Updated on 09/15/2011 12:37PM

Brothers Tiznow, Budroyale gearing up


DEL MAR, Calif. - The last time Budroyale raced, in the 2000 Pimlico Special, few had even heard of his little brother. But much has changed since then. Two weeks later, his younger brother Tiznow won his maiden. Tiznow went on, of course, to win the Breeders' Cup Classic, and be named Horse of the Year.

Now, both are at Del Mar, seeking to return to competition. Tiznow has not raced since capturing the Santa Anita Handicap in March. He could make it back by the end of the meet, in the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap on Sept. 2. Budroyale should make it back sooner. If he works next week to the satisfaction of trainer Ted H. West, Budroyale will run in the San Diego Handicap on July 29.

"It's a tight schedule. I'd love to have another two or three weeks. It's kind of a crash course in training," West said Tuesday morning. "But I'd love to run in the Pacific Classic," he said, referring to the $1 million race on Aug. 19. "I don't think there's going to be much in that race."

The popular Budroyale, a plain gelding who rose from the claiming ranks to finish second in the 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic, was given a freshening following the 2000 Pimlico Special. "He hadn't run well in the Oaklawn Handicap, and then the Pimlico Special, so we turned him out," West said. "Then, when he was training at Santa Anita this winter, he fractured his right shoulder right around the new year. He needed three months off."

Budroyale has a history of not running well at Del Mar, but West said he is training better than he ever has at this track. And because West believes the 1 1/4 miles of the Pacific Classic best suits Budroyale, he is not going to send Budroyale to Emerald Downs for the Longacres Mile, which Budroyale won two years ago.

"He's getting old," West said, "but he's not showing any signs of age. His works are great, he looks great, and he's sound."

Weekend update

Small fields are in line for both major stakes at Del Mar this weekend, Saturday's $400,000 Ramona Handicap and Sunday's $200,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Happyanunoit, who has a win and a second in a pair of starts in Grade 1 stakes this year, is expected to head the field in the Grade 1 Ramona, a 1 1/8-mile grass race for older fillies and mares. Others likely for the race are Beautiful Noise, Minor Details, Timi, and Tranquility Lake.

Kona Gold, last year's champion sprinter, will have few rivals in the Grade 2 Bing Crosby, a six-furlong race for older horses. Swept Overboard is definite for the race, and Caller One is possible. If Caller One goes, Corey Nakatani will ride him. If Caller One does not run, Nakatani will be on Swept Overboard.

Freespool, who could not handle Caller One in Hollywood Park's Los Angeles Handicap last time out, will pass the race. "We're not running against the two big guns," said West, who trains Freespool. "We wouldn't even run if just Caller One or Kona Gold was in the race."

Laffit Pincay Jr. will miss Del Mar's Sunday card in order to ride Sligo Bay for trainer Beau Greely in the American Derby at Arlington Park. Victor Espinoza will be absent Sunday to ride Lazy Slusan for trainer John Dolan in the Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park.

Theme weeks

The final four weeks of the meeting will have themes, beginning with Family Week on Aug. 8, and then Pacific Classic Surf Week on Aug. 15, Fiesta Week on Aug. 22, and Celebrate the Horse Week on Aug. 29

Family Week features pony rides, magicians, and other activities for children. Pacific Classic Week will celebrate Southern California's beach culture. A floppy hat will be given away to all fans on Pacific Classic Day, Aug. 19. Fiesta Week includes live mariachi music, and a prize drawing for a seven-day, six-night cruise for two to the Mexican Riviera. The final theme week features jockey and trainer photo days during Labor Day weekend.

* Stewards for this summer's meeting are Ingrid Fermin, David Samuel, and George Slender.

* On Saturdays and Sundays, fans can watch morning workouts and have breakfast in the clubhouse terrace restaurant. Former jockey Jeff Bloom offers insightful commentary and observations, and answers questions, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. This is in addition to the popular "Donuts at Del Mar" promotion, which track announcer Trevor Denman hosts on Saturday mornings, Aug. 4 and 18.

* The California Equine Retirement Foundation will receive two cents for every admission during the Del Mar meeting. Over the past seven years, the program has contributed $71,281 to CERF.

* Train service to Del Mar, via either Amtrak or the local Coaster, is through the Solana Beach station, one mile north of the track. Del Mar offers free shuttle rides between the train station to the track on double-decker busses.

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