Oaklawn Barn Notes - March 9

March 9, 2013

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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Always in a Tiz and Borel Get Acquainted

Always in a Tiz and new rider Calvin Borel, who won the 5,000th race of his career Thursday, got a feel for each other in advance of the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 16 with an easy half mile workout in 48 3/5 Saturday. The Tiznow colt will be attempting to redeem himself after a troubled third in the Jan. 21 Smarty Jones Stakes as the favorite and a fifth-place finish in the Feb. 18 Southwest Stakes in which he exited the race with a lung infection.
 
“Perfect,” said Carl Alsop, assistant to trainer Dominick Schettino, of the work. “It was just what we wanted. We’re glad to get Calvin. Robby (Albarado) was committed elsewhere and we didn’t want to wait until the last minute and end up in a bad spot. We figured lock up a good one like Calvin and he’s galloped him and worked him.”

Borel, who is seeking his fourth Kentucky Derby victory, was equally pleased with the workout.

“It was good,” said Borel. “Really good. I’m impressed with him. He had blinkers on and I think it will help keep him focused.”

Also, working Saturday was Texas Bling, who finished second in the Smarty Jones and ninth in the Southwest. He worked five furlongs in 1:01, the second fastest of 64 at the distance.

An oversubscribed field of 14 is shaping up for the Rebel, the final prep before the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13. Probables for the race include Always in a Tiz, Big Lute, Capo Bastone, Carve, Delhomme, Den’s Legacy, Hardrock Eleven, Heaven’s Runaway, Oxbow, Park City, Proud Strike, So Race Yourglass, Super Ninety Nine, Texas Bling, Treasury Bill and Will Take Charge.

Big Lute Fires Bullet in Advance of Rebel; Tiz Miz Sue Readies for Azeri

If his horses run as well as they worked Saturday, trainer Steve Hobby could be sitting on a big day March 16 when he saddles Big Lute in the Rebel and Tiz Miz Sue, the defending champ, in the $150,000 Azeri Stakes (G3). Big Lute posted the bullet five furlong work of 59 3/5, while Tiz Miz Sue covered the same distance in 102.

“It was fast,” said Hobby of Big Lute’s work. “It was maybe a little bit faster than I wanted him to, but he was hardly blowing hard afterwards so it was fine. Robby (Albarado) was happy. He told (owner) Alex (Lieblong) it’s just like flying his plane. We’re not bad now. We’re on everybody else’s schedule that ran in the Southwest and is going in this race. I was afraid I’d have knocked him out a little bit, but he was full of energy today.”

Hobby is confident that his multiple stakes winner Tiz Miz Sue can improve off her third-place finish in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes Feb. 16 in her seasonal debut.

“She was great,” said Hobby. It was her typical work. She’s so consistent. She just does the same thing most every time. I’m sure she’s going to move forward, it’s just whether or not that other one (Don’t Tell Sophia) is going to regress at all, because I think I need a little of each.”

Speaking of Tiz Miz Sue’s main rival in the Azeri, Don’t Tell Sophia, who has already won the $75,000 Pippin Stakes and Bayakoa Stakes this meet, also worked Saturday. The 5-year-old Congaree mare went five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 with regular rider Robby Albarado aboard.

“She did great,” said trainer Phil Sims. “She finished up well. Robby was happy.”

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