10/08/2011 2:34PM

Belmont: Tapizar sharp in comeback; Boys At Tosconova third

Tom Keyser
Tapizr, making his first start since February, captures a second-level allowance at Belmont Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Tapizar won the battle of come-backing stakes winners Saturday, taking the lead soon after the start under Corey Nakatani and cruising to a 2 1/4-length victory in a second-level allowance race at Belmont Park.

Uptowncharlybrown, unraced since the 2010 Belmont Stakes, chased Tapizar most of the trip and finished second, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Boys At Tosconova, who was making his first start since running second in last November’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Tapizar, who began the year with a 4 1/4-length victory in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes in January at Santa Anita, was making his first start since running fifth in the Robert Lewis, also at Santa Anita, in February. He came out of that race with a chip in a knee that was surgically removed.

Tapizar certainly showed no signs of rust, outsprinting Three Day Rush to the lead in a quarter of 23.20 seconds. He continued on through a half-mile in 45.92 seconds, six furlongs in 1:09.06, and covered seven furlongs in 1:21.20.

“It’s great to have him back,’’ said trainer Steve Asmussen, who credited the job assistant trainer Scott Blasi did with the horse. “He showed that he could be brilliant. He trained great, he looked super in the paddock. Scott’s done a great job with him and he ran like he looked.’’

Asmussen said he did not have a specific spot race picked out for Tapizar, but did say the horse would be shipping to Churchill Downs on Monday.

Boys At Tosconova, the 1-2 favorite, broke a step slow under John Velazquez and raced between horses but never demonstrated any sort of kick in the stretch.

“Johnny said the break cost him so much, he could never get into a good rhythm because of all the traffic,’’ trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said. “He said he never got a chance to put the horse in a good spot. It’s okay, we got a run in him.’’

Flying Zee will continue to race

Though Flying Zee Stable plans to disperse the vast majority of its Thoroughbreds, the outfit will still continue to maintain a string of race horses, Viane Lizza said Saturday.

“We’re just going to downsize and try to make it more manageable for me,’’ said Lizza, the widow of Carl Lizza, Flying Zee’s founder, who died in July. “We’re definitely going to keep Flying Zee open and running.’’

On Friday, it was announced that the Flying Zee dispersal would take place in two parts. Phase 1 will include 40 yearlings to be auctioned at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky’s yearling sale in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 26. Phase 2 of the dispersal will include weanlings, broodmares, and horses of racing age and will be offered at the Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic December Mixed Sale in Timonium, Md., on Dec. 5.

Viane Lizza said it had not yet been determined the number of horses to be auctioned in Phase 2.

Through Friday, Flying Zee was the leading owner on the New York Racing Association circuit in terms of wins (50) and starters (260). Flying Zee was also this circuit’s leading owner in wins in 2004-05 and has had an average of 271 starters since 2004.

Among the stable’s top horses this year are graded stakes winners Street Game and Pure Gossip. Lizza said she had not yet decided whether Pure Gossip would be supplemented to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf for a fee of $100,000.

Bush suspended for clenbuterol positive

Trainer Tom Bush began serving a 15-day suspension on Sunday for the finding of the medication clenbuterol, a bronchodilator, in the post-race sample of Quiet Power, who finished second in the fourth race at Saratoga on July 23.

The penalty, which included a $1,000 fine, was reduced from 30 days for Bush waiving his right of appeal. During the suspension, assistant trainer Jose Calderon will be the trainer of record for horses started by Bush’s owners.

Bush said he did give the medication to Quiet Power but said he did so within the designated out time from the race.

“The penalty is not the biggest thing, my reputation is,’’ Bush said Saturday from Lexington, where he was to run Get Stormy in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile. “I’ve been doing this 28 years and I never had a positive in my life. It kind of rocked me.’’