Feisty Tiznow in Sharp Work for Goodwood
Updated: Wednesday, October 3, 2001 9:00 AM
Posted: Monday, October 1, 2001 1:08 PM
Photo: Mike Corrado
Breeders' Cup Classic winner Tiznow worked Monday in preparation for the Goodwood Handicap.
Defending Horse of the Year Tiznow turned in a sharp five furlong work in :59 2/5 at Santa Anita Monday morning, and will run in Sunday's Goodwood Handicap, trainer Jay Robbins said following the work.
Robbins said he was very happy with the work and the way the son of Cee's Tizzy galloped out afterward, but wishes the colt would get his act together around the pony.
"I loved the way he finished in his work," Robbins said. "And he galloped out (six furlongs) in 1:11 4/5. He's really doing well, but he's pulling these antics with the pony. This morning, walking to the track, he kicked the pony high up on the left hind leg and drew blood. They had to stitch up the pony and get us another one. Then, on the clubhouse turn, before the work, he was trying to duck in behind the pony. I don't know what he's doing, but he's driving us nuts. He's feeling good; I just wish he'd be a little bit more cooperative around the pony."
Robbins and owner Michael Cooper had been toying with a return trip back East for the Jockey Club Gold Cup, but decided to stay home. "I couldn't get him out of here by Wednesday, anyway," Robbins said.
Tiznow's main opposition in the Goodwood likely will come from Pacific Classic winner Skimming and the hard-knocking Dixie Dot Com.
On the Gold Cup front, Nick Zito's pair of Albert the Great and A P Valentine both breezed five furlongs in :59 over a good track at Belmont Monday, while Aptitude breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 on Sunday for Bobby Frankel. Frankel's other Gold Cup starter Sumitas breezed the same distance in 1:02. Country Be Gold, fourth in the Woodward, breezed five furlongs monday in :59 2/5 over the training track.
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