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Hobby Breezes Tiz Miz Sue

Hobby Breezes Tiz Miz Sue
Photo: Oaklawn Park

Trainer 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.

 

Cresran 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. 

“We 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 weeks.”

Tiz 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.

Hardin 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.

“Just 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

 

The 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.

 

Oaklawn 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.

 

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