08/11/2013 9:48PM

Del Mar: Tiz Flirtatious dominates Mabee Stakes

Benoit & Associates
Jockey Julien Leparoux never used his whip while steering Tiz Flirtatious to a 2 1/4-length victory in the Grade 2 John Mabee Stakes on Sunday.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Tiz Flirtatious has steadily progressed into one of the elite female turf runners in the country, and her breathtaking performance Sunday in the Grade 2, $250,000 John Mabee Stakes at Del Mar surely stamped her as one of the top contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf this fall.

The Mabee unfolded at a glacial pace, with the supposed rabbit, Journaliste, behaving more like a tortoise than a hare. Tiz Flirtatious was fourth in the five-horse field through six furlongs in 1:17.94, but she unleashed an electrifying turn of foot on the final turn that immediately carried her past her rivals en route to a 2 1/4-length victory. She was breezing through the final furlong, looking like she was out for a Sunday stroll under Julien Leparoux.

Tiz Flirtatious ($3.20) was timed in 1:51.71 for 1 1/8 miles on firm turf, with her final three furlongs in about 33.20 seconds.

Lady of Shamrock, like Journaliste trained by John Sadler and owned by Kosta Hronis, finished second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of My Gi Gi. Customer Base and Journaliste completed the order of finish.

“When she relaxes, she’s something else,” said Marty Jones, who trains Tiz Flirtatious for her owner and breeder, Pamela Ziebarth. “That was a weird race. The pace was so slow. I sure didn’t expect Lady of Shamrock to be in front of us.”

Tiz Flirtatious is 5, but the California-bred daughter of Tizbud has raced just 11 times. Jones has judiciously parceled out her races this year, running about every two months. She is 3 for 4 this year, her lone loss a narrow defeat against Marketing Mix in the Grade 1 Gamely at Betfair Hollywood Park. Now 7 for 11 lifetime, Tiz Flirtatious will stretch out to 1 1/4 miles for her next two scheduled starts, the Rodeo Drive this fall at Santa Anita, followed by the Breeders’ Cup.

“It’s taken a while to get where we’re going,” Jones said. “Julien understands how she needs to be ridden.”

Rafael Bejarano, who rode Lady of Shamrock, offered no excuses.

“My horse ran well, but the winner was much the best,” he said.

