11/05/2001 12:00AM

Tiznow minding his manners


ARCADIA, Calif. - While his next racing assignment is unclear, Tiznow has returned to training at Santa Anita and is showing better manners than he did before he successfully defended his title in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park on Oct. 27.

Tiznow galloped on the Santa Anita training track for the third consecutive day on Monday. In each occasion, he displayed none of the ornery behavior that concerned trainer Jay Robbins in the weeks leading up to the Breeders' Cup Classic.

The 2000 Horse of the Year, Tiznow caused Robbins fits on occasion during morning gallops and workouts in October. Over the weekend, the story changed.

"He's going great, but he was tranquilized," Robbins said on Monday. "I let him gallop a mile and a half on the training track. He stood there for awhile, and then trotted and galloped, but no stopping, backing up or wheeling.

"We'll see how it goes on the main track. I'm really happy with him right now. I hope it crosses over to the main track."

Where Tiznow will reappear has not been decided. Owner Michael Cooper said Tiznow will not start in the $400,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 23, but may start in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup over 1 1/2 miles at Hollywood Park on Dec. 1.

The 4-year-old Tiznow has never started on turf. Robbins expressed concern that Tiznow's behavior may cause problems if he has to be shipped from Santa Anita to Hollywood Park for turf workouts and then again for a race. "He's better when he ships in the dark," Robbins said.

Another possibility is for Tiznow to be rested until 2002 with a possible return in the San Pasqual Handicap on Jan. 5. "I think that's possible," Robbins said.

Tiznow's long-term goal is the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 2, a race he won earlier this year.

Friday night subsidies

Hollywood Park will pay trainers $150 per starter on the upcoming two Friday night programs - later this week and Nov. 16 - in an effort to enhance the number of starters and offset backstretch labor costs.

Hollywood Park opens its autumn meeting on Wednesday, but the track is emphasizing its Friday night programs in an effort to lure a younger audience. The track has conducted Friday night racing regularly in the past 10 years, but offered it only once earlier this year during the spring-summer meeting because of concerns over electricity costs.

In addition to the subsidy, grooms will receive two meal coupons for each horse they handle.

The subsidies does not extend to afternoon racing on Fridays, which begins on Nov. 23 and runs through the end of the meeting on Dec. 17.

Morocco scratched from stakes

Morocco was scratched from Monday's Morvich Handicap at Santa Anita because of illness, trainer Richard Mandella said. The setback prevented Morocco from making his graded stakes debut.

A $2 million purchase as a 2-year-old in-training, the 4-year-old Morocco may be out of action for several weeks, Mandella warned. He said the $200,000 Hollywood Turf Express over 5 1/2 furlongs at Hollywood Park on Nov. 23 is doubtful.

"He probably won't be over it and back in time," Mandella said. "His temperature is down today, but it might be back up tomorrow. There are quite a few sick horses around."

The Santa Anita stable area has been hit with a horse flu in recent weeks that has affected scores of horses.

Cagney gets Japan invite

Mandella said that Cagney, the winner of the Grade 3 Carleton F. Burke Handicap at Santa Anita on Oct. 28, has been invited to the Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse on Nov. 25.

He is one of two California-based horses expected for the Japan Cup, joined by White Heart. Trained by Neil Drysdale, White Heart was second in the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Handicap at Hollywood Park in June.

Mike Smith has been booked to ride Cagney, while White Heart will be ridden by Gary Stevens. Both jockeys are expected to return to California the same day to ride the top program of the Hollywood Park fall meeting, which features the $500,000 Hollywood Derby and $500,000 Matriarch Stakes.