Tiznow May Run in Clark Handicap

From Santa Anita
Trainer Jay Robbins is considering the $400,000 Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 23, rather than the grade I, $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup on Dec. 1 for Tiznow's next start.

"He got back yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon and he looks good," Robbins said of Tiznow, who captured the Breeders' Cup Classic last Saturday for the second consecutive year. "He hasn't been out to walk yet, but he looked good yesterday afternoon when he came back. I'll have to talk to Mr. Cooper (owner Michael Cooper) about the turf race. I think if he were to run again before the end of the year, the Clark Handicap on the dirt might be another option."

Despite Tiznow's pre-Breeders' Cup training antics, Robbins was reasonably confident the California-bred son of Cee's Tizzy would behave once the race began.

"I wasn't shocked that he ran well," Robbins said, "because I thought Monday morning (Oct. 22) back at Belmont, he turned the corner from a training standpoint, where he was much more relaxed and had given up being fractious about doing everything on the race track in the mornings. He really tried back there (Belmont), because it's a mile and a half oval and we took him out when there was very little traffic on the track. He really liked it there. We also decided just to let him train at his own pace. When he decided he wanted to gallop, we weren't going to try to force him before he wanted to.

Asked about Tiznow's chances to repeat as Horse of the Year over rival Point Given, Robbins said: "I can see Point Given's attributes. They're terrific. Either horse is a viable candidate for Horse of the Year."