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Santa Anita: Tiz Flirtatious handles graded company in Santa Ana
ARCADIA, Calif. - Tiz Flirtatious showed on Sunday that she is more than just an outstanding California-bred.
After winning three stakes for statebreds in the last 16 months, and finishing second or third in three graded stakes, Tiz Flirtatious won her first graded stakes in the $150,250 Santa Ana Stakes for fillies and mares on turf at Santa Anita.
“This was overdue,” trainer Marty Jones said.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux, Tiz Flirtatious ($6) won the Grade 2 Santa Ana Stakes by a length over even-money favorite Lady of Shamrock, who was making her 2013 debut. The second choice in the betting, Tiz Flirtatious ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:46.62.
Leparoux had Tiz Flirtatious in fifth at the end of the backstretch, and rallied wide on the turn to reach contention with a furlong remaining. Tiz Flirtatious caught pacesetter Quiet Oasis in the final furlong and had enough of an advantage to hold off a late threat from Lady of Shamrock.
“On the backside, she relaxed,” Leparoux said. “I waited and waited and she had a nice kick.”
Lady of Shamrock broke slowly after striking the side of the gate and was last until the eighth pole. She caught Quiet Oasis in the final strides to be second by a neck. Quiet Oasis was followed by Long Face, A Jealous Woman, and Smarty B.
Lady of Shamrock won two Grade 1 stakes for 3-year-old fillies last year – the American Oaks and Del Mar Oaks. She was fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf here last November. Jockey Mike Smith said that Lady of Shamrock responded to urging in the stretch, and will improve with the benefit of a start.
“I got away slow,” Smith said. “If she had a race under her belt, she might have been closer. It’s a long year and I think this mare will be good.”
Tiz Flirtatious races for breeder Pamela Ziebarth. A 5-year-old mare by Tizbud, Tiz Flirtatious has won 6 of 9 starts and $424,800. She was second in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park last November in her first start in a race at that level. Earlier at this meeting, Tiz Flirtatious was second in the Grade 3 Robert Frankel Stakes and won the Valentine Dancer for California-bred fillies and mares here on Jan. 26.
“With a little luck, the Matriarch could have gone her way,” Jones said. “I think the extra time between races really helped her. Julien did a great job of getting her to settle.”
Those were strong performances by the top 3 runners, making this race one of the better races for female turfers out here in California the last few years. Tiz Flirtatious is a really, really, really nice mare. The final eighth of the race was run in 11 and 1, and Tiz Flirtatious was 2 or 3 lengths back, meaning she ran a personal final eighth in about 10 and 3. That's crazy brilliance. What I like about Tiz Flirtatious is that she can bring that turn of foot to races from 6.5 furlongs to 9 furlongs, and the gallop out suugests 10 furlongs shouldn't be an issue. That said, this was a fortunate time for Tiz Flirtatious to meet Lady of Shamrock and Quiet Oasis, as both were coming off layoffs of over 4 months. Lady of Shamrock's late running style is going to leave her vulnerable in races with smaller fields and quality opponents. However, I agree with Smith that with this race under her belt she will show more speed next time out if it's needed. Like Tiz Flirtatious, Lady of Shamrock brings an explosive late kick to a variety of distances, and her personal final eighth might have been in the neighborhood of 10 and 1. She's a big time turf horse. Quiet Oasis also ran well, although she was rank early and probably should have held on even better given the favorable pace. In any event, I think she's just a little better at 8 or 8.5 furlongs than 9 furlongs; she faded just a touch in the Gamely at 9 furlongs last year. At a mile she is going to be a beast to handle, and with some foundation now, could be dangerous up to 9 furlongs if given an easy lead like this again. Long Face and A Jealous Woman are solid runners, but they were in against world class foes.
The sad thing is no one believes that this filly can beat shamrock, sham was off a layoff and the odds will show that next time, 7/5 on the sham and 3/1 on tiz.
TIZ FLIRTATIOUS A REWAL NICE HORSE VERY VERSATILE LITERALLY AT AQNY DISTANCE
At grade leparoux, waited waited& waited!
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