Slew’s Tizzy, getting good at the right time, will join the Triple Crown fray in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) for Kentucky-based trainer Greg Fox.
The 139th running of the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at 1 1/2 miles, will be run on June 9.
In only three weeks, Slew’s Tizzy has scored a pair of graded stakes wins in Keeneland’s Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) and the Lone Star Derby (gr. III), which makes him a live challenger in the Belmont. By Tiznow – who won his second Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Belmont Park in 2001 – Slew’s Tizzy began the season as a 29-1 maiden at Turfway Park.
“Everything is falling into place,” said Fox, who trains the colt for owner/breeder Joseph Lacombe, a Brooklyn native. “Right now, the plan is to work Saturday.”
Fox owns a farm adjacent to The Thoroughbred Center, which is located in Lexington, Ky., and is owned by the Keeneland Association.
“My horses walk down a little hill and they are on the training track,” said Fox, 45. “It’s very quite and peaceful. I believe the horses thrive in that kind of environment.”
Slew’s Tizzy is going to need a jockey for the Belmont Stakes. Robby Albarado, who rode Slew’s Tizzy in the Lexington and Lone Star Derby, would pilot Preakness (gr. I) champion Curlin in the Belmont.
“We’ve got a few guys in mind,” Fox said. “We hate to lose Robby, but there are a lot of talented riders out there. We’re working out the details.”
Fox said that he intends to ship Slew’s Tizzy to New York the week of the Belmont.