05/11/2010 11:00PM

Slew's Tizzy training for a comeback


MIAMI - Among the intriguing names on the Calder workout tab over the last couple of weeks was Slew's Tizzy, a multiple graded stakes winner at 3 whose resume included starts in the Breeders' Cup and Belmont Stakes.

Now 6, Slew's Tizzy is in training locally with Terry Oliver, who said Slew's Tizzy was sent here from California by owner-breeder Joseph LaCombe in early April. Slew's Tizzy has not started since winning Hollywood Park's Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap on Dec. 6, 2008.

"They just decided to give him some time off at the end of his 4-year-old campaign," said Oliver, who will be based at Calder with 20 horses this summer. "He started back in training on Feb. 1, so he had about 60-70 days under his belt when I got him, and he was pretty fit once he arrived. I started him right on a breeze schedule, and he's had two works here, including a half-mile in 50 on Tuesday. He's a big horse, and I haven't let him get too aggressive yet."

A homebred son of Tiznow, Slew's Tizzy gained national attention by winning the Lexington and Lone Star Derby during the spring of his 3-year-old campaign in 2007. Those victories earned him a spot in the Belmont, where he pressed the early pace before tiring badly to finish far behind Rags to Riches and Curlin.

Slew's Tizzy, who was trained by Gregory Fox at 3 and Doug O'Neill for most of his 4-year-old campaign, remained winless for more than 15 months after the Belmont before finally scoring an allowance victory at Santa Anita in the fall of 2008. After chasing the pace and finishing far back in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, Slew's Tizzy rebounded with a victory over Past the Point in the Native Diver before heading to the sidelines for an extended vacation.

"His young brother Slew's Tiznow is running in the same division on the West Coast and would be in relatively the same spots, so Mr. LaCombe decided to separate the two of them this year and send one to the East Coast," Oliver said. "I haven't really picked anything out, but he'll definitely start back at Calder and, hopefully, be able to come back at the same level that he had stopped at."

Milestone win for two apprentices

A racing rarity occurred here Sunday, when two apprentice riders celebrated their first career victory on the same card. The milestones happened less than one hour apart: Jorge Calderon captured the first race aboard Tobin's Rules, and Shamir Maragh captured the third with the odds-on Dubai's Connection. Both jockeys ride with 10-pound allowances.

Dubai's Connection has been a regular in the local winner's circle since the meet began April 25. Her victory Sunday was her third in two weeks. A 5-year-old daughter of E Dubai, she defeated $5,000 claimers by four lengths on opening day and $6,250 selling rivals by better than 16 lengths one week later. Both of those wins came for trainer Christos Gatis; her most recent win came for Aubrey Maragh, who haltered her for $6,250 on May 2.

Too Many Toyz looking to rebound

Too Many Toyz, who capped a four-race winning streak with a victory in the Carl G. Rose Classic here last fall, will make his second start of the season in Friday's $29,000 feature, carded at a mile under optional claiming conditions.

Too Many Toyz, who faded badly to finish sixth in his 2010 debut in the Sumter on May 1, will race under a $25,000 claiming tag on Friday and face a field that includes the recently stakes-placed Sincero as well as stakes winners Stately Character and Cinnamon Road.