Santa Anita H. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 10f ,)

TIZNOW (B h, 122 lb) $600,000
Cee's Tizzy —Cee's Song , by Seattle Song
B—Cecilia Straub Rubens, CA.; O—Cooper, Michael and Cecilia Straub Revocable Trust; T—Jay M. Robbins

Wooden Phone (B g, 117 lb) $200,000
Pick Up the Phone —Teaksberry Road , by High Honors
B—Mary Jolley, FL.; O—Durant, Tom and Helzer, Marilyn and James E.; T—Bob Baffert

Tribunal (CH h, 116 lb) $120,000
Deputy Minister —Six Crowns , by Secretariat
B—Carl Rosen Associates, KY.; O—Lewis, Robert B. and Beverly J.; T—Bob Baffert

Margins: 5, 1½, 2. Others: Irisheyesareflying 117($60,000) , Guided Tour 116($20,000) , Jimmy Z 111 , Moonlight Charger 111 , Beat All 115 , Bienamado 119 , Perssonet (CHI) 111 , Lethal Instrument 116 , Jorrocks 114 . Winning Jockey, Chris J. McCarron.

Tiznow’s win in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) places his name alongside some legendary runners. He joined Affirmed and John Henry as the only defending Horse of the Year winners to win the “Big ‘Cap.” Other Horse of the Year winners who scored in the Big ‘Cap are Ack Ack (1971), Spectacular Bid (1980), and Alysheba (1988)—each winning en route to Horse of the Year titles.

The win also placed Tiznow’s name alongside 1999 winner Free House and 1992 winner Best Pal as the only Cal-breds to score in the Big ‘Cap. Winning also avenged big brother Budroyale’s second-place finish, behind General Challenge, in the 2000 edition of the Santa Anita Handicap.

Tiznow’s 2001 Big ‘Cap win came over a fast track, with the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) winner covering the 11/4 miles in 2:01.55. Wooden Phone was five lengths back in second, with Tribunal 11/2 lengths back for third.

“Today he ran more like he did in Louisiana (Super Derby, gr. I). It was a much more contentious field today and he got into the race quicker,” said trainer Jay Robbins after the race.

Michael Cooper, who races Tiznow with the Cecilia Straub-Rubens Revocable Trust, said the multiple grade I winner will start next in the Californian (gr. II) at Hollywood Park on June 10th. “Give him a chance to grow the (quarter) cracks out. But he’s a harder horse to keep still than he is to train.”

Cee’s Song, the dam of Tiznow, also is the dam of millionaire Budroyale (by Cee’s Tizzy), who raced briefly for Straub-Rubens before he was claimed as a juvenile. Cee’s Song has a 3-year-old full sister to Tiznow and Budroyale, Tizsweet, also in training with Robbins. Tizsweet ran third in an Aug. 19 maiden special weight at Del Mar. Cee’s Song has a 2-year-old full brother to all three, Tizbud, and foaled another Cee’s Tizzy filly Jan. 23 at John C. Harris’ Harris Farms. Cee’s Song will be bred back to Cee’s Tizzy.

Cee’s Tizzy is the sire of Tiznow and five other added-money winners, including additional 2001 stakes winner Gourmet Girl, who won the Sacramento Handicap at Golden Gate Fields, also March 3. Cee’s Tizzy is owned by the Cecilia Straub-Rubens Revocable Trust and stands at Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif. His 2001 fee is $15,000.—L.D.