12/10/2012 3:41PM

Aqueduct: Tiz the Argument finally gets spot in Jameela Stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
As a stalker, Tiz the Argument figures to get a good trip.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The 82-day layoff that Tiz the Argument has entering Wednesday’s $80,000 Jameela Stakes at Aqueduct is not by design.

“I’ve been wanting to run her for a long time,” said trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., who said he couldn’t find a suitable spot for the 4-year-old filly.

Dutrow appears to have found an ideal spot for Tiz the Argument in the Jameela, the featured event on the first day of racing over Aqueduct’s inner track. The Jameela is run as a two-turn mile, a similar configuration to last December’s Let Me Linger Stakes, which Tiz the Argument won by 7 1/4 lengths over the inner track. Among the horses she beat that day was Love and Pride, who came back in 2012 to be a multiple Grade 1 winner.

“I think this fits her perfectly,” Dutrow said. “She gets to walk out of her own stall, she’s handled the distance, she’s handled the track, she’s doing good. If she gets a good trip, I think she’ll run good.”

As a stalker, Tiz the Argument figures to get a good trip under Junior Alvarado, as there is ample speed in the field for her to target.

Tiz the Argument will face two fillies she has finished behind in overnight stakes during the summer.

Opus A finished second, 2 3/4 lengths ahead of Tiz the Argument in the Endear Stakes at Belmont in July. Kid Kate was second in a 6 1/2-furlong stakes at Saratoga in which Tiz the Argument finished fifth.

Opus A is 4 for 7 over Aqueduct’s inner track, including two overnight stakes wins around two turns here last winter.

“I think she likes the track, she’s better around two turns, she’s doing very well, we’ll see what happens” trainer Rick Violette said. “I’ve got a few horses I’ve been waiting to run over the inner.”

In each of the last two years, Violette has gotten off to a strong start at the inner track meet. In December 2010, he went 5 for 15. Last December, he went 12 for 26.

Kid Kate was expected to be retired following her runner-up finish to Singlet in the Garland of Roses over the main track Dec. 1. But her connections have obviously opted to give the 5-year-old mare at least one more shot in the Jameela. Though most of her success has come in one-turn sprints, Kid Kate did win the Junior Champion Stakes, a two-turn mile race, as a 2-year-old at Monmouth.

Check Point, second in an overnight stakes similar to this here in 2010, and Moon Philly, a winner of two straight at Penn National, also are contenders in this spot.

Withgreatpleasure and The Underling complete the field.