Photo: Oaklawn Park
Although his connections are from New York and currently based in
South Florida, Always in Tiz will continue down the path toward the
April 13 Arkansas Derby with a start in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2)
March 16. The colt will be making his third start in Hot Springs after
finishing a troubled third in the Smarty Jones Jan. 21 and fifth in the
sloppy Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 18.
The Tiznow colt returned to Florida after the Smarty Jones, but has
remained at Oaklawn since the Southwest and had been treated for a lung
infection discovered after that race. Now healthy, Always in a Tiz began
his serious preparations for the Rebel by working five furlongs in 1:02
Friday with jockey Robby Albarado on board.
“I spoke to (assistant) Carl (Alsop) and to Robby (Albarado) and they
both say everything went very well,” said trainer Dominick Schettino.
“He scoped clean and the lung infection appears to be completely cleared
up. I worked him in blinkers and I’m hoping to send him one more time –
a half-mile – in blinkers next week to get him ready. We are also
hoping it doesn’t rain again, but what can you do?”
Always in a Tiz was accompanied on his second trip to Arkansas by the
3-year-old filly Flash Forward, who will start in the $150,000 Honeybee
Stakes (G3) March 9. The impressive winner of an optional allowance
race at Gulfstream Park Jan. 3 posted her third work at Oaklawn Feb. 28,
breezing five furlongs in 1:02 3/5 over a fast track.
“The filly is training very well,” said Schettino. “Robby was happy
with her. The time before last I worked her in company and yesterday she
went by herself. The Honeybee is the target.”
Texas Bling Remains on Target for Rebel
Texas Bling, the upset winner of the Springboard Mile at Remington
Park last December and second in the Smarty Jones, continues to show
that his ninth-place finish in the Southwest Stakes was mostly due to
the very sloppy racetrack that day. Saturday he posted his second work
since that race, a five-furlong breeze in 1:01.
“It was another excellent work,” said trainer Danele Durham. “It was
just a maintenance work. I wanted him to do a little more last week
because he got nothing out of the (Southwest). We’ll probably come back
next Saturday for another work before the Rebel.”
“He went fast,” added jockey Cliff Berry. “A horse broke off in front
of him and he took off after him, so it was probably faster than Danele
wanted, but he’s good.”