01/23/2013 3:58PM

Oaklawn Park: Always in a Tiz's connections ponder next move

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Dominick Schettino is confident Always in a Tiz will improve as distances increase.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Always in a Tiz, who came charging for third in Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn, was back at his Gulfstream Park base Wednesday with plans for his next start to be determined, said his trainer, Dominick Schettino.

Always in a Tiz was the favorite in Monday’s Smarty Jones off a second-place finish to eventual Grade 2 Jerome winner Vyjack in an Aqueduct overnight stakes Dec.  9. He rallied for third, beaten a neck by winner Will Take Charge, in his Oaklawn debut. Always in a Tiz earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 85.

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“He came out of the race in very good shape,” Schettino said Wednesday. “He didn’t have the best racing luck. He didn’t break great and he was stuck down on the inside. But being on the inside was a good experience for him.”

Always in a Tiz was not able to begin working his way off the fence until late on the final turn. He was then angled to the outside of horses into the stretch and put in a strong bid to the wire, which was at the sixteenth pole, as with all one-mile races at Oaklawn. Schettino noted Always in a Tiz galloped out in front Monday.

“The further the better for him,” he said. “He will get those [longer] distances.”

Schettino said discussions will now take place with the partnership of MeB Racing and Brooklyn Boyz Stable to determine the best route to get Always in a Tiz to the Kentucky Derby. The horse is by Tiznow, a two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and out of the stakes-winning Elusive Quality mare Calendar Girl.

Brown Almighty has lung infection

Brown Almighty was found to have a lung infection following his fifth-place finish in the Smarty Jones, according to trainer Tim Ice. The stakes winner was making his dirt debut in the race, and finished 10 lengths behind Will Take Charge.

“We scoped him after the race and found him to have mucus that was pretty severe,” said Ice. “The frustrating part is that he showed no signs of it. He was training great, eating up every night, never ran a temperature. There were no telltale signs that he had it, but it was definitely there.”

Ice said the horse’s next start is to be determined, with the hope that he will make either the Grade  3, $300,000 Southwest at Oaklawn on Feb. 18, or the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star at Fair Grounds on Feb.  23.

“Right now we’re treating him accordingly, and we’ll find out where we’re at in a couple of weeks,” said Ice.

Horseman Gladd dies at 78

Frank Gladd, a longtime breeder, owner, and trainer known for developing young horses, died last week at his farm in Glencoe, Okla. He was 78. Gladd died in his sleep, according to his son, Wade Gladd.

Gladd won his first race as a trainer in 1955 at Oaklawn. His final starter came during the recent Remington meet that ended in December. Gladd also developed young horses for clients at his farm, and sent them to a host of different trainers, including Steve Asmussen. The millionaire Chorwon was among the many stakes winners who received their earliest training lessons with Gladd.

Gladd’s farm was also a home to Asmussen’s current assistant, Scott Blasi, some 18 years ago when Blasi was attending college. Blasi said Gladd was very influential in his career. As a breeder, one of Gladd’s best horses was Herecomesthemannow, who has won five stakes between Oklahoma and New Mexico in recent years, for earnings of $429,371.

Gladd is survived by his wife, Janet – a former jockey – Wade, and three grandchildren.

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