08/24/2011 4:37PM

Saratoga: Tizway back on the work tab

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Tom Keyser
Tizway, with Rajiv Maragh riding, wins the Whitney.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Whitney Handicap winner Tizway returned to the work tab Wednesday morning, breezing four furlongs in 49.69 seconds over the Oklahoma training track.

Saratoga clockers caught him in fractions of 12.90 seconds for the first eighth and 25.07 for the opening quarter.

“It was his first work back – just test the engine and make sure there’s still some gasoline in it,” said trainer James Bond. “Everybody seems to be happy so far.”

Bond said Tizway would likely work every seven to eight days leading up to the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Oct. 1.

Friend Or Foe to skip Woodward

Friend Or Foe, the fourth-place finisher in the Whitney, will not run back in the Woodward on Sept. 3, trainer John Kimmel said Friday.

As high on Friend Or Foe as Kimmel was entering the Whitney, he was disappointed by the colt’s performance and doesn’t want to run him back here. Kimmel said he will target the Jockey Club Gold Cup for Friend Or Foe’s next start.

“He didn’t come close to running the performance I expected. Maybe the track had something to do with it,” Kimmel said. “I know he can run fresh. I’m going to wait to run him downstate over a track he’s basically undefeated on.

Wee Freudian connections drop appeal

The connections of Wee Freudian have dropped their appeal of a non-disqualification decision by the stewards from the second race here on Aug. 6.

Owner Michael Sternklar and trainer Richard Schosberg thought that Bound by Humor interfered with their horse, Wee Freudian, and cost his horse a chance to win the $48,000 first-level statebred allowance race here on Aug. 6. Bound by Humor did come off the rail and bump with Wee Freudian about five strides from the finish line, but the stewards ruled that it did not affect the outcome of the race.

The following day, Sternklar filed an appeal of that decision. On Wednesday, however, that appeal was withdrawn. Schosberg said that after talking with officials from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, he understood the case would not be heard for 90 to 180 days.

Under state rules, Wee Freudian was declared a co-winner of the race, meaning he would have to run in the second-level allowance condition until the case was adjudicated.

“While we’re still not in agreement with the [stewards] call, the possibility of it not being resolved for 90 to 180 days didn’t make sense for us to pass up on some spots in which we could run,” Schosberg said. “Idealistically we want to pursue it. I feel bad about it but it was a decision we made by committee.”

Stewards take Curatolo off a winner

The stewards took Ryan Curatolo off She Drives Me Wild, his mount in Wednesday’s sixth race, because he had refused to ride a horse on which he was named earlier on the card.

Curatolo was named to ride Blue Sixty Four in race 2, but refused to ride, according to NYRA steward Braulio Baeza Jr. In turn, the stewards took Curatolo off She Drives Me Wild, who won the race under Jose Lezcano.

“You can’t refuse to ride one and ride the other,” Baeza said. “You can’t pick and choose who you want to ride.”