Updated on 10/14/2011 1:41PM

Belmont Park: Tizway ships in from Saratoga for mile workout

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Barbara D. Livingston
Despite missing the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Tizway Is on target for a start in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Tizway, who missed the Jockey Club Gold Cup earlier this month after briefly spiking a temperature, continued to progress toward a start in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic by working a mile in 1:38.47 on the main track at Belmont Park on Wednesday morning.

Tizway, the winner of the Metropolitan Handicap and Whitney Stakes earlier this year, has been training regularly at Saratoga, where his trainer, James Bond, is based. But Bond said he thought working at Belmont Park would give him a better gauge as to where he was with Tizway, and Bond said he could not have been happier with how Tizway breezed under exercise rider Andreas Catalan.

"He worked great," Bond said Wednesday morning from Belmont Park. "I had this in the back of my mind for awhile. Missing the Gold Cup, I wanted a serious work, so we came in yesterday afternoon from Saratoga.

"I can do just about everything I want on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga, but I wanted to do something serious over a course he races on all the time, so I could gauge for me where he's at. So we had a little road trip and came to the city."

Belmont Park's clockers credited Tizway with fractions of 24.50 seconds for a quarter-mile, 47.65 seconds for a half-mile, and 1:11.40 for six furlongs, meaning Tizway went his final quarter-mile in 27.07 seconds. The clockers had Tizway going out 1 1/8 miles in 1:53.46.

"He couldn't be doing any better," Bond said. "He walked off the track, drank a half-bucket of water, wasn't blowing, looked like he went for a jog in the park. He cooled out really well. He'll go back to Saratoga tomorrow and do the rest of his training there."

Bond said Tizway would have his final work approximately eight days before the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic, and would ship from Saratoga to Louisville, Ky., on the Monday or Tuesday of Breeders' Cup week.

Tizway, 6, has not raced since the Whitney. He missed the Jockey Club Gold Cup with what Bond describes as a "14-hour bug," when his temperature reached 102 degrees.

Tizway, the filly Havre de Grace, and the 3-year-olds Stay Thirsty and Uncle Mo are the marquee names in the Classic, but the field continues to grow. Headache is being pointed to the race following his victory in the Hawthorne Gold Cup on Saturday, and Drosselmeyer will run in the Classic after being briefly considered for the BC Marathon. Drosselmeyer, trained by Bill Mott, most recently was second to Flat Out in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

"Billy said he's training better than he's trained in a year and a half," said Elliott Walden, the president and chief executive officer of WinStar Farm, which owns Drosselmeyer. Walden said Drosselmeyer "felt good coming into the race, he felt even better coming out of it."

"A mile and a quarter should be no problem," Walden said. "We'll see how the race develops. He's training great, he's 1 for 1 at Churchill. We're excited."

Mike Smith, who rode Drosselmeyer to his 2010 Belmont Stakes victory, has the mount, Walden said.

Drosselmeyer is one of two Belmont winners expected for the Classic, the other being this year's winner, Ruler On Ice. A maximum of 14 can run in the 1 1/4-mile race. The others expected for the Classic are Awesome Gem, Flat Out, Game On Dude, To Honor and Serve, and So You Think, and possibly Await the Dawn, Giant Oak, and Twirling Candy.
So You Think is scheduled to run on Saturday in the Champion Stakes at Ascot, then come to the United States for the Classic, which would be his third race in five weeks.

- additional reporting by David Grening