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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Always in a Tiz Prepares for Wood Memorial

Trainer Dominick Schettino today confirmed that Calvin Borel will be aboard MeB Racing Stables’ Always in a Tiz in the $1 million Wood Memorial. The 3-year-old Tiznow colt enters the 1 1/8-mile Wood off a fifth-place finish over a sloppy 1 1/16 miles on February 18 in the Grade 3 Southwest at Oaklawn Park and posted a five-furlong breeze in 1:03.35 on the Belmont Park training track on Thursday.

 

“Anthony Bonomo, Jr., who is the racing manager for MeB Stables, and I discussed it before making the decision,” said Schettino of the move to Borel, whose last appearance at Aqueduct came in 2010, when he was second on Jackson Bend in the Wood Memorial and second on Hurricane Ike in the Bay Shore. “He knows how to win the big races and he knows how to win the Derby.”

 

The 47-year-old Borel, who scored his 5,000th career victory on March 7 at Oaklawn Park, has won three of the past six Derbies: in 2007 with Street Sense, in 2009 with 50-1 shot Mine That Bird and in 2010 with Super Saver.

 

Always in a Tiz, a $175,000 yearling purchase at the Fasig-Tipton sales at Saratoga in 2011, broke his maiden on September 3 at the Spa, finished second to Vyjack in the Traskwood overnight stakes on December 9 at Aqueduct and third by a neck on January 21 in Oaklawn’s Smarty Jones stakes.

 

Schettino also said that Escapefromreality, second in the Withers and ninth in the Grade 3 Gotham, would make his next start in the Times Square division of the New York Stallion Series on May 5 at Belmont Park.

 

 

 

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