MORGAN’S FORD-BRED TIZAHIT TOP VA-BRED ON EXPERIMENTAL FREE HANDICAP

Grade II stakes winner Tizahit, by Tiznow, out of Never a No Hitter by Kris S. is the high weighted Virginia-bred filly on the Jockey Club’s Experimental Free Handicap weighing in at 114lbs. The dark bay was bred by Wayne and Susie Chatfield-Taylor’s Morgan’s Ford Farm in Front Royal, VA.

Tizahit was sold by her breeders for $185,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and racing for owner Jim and Susan Hill, she broke her maiden at first asking at Delaware Park. Tizahit followed up her maiden win with a second in the listed $75,000 Blue Hen Stakes at Delaware Park and a fourth in the Tempted Stakes Gr.III at Aqueduct.

On November 28, the Virginia-bred captured the $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes Gr.II with Edgar Prado in the irons. As the third choice in the field for trainer George Weaver, Tizahit’s margin of victory was a length over runner-up Protesting, with Fuzzy Britches finishing third.

Tizahit, who had $161.925 in earnings at the conclusion of her freshman season, is the second foal of Never A No Hitter who has also produced the winner Skipstone and a 2009 Indian Charlie colt which sold for $200,000 at this year’s Keeneland November Sale.

Audley Farm-bred Toccet’s Dream was the top Virginia-bred colt on the Experimental Free Handicap for males having been assigned 100 lbs.

Sold for $16,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2008 Eastern Fall Yearling Sale, the Toccet gelding broke his maiden at Delaware Park before winning the $50,000 Jamestown Stakes for Virginia-breds on his home turf at Colonial Downs.

Out of Ruler’s Charm by Cape Town, Toccet’s Charm was also second in the Dover Stakes, fourth in the Chris Elser Memorial and unplaced in the Sapling Stakes Gr. III. His earnings for his two-year-old campaign totaled $64,650.

Toccet’s Charm’s second dam in stakes winner The Ruler’s Sister a winner of $239,442 including the 2004 Maryland Million Oaks.

The Experimental Free Handicap consists of a total of 93 males and 82 fillies. Eligible for weighting were all 2-year-olds of 2009 that finished among the top four in graded or other unrestricted races with an added value of at least $75,000, run in the continental United States.
The full lists for both colts and fillies are accessible here on the Jockey Club website.

Among sires of Experimental horses, Bernstein tops the list of colts and geldings with five representatives, while Tiznow heads the fillies’ list with four representatives including Va-bred Tizahit. Combining the two lists, Roman Ruler is the leading sire with six representatives. Of the 175 juveniles weighted, 108 were bred in Kentucky, 34 in Florida, five each in California and Pennsylvania and two in Virginia.