12/16/2011 3:30PM

Ziebarth maintains her ties with Tiznow

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Owner-breeder Pamela Ziebarth greets jockey Joel Rosario following Tiz Flirtatious's victory in the Cat's Cradle Handicap.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Tiznow is never far from owner-breeder Pamela Ziebarth’s thoughts, or the bloodlines of her horses.

“There are very few that aren’t related,” she said of her racing and breeding stock.

Ziebarth has a unique perspective of the California-bred Tiznow as a racehorse from a decade ago and as a successful stallion in Kentucky now. Tiznow is the only horse to win two runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, in 2000 and 2001, doing so for Ziebarth’s late mother, Cecilia Straub-Reubens.

Ziebarth, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., has continued the family’s involvement in racing with breeding stock in California and Kentucky and a successful stable of racehorses in California.

On Dec. 11, Tiz Flirtatious, by the Cee’s Tizzy stallion Tizbud, won her first stakes in the $85,800 Cat’s Cradle Handicap for California-bred females at Hollywood Park. Ziebarth bred and owns the 3-year-old Tiz Flirtatious, who is unbeaten in three starts.

Wednesday at Hollywood Park, Ziebarth’s 4-year-old filly Hello Sugar, who is by Cee’s Tizzy, won an optional claimer over six furlongs. The fillies are half-sisters, out of the Victory Gallop mare Masquerade Belle. Cee’s Tizzy is the sire of Tiznow.

“I think we’ll have a busy 2012,” she said.

There may be more to come from the Ziebarth stable in 2011. Trainer Marty Jones is considering a start for Tiz Flirtatious in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes, a Grade 1 for 3-year-old fillies over seven furlongs Dec. 31.

If Tiz Flirtatious starts in that race, Ziebarth will be seeking her first Grade 1 win since Healthy Addiction won the 2006 Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita.

“The reasons to look at that are the distance and what she’s qualified to do in the next few months,” Ziebarth said. “I’m kind of surprised with the Grade 1 jump, but I’m confident with her ability.

“Marty brought her along so slow. She was very relaxed in training at Harris Farms before she came to the track.”

Tiz Flirtatious has won three races, including a maiden and an optional claimer at Santa Anita in October.

“She’s a big filly, and it took her a long time to come into herself,” Jones said after the Cat’s Cradle. “We had to stop and go with her because she was so big. Once she finally seemed to mature, you could see, coming into her first race, she was something nice.”

Tizbud stands at Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif., while another Ziebarth-owned stallion, Tizdejavu, by Tiznow, stands at Crestwood Farms in Kentucky. Ziebarth raced Tizdejavu with Michael Cooper.

“I’m trying to prove Tizdejavu,” she said.

She supports both stallions with her own mares.

“We usually breed 10 to 15 a year,” she said. “Most of them have been bred in California. I sent quite a few back to Kentucky.”

Those trips to Kentucky often include trips to see Tiznow.

Tizbud was bred to more than 30 mares in 2011, Ziebarth said. His status in California’s stallion ranks was boosted with the Cat’s Cradle Handicap win by Tiz Flirtatious.

“We’ve had a lot of Tizbuds that have been halfway successful, but had bad luck with injury,” she said.

Many of the Ziebarth runners race in California, though she has raced to a lesser extent in Kentucky in the past. The decision rests with her proximity to Southern California tracks and the prize money on the local circuit.

“I love the Cal-bred aspect of it,” she said. “I tried to do the racing back there, but the money is better for me here. I enjoy actually seeing them run. I like to tell people that we’re only an hour away from any track.”