05/24/2013 1:35PM

Belmont Stakes field at 14 after Always in a Tiz jumps in

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Barbara D. Livingston
Always in a Tiz has not raced since finishing ninth in the Wood Memorial on April 6.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Always in a Tiz, ninth in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial in his last start, is being pointed to the $1 million Belmont Stakes here on June 8, part-owner and New York Racing Association board member Anthony Bonomo said Friday.

“Truthfully, I think the horse has the ability to get the distance,” Anthony Bonomo said, referring to the 1 1/2 miles. “He’s not as seasoned as some of those other horses are right now but as far as ability goes he can run and do well in the Belmont.”

Bonomo, who races under the moniker Brooklyn Boyz Stables, owns Always in a Tiz with his wife, Mary Ellen, who races under the MeB Racing Stables banner. Last year they finished fifth in the Belmont with Five Sixteen.

Always in a Tiz, trained by Dominick Schettino, will be ridden by David Cohen in the Belmont, Bonomo said. Cohen has been working the horse, including on Wednesday when the colt went five furlongs in 1:01.39 in company over the main track.

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Bonomo said that Always in a Tiz will have another work next week, and after that a final determination will be made, but “at this point in time we’re aiming towards running.”

Always in Tiz, a son of Tiznow, won his debut going 5 1/2 furlongs at Saratoga last Sept. 3, a race in which Revolutionary finished third. Revolutionary won the Withers and Louisiana Derby before finishing third in the Kentucky Derby.

Always in a Tiz finished second to Vyjack in the Traskwood Stakes at Aqueduct in December and finished third, beaten a neck by Will Take Charge in the Smarty Jones at Oaklawn.

Things unraveled for Always in a Tiz thereafter. He finished fifth in the Grade 3 Southwest, a race from which he emerged with a lung infection. Always in a Tiz skipped the Rebel after an unsatisfactory workout before returning to New York for the Wood Memorial.

Equipped with blinkers for the first time, Always in a Tiz was never a factor in the Wood, finishing ninth, beaten 14 3/4 lengths.

The addition of Always in a Tiz brings the list of possible Belmont Stakes starters to 14.

The other definite runners include Oxbow, Will Take Charge, Code West, Freedom Child, Giant Finish, Golden Soul, Revolutionary, Overanalyze, and Palace Malice. Kentucky Derby winner Orb and the filly Unlimited Budget are probable, while Micromanage and Midnight Taboo are possible.

Trainer Todd Pletcher is expected to work all six of his potential Belmont Stakes starters on Sunday, weather permitting.

John More than 1 year ago
Pletcher is like the old saying "if you throw enough crap against the wall, some will eventually stick " SIX HORSES, ...........................geez Todd, I guess you want to win this thing huh ?
BRUCE More than 1 year ago
Eric Spolstra ... What are you smoking ??? Overanayze is a lock !!! I'm on line at the window cashing already !!!
Eric Wisda More than 1 year ago
Belmont Stakes Winner is Freedom Child.. He is bred for the Distance and LOVES Belmont.....
Ronald Dodgen More than 1 year ago
He loves the mud!! pray for rain
BRUCE More than 1 year ago
Pray the other 14 horses are scratched you clown !!!
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
Orb is going to run his ars of in the Belmont!! load up on him! oxbow got a gift last one when they boxed Orb on the rail!
Lou More than 1 year ago
Pletcher will be 0 for 11 this year.
Dave More than 1 year ago
Owners have destroyed Always in a Tiz. This is an example of a really nice horse being pushed because too hard because of Derby fever. Now the Belmont? He was noncompetitive in the Wood, they cannot be serious.
Emily Hoefman More than 1 year ago
Keep an eye out for Saint vigor...
BRUCE More than 1 year ago
Biff here from Back to the Future ... I've got the sports almanac in my back pocket."Overanalyze" won the 2013 Belmont Stakes easily !!! Does anyone need the winner of the 2014 Super Bowl ???.
Vicki More than 1 year ago
Every horse has a chance to win especially if 11 fall down! Some entries just fill the race for betting odds. The pari-mutuel windows at Belmont Park are "always in a tiz." 1 1/2 miles is a long way in the stretch, I love a horse that has heart to close in the stretch at the 1/8 pole to the wire surging to the front from a jockey that has a clock in his head to rate a closer!!! Read the book "More Money, Honey! Is it all really worth it?" which tells all from the BEST!!!
Jerry Cumberland More than 1 year ago
Palace Malice will get revenge for his daddy in the Belmont. That's assuming he doesn't try to set a Secretariat type pace this time.