Slew’s Tiz Whiz makes late run to prevail in Longacres Mile

Slew’s Tiz Whiz makes late run to prevail in Longacres Mile
Photo: Emerald Downs

Slew’s Tiz Whiz collared Papa’s Golden Boy in the final strides and scored a 2 3/4-length victory in Sunday’s 87th running of the $150,000 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs.

In winning the Northwest’s most historic race, Slew’s Tiz Whiz ran a mile in 1:34.46 and paid $8.80, $5, and $3.40. Jose Zunino authored a picture-perfect ride on the winner, saving ground virtually every step of the way to record his first Longacres Mile victory. Tom Wenzel, saddling his second Mile winner, was the winning trainer for owner K D Thoroughbreds, nom de course for Darlyne Krieg of Oak Harbor, Wash.

Slew’s Tiz Whiz was the first Washington-bred since Stryker Phd in 2015 to win the Mile. The 4-year-old bay gelding by Slew’s Tiznow out of Ros’s Girl was bred by Karl Krieg, Darlyne’s husband, who died from cancer in 2019.

Breaking from the No. 1 post, Slew’s Tiz raced in mid-pack as Papa’s Golden Boy led through fractions of 22.70, 45.17 and 1:08.97. Papa’s Golden Boy led by three lengths past mid-stretch, running seven furlongs in 1:21.56, but Slew’s Tiz Whiz had begun inhaling horses into the stretch, sweeping past Top Executive in mid-stretch and then collaring Papa’s Golden Boy for the track’s top prize.

“We were a little lucky going into the first turn, but everything worked out great,” Zunino said. “He wanted to go at the quarter pole, so I let him go, and he was the best.”

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Slew’s Tiz Whiz has won three straight races, scoring in a six-furlong allowance and in the 6 1/2-furlong Governor’s Stakes, in which he also caught Papa’s Golden Boy late to prevail.

“The allowance race was good, and the last two races have been superb,” Wenzel said. “This horse is such an overachiever.”

Slew’s Tiz Whiz earned $82,500 and is 13: 6-1-1 with earnings of $170,707.

Papa’s Golden Boy, breaking from the No. 12 post under Kevin Radke, nearly carried his tremendous speed over a distance of ground for trainer Vince Gibson and owner Lusk Racing. The 6-year-old Washington-bred son of Harbor the Gold earned $30,000 and is 22: 7-5-0 with earnings of $201,096. Off at odds of 11-1, Papa’s Golden Boy paid $11.20 and $7.80.

Five Star General, ridden by Leslie Mawing, rallied to finish third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Papa’s Golden Boy, and paid $7 to show. The 6-year-old full horse by Distorted Humor also made Longacres Mile history by joining Stryker Phd as the only horses to finish in the top three in three consecutive Miles. Five Star General ran second to Anothertwistafate in 2020, third to Background in 2021 and third to Slew’s Tiz Whiz in 2022.

Top Executive, a slight 3-1 betting favorite over Slew’s Tiz Whiz, finished fourth under Evin Roman. The 2021 Emerald Downs horse of the meet chased Papa’s Golden Boy from second most of the way before weakening slightly in the stretch.

Background, bidding to become only the fourth back-to-back Mile winner, finished fifth, a neck behind Top Executive. Southern California shipper Majestic Eagle finished sixth. Torpedo Away, Spittin Image, Unmachable, Kingmeister, Hard to Deny and Huge Bigly completed the order of finish.

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