06/04/2013 3:44PM

Belmont Stakes: Always in a Tiz to skip race, run in Easy Goer

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Barbara D. Livingston
Always in a Tiz will skip Saturday's Belmont Stakes to run in the Easy Goer Stakes.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Always in a Tiz, who likely would have been the longest shot in the field, will skip Saturday’s $1 million Belmont Stakes and instead run in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes on the day’s undercard, said Anthony Bonomo Jr., racing manager for his parents’ stables.

Always in a Tiz, a son of Tiznow, won his debut at Saratoga last summer but has lost five consecutive races since, most recently finishing ninth in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 6.

Bonomo said the decision to skip the Belmont was made Tuesday after a conference call between his father and trainer Dominick Schettino. Anthony Bonomo Sr., who races under the banner Brooklyn Boyz Stables, owns Always in a Tiz with his wife, MaryEllen Bonomo, who races under the banner MEB Racing Stables.

“To put him in a mile-and-a-half race after a while off and after all this work we put in, it didn’t seem like the right thing to do,” Anthony Bonomo Jr. said. “We want to look more to the future than one race. God forbid we run him and we knock him out again. We want to try to get ready for Saratoga and everything else.”

The Easy Goer, restricted to 3-year-olds, is run at 1 1/16 miles.

The defection of Always in a Tiz leaves a 14-horse field for the Belmont, so only one starting gate will have to be used.

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Paul Lewis More than 1 year ago
i dont get in a tizzy for horses with Tiz in their name. low % win imho. i also dont really like the words auxiliary and annex. have a nice day!
Joseph Bartelli More than 1 year ago
This horse wins the Easy Goer! You heard it here first.
Anil More than 1 year ago
Brandon you are crazy..... This is the same trainer and connections that dropped Willy Beamin in for $25K. He got claimed then went on to win over $600,000 last year... The Grade 1 King's Bishop and 2nd in the Oklahoma Derby and Discovery Handicap. They probably are still having sleepless nights from losing Willy Beamin.
Dave More than 1 year ago
Score one for common sense.
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
Schettino is a great trainer. I always bet his horses and make a killing. DWS
m More than 1 year ago
are you on crack? I've never seen a trainer screw up more highly priced bloodstock then this turkey. good thing his owners are his best friends.....
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
10 wins on the year hardly makes him a "great trainer". If you always bet on him and cash when he does win, you'd still be behind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too bad was looking to see an auxiliary gate at Belmont. The 1983 Belmont (15 horses) used 2 gates- the second gate was on the turf & extended on the main dirt track- the race is on belmontstakes.com
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
I'd rather this horse not be in the Belmont than see the auxiliary gate used