Tiz the Bomb headlines Stellar Field for Saturday’s G3 Jeff Ruby Steaks

(Tiz the bomb / Coady Photography)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:

Magdalena Racing Tenant$125,000 Battaglia Memorial Winner Tiz the bomb features an oversubscribed field of 13 three-year-olds who were entered into Saturday’s 51st $600,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (Grade III) race at Turfway Park.

The 1 1/8 mile Jeff Ruby Steaks, run on the Tapeta surface, offers the winner 100 points on the road to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series. The runner-up will receive 40 points while the third and fourth place finishers will get 20 and 10 points respectively. The Jeff Ruby Steaks will compete in Race 12 with a start time of 6:23 p.m. (all times Eastern). Turfway Park will have a first special message at 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

Tiz the bomb, formed by Kenny McPeek, finished second in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GI). The son of Hit It a Bomb tried dirt to start his 3-year-old campaign but finished seventh in the $250,000 Holy Bull (GIII). On his first start on Tapeta, Tiz the Bomb managed to contain the late push from stolen base in the 1 1/16-mile John Battaglia Memorial. Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. at the call of extension n°7.

Also entered in the field is Three Diamond Farm and Devil Beautiful house‘s Stolen Base, which will add blinders following its second place in the Battaglia; Repole Stable and Saint Elias StablesKittens Joy Finalist (GIII) royal spirit; Winchell Purebred‘ Winner of the Texas Turf Mile red race; Michael McLoughlinWinner of the Black Gold Stakes Chief Dowagiac; and SF Races, Starlight Race, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Golconda Stableit is black viper.

Here’s the full field for the Jeff Ruby Steaks from rail (with jockey and trainer): Royal Spirit (Chris Landeros, Todd Pletcher); Stolen Base (Gerardo Corrales, Mike Maker); Cabo Spirit (Joe Bravo, George Papaprodromou); Rich Strike (Sonny Leon, Eric Read); Port Tawny (Manny Franco, Brad Cox); great escape (Adam Beschizza, Rodolphe Brisset); Tiz the Bomb (Hernandez, McPeek); Red Run (Joe Talamo, Steve Asmussen); Chief Dowagiac (James Graham, Tom Amoss); optigogo(Rafael Bejarano, Eoin Harty); ConstitutionLawyer (Milestone Samuel, Ray Handal); and Blackadder (Edwin Maldonado, Rodolphe Brisset). Also eligible: swing change (Gerardo Corrales, Todd Pletcher).

Saturday’s Turfway program includes six high-stakes events worth $1.7 million. Other stakes on the afternoon card are the $250,000 Bourbonette Oaks (Listed), a Championship Series race on the road to the Kentucky Oaks worth 50-20-10-5 points for 1s, $25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI); $250,000 TwinSpires.com Kentucky Cup Classic (listed); the $200,000 Rushaway; the $200,000 Latonia Stakes; and the $200,000 Animal Kingdom Stakes.

The program for the special day can be viewed on TVG and fans can bet on www.TwinSpires.com, the official betting provider for Turfway Park and the Kentucky Derby.

Dino S. Williams