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Updated on 09/15/2011 2:08PM
Tiznow kicks up fuss before work
ARCADIA, Calif. - If he lets his emotions show, Tiznow will go into Sunday's $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap kicking and screaming. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Tiznow's competitive spirit is coming back. En route to the track for a workout Monday at Santa Anita, he lashed out with his left hind leg and cut the left hind leg of the pony who was accompanying him. The thud was sickening.
The pony had to head back to the barn with a bloody gash. A second pony was brought in, and Tiznow behaved himself until he reached the clubhouse turn, at which point he appeared eager to be let loose. It was too soon, since trainer Jay Robbins wanted Tiznow to work five furlongs.
After Tiznow made several more attempts to dash away, outrider Blake Heap, aboard the pinch-hitting pony, finally gave Tiznow his head nearing the 5 1/2-furlong pole. Tiznow sprinted clear, but he quickly cooperated with jockey Chris McCarron, who was in the saddle, and settled in that long, loping stride that carried him to victory in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic. Tiznow was clocked in 59.60 seconds for five furlongs, then galloped out strongly.
"At least I don't have to work him again now," said a relieved Robbins, whose stress level was raised as he watched Tiznow's pre-work antics. "He's done some of that galloping before, but never when he's working until his last two works."
Michael Cooper, one Tiznow's owners, said, "I don't know how Bob Baffert got through this with Point Given. These little outbreaks of manhood are frightening."
Tiznow has not raced at Santa Anita since capturing the Santa Anita Handicap in March. His lone start since then was a third-place finish in last month's Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park. Cooper and Robbins had the choice between running in the Goodwood, which Tiznow won last year, or Saturday's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park, but Cooper said Tiznow would run in the Goodwood provided the weights, as expected, are to his satisfaction. The weights were to be released Tuesday.
In addition to Tiznow, the Goodwood field is expected to include Dig for It (Alex Solis the rider), Dixie Dot Com (David Flores), Freedom Crest (Kent Desormeaux), Skimming (Garrett Gomez), and Tribunal (Corey Nakatani). Tribunal worked six furlongs in 1:11.60 on Monday at Santa Anita. Skimming worked six furlongs in 1:13.60 at Hollywood Park on Sunday.
Strong work for Officer
The unbeaten Officer, in his final drill for Saturday's $500,000 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park, breezed an effortless five furlongs in 59.20 seconds with exercise rider Dana Barnes sitting motionless. A private clocker caught Officer's final quarter-mile in 22.40 seconds. Baffert, Officer's trainer, said the colt, winner of the Del Mar Futurity, was scheduled to leave for New York on Tuesday morning.
Several other locally based 2-year-olds worked for out-of-town stakes races this weekend. Burnt Ember worked five furlongs in 59.20 seconds for trainer Eoin Harty, who is sending the colt to Keeneland for Saturday's $400,000 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity. Also headed to the Breeders' Futurity is Del Mar Futurity runner-up Kamsack, who worked four furlongs in 47.80 seconds on Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Harty also is sending Sunray Spirit to Belmont for Sunday's $100,000 Cowdin Stakes. Sunray Spirit worked a half-mile in 47.20 seconds Monday at Santa Anita.
Inda puzzled by Tamara Princess
Trainer Eduardo Inda was at a loss to explain the last-place finish by Tamara Princess in Saturday's Grade 2 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap. Sent off at 6-5, Tamara Princess was in contention until the top of the stretch, but faded to finish last, her first loss in four career starts.
Despite the setback, she was never considered for the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Belmont Park on Oct. 27 because of the need for a six-figure supplemental fee, according to owners Aaron and Marie Jones.
"We'll give her a little time off," Inda said. "She's okay. She didn't fire."
Inda said the La Canada Series during the Santa Anita winter meeting is a long-term goal for Tamara Princess. The series begins with the seven-furlong La Brea Stakes in late December.
Inda does have one remaining hope for the Breeders' Cup - Forest Camp, who starts in Saturday's $200,000 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap.
A 4-year-old, Forest Camp was fifth as the 8-5 favorite in the Pirate's Bounty Stakes at Del Mar on Sept. 1, his only start of 2001. A hind end injury had kept him away from racing earlier this year.
"He disappointed me in the race at Del Mar," Inda said. "It looked like he needed it. I babied him for that race."
Forest Camp will start in what is arguably the nation's toughest prep for the Breeders' Cup Sprint. The other probables are Freespool, Kona Gold, Lexicon, and Swept Overboard.
Kona Gold, who will be heavily favored, is the defending champion of the Ancient Title. Last year, Kona Gold won the Ancient Title and Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Inda said he has asked more of Forest Camp in recent exercise. "He's galloped a little longer and working faster," Inda said. "We trained him a little different for this race."
Redattore heads Oak Tree Mile
The Ancient Title is the lone stakes race on Saturday's program. Aside from the Goodwood Handicap, Sunday's program includes the $250,000 Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile. Last year, the race was won by War Chant, who later won the Breeders" Cup Mile at Churchill Downs.
The likely favorite in the Oak Tree Mile is Redattore, the winner of the Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar, who is not considered a Breeders' Cup hopeful since he was bred in South America and would have to be supplemented. Other probables include High Demand, I've Decided, Smile Again, Spinelessjellyfish, and Thady Quill.
Habibti due back by week's end
Habibti, scratched as the morning-line favorite from Sunday's Oak Leaf Stakes because of illness, is expected to resume training by the end of the week, his trainer, Bob Baffert, said.
Baffert said Habibti developed a temperature on Saturday morning, which rose as high as 102.4. He said she was treated through the day, which brought the temperature down to 100 by Saturday evening.
The winner of the Del Mar Debutante Stakes in August, Habibti remains on schedule for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Baffert said.
"I'll probably take her back to the track this weekend," Baffert said. "I think it's just a virus. She's the only one in the barn that's sick. You usually lose five or six days of training."
Sharper Too pointed for Cal Cup
Sharper Too will be pointed for the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile on Nov. 3 following his victory in the $100,000 California Sires Stakes last Friday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Sharper Too ran seven furlongs in 1:24.64, rallying wide to catch 32-1 Ima Mile High Guy in the final sixteenth. By High Brite, Sharper Too has won stakes in his last two starts, having scored in the I'm Smokin Stakes at Del Mar in September.
"Victor thinks this horse will run long," trainer Mike Harrington said. "He really isn't bred to run long, but maybe with the right trip he can run long.
Decision near for Came Home
A decision was scheduled to be made on Tuesday as to whether Came Home would train up to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile or be put away for the year, co-owner John Toffan said Monday.
Came Home was scratched from Saturday's Norfolk Stakes because of a puffy ankle.
"There was a little filling in his ankle, but it's better now," said Paco Gonzalez, who trains Came Home. Toffan said X-rays showed no fracture.
*Blue Grass Stakes winner Millennium Wind, who has not raced since finishing 11th in the Kentucky Derby, is scheduled to return to action in the Pegasus Handicap at the Meadowlands on Oct. 19. He has been training at Hollywood Park.
*Apprentice jockey Macario Rodriguez was given a five-day suspension for causing interference on Roman Dancer in Saturday's Norfolk Stakes. Roman Dancer veered out at the top of the stretch, and bothered Ecstatic. The stewards disqualified Roman Dancer from third to fourth, placing him behind Ecstatic. Rodriguez's suspension begins Thursday and continues through Monday, a racing day next week at Santa Anita.
- additional reporting by Steve Andersen