Tiz the Bomb is the seventh stakes winner and fifth graded or group stakes winner for second-crop sire Hit It a Bomb (War Front), who had his first top-level winner last month when his daughter Hit Emerit captured the Gran Premio Selección de Potrancas (ARG-G1) at La Plata on September 19. Hit it a Bomb won the 2015 Juvenile Turf, so Tiz the Bomb certainly has appropriate credentials for the race on the sire's side.
On the distaff side, the colt traces back to one of the best families in the American Stud Book, that of Missy Baba through her Sir Gaylord daughter Gay Missile, but through a lesser branch than than of Lassie Dear. A daughter of Buckpasser and the winner of the 1976 Villager Stakes (USA-G3), Lassie Dear is the dam of Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Weekend Surprise and Group 1 winner Wolfhound and is the ancestress of A.P. Indy, Summer Squall, Lemon Drop Kid, Duke of Marmalade, Ruler of the World, and other stars of either the race course or the breeding shed.
Gallanta, Gay Missile's 1982 daughter by Nureyev, was probably in the same ballpark as Lassie Dear in terms of racing merit, winning the listed Prix de Cabourg and running second against males in the Prix Morny (FR-G1) in 1985. She had a good broodmare record in her own right, producing 1994 Shadwell Stud Cheveley Park Stakes (USA-G1) winner Gay Gallanta (by Woodman) and Irish Group 2 winner Sportsworld (by Alleged), who proved a successful sire in South Africa. Her daughters did not breed on as well as Lassie Dear's, however, although they did well enough as a group to make Gallanta the second dam of five stakes winners including English Group 2 winners Al Jadeed and Byron.
Mayville's Magic (by Gone West) was among those daughters, and she produced the listed stakes winner Mystic (by Unbridled's Song) as well as three stakes-placed runners, all fillies. The first of those fillies, Cabbage Key (by A.P. Indy), is inbred 4x3 to Gay Missile as well as 3x4 to Secretariat. While no great runner, she earned placings in two minor stakes on the Mid-Atlantic circuit and was a useful runner on turf. She has yet to produce a stakes winner from 11 foals of racing age, but she does have six winners to her credit, among them Tiz the Key. A daughter of Tiznow, Tiz the Key was a winner on both dirt and turf and produced Tiz the Bomb as her third foal. She has since produced a 2020 filly by Free Drop Billy and a 2021 colt by Mor Spirit and was bred to Gormley for 2022.
On the surface, Tiz the Bomb is the outcrossed progeny of two fairly inbred parents as Hit it a Bomb is 3x3 to Northern Dancer while Tiz the Key is 3x4 to Seattle Slew. Looking further back, though, Northern Dancer is everywhere. Hit It a Bomb, who is 2x5 to Danzig, also carries a cross of another great Northern Dancer sire son, Nijinsky II, at his fifth remove. As for Tiz the Key, she is 5x5x5 to Northern Dancer through Lyphard, Nice Dancer, and Nureyev.
Tiz the Bomb still has the look of a colt who is learning his business, but he certainly has promise and should improve as he continues to mature both mentally and physically. A win in the Juvenile Turf for him would raise the stock of his young sire that much further, as well as rewarding the perseverance of those who persisted in providing good opportunities to Gay Missile's lesser descendants. Patience does not always pay off in Thoroughbred breeding, but in this case, it seems that it has.