01/19/2012 3:36PM

Oaklawn: She's All In tests deeper waters in Pippin


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – She’s All In will have to defeat a deep field to nail down her fifth straight win Saturday in the $75,000 Pippin Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The 1 1/16-mile race drew nine fillies and mares, including Tiz Miz Sue, who placed in a Grade 1 race this past summer at Saratoga, and Absinthe Minded, who was third in last meet’s Grade 1, $500,000 Apple Blossom.

She’s All In began her streak in September, when she closed with a rush to win the $100,000 River Cities at Louisiana Downs. Following that turf race, she moved to dirt and Oklahoma-bred competition and reeled off an allowance score and two stakes wins at her fall base of Remington Park. Her wins during the streak have all come in route races, by a combined margin of more than seven lengths. In all, She’s All In went 6 for 10 in 2011.

“She has confidence,” said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains She’s All In for her breeder, Robert Zoellner. “I think part of any horse being on any kind of win streak is confidence and being where they can win and then learning how to win and she’s had that going for her.”

Channing Hill has the mount from post 9.

The Pippin will be Tiz Miz Sue’s first start since Nov. 4, when she finished fourth, beaten eight lengths as the favorite, in the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm at Aqueduct.

“She got trapped on the rail,” said Steve Hobby, who trains Tiz Miz Sue for Cresran. “It was just one of those races you throw out.”

Prior to that start, Tiz Miz Sue ran third in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga. Other highlights of her 2011 campaign included a runner-up finish behind eventual Horse of the Year Havre de Grace in the Grade 3 Obeah at Delaware Park. Tiz Miz Sue also placed in two stakes at Oaklawn.

Carlos Marquez Jr., has the mount form post 3.

Absinthe Minded is returning to Oaklawn after a 2011 in which she ran second in the Grade 2 Shuvee Handicap at Belmont Park and third in the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher at Monmouth.

“She loves it here,” said D. Wayne Lukas, who trains Absinthe Minded. “She has an affinity for this race track. There’s no question about it.”

Absinthe Minded has never finished worse than third in her seven starts at Oaklawn, among her three wins here were last year’s $100,000 Bayakoa. Terry Thompson has the mount for Briland Farm.