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Keeneland: Tiz Miz Sue takes on quality field of 12 in Spinster
By Marty McGee
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Juddmonte Spinster will sport extraordinary depth Sunday, but will that scare off Tiz Miz Sue? Hardly. The 5-year-old mare has taken on all comers in the last couple of seasons, from Havre de Grace to Plum Pretty to Royal Delta, all the while representing herself and her connections proudly.
Whether or not that class and consistency will translate into a victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Spinster will not be known until late Sunday afternoon, when the Spinster is run at 1 1/8 miles over the Polytrack surface at Keeneland on the last of the three-day FallStars Weekend. What is nearly assured, however, is that Tiz Miz Sue will be part of the mix in what shapes up as terrific renewal of this prestigious fixture, a Win and You’re In event for the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Santa Anita.
“We haven’t dodged anybody yet, so I don’t know why we’d start doing it now,” said Steve Hobby, who trains for the Cresran LLC.
Tiz Miz Sue, with newcomer Joe Rocco Jr. to ride, will start from post 6 in the Spinster, which drew 12 other fillies and mares, including the defending champion, Aruna. As usual, the synthetic surface is one of the main variables involved in handicapping this race although Hobby said he has no worries about how his stable star should handle it.
Hobby said that one of the reasons he chose the Spinster for Tiz Miz Sue rather than the Beldame at Belmont Park last weekend “was because I know how well she gets over this.”
Aruna (post 3, Ramon Dominguez) has raced 16 times on grass in 17 career starts, and that one exception was a doozy. She made a sensational move to take command of the 2011 Spinster after turning for home, and trainer Graham Motion is hoping for something very similar Sunday.
“You can throw out her last race,” said Motion, referring to a last-place finish with an awful trip in the Beverly D. seven weeks ago. “She has trained very well back at Fair Hill, so we’re hopeful she’ll rebound the way we know she can.”
Motion also entered Summer Soiree in the Spinster although he was holding out on his options Friday because the filly was cross-entered Saturday in the Grade 1 First Lady on the grass.
Other Spinster possibilities include the Todd Pletcher-trained In Lingerie (post 5, John Velazquez), bidding to become the first 3-year-old to win the race since Panty Raid won the 2007 running for Pletcher; Upperline (post 7, Jimmy Graham), an intriguing turn-back prospect for Mike Stidham; Mystical Star (post 11, Jose Lezcano), who defeated Aruna in June in the Grade 2 New York Handicap; and Karlovy Vary (post 12, Corey Lanerie), upset winner of the Grade 1 Ashland here in the spring.
The balance of the outstanding field includes Disposablepleasure, Juanita, Nefertini, Smart Sting, Starformer, and Kitty in a Tizzy.
The Spinster was first run in 1956, when champion Doubledogdare was the winner for Claiborne Farm and trainer Moody Jolley. Numerous standouts have won the race, including Princess Rooney (1984), Bayakoa (1989-90), Inside Information (1995), and Azeri (2004).
The Spinster goes as the eighth of nine races on a Sunday card that also includes the Grade 3 Bourbon Stakes (race 7). First post is 1:05 p.m. Eastern, with the Spinster set for 4:49.
After Sunday, the first five-day week of the 17-day fall meet resumes Wednesday.
Congrats to In Lingerie, Johnny V and connections. Hot Pink and Black, beautiful race! These fillies are still smokin'. IL has her work cut out for her in BC if she runs against Questing- if connections go for the turf. Nice place and congrats to Mystical Star. Great race, ladies! BTW: I was hoping Aruna was able to defend her title with the win;-(
All I see is another duel betw Johnny V and Ramon D. Agree with sat.cust- throw 4 in the box and include Aruna and In Lingerie. Ramon has been there all weekend, so he has an edge in another jockey's race, IMO.
What a tough race to handicap.Box some longshots and keep fingers crossed.And hit the all button in any multirace bets involving this
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