04/04/2010 11:00PM

Tiz the One out of Arkansas Derby


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Tiz the One did not join Super Saver and Pulsion aboard a Monday flight to Oaklawn for the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby after failing to come out of his final work for the race to the satisfaction of his connections. With his defection, the field size stood at six as of Monday, with two others possible for the 1 1/8-mile race that closes out the meet Saturday.

Tiz the One owns one of the year's best Beyer Figures for a 3-year-old, having earned a 101 for a first-level allowance win last month at Gulfstream Park. He worked five furlongs in 1:01.60 at his Palm Meadows base on Sunday for an intended start in the Arkansas Derby.

"I breezed him and he didn't come out of the work the way I'd like," said Chad Brown, who trains Tiz the One for Mary and Gary West. "We were really excited to run the horse. It's very disappointing."

Brown said tests are to be run on Tiz the One.

Super Saver, who in his last start was third in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby, and Pulsion, the sixth-place finisher in last month's Grade 1 Florida Derby, flew into Little Rock from Florida, then vanned to Oaklawn.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said Super Saver would be reunited with jockey Calvin Borel for the Arkansas Derby. Borel was aboard Super Saver for his front-running win in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes last fall at Churchill Downs. He replaces Ramon Dominguez.

"Actually, it was Calvin's mount to begin with, but he couldn't ride him last time because he had to ride Rachel Alexandra that day," Pletcher said of the Horse of the Year, who was making her first start of the year March 13 at Fair Grounds.

In another rider change for the Arkansas Derby, trainer Kory Owens said Monday that Shaun Bridgmohan will be aboard Uh Oh Bango on Saturday. Glenn Corbett had ridden the horse to a fourth-place finish in the Grade 2, $300,000 Rebel last month at Oaklawn. Before that race, Uh Oh Bango was second by a neck to Rule in the Grade 3, $750,000 Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs in December.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Dublin came out of his final breeze for the Arkansas Derby in good order. The horse went five furlongs in company in 1:01.80 on Sunday morning. Dublin then galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.40, according to Oaklawn head clocker Jim Hamilton. Terry Thompson was aboard and has the mount in the Arkansas Derby.

Line of David, a winner of a maiden special weight and an allowance at Santa Anita in his last two starts, was to fly in Tuesday for the Arkansas Derby. A rider has not yet been determined for the horse, with Rafael Bejarano, who has been aboard for his wins, set to ride Interactif the same day in the Grade 1 Blue Grass at Keeneland.

The list of Arkansas Derby probables also includes Noble's Promise, the winner of the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity last fall at Keeneland. He was second by a head in the Rebel in his last start March 13.

New Madrid remained possible for the race as of Monday. His trainer, Tim Ice, said a decision would be made Wednesday morning, after he gets a chance to talk with owner John Ed Anthony. New Madrid was a maiden special weight winner in his last start, one race after finishing second to future Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby winner Endorsement in another maiden race at Oaklawn.

A decision on A Student, a sharp allowance winner at Oaklawn, would also be made Wednesday morning, said his trainer, Mac Robertson. The horse would have to be supplemented for $50,000.

Entries will be taken for the Arkansas Derby on Wednesday.

The race is to be broadcast on NBC. It is the centerpiece of the Racing Festival of the South, when nine stakes worth a cumulative $2.8 million are decided over the final week of the meet. The Arkansas Derby is being run as a Grade 1 race for the first time since 1989.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman