Prior to the April 2 $600,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3), there had been talk of a possible bid from Qipco Two Thousand Guineas (G1) to Tiz the bomb. However, dreams of roses could attract Lesse’s son Magadela Racing Hit a bomb after his explosive 2 1/4 length victory on Saturday afternoon at Turfway Park.
TIZ THE BOMB 💣 well the best in the @JeffRubys Steak !
Is he going to the Kentucky Derby? pic.twitter.com/FfhgANIvjB
— Kaitlin Free (@kaitlinefree) April 2, 2022
After a failed first effort on dirt and a first victory in a dirt race off the grass at Ellis Parktrainer Kenny McPeek moved the flashy berry to the grass, where he picked up three successive victories capped by a progressive count in the Castle & Key Bourbon Stakes (G2T) and a second-place finish for modern games in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1T).
A tried and tested commodity on the lawn, Tiz the Bomb struggled to return to seventh place in Gulfstream Park‘s Holy Bull Stakes (G3) in February. Whether it was the effects of the three-month layoff or a general distaste for the dirt, Tiz the Bomb was sent back to McPeek’s Silverleaf Hills training facility in Ocala to regroup.
Sent back to Kentucky, Tiz the Bomb resurfaced with a gallant score in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes on March 5 in his first foray on a synthetic surface. The colt continued to thrive through Saturday’s race, turning in two pennies: 48 half miles to Keeneland in preparation for the Jeff Ruby.
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“He’s really special,” McPeek said. “He just clicks. He does his job, he has good energy, eats well and it’s just a real pleasure to be around him.”
Tiz the Bomb, an 8-5 favorite in the 11-horse field, was in no rush to get away from the gate early and settled into a three-wide position in the middle of the pack in the line right under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. Chief Dowagiac sprinted to take command and led the charge through spirited opening splits of :23.25 and :47.06. It was beyond the half-mile post where the bomb began to explode, and Hernandez was just a mere passenger as the colt ran past the horses on the far bend and hit the forward at the top of the lane with all six stages clocked in 1:11.38.
Reject a challenge from Peachtree Stable strong fawn at the eighth post, Tiz the Bomb headed for the wire on a hand walk, stopping the clock in 1:48.60 for the 1 1/8 miles.
“He was the better horse today,” Hernandez said after the race. “We were a bit apart but I never really worried about that because he was traveling like he was the top horse. When I called him home he changed tracks and continued its business as we thought it would.”
With his triumph over Jeff Ruby, Tiz the Bomb collected 100 points for the Kentucky Derby, earning a starting spot on the first Saturday in May, should his connections choose to go that route. He currently sits third in the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings with 110 total points.
“It’s going to be interesting (in the future),” McPeek said. “He didn’t manage the sand on his face in Florida, but of course it’s a different surface. From what we do from here, it will be interesting; we have a lot of options. I think he’s a better grass horse than he is a dirt horse There’s a little time and we don’t have to make a decision right now and when we do we’ll make the best .”
McPeek signed the ticket to Tiz the Bomb as a yearling for $330,000 during the Eaton Sales Consignment’s 2020 Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearlings showcase. The colt was bred in Kentucky by Spendthrift Farm and is the winner’s third foal Tiznow Mare Hold the key who gave birth to a filly by Gormley this term. Tiz the Key is also the mother of a new 2 year old Free Drop Billy filly named Bel Rosso and a yearling Mor Spirit foal.
Candy Raid upsets Bourbonette Oaks
A race before the Jeff Ruby, candy raid stunned rivals with a 52-1 landslide victory over the $250,000 Bourbonette Oaks.
Candy Raid wins Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park
The former $25,000 claimant trailed the 12-horse field through the opening quarter in :23.69 and still had only one enemy beaten beyond half a mile in :47 .59 before shifting into high gear around the bend, sweeping each of her rivals in a dizzying rally to clear the field over open lengths midway through the stretch. Jockey Rafael Bejarano wrapped up on daughter of candy tower because the pair finished 4 1/2 lengths ahead under the yarn.
Running for the colors of Don’t Tell My Wife Stables and coach Keith Desormeux, Candy Raid ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.96 on the synthetic surface. She paid a whopping $106.60 for a winning $2 ticket.
Candy Raid had 50 points against the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) and is currently tied for eighth in the Road to the Kentucky Oaks standings with 51 points. Tap Dancing Lady and Catiche also recorded points for their standings and are ranked 17th and 18th respectively in the Oaks standings. (The Oaks field is limited to 14.)
Raised in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Candy Raid is out of the winning and ranked stakes. First Samurai Mare Lady Samurai. The mother of four winners among as many runners, including Last Samurai (Malibu Moon), winner of the Poinsettia Stakes from December 11 to Oaklawn Park. Candy Raid was purchased by Don’t Tell My Wife Stables for $35,000 as a yearling at the September 2020 yearling sale at Keeneland.