Tizway, winner of two prestigious Grade 1 races in
New York this year, will miss the Breeders’ Cup Classic and be retired to
stud after being diagnosed with a suspensory injury after a gallop Tuesday
“He galloped over the track very well this morning,” said
trainer Jim Bond. “We put him on ice for an hour like we usually do, but
he showed some swelling and heat. We called the vets and they saw a bruise and
did an ultrasound. They found a diffused lesion in the suspensory branch of his
left front leg. It’s like the rope that holds the knee and ankle
Bond said that normal recovery time would be two months, but with the
November 5 Breeders’ Cup Classic scheduled to be his final race, the
decision was made to retire him.
“The safe thing to do is retire him,” said Bond. “The
doctors said it was borderline, but I am not going to take a chance with a stud
career in front of him. He galloped a mile this morning and looked great. The
track was perfect. It was just bad luck. It’s sad because I wanted him to
have the chance to prove to everyone that he was the best horse in the
Tizway, owned by William Clifton, Jr., will now be retired to stud at
B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky.
The 6-year-old son of Tizway battled minor injuries throughout the
course of his career, taking six starts to break his maiden. He blossomed over
the last few years, however, winning the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park in 2010 and this year taking the
Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont and Grade 1 Whitney Invitational
Bond called Tizway the best horse he has ever trained.
“If you asked me before the Whitney, I would have said
Will’s Way,” said Bond, who saddled the son of Easy Goer to wins in
the 1996 Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga and the 1997 Whitney. “But watching
Tizway’s wins in the Met Mile and Whitney gives me goosebumps, and the
only horse that had ever done that to me before was Secretariat. Tizway has the
jump on Will’s Way because of how quick he is. I can’t believe that
I trained this horse, because he is amazing.”
Jockey Rajiv Maragh, who rode Tizway for the horse’s final 14
starts, echoed the trainer’s sentiments.
“He is the most accomplished horse I have ever ridden,”
said Maragh. “His record speaks for itself. He has three or four big wins
that can match up to some of the greatest horses that have ever raced in New York. His Met Mile
performance was amazing. His Whitney and Kelso were amazing. His best race is
as good as any horse that I have ever sat on.”
Tizway retires to stud with a record of 7 1 5 from 20 starts and career
earnings of $1,359,274.