Tizway, who missed the Oct. 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup with a fever, traveled 200 miles to put in a workout this morning.
The James Bond trainee was shipped to Belmont Park from his Saratoga barn and worked a mile in 1:38.47 over the track's main surface in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
“It was a tremendous work with a great gallop out,” said Bond. “He did it so easily, and the best part is that he was not even breathing hard afterwards. I am ecstatic.”
Tizway, winner of this year’s Grade I Met Mile at Belmont on May 30 and the Grade I Whitney Invitational at Saratoga on Aug. 6, does most of his training over Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track. However, Bond wanted the horse to work at Belmont.
“I made my up my mind about 10 days ago that I wanted to get a good mile workout into him, and I wanted to do it on a track that was faster than the Oklahoma,” said Bond. “He is going into a mile-and-a-quarter race, one of the richest in the world, and I needed to make sure I had him where I wanted him physically. I want to give him the best chance to prove to everyone that he is the best horse in America. I couldn’t be happier with him right now.”
Andres Catalano, the regular rider for the 6-year-old son of two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow, was on board for the work. Bond and Rajiv Maragh, who has ridden Tizway in his most recent 14 starts, looked on
“Andres knows Tizway like a book, so I wanted him on board for this work,” said Bond. “Andres actually had a Bluetooth head set on, so I was able to tell him exactly what I wanted throughout the work.”
Bond said that Tizway will remain at Belmont tonight, and then he'll go back to Saratoga, where he'll be on an eight day workout schedule. That would put him on a schedule to breeze the final time before the Classic on Friday, Oct. 28. He'll probably ship to Churchill Downs on Monday, Oct. 31, five days before the Classic.
The Classic would be Tizway's first start in three months. In the Whitney, he won by three lengths over Flat Out, who went on to take the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup in convincing fashion.
Although Bond had planned to race Tizway in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, he said everything is fine. Noting that Tizway won last October’s Grade II Kelso Handicap at Belmont by five lengths coming off a four-month layoff, Bond said, “He runs huge off layoffs. He is better suited to bring his ‘A+’ race when he has plenty of spacing between races.”
--By Dick Downey, with additonal content from a NYRA release