04/28/2013 5:09PM

Kentucky Derby: Owner will decide whether Tiz a Minister should run

Shigeki Kikkawa
Trainer Paul Aguirre says he will allow owner Stephen Young to make the call on whether to take Tiz a Minister to the Kentucky Derby.

Owner Stephen Young and trainer Paul Aguirre will decide on Monday whether Tiz a Minister, who finished third in Saturday’s $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park, will make a quick turnaround in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

Aguirre has reserved a spot on a horse transport plane to Kentucky for Tiz a Minister on Tuesday. He said on Sunday that he will rely on Young to make the final call.

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“It will be his decision,” Aguirre said. “It’s a lot of money to go there. The horse is well enough to do it.”

Tiz a Minister finished 4 1/2 lengths behind Surfcup in the Snow Chief Stakes for California-breds over 1 1/8 miles. Tiz a Minister was last of eight and closed well in early stretch but did not threaten the winner, who raced near the pace throughout. Aguirre said that an early pace of 24.24 and 48.14 seconds hurt Tiz a Minister’s chances of challenging the winner.

“I don’t hold the race against the horse,” Aguirre said.

Claimed for $40,000 from a maiden race at Del Mar last summer, Tiz a Minister has won 2 of 12 starts and $360,780. If he starts, Tiz a Minister will be a longshot in the Kentucky Derby.

Third in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita in March, Tiz a Minister has 20 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.

With the weekend defections of Govenor Charlie, Code West, and Forty Tales, and the expected absence of Winning Cause, Tiz a Minister would rank among the top 20 in the points standings and gain a berth in the Kentucky Derby field.


Cathy More than 1 year ago
Heard via Twitter, horse will not run.
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
The race was a OVERNIGHTER 4 calbreds, not even a gr III. This is one strike against the POINT system, T'Min is a piece of junk/crap, nada SA dby.......stay here and POINT FOR the Swaps, yeah ship east like you're a threat for those races........??????????????
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Let me help him out, pass.
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
He's not ready yet...Give him more time to fight another day...But by all means bring him east for the early summer races...I for one think this guy has a shot to win some Big ones...
Jorge Palza More than 1 year ago
Someone call GO-GO please!! We need him back on Tizzy to get the best out of him. He fits him perfectly.
Greg Hopper More than 1 year ago
I wish there was a minimum requirement of 25 points to run in the Derby....
Dave Leiters More than 1 year ago
Why would you say that? This owner has invested more money into this game than you could ever dream of. If you had a horse that had a chance to run in the derby you would be all over it. With the right setup he beat Goldenscents, and lost by a head to Flashback, two highly regarding colts. It's not as if he's trying to take a horse from Hastings and run it i the Breeders Cup, hahaha,
aaronrayk More than 1 year ago
It's supposed to rain during Derby weekend. This horse loves the mud.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Obviously the trainer is itching to go but hopefully the owners has some commonsense...not only is the horse in California one week from the race but he just finished 3rd in a poor race...pace aside it was a poor race by horse that will be at least 80/1 in the derby if he goes. If he had run a fast closing third in the derby trial at a mile at Churchill ok he would already be at the track take a shot but to run in California at a 1 1/8 miles one week before the derby then fly to Kentucky for a 1 1/4 mile race seems a little out there...although stranger things have happened think cannonero II.
Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
Foolish ..... horse is not ready (and maybe will never be ) at this point to beat that caliber of horses...Be a injustice to his future ..... if he has one ...... down the road go easy with him ...... let him develop
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Maybe pertains to all race Horses...ty...
Rob C More than 1 year ago
this horse has a chance to hit the board if ridden correctly ... he will be flying in the stretch ...and not one of these horses has been tested at a mile and a quarter distance so whose to say tiz' can't catchem' late...i've seen this horse coming late a few races back vs some of the more talked about derby contenders and with a little more distance he catches them....don't sleep on this horse....i say let him run..... you only live once... if you got the coin, go for it
Edward More than 1 year ago
I love this horse to start here, but if they were so high on him for the derby, why run him yesterday? Even before the Baffert horse was to be scratched he still had enough to get in.. Except for Goldencents who else has he ran against thats a player in the derby? no one..
PATrickB More than 1 year ago
Its the derby i bet Giacomo and Mine that bird didnt have a chance!!!!
Edward More than 1 year ago
Either of them ran a week before the derby too, big difference
PATrickB More than 1 year ago
I agree people dont understand that this is not the Pletcher or Baffert connections. They will most likely never have a chance like this. Tiz has one style and with this style he does not take much abuse. He doesnt battle for the lead or is used up for a perfect stalking trip. Therefore, he doesnt take that much abuse. They have a shot!!!