09/25/2001 12:00AM

Tiznow takes control of his work


ARCADIA, Calif. - Tiznow, who remains on course for a defense of his Breeders' Cup Classic title at Belmont Park on Oct. 27, was more eager in a Monday morning workout at Santa Anita than trainer Jay Robbins or jockey Chris McCarron would have preferred.

Preparing for a start in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Oct. 6, or in the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap here a day later, Tiznow was scheduled to work five furlongs. But when he displayed aggressive behavior on the first turn while galloping next to a pony, McCarron opted to take Tiznow away from the pony. Tiznow quickly began to gallop and McCarron started the workout a furlong earlier than planned.

"When I got him away from the pony, he was all right," McCarron.

Tiznow was officially clocked in a moderate 1:13 for six furlongs. He went three furlongs in 37.20 seconds and finished six furlongs in 1:13.20, according to Robbins. McCarron said he never urged Tiznow during the work.

"I was letting him run through the lane, but I never asked him," McCarron said. "Jay asked for an easy five-eighths, and to do that you do nothing."

After the workout, McCarron needed almost an entire circuit of the track to pull up Tiznow, and he eventually got him stopped on the final turn.

"I'm glad he pulls up at Clocker's Corner every day," McCarron said, referring to a patio adjacent to the head of the stretch. "We might have gone around again."

Robbins said Tiznow will have one more workout before his next start, and he is hoping for a smoother morning that day. "That was a little scary this morning," Robbins said.

Plans for Bienamado up in air

Bienamado, who has a cracked splint bone and will miss the Breeders' Cup, could run again next year.

Earlier this year, owner John Toffan said Bienamado would be retired this winter and would make his final start in the Turf. No stud plans have been finalized, Toffan said, pending discussions with stallion farms.

"I don't what we'll do," Toffan said. "If we don't get a good deal, we may run him next year. He's just a very unlucky horse. He's still lightly raced."

Toffan said that the 5-year-old Bienamado will spend a few months on Toffan's farm this fall in nearby Bradbury, Calif., before possibly returning to training.

Tribal Rule out of Sprint

Tribal Rule, the winner of two races at Del Mar, is out of the Breeders' Cup Sprint picture with a shoulder injury, owner Marty Wygod said.

The 5-year-old Tribal Rule was under consideration for the $200,000 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap on Oct. 6 when he developed the injury.

Trained by Julio Canani, Tribal Rule won a six-furlong maiden race by eight lengths on Aug. 4 and a first-condition allowance race by five lengths on Aug. 25, zipping six furlongs in 1:09.09.

Wygod said a decision will be made during the winter on whether Tribal Rule will be retired to stud or return for a 6-year-old campaign. On Monday, Tribal Rule was sent to Wygod's River Edge Farm in central California where he will spend the next 90 days.

"The vets feel he would come back 100 percent," Wygod said. "The probability is I'll try to bring him back. We'll put him back in light training in 90 days."

Silva suffers heart attack

Trainer Jose Silva suffered a mild heart attack on Saturday, according to his daughter, Melissa.

Jose Silva, who operates stables in northern and Southern California, was stricken while at Pleasanton. He is hospitalized in San Ramon, Calif., according to his daughter.

Silva, 54, trains Proud Tower, who won the 2000 California Cup Juvenile.

Is Budroyale what he used to be?

Interpretations differ over Budroyale's fourth-place finish Sunday in the $100,000 Ralph M. Hinds Handicap at Fairplex Park. Ted West, who trains the 8-year-old Budroyale with his son Ted H. West, was upbeat: "I thought he ran well; I was pleased. I don't know why [jockey Isaias Enriquez] kept him wide all the way. You lose at least three lengths on every turn by staying wide."

Racing three turns on the five-furlong Fairplex track, Budroyale ran one-paced, though he did finish well and was beaten six lengths. "He's older - he doesn't have the zip he used to have," West said.

Others saw Budroyale's race differently, noting that Budroyale never threatened at any stage of the race, and that his finish was aided when the leaders fell apart late.

Budroyale, runner-up in the 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic, will be pointed to the $250,000 California Cup Classic on Nov. 3.

Mimi's Cafe Cal Cup-bound

Mimi's Cafe may be headed for the $150,000 California Cup Matron after her win Friday in the premier filly-mare race of the Los Angeles County Fair meet. Russell Baze rode Mimi's Cafe ($5.40) to a half-length win in the $100,000 Las Madrinas Handicap. Revillew Slew finished second and Warren's Whistle was third.

Owned by John Jones and Ron Sheffer, Mimi's Cafe won for the seventh time in 27 starts. The Las Madrinas was her third stakes win this year. Trainer Terry Knight said Mimi's Cafe came out of the race well and would point to the Cal Cup on Nov. 3.

- additional reporting by Brad Free