02/16/2012 4:03PM

Oaklawn Park: Tiz Miz Sue gets rematch with Absinthe Minded in Bayakoa

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Absinthe Minded (left) surges past Tiz Miz Sue to win the Pippin Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
Oaklawn Park/Coady Photography

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Tiz Miz Sue will be out for revenge Saturday in the $100,000 Bayakoa at Oaklawn Park. She was part of a vicious stretch battle with Absinthe Minded in last month’s $75,000 Pippin and ended up second when her front-running rival surged again late. The rematch is on in the Bayakoa, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for fillies and mares that serves as a stepping-stone to the Apple Blossom Handicap.

Tiz Miz Sue, who last year ran third in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga, was making her first start of the year in the Pippin, a 1 1/16-mile race Jan. 21. She rallied from seventh to take the lead in the stretch and seemed on her way to nailing down her first win over the local track. But Absinthe Minded had more after controlling the race through six furlongs in 1:13.80.

“She came back and got us,” said Steve Hobby, who trains Tiz Miz Sue for Cresran LLC. “It was like having a rug pulled out from under you. It was terrible.”

The official margin splitting the two horses was a neck. This time around, Hobby would like to see some different pace dynamics in the Bayakoa, which drew six starters including newcomer Tourmaline, winner of the $250,000 Remington Park Oaks who last raced at Gulfstream Park; and She’s All In, the third-place finisher in the Pippin who finished seven lengths behind Absinthe Minded and Tiz Miz Sue. “I just hope somebody can go with Absinthe Minded a little bit,” Hobby said.

Carlos Marquez Jr. has the mount from post 4.

Absinthe Minded, a 5-year-old by Quiet American and winner of last year’s Bayakoa, improved her Oaklawn record to 4 for 8 with her win in the Pippin. She also earned one of the top Beyer Speed Figures of her career, a 94.

“She’s getting better, she’s maturing,” said D. Wayne Lukas, who trains Absinthe Minded for Briland Farm. “Both families of horses that she’s from, they get better when they get older.

“She normally didn’t get a mile and a sixteenth that effectively, but maturity is letting her now. She’s tough.”

Terry Thompson has the mount on Absinthe Minded, who will break from post 2.

◗ Trainer Jinks Fires and jockey Jon Court will be Terry Wallace’s first guests for “Dawn at Oaklawn” a new seminar with the retired announcer that will be held each Saturday on the apron, from 8-10 a.m. Central.