Updated on 09/15/2011 12:36PM

Tiznow full of vim and vigor


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Apparently, Tiznow could not wait to resume serious training at Santa Anita.

The 2000 Horse of the Year, Tiznow had his first recorded workout in nearly three months Friday, going three furlongs in 36.40 seconds. The workout came after several weeks of frustration for his connections as Tiznow fought through back and muscle problems that prevented him from starting at the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting.

Friday's workout left trainer Jay Robbins ecstatic about the 4-year-old Tiznow's condition.

Before the work, Robbins and jockey Chris McCarron decided to start the workout at the quarter-pole, near the top of the stretch, and continue a furlong past the finish to the seven-eighths pole, at the start of the clubhouse turn.

But McCarron started the workout at the three-eighths pole, at the end of the backstretch, after Tiznow jumped into the workout when he was turned loose of his accompanying pony.

"We're all very happy," Robbins said. "What amazed me was that he jogged absolutely perfectly by us the first time. It was great to see."

Robbins said Tiznow will have up to three races this summer and fall before being retired. He said stallion farms in Kentucky and Japan have expressed an interest in standing the California-bred.

Robbins has the $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap over a mile on Sept. 2 as the start of Tiznow's fall campaign. His main goal is the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park on Oct. 27, with a likely prep in the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita on Oct. 7. Last fall, Tiznow won the Goodwood and Breeders' Cup Classic en route to his championship.

"Let's hope he gets three," Robbins said. "It didn't look like he'd get three a few weeks ago."

As recently as July 6, McCarron and Robbins expressed concern about the way Tiznow was traveling while jogging. The colt missed training in May because of a strained lumbar vertebrae and did little but jog through most of June. By the end of June, he began to gallop, an exercise program that increased in regiment later in the month.

"He's gotten a little lighter," Robbins said. "He's been going 2 1/4 miles a day between galloping and jogging. I hope he blossoms like he did at Del Mar last year. It was unbelievable how he changed in a three-week period. He looks like he did last year, but he's not quite as massive."

Point Given looks sharp in workout

A few minutes before Tiznow worked, Point Given worked five furlongs in company with a stablemate in 59.60 seconds. The workout left trainer Bob Baffert assured that Point Given is on course for a probable start in the Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park on Aug. 5. The nation's leading 3-year-old, Point Given has not started since winning the Belmont Stakes on June 9. Earlier this year, he won the Santa Anita Derby and Preakness Stakes.

"So far, he's on schedule," Baffert said. "He looked good today."

Point Given started 10 lengths behind a stablemate. He closed ground quickly on the backstretch and caught his workmate on the turn, slowly pulling away through the stretch to lead by a length at the finish.

Of 53 recorded workouts over five furlongs, his time tied for the third fastest-time of the day.