|LONE STAR DERBY|
3rd at 3LONE STAR DERBY
(gr. III , 8.5f , to Slew's Tizzy, Moyer's Pond, defeating Reporting for Duty, Takedown, Reata's Rocket, Slew by Slew, Taksent, Harrow Land ).
Slew’s Tizzy is fast becoming an important player on the 3-year-old circuit for Joseph LaCombe Stables. The homebred son of Horse of the Year Tiznow captured his second consecutive graded stakes when he won the May 12 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) by 13/4 lengths as the 5-2 favorite over a sloppy track. In his last start, he won the April 21 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland. Both races were contested at 11¼16 miles.
Slew’s Tizzy, who ran in the Lone Star Derby rather than the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will bypass the May 19 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), but might run in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
“We’re letting the win sink in right now,” LaCombe said the day after the $300,000 Lone Star Derby. “He’s in super shape, and we’ll just see how everything goes.”
Trainer Greg Fox feels Slew’s Tizzy could be a prime factor in the 11¼2-mile Test of the Champions. “He’s got a huge stride and tremendous endurance,” he said after the race. “I would love to go to New York and be very competitive, and win. I think this horse is suited to longer distances. The Belmont Stakes is a real possibility, but you have to stay flexible in this game. Another option may be the Ohio Derby (gr. II, June 2).”
LaCombe, who won last year’s Ohio Derby with Deputy Glitters, is retired from a business career and concentrates primarily on his racing and breeding operation. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., LaCombe raced earlier graded stakes winners Favorite Trick, Indygo Shiner, Panama City, Polished Brass, and Quick Blue alone and in partnership. Favorite Trick, who raced solely for LaCombe, was voted 1997 Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old male.
Slew’s Tizzy’s dam, Hepatica, was bought privately by LaCombe’s adviser, Noel Murphy, from Becky Thomas of Lakland Farm after the mare was bought by Lakland for $35,000 at the 2001 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Hepatica, who was in foal to Tiznow’s sire, Cee’s Tizzy, was consigned by Ashleigh Stud, agent.
Murphy, who owns Castle Park Farm near Georgetown, Ky., liked Hepatica’s looks—”she was a beautiful mare”—and the fact the mare was in foal to Cee’s Tizzy. In late October of that year, Tiznow had won his second consecutive Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I).
From that Cee’s Tizzy mating, Hepatica foaled a filly, later named Helleborus Blue. Her next offspring was Slew’s Tizzy.
Hepatica produced a 2007 Deputy Commander filly. She is booked to Stormy Atlantic.
Tiznow has sired four stakes winners, including additional 2007 added-money winners Tough Tiz’s Sis. Tiznow stands for $25,000 at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.—D.S.
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