09/23/2008 11:00PM

Slew's Tizzy makes his comeback start


ARCADIA, Calif. - Slew's Tizzy, the winner of two major stakes at 3 last year, will miss the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita next month. A splint bone injury suffered last winter took him out of action for the spring and summer.

Even without a major race in his immediate future, Slew's Tizzy may have an impact on the current Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting. On Friday, Slew's Tizzy makes his first start in seven months in a $61,000 allowance race over a mile on the synthetic main track.

"It's a perfect comeback race and something to build on," trainer Doug O'Neill said.

Owned by breeder Joseph Lacombe, Slew's Tizzy is winless in nine starts since the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Derby in May 2007. He was second in an optional claimer in his last start in February.

"He had a little bit of a splint issue that slowed him down and we got that out of the way," O'Neill said.

Slew's Tizzy is not the only runner in the field trying to end a lengthy losing streak.

Porto Santo, who has placed in two graded stakes in his last 12 starts, will attempt to end a nine-race losing streak, dating back to the restricted Bien Bien Stakes at Hollywood Park in November 2006. "That's the most unlucky horse that ever lived," trainer Julio Canani said, describing Porto Santo's troubled trips in the last few years.

Friday's race will be Porto Santo's first start on the main track since a sixth-place finish in the Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap at Hollywood Park in June 2007.

Worldly, the winner of three turf stakes for 3-year-olds in 2007, is switching surfaces. Trained by Ben Cecil, Worldly has not started on a synthetic track since winning a maiden race at Wolverhampton, England, in August 2006. Worldly was fourth, beaten a head in the Wickerr Handicap at Del Mar on July 25 but only eighth in the Brubaker Handicap there on Aug. 20.

"He scoped with a ton of mucous after his last race," Cecil said. "I think he had a valid excuse. He's been disappointing this year. He needs to get back to his old form. He's got the ability."

Worldly is winless in his last five starts. He worked six furlongs in 1:11.40 on the main track at Santa Anita on Sept. 14.

"Hopefully, he handle the" synthetic track, Cecil said. "He's trained well enough on it."