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Borel Gets to Know Always in a Tiz

Borel Gets to Know Always in a Tiz
Photo: Oaklawn Park
Always in a Tiz and new rider Calvin Borel, who won the 5,000th race of his career Thursday, got a feel for each other in advance of the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 16 with an easy half mile workout in 48 3/5 Saturday. The Tiznow colt will be attempting to redeem himself after a troubled third in the Jan. 21 Smarty Jones Stakes as the favorite and a fifth-place finish in the Feb. 18 Southwest Stakes in which he exited the race with a lung infection.
“Perfect,” said Carl Alsop, assistant to trainer Dominick Schettino, of the work. “It was just what we wanted. We’re glad to get Calvin. Robby (Albarado) was committed elsewhere and we didn’t want to wait until the last minute and end up in a bad spot. We figured lock up a good one like Calvin and he’s galloped him and worked him.”

Borel, who is seeking his fourth Kentucky Derby victory, was equally pleased with the workout.

“It was good,” said Borel. “Really good. I’m impressed with him. He had blinkers on and I think it will help keep him focused.”

Also, working Saturday was Texas Bling, who finished second in the Smarty Jones and ninth in the Southwest. He worked five furlongs in 1:01, the second fastest of 64 at the distance.

An oversubscribed field of 14 is shaping up for the Rebel, the final prep before the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13. Probables for the race include Always in a Tiz, Big Lute, Capo Bastone, Carve, Delhomme, Den’s Legacy, Hardrock Eleven, Heaven’s Runaway, Oxbow, Park City, Proud Strike, So Race Yourglass, Super Ninety Nine, Texas Bling, Treasury Bill and Will Take Charge.


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