08/07/2011 11:03AM

Saratoga: Whitney one-two headed for Jockey Club Gold Cup clash

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Barbara D. Livingston
Tizway, winning the Whitney under Rajiv Maragh, will train up to the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 1.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Tizway and Flat Out, the one-two finishers from Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap at Saratoga, will likely renew acquaintances in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational at Belmont Park on Oct. 1. While Tizway will train up to that race, Flat Out is expected to run once before then.

WATCH REPLAY: Whitney Handicap

That start could occur in the Grade 3, $250,000 Philip Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park on Aug. 20, Charles Dickey, the trainer of Flat Out, said Sunday morning. The other option is the $750,000 Woodward Stakes here on Sept. 3.

On July 2, Flat Out won the Grade 2 Suburban at Belmont Park running back two weeks after finishing sixth in the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs.

"If the horse tells us he wants to go back in two weeks we’ll go back," Dickey said Sunday morning at Saratoga. "If not we’ll come back up here. He likes two weeks, but we’ll just wait and see."

Dickey said Flat Out came out of the Whitney in good shape and the horse left Saratoga Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on a van bound for Monmouth Park, where Dickey keeps his horses for the summer.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Bond, the trainer of Tizway, was back at his private barn at Saratoga on Gridley Street before 4 a.m. Sunday, and the first thing he did was map out a work schedule for Tizway to prepare for the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Bond said Tizway would have six works, likely starting on Aug. 24, in preparation for the Gold Cup, a race Tizway in which Tizway finished third in 2009.

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Bond met with owner William Clifton Jr., and jockey Rajiv Maragh at 8:30 a.m. Sunday to talk about the horse, the schedule and the 1 1/4-mile distance of the Gold Cup.

"We spoke to Rajiv this morning and he said 'I think he could have gone around again,'" Bond said. "Like I’ve always said, he has an endless supply of oxygen and he’s fit, that’s the big thing."

Bond said he also liked that Tizway widened his margin over Flat Out from two lengths to three in the final furlong of the Whitney.
"[Flat Out] ran a fantastic race," Bond said. "But I was very impressed at the eighth pole and sixteenth pole he was within two and we opened up another length on him and won by three. [Maragh] did hit him a couple of times but it didn’t look like he was all over him like a horse that was stopping."

Although the final time of the race, 1:52.83, was the slowest Whitney run since 1959, when Pilon went in 1:53, Tizway received a 111 Beyer Speed Figure. The time was a product of dry, dull track, which had been sealed and back-raked but not watered due to expected rain. While light rain did fall, the heavier showers did not occur until later in the day.

While the top two finishers from the Whitney could bypass the Woodward, Giant Oak and Friend Or Foe, separated by a nose when third and fourth in the Whitney, are expected to run back in the Woodward, their connections said.

WATCH REPLAY: Whitney Handicap


- additional reporting by Jay Privman