The owners of grade I winners Riboletta and Tiznow have decided to ante up the funds necessary to supplement the horses to the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup championship day races.
Aaron and Marie Jones opted to pay a $400,000 supplement for Beldame winner Riboletta to run in the Distaff rather than put up an $800,000 supplement for her to face males in the Classic.
"The $800,000 supplementary is certainly big enough to get your attention," Jones told the Los Angeles Times
. "But I'll wait until I get a good colt to run in the Classic , and keep Riboletta within her division. I'm told that we've already clinched the division title, and although I don't understand the politics of the voting, maybe we've still got a chance for horse of the year too."
Trainer Jay Robbins confirmed Wednesday that Super Derby (gr. I) and Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) winner Tiznow will be a supplemental entry in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). The owners of the 3-year-old California-bred colt, a full brother to last year's Classic runner-up Budroyale, will have to pay a fee of $360,000 to enter the November 4 race.
"We decided that we're going to run," said Robbins. "We met this morning. Mike Cooper (co-owner) was here. And Chris (jockey Chris McCarron) came by. The horse came out of the Goodwood in good shape. He was bright this morning."
Tiznow, who made his racing debut in April, has won four of eight starts -- and finished second in three races -- while earning $965,550. He won Sunday's Goodwood Handicap by a half-length over Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) winner Captain Steve 15 days after romping to a six-length victory over Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Commendable in the Super Derby.
"It looks like the 3-year-olds are a tough group right now," said Robbins. "Tiznow will go back to the track tomorrow morning and will probably work here prior to shipping. He will probably just gallop after we get to Churchill."
Also being supplemented to the Classic is Gander, a New York-bred son of Cormorant who finished second to Albert the Great in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.