First mares confirmed in foal to WinStar stallions Life Is Good and Nashville

Life Is Good - Mathea Kelley photo
Life Is Good - Mathea Kelley photo

The first mares bred to WinStar Farm’s multiple Grade 1 winner Life Is Good and track-record setter Nashville have been confirmed in foal, the farm announced today. Both stallions have multiple mares reported in foal, including Tiz Breathtaking, a graded stakes-winning daughter of Tiznow, and Tapas, a $1.3 million daughter of Tapit owned by CHC Inc, who have been scanned in foal to Life Is Good.

A four-time Grade 1 winner in his sensational career, Life Is Good won the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) by 5 ¾ lengths—the largest margin of victory in that year’s Breeders’ Cup; the $3,000,000 Pegasus World Cup Invitational S. (G1) over Horse of the Year Knicks Go; and scored impressive front-running victories in both the Whitney S. (G1) and the Woodward S. (G1).

Into Mischief’s fastest son, Life Is Good earned nine triple-digit Beyers, topped by a career-best 112 in winning the John A. Nerud S. (G2) at Belmont Park. Life Is Good tipped his hand early, winning a Del Mar maiden special weight by 9 ½ lengths in his career debut at two, registering a 91 Beyer and earning a TDN Rising Star designation.

A winner in nine of 12 starts, Life Is Good amassed earnings of $4,541,700 for CHC Inc. and WinStar Farm and trainer Todd Pletcher. Produced from the Distorted Humor mare Beach Walk, Life Is Good was a $525,000 Keeneland September Sale acquisition in 2019.

Nashville, a brilliantly fast son of Speightstown for CHC Inc. and WinStar Farm, set a new track record winning the Perryville S. at Keeneland over six furlongs on Breeders’ Cup Day in 2020—1:07.89. The final clocking was nearly a second faster than subsequent Eclipse Champion Sprinter Whitmore’s time of 1:08.61 in winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) that same day.

Undefeated in his first three starts for trainer Steve Asmussen, Nashville broke his maiden in his career bow and was named a TDN Rising Star for the 11 ½-length score at Saratoga, setting fractions of :21.50, :43.87, and 1:07.92 with a final time of 1:14.48 for 6 ½ furlongs. In just his second start, Nashville won a Keeneland allowance by an eye-catching 9 ¾ lengths in 1:09.10, the fastest six-furlong time of the 2020 Keeneland Fall meeting. He also displayed his world-class speed in capturing a six-furlong Fair Grounds allowance in 1:08.61, the fastest sprint time of the 2021-22 winter meet and the fastest time at the distance in more than two years.

Out of the Mizzen Mast mare Veronique and hailing from the direct female family of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Giacomo and Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Tiago, Nashville was a $460,000 purchase at the 2018 Keeneland September Sale.

For more information on Life Is Good or Nashville, contact Liam O’Rourke, Olivia Desch, or Ben Hanley at (859) 873-1717.