05/14/2007 11:00PM

Wait-and-see approach for Slew's Tizzy


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - The connections of Slew's Tizzy will be watching the Preakness closely on Saturday as they try to determine whether their Lone Star Derby winner should advance to the Belmont Stakes on June 9, or point for the Grade 2, $300,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown on June 2.

Slew's Tizzy passed on the Preakness in favor of the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Derby here last Saturday, and rolled to a 1 3/4-length win to earn a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 96. He came out of the race in good order, trainer Greg Fox said, and vanned out of Lone Star back to his Lexington, Ky., farm base late Sunday.

"We're going to let him recover, watch the Preakness, and basically make a decision following that race where we're headed," said Fox, who trains Slew's Tizzy for Joe Lacombe. "We would like to give him at least three weeks, preferably four weeks, between races. Everything we know about him would seem to indicate he's ready for a Grade 1-level task.

"Definitely, we try to remain flexible in all our decisions. Our first choice right now is we'd like to run in the Belmont."

If Slew's Tizzy runs in the Ohio Derby, Lacombe would be going for a second straight win in that race. Last year, Lacombe won the Ohio Derby with Deputy Glitters, who like Slew's Tizzy is a homebred.

Slew's Tizzy, a son of Tiznow, won his second straight graded race in the Lone Star Derby. He came into the 1 1/16-mile stakes off a wire-to-wire win in the Grade 2 Lexington at Keeneland. In the Lone Star Derby, Slew's Tizzy used new tactics, sitting behind dueling leaders Mr. Nightlinger and Taksent and overtaking them in the stretch.

"This was a controlled effort, a mature effort," said Fox. "He's starting to really learn how to rate nicely."

Mr. Nightlinger, who ran a big race to finish in a dead heat for third, could make his next start at Lone Star, said his trainer, Bret Calhoun. Calhoun said plans will be discussed with owners Martin Racing Stable and Carl Moore. One option is the $100,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup, a one-mile race for 3-year-olds that will be run here June 30.

Rail may hamper Top Commander

Top Commander will be favored in Thursday night's featured eighth race, a six-furlong optional claimer. He will face nine others, with the chief threats Cee's the Point and Danish Dancer.

Top Commander, who in 2005 won the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn, was second by a nose at this distance and level in his last start, April 27, after dueling throughout.

"There was a lone speed horse in there, Peerless Tee, and that horse, if you let him go, he's gone," said Calhoun, who trains Top Commander. "I didn't want to be up there pressing. I wanted to be sitting, and I had to put my horse in the race early to press him and I think it just kind of took its toll on him.

"He ran a heck of a race, but I had to take him out of his game a little bit, and maybe it might be the same thing here. Being on the inside, I may have to send him a little bit, too."

Top Commander drew the rail and will be ridden by Richard Eramia. He has the speed to control the pace, and with a sharp start might be able to get the jump on the speed to his outside, K D King and Davids Expectation.

Three pointing for Turf Cup

Waupaca won last Saturday's allowance prep for the Grade 3, $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup in his first start since September, and will now advance to that stakes here May 28, said his trainer, Donnie Von Hemel. Waupaca won by 1 1/4 lengths over Brego, who was making his first start since June.

Brego and his stablemate Trial by Jury are both being pointed for the Dallas Turf Cup, according to trainer Bruce Jackson.

Calhoun has pair for Ford Express

Orphan Brigade, a dominant allowance winner May 5, is being pointed for Saturday's $50,000 Ford Express at six furlongs. His trainer, Bret Calhoun, said he also plans to start Express News.

Marq French, a sprint stakes winner, is also being pointed for the Ford Express, said his trainer, Von Hemel.

Others nominated to the race include multiple stakes winner Coach Jimi Lee.

* Cliff Berry, the second-leading rider at Lone Star, has been suspended seven calendar days beginning Sunday for a riding infraction. The suspension stems from the ninth race May 10, when his mount, Income, was disqualified and placed second for interference.

* The deadline to enter the annual Race Track Chaplaincy of Texas benefit golf tournament is Saturday. It will be at Mansfield National Golf Club on May 22.

* Nominations to the six Lone Star Million Day stakes May 28 close Thursday.