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Cody Autrey


Cody Autrey was introduced to racing at age 9 by his stepdad, who trained Quarter Horses.  When he was in the 8th grade, Autrey began working as a hotwalker for trainer Bubba Cascio and eventually ran the barn.  After 5 years he started trainining on his own with a small stable of horses.  Cody races horses mainly at Oaklawn Park and in Southern California.

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Graeme Hall-Gentle Wave, by Mt. Livermore

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Tanzanite Cat's sire, millionaire Graeme Hall, had success at Oaklawn that didn't carry over to Churchill Downs.

In 2000, Graeme Hall wired the Arkansas Derby but was eased in the Kentucky Derby. Later rebounding with a victory in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga, Graeme Hall added the Eclipse and Stuyvesant Handicaps to his resume as an older horse.

His leading progeny include $1.9 million-earner Duke of Mischief, winner of the 2010 Oaklawn Handicap and 2011 Charles Town Classic; Designer Legs, victorious in last summer's Adirondack; and Grade 3 scorers Hurricane Ike, Graeme Six, Tamarind Hall and Joes Blazing Aaron.

Tanzanite Cat is out of the unraced Gentle Wave, who is also the dam of stakes-winning sprinter Hip Four Sixtynine.

Gentle Wave is by the high-class sprinter Mt. Livermore. Best known for taking the 1985 Carter and Fall Highweight Handicaps, he was a solid third in that year's Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Mt. Livermore compiled a terrific record at stud, siring Hall of Fame sprinter Housebuster; 2002 champion sprinter Orientate, who won the BC Sprint title that had eluded his sire; Eliza, the champion two-year-old filly of 1992; Canadian Horses of the Year Peaks and Valleys (1995) and Mt. Sassafras (1996); 2001 Canadian champion older mare Mountain Angel; and Grade 1-winning millionaire Subordination.

Mt. Livermore mares have produced Spinaway romper and current Kentucky Oaks hopeful Sweet Reason; Flashy Bull, hero of the 2007 Stephen Foster at Churchill; Italian highweight and Scandinavian champion miler Silver Ocean; millionaire Super Frolic; and Grade 2 winner Sara Louise.

Gentle Wave is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Recommended List and to stakes heroine Soccory, both accomplished turf performers. Recommended List's biggest victory, though, came in the 1 1/8-mile Hill Prince in the Belmont slop.

Tanzanite Cat descends from a productive family nurtured by Fred W. Hooper. His second dam, the winning Waviness, is a thorough Hooper product: she is by his homebred star Copelan (himself a son of homebreds Tri Jet and Hall of Famer Susan's Girl) and out of Grade 2 victress Wavy Waves, a full sister to 1978 Futurity winner Crested Wave.

Interestingly, Waviness is inbred to Hooper's matron Haze and to the Argentinean stallion *Quibu that he imported. Waviness also has a total of four crosses of Haze's sire, Olympia.

Haze, Tri Jet's dam, appears as the sixth dam of Tanzanite Cat. Other notable descendants are Grade 1 star Sensitive Prince and 1985 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies heroine Twilight Ridge.

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