03/16/2013 7:27PM

Oaklawn Park: Tiz Miz Sue repeats in Grade 3 Azeri


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Tiz Miz Sue put herself in the Apple Blossom picture Saturday at Oaklawn Park when, before a crowd of 33,963, she defended her title in the Azeri by defeating local divisional leader Don’t Tell Sophia, who was second, and comebacking champion My Miss Aurelia, who was third.

The Grade 3, $150,000 race serves as a steppingstone to the Grade 1, $500,000 Apple Blossom, which will be run at Oaklawn on April 12.

“That’s a definite target,” said Steve Hobby, who trains Tiz Miz Sue for Cresran LLC.

Tiz Miz Sue ($18.40) had one horse beat early in the Azeri, as Songs and Sonnets was well clear while setting fractions of 25.06 seconds for the opening quarter, 49.07 for the half-mile and 1:14.20 for six furlongs.

My Miss Aurelia chased in second, about five lengths back, and moved to the leader nearing the quarter pole, as did Don’t Tell Sophia. Tiz Miz Sue, meanwhile, began her windup and came rolling outside of horses in the later stages to win by 1 1/4 lengths. It was another 4 1/4 lengths back to My Miss Aurelia in third.

Tiz Miz Sue covered the 1 1/16 miles on a track rated fast in 1:45.26.

“It all worked out for her, and she showed how good she was,” said winning rider Joe Rocco Jr. “Our mare was close enough to where she didn’t have to make up too much ground to get to them. She was in hand pretty much throughout.”

Tiz Miz Sue has won 7 of 30 starts and $789,709. Last year, she gave champion Royal Delta a scare when running second to that one in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap, beaten a neck. Tiz Miz Sue is a 6-year-old by Tiznow who was making her second start of the year in the Azeri, having finished third in the $100,000 Bayakoa here Feb. 16.

Last year, she won the Azeri with a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 102.

JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
It was great to see Tiz Miz Sue win the Azeri Stakes today. She definitely has an afinity for Oaklawn Park and for this particular race. She looked great today, TMS's best effort in months. Everything was de ja vu with this race. The winning odds. The weather. The wonderful effort given by Tiz Miz Sue in winning the race, striding out confidently ahead of the rest of the field. Tiz Miz Sue always gives a good effort, she always tries hard, and it was good to see her back on top again. Congratulations, Tiz Miz Sue. Congrats to her connections as well. Nice, nice victory!
Iván Onna More than 1 year ago
Now you know why Asmussen chose this Grade III over the Santa Margarita. It's obvious that MMA is not the same filly she was before.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Yes I would agree, sometimes when a horse runs there heart out they leave it on the track, I think that Royal Delta may have had something to do with that....
Wesley White More than 1 year ago
No one with common sense would compare Rachel's 2009 Woodward to MMA's 2012 BC Ladies Classic race.
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
I'd be surprised to see MMA run again,unless it's 7f,or myabe the Keeneland Poly
not impressed More than 1 year ago
Asmussen has never been a trainer to get horses to stay in peak. He's always had to have them primed for him (aka Rachel). When they come off layoffs, he very seldom has success. I just hope they don't run MMA like they did Rachel when it was obvious she just isn't the same horse.
Wesley White More than 1 year ago
Where do you get your information from, horses dont stay "In Peak" form, that's a term that people dont use because it never applies. Horses go through form cycles and most times a horse runs best off a prep or the third time out off of a layoff. It amazes me when people come to sites of this nature and post naive comments that obviously know nothing of horse racing.
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
MMA just needed a race. But keep thinking that. Anything to avoid 4/5 odds the second race off the shelf.
Cindy Albrecht More than 1 year ago