Photo: Oaklawn Park
Steve Hobby, who has already had a banner 2012 meet, will attempt to
add to his totals during the last two weeks of the live season
with his best older mare Tiz Miz Sue and improving 3-year-old filly
Lulu Wong. Hobby sent both out for easy workouts Saturday morning as
they prepare to start in upcoming stakes. Through Friday’s card, he has
won 15 races, including two stakes and sits sixth
in the trainer standings.
LLC’s Tiz Miz Sue, who finally got that elusive graded stakes win in
the March 10 Azeri Stakes (G3), hit the track shortly after the
renovation break and completed a five-furlong breeze in 1:00 2/5 with
assistant trainer and regular rider William Hollick aboard. She is being
considered for either the $100,000 Redbud Stakes April 12 or the
$500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 13. Hobby,
who will soon be sharing his barn with reigning Horse of the Year Havre
de Grace who arrives Monday, is waiting to see weight assignments
before making a final commitment to a race.
just wanted to let her stretch her legs,” said Hobby. “It was exactly
what I wanted. (The work) didn’t do anything to change our position.
If it had been horrible, I’d know what our position was, but it was her
usual good work. We’ll just see how things shape up in the next few
Miz Sue, a 5-year-old Tiznow mare, won the 2010 Pollys Jet Stakes and
the 2011 Winter Melody Stakes, both at Delaware Park, but hadn’t
managed a graded stakes victory until the Azeri, although she has not
been one to run from competition. Among her graded stakes placings was a
second-place finish to eventual Horse of the Year Havre de Grace in the
2011 Obeah Stakes (G3) at Delaware and a
third behind Ask the Moon in the 2011 Personal Ensign (G1) at Saratoga.
Farm’s Lulu Wong breezed a half-mile in 48 as she prepares to start in
next Saturday’s $75,000 Prima Donna Stakes at six-furlongs.
The Badge of Silver filly easily won her seasonal debut by 2 ½ lengths
in a one-mile allowance race Jan. 13, but proved no match for Amie’s
Dini and Now I Know when finishing third in the one-mile Martha
Washington Stakes one month later. Hobby is confident
that a return to the shorter distances will suit the filly.
like with Tiz Miz Sue, the work was just what I wanted,” said Hobby. “I
think the six furlongs will be good for her. A mile may just
be a little too far at this point.”
2013 Dates Approved Saturday
Arkansas State Racing Commission approved a 56-day race meet for 2013
at its regularly scheduled meeting Saturday morning. Oaklawn will open
Friday, Jan. 11 and close
Saturday, April 13.
will maintain a Thursday – Sunday schedule with a few exceptions. The
Hot Springs track will once again host the traditional two winter
holiday Monday cards –
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21 and Presidents Day, Feb. 18 – and
for the third straight year, will race the final Wednesday of the meet,
April 10. There will be no live racing Sunday, March 31 in observance of
the Easter holiday.