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Breeders Cup 2015
Belmont Stakes 2017

Tizway Runs Ragged in Met Mile

Tizway, returning to the scene of his most recent triumph, turned in a dazzling performance in the 118th edition Grade 1, $500,000 Metropolitan Handicap, the Memorial Day feature at Belmont Park.

 

Seeking his first win since a five-length score in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap in October, Tizway broke alertly from the outside in the field of 11, pressed Tackleberry in second through fractions of 23.17 and 45.57, dispatched that rival nearing the five-sixteenths marker, and shook away from the field once put to a drive by Rajiv Maragh to find the finish line 2 ¾ lengths to the good of 36-1 longshot Rodman.

 

Tizway’s final time of 1:32.90 was the second-fastest Met Mile in history, missing Honour and Glory’s stakes record by 0.09 seconds. The Belmont main-track record for one mile is 1:32.24, set by Najran in 2003.

 

“I had a good post and my horse broke well,” said Maragh. “He was always running for me – I really didn’t have to do much, just get him going at the right time and he held off pretty fine. It was pretty straight forward – I broke out of the gate, I just ran a straight line, dropped in a little when I went to the turn, gave my horse the cue and he was always into the bridle.”

 

Tizway, fifth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in November in his 2010 finale, entered the Met Mile off a pair of thirds in the Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 12 and Grade 3 Charles Town Classic over a sloppy track on April 16.

 

“He tries every time,” said winning trainer H. James Bond, who picked up his first Grade 1 win since Buddha prevailed in the 2002 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack. “He couldn’t stand up on that stuff at Charles Town, and still ran a game third and just missed second. Like I say, I’m just fortunate enough to have him in my barn.”

 

Owned by William L. Clifton, Jr., Tizway returned $8.20 for a $2 win wager as the mild 3-1 favorite and improved his record to 6-1-5 from 19 starts. The 6-year-old’s triumph was worth $300,000, lifting his career earnings to $909,274.

 

With his victory in the Met Mile, which is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series, Tizway is now guaranteed a spot in the starting gate and will have his pre-entry and entry fees waived for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs in November, with his connections to receive a $10,000 travel allowance for the race. Bond, however, is also considering a start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at 1 ¼ miles for the 6-year-old.

 

“I’ll probably look at the Whitney [Grade 1, August 6, Saratoga Race Course],” said Bond. “It’s our home base. We’ll back up from the Breeders’ Cup and basically start looking backwards and try to find the right spots for him. I know this horse will run a mile-and-a-quarter. It depends on what kind the horses are at the end of the year. You and I all know what can happen.”

 

Tizway, a dark bay or brown son of Tiznow and the Dayjur mare Bethany, was bred in Kentucky by Whisper Hill Farm.

 

Rodman, who entered today’s race off a 3 ½-length victory in the Irish Tower overnight stakes at Aqueduct on April 14 in what was his second race off a 14-month layoff, pleased trainer Michael Hushion with his effort in the Met Mile

 

“He looked so good going under the wire,” said Hushion. “I’m thrilled he ran a pretty brilliant race to be second.”

 

Caixa Eletronica, winner of the Grade 3 Westchester on opening weekend at Belmont, finished third, with Aikenite completing the superfecta. Reigning New York-bred Horse of the Year Haynesfield was fifth, and he was followed home by Stormy’s Majesty, Soaring Empire, Ibboyee, Tackleberry, Yawanna Twist, and Kensei.

 


 

 

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