Tiz Miz Sue has been keeping company this summer
with the top fillies on the East Coast, but when she arrived at
Keeneland Wednesday morning after vanning from Monmouth Park there was
no Royal Delta or Love and Pride in sight.
“She has always been matched up tough, so I guess that has been kind
of mean of me,” trainer Steve Hobby said with a laugh after bringing Tiz
Miz Sue back to Barn 22 after jogging a mile early Thursday morning.
“When she was 2, the horse that beat her in the Arlington-Washington Lassie (G3) (She Be Wild) won the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies, G1) and last year, she ran against (Horse of the Year) Havre de Grace.”
In her most recent start, Tiz Miz Sue finished fourth behind Love and
Pride and champion Royal Delta, beaten just two lengths, in the
Personal Ensign (G1) at Saratoga. Prior to that, she was beaten just a
neck by Royal Delta in the Delaware Oaks (G2) and was second to Love and
Pride in the Obeah (G3).
Hobby bypassed last Saturday’s Beldame (G1) at Belmont Park to take a shot in Sunday’s 57th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.
“I am kind of glad I didn’t run in the Beldame with the way Royal
Delta ran,” Hobby said, referring to that filly’s 9½-length victory.
“And then Love and Pride won that race at Santa Anita (the Grade 1
Zenyatta by 3¼ lengths) and that validated her form.”
The Juddmonte Spinster will mark a return to Polytrack for Tiz Miz
Sue, who posted a victory and two seconds in three starts over the
surface as a 2-year-old at Arlington Park in 2009.
“Today was the first day she had been on Polytrack since Arlington,”
Hobby said. “That was part of the reason in running here because I knew
she would handle it. I don’t know if I would have run her here had she
not run on it before.”
Tiz Miz Sue, who has compiled a record of 27-6-9-3 for earnings of
$674,709 for owner-breeder Carol Ricks of Cresran, LLC, has lived up to
her potential for Hobby.
“She was impressive from the beginning and I thought she was
special,” Hobby said of the mare, who will be ridden Sunday by Joe Rocco