Super Derby (gr. I)

(gr. I , 10f ,)

TIZNOW (B h, 124 lb) $300,000
Cee's Tizzy —Cee's Song , by Seattle Song
B—Cecilia Straub Rubens, CA.; O—Cooper, Michael and Straub-Rubens, Cecilia; T—Jay M. Robbins

Commendable (CH h, 124 lb) $100,000
Gone West —Bought Twice , by In Reality
B—Michael M. Kelly, KY.; O—Lewis, Robert B. and Beverly J.; T—D. Wayne Lukas

Mass Market (CH h, 124 lb) $55,000
Marquetry —Dear Guinevere , by Fearless Knight
B—Mr. & Mrs. Fred M. Mitchell, KY.; O—New Farm, Centennial Farm and William S. Farish; T—Benjamin W. Perkins, Jr.

Margins: 6, 1, 9. Others: Clever Brick 124($30,000) , Chris's Bad Boy 124($15,000) , White Star 124 . Winning Jockey, Chris J. McCarron.

Tiznow made his first start outside of California one to remember. The California-bred colt captured the 11/4-mile Super Derby (gr. I) in track-record time of 1:59.84. Better yet, the victory has his connections thinking of the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), but he will have to be supplemented to the 11/4-mile race. It was in last year’s Classic that his full-brother, longshot Budroyale, finished ahead of a dozen others in a runner-up effort.

Tiznow, who went into the Super Derby off a bullet workout of 1:254/5 at Santa Anita nine days before the race, bettered the former track and stakes record of 2:001/5 set by Gate Dancer in 1984 and equaled by Mecke in 1995. The 4-5 favorite, Tiznow held the lead by a short margin from Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Commendable for much of the way before pulling away in the stretch and winning by six lengths. In his two prior races, Tiznow ran second in the Swaps Stakes (gr. I) against 3-year-olds and was runner-up in the Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) against older runners.

The victory also avenged the third-place finish registered by Tiznow’s sire, Cee’s Tizzy, in the 1990 Super Derby. Cee’s Tizzy finished third behind Home At Last and subsequent 3-year-old champion male Unbridled. It later was determined that Cee’s Tizzy fractured his right knee during the running and was retired from racing. He entered stud with a record of three wins from six starts at John Harris’ Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif., where he still stands.

Cecilia Straub-Rubens, who raced Cee’s Tizzy, campaigns Tiznow in partnership with Michael Cooper, both of whom live in Orange County, Calif. Straub-Rubens was honored with a 1999 Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Award as California’s most successful owner-breeder.

Cooper serves as the trustee of Straub-Rubens’ family trust. He manages the trust’s real estate holdings and other business ventures, and advises Straub-Rubens on bloodstock matters. Straub-Rubens initially raced Budroyale, but the gelding was claimed.

Straub-Rubens boards her horses at Harris Farms. Cee’s Song, dam of Tiznow and Budroyale, last produced an offspring in 1999, a Cee’s Tizzy colt, and was given a year off. She is in foal to Cee’s Tizzy for 2001. Straub-Rubens and Cooper also own Cee’s Song’s 2-year-old filly, Tizsweet, who ran third in a maiden race at Del Mar on Aug. 19 in her debut.

Cee’s Tizzy has sired six stakes winners, including additional 2000 added-money winners Budroyale (gr. II) Theresa’s Tizzy (gr. IIIT) and Rebuild Trust. The stallion remains the property of Straub-Rubens and stood the 2000 season for $5,000.—D.S.