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Kentucky Derby: Owner will decide whether Tiz a Minister should run
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.
“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.
Heard via Twitter, horse will not run.
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........??????????????
Let me help him out, pass.
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...
Someone call GO-GO please!! We need him back on Tizzy to get the best out of him. He fits him perfectly.
I wish there was a minimum requirement of 25 points to run in the Derby....
It's supposed to rain during Derby weekend. This horse loves the mud.
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.
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
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
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