05/27/2013 5:48PM

Belmont Park: Tiz Miz Sue gets her Grade 1 with Phipps victory

Michael Amoruso
Tiz Miz Sue, with Joe Rocco Jr. up, gets a half-length victory in the Ogden Phipps Handicap.

ELMONT, N.Y. - The primary purpose for bringing Tiz Miz Sue back to the races as a 6-year-old was to try to and get her a Grade 1 victory.

Mission accomplished.

Under a confident Joe Rocco Jr., Tiz Miz Sue engaged Authenticity outside the eighth pole then outfinished that rival to the wire to win Monday’s Grade 1, $400,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap by a half-length at Belmont Park.

Authenticity, who took over from the pacesetting favorite, Joyful Victory, just before the three-furlong pole, finished second by one length over longshot Centring. It was 10 lengths back to Disposablepleasure, who was followed by Joyful Victory and Believe You Can.

It was the eighth win from 32 career starts for Tiz Miz Sue, a daughter of Tiznow owned and bred by Cresran LLC, and pushed her career earnings to $1,129,709. She had won the Grade 3 Azeri at Oaklawn twice, was beaten a neck by Royal Delta in last year’s Delaware Handicap, and had three thirds and a second from six prior Grade 1 tries.

“She deserved [a Grade 1] so bad, I was really going to be upset if she didn’t get one before she retired,” trainer Steve Hobby said. “This lightened the load.”

There appeared to be ample pace on paper to set things up for Tiz Miz Sue, and it certainly played out that way on the track.

After breaking a step slowly from the rail, Joyful Victory, under Rosie Napravnik, assumed the lead, pressed by Authenticity, ridden by Mike Smith, through a quarter-mile in 22.82 seconds, a half-mile in 45.41. Authenticity took over after six furlongs run in 1:09.57.

Rocco, meanwhile, kept Tiz Miz Sue, within about four lengths of the lead and saving ground.

“I was loving the fractions, and Joe looked like he had an armful of horse all the way sitting back there,” Hobby said. “He just waited.”

Rocco tipped Tiz Miz Sue out inside the three-sixteenths pole, shook the reins at his 6-year-old mare, and she outfinished Authenticity.

Tiz Miz Sue covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.81, and returned $10.80 as the second choice in a field of six.

“When I saw Rosie have to lean forward on the turn and I was following Mike, I got pretty confident,” Rocco said. “But this mare has fooled me a couple of times when I thought I was going to get past them. Once she ran by them, then I was confident.”

Ricky Williams More than 1 year ago
Hope she makes it to the Breeders Cup at Santa Anita this year! nice race Tiz Miz Sue!!!
Ann Maree More than 1 year ago
So gratifying and very happy for this game, brave "iron lady". Her record stands at 32 starts, 8 wins, 10 places and 4 shows. This daughter of the great Tiznow has been multiple grade 1 placed, but she now has that much-deserved Grade 1 on her resume. No doubt this is her last year of racing, and she will be in much demand as a talented broodmare! Congrats to Tiz Miz Sue and her connections.
carol More than 1 year ago
Saw her Azeri and Apple Blossom.....won the first...ran well to be second in the AB...thought she looked awesome both times
akhiym james More than 1 year ago
Yes she had never won a grade 1 before but she was the only horse who had ran with legitimate grade 1 company and ran well. Joyful Victory and Believe You Can had won grade 1's but not against strong competition. This raced showed where they are truly at in the filly and made handicap division. Royal Delta #1 Tiz Mis Sue #2
Wayne Haehner More than 1 year ago
yes--you are correct--The Kentucky Oaks is a rat race that always comes up weak
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
"Always comes up weak"?? Seems like just 3 weeks ago the almost-universal consensus was that the KY Oaks was an outstanding field, and, top to bottom, stronger than the Derby field. Has your opinion of this year's crop of 3 year old fillies changed that much? Mine hasn't. It's still a great crop, and I'm looking forward to rematches the rest of the year, culminating in the Cotillion in Sept. and then the B.C. Ladies Classic.
jay More than 1 year ago
Amy...Ever hear of sarcasm?
You Feel Lucky More than 1 year ago
You missed the point....Believe You Can won the 2012 Kentucky Oaks, and the op stated that she never ran against strong competition.
Betany Caballero More than 1 year ago
Tiznow progeny seem to develop late.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
What a square price today on this mare. The rail was over-bet. She only beat More chocolate who is a good horse. Not this caliber though. Great ride Rocco!