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Big Lute Drills Rebel Stakes Bullet

Big Lute Drills Rebel Stakes Bullet
Photo: Oaklawn Park
If his horses run as well as they worked Saturday, trainer Steve Hobby could be sitting on a big day March 16 when he saddles Big Lute in the Rebel and Tiz Miz Sue, the defending champ, in the $150,000 Azeri Stakes (G3). Big Lute posted the bullet five furlong work of 59 3/5, while Tiz Miz Sue covered the same distance in 102.

“It was fast,” said Hobby of Big Lute’s work. “It was maybe a little bit faster than I wanted him to, but he was hardly blowing hard afterwards so it was fine. Robby (Albarado) was happy. He told (owner) Alex (Lieblong) it’s just like flying his plane. We’re not bad now. We’re on everybody else’s schedule that ran in the Southwest and is going in this race. I was afraid I’d have knocked him out a little bit, but he was full of energy today.”

Hobby is confident that his multiple stakes winner Tiz Miz Sue can improve off her third-place finish in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes Feb. 16 in her seasonal debut.

“She was great,” said Hobby. It was her typical work. She’s so consistent. She just does the same thing most every time. I’m sure she’s going to move forward, it’s just whether or not that other one (Don’t Tell Sophia) is going to regress at all, because I think I need a little of each.”

Speaking of Tiz Miz Sue’s main rival in the Azeri, Don’t Tell Sophia, who has already won the $75,000 Pippin Stakes and Bayakoa Stakes this meet, also worked Saturday. The 5-year-old Congaree mare went five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 with regular rider Robby Albarado aboard.

“She did great,” said trainer Phil Sims. “She finished up well. Robby was happy.”


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