One of the most accomplished dirt milers of the past decade, Tamarkuz is scheduled to have his first starter as a sire on Thursday at Churchill Downs.
The winner of both the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita Park and Group 2 Godolphin Mile at Meydan Racecourse will be represented by Cool Enough in the day's first race, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Eastern.
Owned by Rashid's Thoroughbred Racing and Kingdom Bloodstock, Cool Enough is a gray 2-year-old filly out of the Macho Uno mare Make Waves. She is trained by Phil Schoenthal.
“We are very excited about seeing the first runners for Tamarkuz,” said Rick Nichols, vice president and general manager of Shadwell Farm's U.S. branch. “We have heard a lot of good things about them. Many of them look like they are going to be early. I know John Hyde was very pleased with the ones at Dubai Stable. Tamarkuz has 34 in his first crop. His second crop will be larger.”
Tamarkuz's stallion page could get a little added bonus on Monday, as his Group 1-winning half-brother, Without Parole, starts as one of the favorites in the G1 Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita. In November, the son of Frankel was third over the same course and distance in the Breeders' Cup Mile. Their shared dam, Without You Babe, is a half-sister to a pair of Belmont Stakes runners-up, G1 Travers Stakes victor Stay Thirsty and Andromeda's Hero.
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