05/20/2001 11:00PM

Tiznow to resume training next week


ARCADIA, Calif. - Tiznow has been given the green light to resume training next week, after a nuclear scan taken Thursday of his lower back came back clean. Tiznow, the 2000 Horse of the Year, strained his lumbar vertabrae in a workout April 20 at Santa Anita, and has not been to the track since.

Tiznow's veterinarian, Dr. Rick Arthur, told trainer Jay Robbins the Thursday scan "looked very good." Robbins said "it didn't light up, there was virtually nothing. If you didn't know [a hot spot] was there before, you wouldn't have seen it." A previous scan taken after the April 20 work revealed Tiznow's back strain.

Arthur recommended Tiznow be tack-walked one more week, and return to the track Friday to begin jogging. He will start out by jogging a mile, and ease to two miles before he resumes galloping. Although Robbins has not set a timetable for Tiznow's first breeze or a potential comeback race, it is increasingly unlikely he will be ready for the Pacific Classic on Aug. 19 at Del Mar.

"If all went perfect, he could make Del Mar," Robbins said. "If not, we'll have to find something in the fall." Tiznow, who won the Breeders' Cup Classic last year, won the Santa Anita Handicap in his most recent start March 3. The 4-year-old has won seven races and $4,244,830 from 12 starts.

Stakes debut for Until Sundown

Until Sundown, who won 2 of 3 starts at Santa Anita earlier this year, will make his stakes debut in the $75,000 Alydar Stakes for 3-year-olds Wednesday.

Trained by Laura de Seroux, Until Sundown worked a half-mile in 48.20 seconds on Friday at Hollywood Park and was pronounced ready by the trainer.

"That's my pathway to the Swaps, via the Affirmed, if all goes well," de Seroux said, referring to the $500,000 Swaps Stakes on July 15.

"Everything has gone perfect with his physical development. He's stronger, fitter, and bigger."

De Seroux and owner Sidney Port were looking for a stakes race following Until Sundown's win in an allowance race on April 11. They opted for the Alydar, run over 1 1/8 miles, instead of a major races such as the Preakness.

"That would have been throwing him to the wolves too soon," de Seroux said. "He would not have been seasoned enough."

The Alydar is the first of eight stakes run next week, from Wednesday through Memorial Day, May 28. Other probables for the Alydar include Romanceishope, Fleetstreet Dancer, and Take My Note.

There are two Grade 1 stakes - Saturday's $250,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap for fillies and mares over 1 1/8 miles on turf and the $350,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile on turf on May 28.

The Shoemaker Mile is expected to include Fateful Dream, Irish Prize, Native Desert, Redattore, Spinelessjellyfish, and Touch of the Blues. Tranquility Lake, the mare who won the Wilshire Handicap on May 6, is being considered.

CHRB to discuss technology issues

A meeting of the California Horse Racing Board's newly reformed pari-mutuel committee will focus on technology issues when it meets on Tuesday, according to committee chairman Roger Licht.

Licht, appointed to the CHRB earlier this year, will host the meeting, which will be held at 9:30 a.m. the Crown Plaza Hotel near Hollywood Park.

He said part of the meeting will focus on betting through computers, which created controversy earlier this year when bettors from North Dakota played Gulfstream Park races. There will also be a discussion on steps taken to analyze unusual betting patterns and the use of cash rebates by out-of-state systems.

"I feel the technology thing is a new issue," Licht said. "I feel its an area that needs to be looked at. The computerized betting has come under fire. How do we know that sophisticated people can't tap into our system."

An afternoon meeting of the racing dates committee will be held at 1:30 p.m. and will focus on racing dates for 2002.

Both committees will report to the full board, which meets at Bay Meadows on June 1.

- additional reporting by Steve Andersen