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Tizway Drills Whitney Bullet

Tizway captures the 2011 Met Mile

Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap winner Tizway continues to train forwardly for his next engagement, the Grade 1 Whitney on August 6, working five furlongs in 1:00.08, handily, over the Oklahoma training track Friday morning.


The move, his fifth since the Met Mile, was the fastest of four at the distance.


Tizway will be bidding for his second career Grade 1 victory in the Whitney, a race in which he finished fourth in 2009 and missed last year with an injury. Long troubled by foot issues, Bond said those problems seem to be behind the 6-year-old son of Tiznow.


“He’s always had issues but for the first time in his life he’s like a baseball player or a football player for whom everything has come together,” said Bond. “Now, I can train him really hard. I’m very, very excited about the race.”


Tizway is on the brink of becoming a millionaire, having earned $909,274, with a record of 6-1-5 from 19 starts. All but one of those victories has come at a mile or less, but Bond doesn’t think the Whitney’s 1 1/8 miles will be a problem.


“He was beaten three lengths to [runner-up] Quality Road in the Jockey Club Gold Cup going 1 ¼ miles, and I’d have to think if Quality Road were in this race he’d been 2-1 or less, that’s my opinion,” said Bond. “It’s going to be a great race with a lot of the top players. I believe he can do it, Rajiv [Maragh] believes he can do it; he’s got to prove it.”




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Tizway has the blood to do it - the speed of Relaunch and Seattle Slew, and with the endurance of the Northern Dancer's line (also with Mr. Prospector thrown in there). Though to make a decision, I'd like to see an entry list.

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