career in Britain as a two-year-old, where he finished in first twice and added a second place finish out of four starts. From there he ran the Dubai circuit and then ran in the United States.
“We knew he had potential,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “He’s very well balanced and should make a nice stallion.”