08/22/2013 6:22PM

Tiz Miz Sue, Grade 1 winner, retired at 6

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Barbara D. Livingston
Tiz Miz Sue won the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park in her final start May 27.

Tiz Miz Sue, who became a Grade 1 winner in the Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park in her most recent start May 27, was retired Thursday, said Ran Leonard, the racing and breeding manager for the Cresran operation of Carol Ricks.

Tiz Miz Sue had recently resumed training following a freshening, and a routine exam revealed bone bruising, Leonard said. The 6-year-old mare had been targeting a start in either the Beldame or Zenyatta as a springboard to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

“We started to crank on her this week, and she was a little off,” Leonard said. “The scan showed the natural wear and tear of a high-class racehorse. Obviously, she’s done enough for us, and we decided to retire her.”

Tiz Miz Sue, by Tiznow, won 8 of 32 starts and $1,129,709. She gave Ricks, who has raced such graded stakes winners as Chindi, a retired millionaire, and Sue’s Good News, the dam of Tiz Miz Sue, her first Grade 1 win in the Phipps.

“It was certainly a big deal,” said Leonard, the grandson of Ricks who for the past 10 years has overseen her racing interests. “I treasure that day at Belmont, with my grandma there, entering the winner’s circle after a Grade 1. Tiz Miz Sue has been such a thrill for my grandmother. She can’t wait to have her babies running.”

Leonard said Tiz Miz Sue is at Churchill Downs with her longtime trainer, Steve Hobby, but will be retired to Fox Tale Farm in Nicholasville, Ky. He said breeding plans are to be determined. Leonard said Ricks has no plans to sell Tiz Miz Sue, who is named for her best friend.

The Phipps was the third career graded stakes win for Tiz Miz Sue, who also captured the Grade 3 Azeri at Oaklawn in 2012 and 2013. Other career highlights include a runner-up finish in the 2012 Delaware Handicap, where she posed a significant stretch threat to champion Royal Delta and lost by a neck.

Tiz Miz Sue’s yearling half-sister, who is by Indian Charlie, is scheduled to sell at Keeneland in September.

JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
How I love Tiz Miz Sue! I may be one of her biggest fans. She has great heart & determination. I have always loved the way she tries her hardest whenever she runs. She often was not the most famous, talented or best horse in the race, but she always gives you everything she has in her in each and every effort - I certainly admire that in her. She was always exciting to watch race, she brought us some lovely gems of a race, her wins & places were always thrilling to see her accomplish, and I'm sad to see she is going to retire, although I love how much her owners obviously love her, care about her and want only the best for her. Tiz Miz Sue is a classy horse, and her owners are classy as well. This was a lovely article about Tiz Miz Sue and her connections. Thank you, Mary. Thank you, Tiz Miz Sue for all of the thrills, great racing & great attitude! I'm going to miss you. Happy retirement to Tiz Miz Sue - I wish a long life & happiness for her and may she have beautiful, talented children who inherit her heart, talent & determination to always give their best effort.
Raye Source More than 1 year ago
So nice to hear good stories about good horses and good people.
Gary Smith More than 1 year ago
Too bad Tiz Miss Sue was a classy hard trying mare,we Learned that when we ran vs her in the Personal Ensign last year.She,ll be a great broodmare and worth Millions.glad she got her Gr 1 win this year.Just shows how tough these graded stakes take out of a horse Long may you Run !.
William Eisele More than 1 year ago
steve hobby 's a good horseman & a class act
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
She will be missed cashed a couple of tickets on her none would have been sweeter than that 2nd vs Royal Delta. Never complained had the feeling she gave all and was just a hard-knocking RACE HORSE. God Bless
Cindy Albrecht More than 1 year ago
Will be missed, was wonderful to see and follow her racing career .Will watch for her babies with bated breath. Good luck to everybody, give her a pet for us.
mike More than 1 year ago
Rare to see owner/trainer not puttign horses life on the line for a little bit more money. Classy move. Rest of horse racing has something to learn from things like this.