06/24/2010 11:00PM

Tizway could get Bond on the board


ELMONT, N.Y. − To call trainer James Bond frustrated would be an understatement. Winless with 24 starters at this meet, Bond has had to resort to shipping horses out of town to win races.

In June, Bond has won twice at Woodbine and once at Finger Lakes.

"I've never had a spring like this," Bond said Friday from Saratoga. "I had to go to Woodbine so I could find where the winner's circle is."

One race at Belmont could potentially turn Bond's fortunes and frustrations around. Next Saturday, Bond will send out Tizway in the Grade 2, $300,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park. With leading handicap star Quality Road − who beat Tizway by three lengths in the Metropolitan Handicap on May 31 − not running, Tizway figures to loom a top contender in the Suburban, which has been cut from 1 1/4 miles to 1 1/8 miles.

"Having run against Dubai Millennium and Cigar, I've got to rate Quality Road pretty high," Bond said. "He's a pretty darn nice horse. I do want to duck him for the time being."

Last year, Tizway finished third behind Summer Bird and Quality Road in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, run over an extremely sloppy main track. Bond said he felt that being on the inside, the part of the track that had the most water, compromised Tizway's chances in that race.

In the Suburban, Tizway will probably have to run against I Want Revenge and Regal Ransom, both of whom are extremely nice horses but have not run in a while. Meanwhile, Tizway won a third-level allowance race at Aqueduct in April before the Met Mile.

For his two races this year, Bond has equipped Tizway with glue-on shoes, replacing the traditional queens plates.

"He's had issues with his feet," Bond said. "This seems to have really helped. It's like night and day."

Though Bond said he would have preferred the Suburban remained at 1 1/4 miles, Tizway has run some of his best races in one-turn races at Belmont Park. He won a second-level allowance race by 7 1/2 lengths going a one-turn mile last summer. The 1 1/8-mile races at Belmont are also run around one turn.

"I don't think it's a big deal," Bond said. "I still think this horse will run a mile and a quarter. He didn't run that bad in the Gold Cup."

Others expected for the Suburban include Suburban, Land of the Giants, and Timber Reserve. Eldaafer, Haynesfield, and Redding Colliery are possible.

Injury sidelines Tar Heel Mom

Tar Heel Mom, winner of the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct in April, came out of last month's Vagrancy Handicap with a condylar fracture in her left hind leg and will be sidelined the rest of the year.

Tar Heel Mom would have been a leading contender for the Grade 3, $150,000 Bed o' Roses Handicap here July 5, a race that figures to come up with a small field.

Trainer Stanley Hough said Tar Heel Mom underwent surgery to repair the fracture, which required a couple of screws being inserted into the bone. Hough said the surgery went well and that he will attempt to bring Tar Heel Mom back into training in the fall.

"There'll be time to train her and see how she's doing before the breeding season," Hough said.

Tar Heel Mom, a 5-year-old daughter of Flatter owned by Alex Rankin, has a record of 7-5-4 from 20 starts with earnings of $472,192. She is a four-time stakes winner, with the Distaff her only graded win.

Among the 20 nominees under consideration for the Bed o' Roses are Qualia, Rightly So, and Starship Angel.

Funny Moon targets Delaware

Funny Moon, last year's Coaching Club American Oaks winner, is among the nominees for the Bed o' Roses. But trainer Christophe Clement said she is being pointed to the $750,000 Delaware Handicap on July 17

Funny Moon, who won the one-mile Shuvee here May 15, comes out of a third-place finish behind Life at Ten and Unrivaled Belle in the Grade 1 Phipps going 1 1/16 miles here June 12.

Clement said the Delaware Handicap is more appealing to him than the Grade 1 Ruffian at Saratoga because Funny Moon has a difficult time in the race-day security barn the New York Racing Association employs.

"She's extremely difficult to handle with the detention barn," Clement said. "Mentally, it's easier to run her at Delaware Park."

Given the speed-favoring nature of Belmont's main track June 12, Clement said he was not disappointed with Funny Moon's third-place finish in the Phipps.

"On figures, she ran one of her best races. Unfortunately, on that day it was speed-favoring, and Todd's filly was awesome," Clement said, referring to Life at Ten, trained by Todd Pletcher. "And we got beat a head [for second] by a filly who in her last out beat Rachel Alexandra and was the talk of the town."

* D' Funnybone, who has won three Grade 2 sprints this year, worked five furlongs in 1:01.59 on Friday at Aqueduct. Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said D' Funnybone is pointing to the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga on Aug. 28.