10/23/2001 11:00PM

Workout report 10/24 - Tiznow stands out from the crowd

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ELMONT, N Y - Wednesday's weather made it seem like this year's Breeders' Cup was back at Gulfstream Park, not Belmont Park, with unseasonably mild temperatures in the high 60's during training hours, providing perfect conditions on the main track.

The turf course was a bit dry and on the loose side when opening several minutes after the renovation break.

The morning was a bit light on actual works but did feature the first local appearance of several Breeders' Cup hopefuls from the west coast including prohibitive Juvenile favorite Officer, his stablemate Habibti and Tranquility Lake.

Work of the Day - Tiznow (open galloped one mile in 1:46 seconds) - Okay, so Tiznow didn't officially work. But his open gallop was so impressive he made us bend the rules just this one time.

Entering the track during the latter half of the opening training session, Tiznow again took his sweet time making his way around the clubhouse turn but picked up the pace just a bit as he continued to work his way down the backstretch accompanied by the pony. After standing briefly near the half mile pole he suddenly broke off and instantly was into a strong gallop while kept well off the rail by regular exercise rider Ramon Arciega.

Looking bright and full of run, Tiznow reeled off quarter mile splits of :26 seconds :52.30, 1:18.40 and 1:46 for the mile before finally pulling up a mile and one eighth in 1:59.80.They were extremely impressive numbers for a horse merely galloping out in the middle of the racetrack over a racetrack fairly well chewed up from nearly two hours of training.

Tiznow continues to thrive and couldn't be training up to the defense of his Classic title any better.

Classic:

Freedom Crest - Put in another strong gallop and has made a nice appearance here this week.

Turf:

Mutamam - Came out on the turf course near the end of training hours when the traffic was light and primarily jogged before being allowed to open gallop under some restraint through the stretch. The somewhat unique change in strategy was obviously dictated by the fact he'd gotten worked up and came off the track in a lather the previous morning.

Juvenile:

Officer - Was among the first couple of horses to hit the track following the renovation break and made a good appearance while merely jogging once around the wrong way while accompanied by his stable pony.

Filly And Mare Turf:

Kalypso Katie (four furlongs in :50.23 on turf) - Broke off a couple of lengths behind her stablemate under a long hold and went comfortably. Joined her workmate in early stretch after which the pair finished on even terms. A grand looking filly who has trained well this week.

Sprint:

Alannan (four furlongs in :49.03 seconds) - The only Breeders' Cup candidate to work before the break. Went an easy half mile without much urging, breaking off under restraint to get the opening quarter mile in :24.96 seconds before quickening the pace through the stretch and galloping out five-eighths in 1:01.12 seconds.

Swept Overboard (three furlongs in :34.45 seconds) - Easily the most impressive "official" work of the day. Was full of run despite being well within himself from the time he left the three eighths pole, posting internal fractions of :11.46 seconds and :23.13. He then galloped out an additional furlong in an eye-catching :11.95 to pull up a half mile in :46.40 which would have actually earned him the unique daily double "bullet" for both the three-furlong and four-furlong work tabs.

Mile:

Irish Prize (four furlongs in :50.07 on the turf) - Working a leisurely half without company and under little pressure in an easy final prep for the Mile.

Noverre (five furlongs in 1:02.14 on the turf) - Easily the more impressive of the two Godolphin hopefuls for the Mile. Was stretching out nicely once put to mild urging through the stretch, covering his final three furlongs in :35.77. Appears to be handling the course well.

Express Tour (five furlongs in 1:04.81 on the turf) - Broke off under jockey John Velazquez as Noverre was completing his work. Was under restraint away from the pole, negotiating the first quarter in a slow :27.74. Finished up a bit better when under light urging through the stretch while kicking up some dirt coming to the eighth pole. Might have been struggling to get his best footing over the dry course.