flash gordon More than 1 year ago
The #5 should be taken down too.he was bearing in the 4 too.
John More than 1 year ago
PLEASE DONT LOG INTO THAT SITE, they load a virus on your computer ! On to racing, I now really enjoy Sadlers reason for running Journalista....."Lady of Shamrock needs pace and this way they cant run the 1/2 in 50 and get away with it " No John, she ran the 1/2 in 52.3/5..............................you aint going to beat Tiz Flirtacious if you tied a rocket launcher on Lady of Shamrock !
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Sadler's pre-race comments about the 50 second half came immediately to mind watching the actual half go in 52. Would love to have heard what Sadler told Pedroza before the race and then after it. Either Sadler just wanted to give Lady of Shamrock any target, whether slow or not, or he wanted Pedroza to take Jouranliste out like most rabbits are ridden, agressively to ensure a competitive pace that would soften those horses near it. If it was the former, it didn't matter because Tiz Flirtatious is just better than Lady of Shamrock now. If it was the latter, then Sadler and Hronis have every reason to be beyond angry at Pedroza. Did Pedroza merely give lip service to being the rabbit and sacrificing his own chance to win for the betterment of "team", but once on the track decide to try and win the darn race himself? At least Bejarano on Lady of Shamrock recognized that Journaliste wasn't setting much of a pace and moved early up to 2nd. Given the pace scenario, Lady of Shamrock was in the right place. In contrast, although Tiz Flirtatious has tactical speed, Leparoux was incredibly relaxed with her and allowed her to drop back to last in the beginning stages. Racing 101 would have condemned Leparoux for allowing Bejarano on Lady of Shamrock to steal the tactical advantage. Yet, the slow pace and Tiz Flirtatious' early position at the back was made completely irrelevant by her superior brilliance. Lady of Shamrock might not have developed from 3 to 4 like most had thought, but she isn't a slouch. However, to steal Trevor's phrase, Tiz Flirtatious beat Lady of Shamrock and the rest of the field with condescending ease. Next up, getting Tiz Flirtatious a much deserved grade 1, something not likely to be easy if, like last year, Marketing Mix preps for the Breeder's Cup in the Rodeo Drive(formerly the Yellow Ribbon, which is different from the race at Del Mar now called the Yellow Ribbon and formerly called the Palomar).
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jttf More than 1 year ago
another california filly/mare that did not start her career until late in her 3 year old season.
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
Winner was much the best no doubt but I was curious as to why Mike Smith decided he had to put a stranglehold on Customer Base and let Lady of Shamrock get position on him. Seems to me the perfect trip would have been sitting right off the longshot through snail-like fractions. I am a big fan of Smith but that was not one of his better rides.
John More than 1 year ago
He Joe, Me TOO ! I played a pretty solid ex box with Customer Base, like you, figured Journalist would set the pace, stop like she was shot at the far turn and Customer Base would sling shot and try to steal the race......................looked good turning for home, but everyone was fresh . Wish everything worked out to my numbers, Id be rich ! Hahahah~But someone makes them run the race !
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Not to dismiss your concerns, but given the way Customer Base actually ran, totally outpaced late by Tiz Flirtatious and Lady of Shamrock, I'm not sure she's getting 2nd under any circumstance. In other words, Smith might have given her a subpar ride, but it probably didn't matter.
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Donna Carlson More than 1 year ago
Tiz Flirtatious ran awesome and the Cee 'sTizzy bloodlines were a live and well and very profitable at Del Mar this weekend. You've got to love them.
David G. More than 1 year ago
When was the last time you saw the last 1/8 of a mile run in 10 and 3/5 seconds? Most impressive
TheRaiderFan More than 1 year ago
I haven't seen a 26.66 opening quarter in a grade 2 in a while either. Impressive finish but a very lackluster race all around.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
This is a very difficult race to judge. I wouldn't be so dismissive of it. It was run 100% Euro style. And in Europe, final time and pace really don't mean a thing. In their big races, cheap horses can set as slow a pace as possible, but they will still be engulfed when the real running begins. Some of the paces in Europe are glacial, yet if the frontrunners are longshots they still won't be able to take advantage of it. In Europe it's all about the turn of foot, brilliance. And when the stars turn it on, it doesn't matter what the pace scenario was, the cheaper horses rarely can go with the stars. The Mabee, like a Euro race, came down to the last quarter, and the horses' turn of foot. Tiz Flirtatious is unlikely to ever see this scenario again, but what she proved is that she has the best turn of foot, the best top-end burst of speed in the female turf divsion. Let me be very clear. Marketing Mix is the best turf female, but Tiz Fliratatious has the superior acceleration. Why actually saw that in the Gamely when Tiz Flirtatious was able to get the jump on Marketing Mix when the running heated up on the far turn. Marketing Mix was able to come back and win because of her superior endurance. But in turns of pure brilliance, Tiz Flirtatious is second to none among female horses in North America.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Smoking last 1/8th. Sometimes when the pace is just reasonable the front end can hang on, but when the pace is that slow the best horse usually wins. I thought I was watching a harness race to the half.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Agree with you, Jay, about the weirdly slow early fractions. I would guess that the jockey failed to follow Sadler's instructions, but wonder why no other jockeys challenged Journaliste. In any event, after such a crawling pace, you would think she could do better than fade to last, but Journaliste is clearly not Grade 2 caliber.
MD23 More than 1 year ago
I think that was all by design. Sadler didn't want Lady of Shamrock on the lead but he wanted her to be in front of Tiz Flirtatious so he could get the first jump on her...so he needed to put someone in front of Lady of Shamrock. Journaliste is who he decided to use. And understand before this race Journaliste never ran beyond 7 furlongs. And she's just not that good......I'm surprised you're surprised she faded to last. Just look at the odds and that tells you something.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
This race might as well have been run in Europe. And like so many European races, the pace, or lack of it, was basically inconsequential. Like many a Euro pacesetter, Journaliste could not translate her tactical advantage into a good placing. As with elite Euro races, when the real running began that last quarter of mile, the pace by which they got to that point and the order of the field up to that point was not nearly as important as each horse's individual turn of foot. And Tiz Flirtatious has one of the most wicked turn of foot of any turf distaffer. A field that was bunched up entering the stretch, was strung out at the wire, with Tiz Flirtatious clearly separating herself from the field within a short timeframe.