04/22/2011 3:39PM

Hollywood Park: Distance isn't ideal, but pace may be for Big Tiz

Big Tiz (far left), who wound up second to Tubulent Descent in the Hollywood Starlet in December, could be dangerous cutting back to 6 1/2 furlongs on Sunday.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Sunday’s eighth race at Hollywood Park, a 6 1/2-furlong allowance for 3-year-old fillies, is not an ideal distance for Big Tiz, who is unraced since finishing second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet last December.

What may work in her favor, and set up a late kick, is the presence of several other fillies in the field of nine capable of setting a strong pace.

“There is plenty of early speed and that’s good,” said Mark Glatt, who trains Big Tiz. “That makes a difference for my filly.”

Owned by a partnership, Big Tiz won a maiden race over 1 1/16 miles in her fourth career start last October, and was later third in the Sharp Cat Stakes over that distance. In the Starlet over 1 1/16 miles, she was 1 1/4 lengths behind Turbulent Descent as a 37-1 outsider.

Glatt hoped to start Big Tiz at Santa Anita earlier this year, but the filly was not ready.

“She just needed a little break,” Glatt said. “She ran six times, which is quite a bit for a 2-year-old. She needed to put on some weight.”

Glatt has the $100,000 Railbird Stakes over seven furlongs on May 21 and $150,000 Hollywood Oaks over 1 1/16 miles on June 25 as goals for Big Tiz in coming months.

“Sprinting is not really her game,” Glatt said. “Training-wise, I want to get a race into her.

“If she sprints well, we could run back in the Railbird, and that could take her to the Hollywood Oaks,” Glatt said. “If not, we could run back in an allowance race going long before the Oaks.”

The likely favorite is Hout Bay, who was second in the Santa Paula Stakes at Santa Anita on March 20. The maiden race winners Dazzling Display, Pedaltothemedal, and Spectacular Sky, the 2010 statebred stakes winner Hi Ho Yodeler, and the unbeaten Northern California shipper English Royal are also in the field.

Ain’t No Other may get shot at Barrera

To reach five consecutive wins, including his first stakes victory in Thursday’s $85,900 Harry Henson Stakes at Hollywood Park, Ain’t No Other won races on dirt at Sacramento, the Tapeta synthetic surface at Golden Gate Fields, and finally Hollywood’s turf course.

His next race may be on yet another surface, Hollywood Cushion Track synthetic surface in the $100,000 Laz Barrera Stakes over seven furlongs on May 15.

Tom Stull, who bred and owns Ain’t No Other, said on Friday that he and trainer Steve Miyadi had not finalized plans, but that the Barrera is an option.

Ain’t No Other, ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, won the Henson by three-quarters of a length over Robie the Cat, and then survived an objection from jockey Rafael Bejarano, alleging interference in the stretch. Ain’t No Other ran six furlongs in 1:08.52.

A California-bred gelding by Old Topper, Ain’t No other was fourth in his debut in a $25,000 claimer for maidens at Pleasanton last July and has not lost since. He won a similar race at Sacramento last July and won three races at Golden Gate Fields earlier this year – a starter allowance and two allowance races.

“He’s turned out to be a good horse,” Stull said.

Ain’t No Other has won 5 of 6 starts and $127,460.

Pick five may take handle from other exotic pools

The 50-cent pick five with a 14 percent takeout began with Thursday’s opening day of the spring-summer meeting and paid $263 from a pool of $103,291. The bet is offered on the first five races of the day.

The new bet seemed to impact other major multi-race bets. The pick six paid $7,480 from a pool of $98,021. On the first day of the 2010 spring-summer meeting, the pick six pool was $100,768.

Thursday, the 50-cent early pick four, on races 2 through 5, handled $71,442, compared with $129,581 on the first four races of the 2010 meeting. Thursday’s late pick four handled $287,703 compared with $302,222 in 2010.

◗ Funeral services for Lou Carno will be held 4 p.m. Monday at Douglas and Zook Mortuary at 600 E. Foothill in Monrovia, Calif. A reception will follow at Mundial Restaurant, 514 S. Myrtle Ave., in Monrovia. A retired trainer, Carno, 90 died on April 15. He retired from training in 2007 after a career highlighted by the training of 30-race winner Victory Beauty.

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