Updated on 09/15/2011 12:46PM

Tiznow to go in Woodward

Benoit & Associates
Lexicon starts in Sunday's $150,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap at Del Mar.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Tiznow, the 2000 Horse of the Year, will make his next start in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park on Sept. 8, according to his co-owner, Michael Cooper.

Unraced since winning the Santa Anita Handicap in March, Tiznow was out of serious training in the spring and early summer because of a back problem. He has been working regularly the past month, including seven furlongs in 1:24.60 on Tuesday. A 4-year-old, Tiznow returned from the workout in good shape, trainer Jay Robbins said.

In the Woodward, Tiznow will likely face a top field that might include Albert the Great, Lido Palace, and Red Bullet. "I think it's inevitable that you have to meet them sometime," Cooper said. "I'm sure he'll be dead fit."

Robbins had hoped to start Tiznow in the $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap over a mile on Sept. 2.

"My preference would be the mile, but you don't always get what's on your wish list," Robbins said.

The Woodward would be the first of two preps for Tiznow for the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park on Oct. 27, a race he won in 2000 at Churchill Downs. The Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita on Oct. 7, a race Tiznow won last year, is also a consideration.

"I think we'd take it one step at a time," Cooper said. "There are no simple answers. It would have been different if he had won the Pacific Classic or the Hollywood Gold Cup. We've got to get back in the hunt for the year-end awards and this is a way to do it."

Lexicon ready for O'Brien

During a season in which trainer Richard Mandella was inducted into the Hall of Fame, his stable is doing its best to justify the honor.

Mandella, who received his Hall of Fame plaque in Saratoga on Monday, won two stakes in the first three weeks of the Del Mar meeting - the Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap with Redattore and the Escondido Handicap with Cagney. On Sunday, Mandella tries for another stakes, when Lexicon starts in the wide-open $150,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap.

A 6-year-old, Lexicon has won 10 of 34 starts, including the Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct last January. Although he is winless in his last four starts, Lexicon was a game second to Stormy Jack in a seven-furlong allowance race here on July 21, the same distance as the Grade 2 Pat O'Brien.

"I was very happy with the way he rated," Mandella said. "He gave a nice effort and put up a fight."

Mandella may start Bayou the Moon in Saturday's $150,000 La Jolla Handicap for 3-year-olds over 1 1/16 miles on turf, but could wait for the $300,000 Del Mar Derby on Sept. 3.

"I think he may have gotten a little tired on me," Mandella said. "I may wait for the derby and pass this one."

Bayou the Moon won a maiden race on turf last March, but ran on the main track during the Hollywood Park meeting. He won the Alydar Stakes, but was third and fifth, respectively, in the Affirmed Handicap and Swaps Stakes.

"I would have preferred he was a real good dirt horse, but he seems to have gotten discouraged by it," Mandella said.

Redattore and Cagney have stakes assignments in coming weeks.

Cagney and stablemate Kudos are being pointed for the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap over 1 3/8 miles on turf on Aug. 25.

Redattore may start in the Arlington Million on Aug. 18 or the $1 million Atto Mile at Woodbine on Sept. 9. He will not start in the Pacific Classic on dirt on Aug. 19. "He ran so well on turf," Mandella said. "There is plenty of money out there on turf right now."

Cover Gal's next start pushed back

Cover Gal, the seven-time stakes and two-time California-bred champion, will be pointed for the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita because of a foot problem, trainer Lance Stokes said.

A winner of $600,699, Cover Gal has not started since finishing third in the Soviet Problem Handicap at Golden Gate Fields in March. Her last win came in the Fleet Treat Stakes for California-breds last year at Del Mar.

A 4-year-old, Cover Gal had been considered for the $150,000 Rancho Bernando Handicap over 6 1/2 furlongs on Aug. 19.

"We've got a foot we can't get right," he said. "She's got a bruise and a quarter crack."

* Asian Adventure, who won the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes July 20, will sidestep the top 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar in favor of the $50,000 Mid-Peninsula Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs at the San Mateo County Fair at Bay Meadows, trainer Clifford Sise said. He will consider Asian Adventure for stakes at Fairplex Park in September.

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