10/16/2012 3:23PM

Tiz Miz Sue to race again next season at age 6

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Tiz Miz Sue (left) battles Royal Delta to a neck decision in the Delaware Handicap

Tiz Miz Sue, the fifth-place finisher in the Spinster who earlier this year gave Royal Delta a scare in the Delaware Handicap, has wrapped up her season and is to return to action during the Oaklawn Park meet that opens in January. She is being sent this week to a farm in Kentucky, said Ran Leonard, racing manager for owner CresRan LLC.

“Our intention is to turn her out and give her some R and R, then put her back in training for next year,” said Leonard. “Somewhere around the March 1 area will be our target to be ready to roll.”

Tiz Miz Sue, who is trained by Steve Hobby, is a long range prospect for the Grade 1, $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn on April 12. She was third to Plum Pretty in the race this year, one start after winning the local prep, the Grade 3 Azeri, in March.

“We’re Oaklawn-based and we’ll most likely point for the Apple Blossom,” said Leonard.

Tiz Miz Sue ran one of the best races of her career in defeat this year, when she finished second by a neck to Royal Delta in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap in August. She went on to run a close fourth in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga before finishing fifth in the Spinster at Keeneland in her most recent out Oct. 7. The start was a rare one on a synthetic surface for Tiz Miz Sue, and she did not handle the Polytrack, said Leonard.

“She just trotted around there,” he said. “She came back to the barn angry, full of vinegar and spit, and ready to go again.”

But the decision was made against advancing to the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Santa Anita.

“Truthfully, we would be sixth or seventh choice,” said Leonard. “There’s some talented fillies and mares, and so many things would have to go right to go out there and come in the top three. We’ve already made a run against Royal Delta, and we didn’t want to do it again.”

Tiz Miz Sue, a 5-year-old mare by Tiznow, has won 6 of 28 starts and $689,709.

Verso a Verso eyes Delta Princess

Verso a Verso, who won the $300,000 My Dear Girl division of the Florida Stallion Stakes last weekend at Calder Race Course, is being pointed for the Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess, said Steve Leving, racing manager for owner Frank Calabrese. The race will be held at Delta Downs in Vinton, La., on Nov. 17.

Delta Downs opens its meet Friday night with a prep for the Princess, the $150,000 My Trusty Cat. The seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies drew an overflow field of 14 when entries were taken on Tuesday. The race will go with a maximum gate of 10.

Verso a Verso is undefeated in two starts. She earned a Beyer Figure of 70 for her win in the My Dear Girl. Verso a Verso, a daughter of Circular Quay, is trained by Luis Ramirez.

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