Tiz The Bomb tops Jeff Ruby steak nominations – Horse Racing News
Tiz the Bomb wins the John Battaglia Memorial
A total of 76 3-year-olds have been nominated for the 51st Annual $600,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (Grade 3) – the centerpiece of Turfway Park’s winter season taking place on Saturday, April 2.
The Jeff Ruby Steaks 1 1/8 mile, a Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series race, will be one of six stakes events carded at the Florence Oval, Ky. The Jeff Ruby Steaks will award the top 4 100- 40-20-10 points for the 148th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) on Saturday, May 7.
Other stakes on the afternoon card will be the $250,000 Bourbonette Oaks (Listed), a Championship Series race on the road to the Kentucky Oaks worth 50-20-10-5 points against the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1); $250,000 TwinSpires.com Kentucky Cup Classic (listed); the $200,000 Rushaway; the $200,000 Latonia Stakes; and the $200,000 Animal Kingdom Stakes.
Nominations for all six races closed on Saturday. They can be viewed online through Equibase at https://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbHorsemenAreaSNHW.cfm?trk=TP.
This year Jeff Ruby Steaks is headlined by Tiz the Bomb, winner of Magdalena Racing’s $125,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes. Coached by Kenny McPeek, Tiz the Bomb finished second at 1½ lengths behind Modern Games in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). The Hit a Bomb son tried dirt on his first start as a 3-year-old in the $250,000 Holy Bull (G3), but was a non-threatening seventh. Tiz the Bomb managed to hold off Stolen Base’s late charge at last month’s Battaglia Memorial.
The Battaglia Memorial, Three Diamonds Farm and Stolen Base Deuce Greathouse runner-up is also set to take on the Jeff Ruby Steaks. Stolen Base is trained by six-time Jeff Ruby Steaks winner Mike Maker.
The Bourbonette Oaks, raced at 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old fillies, closed with 46 nominations. Trainer Brad Cox won last year’s race with Godolphin’s Adventuring and named 13 fillies for this year’s event, including Shortleaf Stable’s $125,000 Cincinnati Trophy winner Bubble Rock.
Another featured event of the day is the 1 1/8 mile Kentucky Cup Classic for older horses. The 42 nominees included Rob Comestro and local $100,000 winner of Dust Commander, Beat Box, Jeff Ganje. Trained by Bill Morey, Beat Box are undefeated at Turfway through three starts, including their best 2 ¾ length win in the Dust Commander.
Turfway Park’s 12 closing day spectacular races will be drawn on Wednesday, March 30. Fans can watch and bet at Turfway Park at www.TwinSpires.com, the official betting provider of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs Incorporated.