03/24/2013 7:16PM

Santa Anita: Tiz Flirtatious handles graded company in Santa Ana

Benoit & Associates
Tiz Flirtatious, ridden by Julien Leparoux, defeats even-money favorite Lady of Shamrock by a length in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Stakes.

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.”



Jordan More than 1 year ago
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.
Kendra Mcallister More than 1 year ago
world class really, are you sure...really don't think you'll find the Cecil filly in the BC DO YOU?
Jordan More than 1 year ago
World class for fillies. They aren't beating elite males. But I think Tiz Flirtatious is every bit as good as Mizdirection, and she won the BC Turf Sprint, and Lady of Shamrock was a troubled 5th in the BC Filly and Mare Turf. And if there was a mile turf race just for females, I most certainly would expect Quiet Oasis to be in the starting gate. People are just so quick to make corrections without taking into account that the writer might not have intended what they read it to mean. And I try really hard to be thorough and clear. I made reference to female turfers, so when I used the term world class, my intent was to place them in the context of other females. And since Goldikova isn't walking through the starting gate again, and the Euro females hardly impressed in the BC last year, yes, on their home ground(Santa Anita), I think these fillies and mares can run with the the elite females of the world.
Jason Landman More than 1 year ago
Interesting points, but I disagree. The SoCal fillies just aren't as good as the other runners around the country and that was proven last year when Marketing Mix shipped in and easily won the Rodeo Drive (Yellow Ribbon) stakes prior to the BC then almost won the BC. Tiz Flirtatious is a nice horse, no doubt, but put her against the likes of Marketing Mix, Daisy Devine, or almost any other runner from the Midwest or East and she'd get beaten. Lady of Shamrock is pace dependent. The rest of the field was and is lack luster.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
You are correct that the SoCal female turf division was weak last year, and has been weak since the tragic death of Tuscan Evening in the summer of 2010. However, don't throw Tiz Flirtatious, Quiet Oasis, or even Lady of Shamrock in with the females Marketing Mix beat up on in the Rodeo Drive or that were domianted in the BC Filly + Mare Turf. Tiz Flirtatious was on the sidelines until she won the a downhill stake on Cal Cup Day just a few weeks before the BC, then jumped right up to the grade 1 level when she was arguably best when 2nd in the Matriarch. Had she made it back just a few months earlier, Tiz Flirtatious could have been a threat in either the BC Turf Sprint or Filly + Mare Turf. Quiet Oasis won the Wilshire and Royal Heroine last summer, and ran 2nd in the gr.1 Gamely in between. However, she hadn't run since the Royal Heroine until the Santa Ana. And we can't assume the Gamely was weak because the winner, Belle Royale, went to the sidelines shortly thereafter as well. Finally, while Lady of Shamrock was active up through the BC, Sadler skipped the Rodeo Drive and went into the BC off a few months layoff. And if you watch a replay of the Filly + Mare Turf, Lady of Shamrock was one of a number of horses in the field that had little shot to win given a poor trip. Still, she ran a creditable 5th. Hopefully a shipper or two will come out for the Gamely so that this can be decided on the track.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
And to add on, as someone living in SoCal, it's my opinion that Tiz Flirtatious and Lady of Shamrock are the best female turf horses we've had since the days of Ventura and Tuscan Evening(2009-2010). Throw in Mizdirection for sprints and miles, and we have arguably the deepest and most talented division since maybe 2002.
ECarlos727 More than 1 year ago
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.
avlamal More than 1 year ago
James Pugliese More than 1 year ago
At grade leparoux, waited waited& waited!