TIZNOW COLT LIKELY TO BE POINTED TO GRADE III AFFIRMED AT 1 1/16 MILES ON JUNE 7
PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $129,769 INTO THURSDAY, TOTAL ‘SIX’ POOL COULD REACH $1 MILLION
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 10, 2015)–Heavily favored Kentuckian ran to his notices in taking Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes by 6 ¼ lengths under Mike Smith while covering seven furlongs in 1:20.97. Conditioned by Jerry Hollendorfer, the 3-year-old colt by Tiznow made amends for a disappointing third place run in the six furlong San Pedro Stakes on April 12, when he encountered traffic trouble at odds of 3-5.
“He drew real well in this race and we were hoping to have a clear run at the speed today, which there was a lot of,” said Hollendorfer. “It’s nice to have an owner like Rick (Porter, of Fox Hill Farms, Inc.), who lets you do the things you need to do…In order to do well, you have to have a horse that can run and you have to have owners that let you do your thing.”
When asked what might be next for his budding star, Hollendorfer said “If we do decide to go two turns, we’re looking at the mile and a sixteenth race here on June 7 (Grade III, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes).”
An 11 length first-out maiden winner at Golden Gate Fields on March 7, Kentuckian was off at even money today in a field of six sophomores and paid $4.00, $2.80 and $2.40. In picking up $60,000 for his second win from three starts, Kentuckian hiked his earnings to $85,080.
“He reminds me of Holy Bull,” said Smith, who overwhelmed pacesetter Yiannis a quarter mile out. “He has an unbelievably high cruising speed and stride. I knew we were going quick, but after a quarter mile, he just took a deep breath and got into a fluid stride. I thought ‘There you are, now we’re okay.’ In the beginning, he was scrambling and was kind of tight and when they do that, they don’t always breathe right…The last furlong I pulled my stick up just because I heard Trevor (Denman) saying someone was coming but, when I looked on the big screen, I put it back down.”
Forest Blue, possibly named for the late San Francisco 49ers All Pro center, was next to last going into the far turn under Martin Pedroza and finished second, 2 ¼ lengths clear of The Gomper. Off at 13-1 in just his second career start, Forest Blue paid $7.80 and $3.60.
The Gomper, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano and is also trained by Hollendorfer, rallied from last to run third, one length in front of Yiannis. The Gomper was off at 3-1 and paid $2.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.84, 43.64 and 1:08.21.
Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m.