Tizamagician Tries Turf in Oceanside
Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire
By Emily Shields for TVG
Del Mar kicks off their 2020 summer season with the $100,000 Runhappy Oceanside Stakes, a one-mile grass contest for sophomores. The wide-open race drew 12, with some horses trying grass for the first time, and stretching out for the first time.
One of those trying grass is MyRacehorse.com and Spendthrift Farm’s Tizamagician. The son of Tiznow was unlucky in his first few starts, running into the likes of Ginobili, Honor A. P., and Taishan. He finally broke his maiden on New Year’s Day, winning by more than two lengths going a mile. Trainer Richard Mandella brought him back in the Grade 3 Robert B Lewis at Santa Anita, where Tizamagician finished fourth, beaten less than two lengths. He tried older horses in May but finished fourth.
Now the dark bay colt switches to the grass after a bullet six-furlong workout on the main track here July 3. Victor Espinoza will ride once again. 30-1 shot Howbeit, who takes the blinkers off for this, is also trying grass for the first time.
El Tigre Terrible is 4-1 on the morning line stretching out past 5 ½ furlongs for the first time. Slam Dunk Racing’s speedy son of Smiling Tiger was California’s Co-Champion Two Year Old Male last year after winning the Speakeasy Stakes by a head. That was his last start of 2019; he was off from October until June 6, when he finished second by just a half-length in the Desert Code Stakes. Trainer Peter Miller has brought the gelding along through several swift workouts, and Flavien Prat will ride for the first time.
The Dan Blacker-trained Hit the Road was impressive breaking his maiden here nearly a year ago over this trip. The son of More Than Ready then won the Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita before finishing seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) but was disqualified to last. He won against older horses in a one-mile allowance May 22 in his 2020 debut off a nearly six month break, and could be a major player in this.
K P All Systems Go comes in off a narrow, neck loss in the Cinema Stakes at Santa Anita June 6. That was over nine furlongs, so this son of More Than Ready backs up in trip here to a distance he has won at before. Abel Cedillo will ride for Jeff Mullins.
Silardi has won two of three starts for Rockingham Ranch. This is Miller’s second entry; the City Zip gelding colts $165,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. He did not debut until May 1 of this year, running fourth on the dirt at Oaklawn, but then broke his maiden at Santa Anita sprinting and won over that same trip next out; both against older horses. Ruben Fuentes will ride.
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