Saratoga, NY race fans were treated to a fine race this year in the Whitney Handicap.
Tizway, the 6-year-old son of Tiznow won his second consecutive Grade I stakes with an easy three-length victory over Flat Out in Saturday’s $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap at Saratoga.
“He’s the best miler in the country, and he is the best older horse in the country,” trainer James Bond said after the race.
Ridden by Rajiv Maragh, Tizway caught pacesetter Friend Or Foe before the quarter-pole, opened a two-length lead at the top of the stretch and cruised home in 1:52.43 for 11/8 miles on what was a fast track.
Flat Out finished 3½ lengths ahead of Giant Oak in the field of 11.
Tizway, who paid $10.20 as the tepid 4-1 favorite, was coming off a 2¾-length victory in the Metropolitan Handicap on May 30 at Belmont Park.
He’s now 7-1-5 in 20 starts with earnings of $1,359,274 for owner William Clifton Jr.
A millionaire horse. How cool is that?
The Whitney triumph automatically qualifies him for the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov 5.
I can’t wait for the Cup.