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Jul 09, 2010

Tizdejavu wires Firecracker, Mine That Bird an also-ran



Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Tizdejavu, ridden by Jesus Castanon, led every step of the way to win Sunday's $205,625 Firecracker Handicap at Churchill Downs. The race featured 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird making his 2010 debut.

The one-mile turf event had a field of 14 horses even with the scratch of Tybalt. Mine That Bird was the 5-2 favorite and last year's runner-up Inca King was 5-1. Tizdejavu and Public Speaker were both 4-1.

Tizdejavu got an excellent start and quickly took the lead. The five-year-old took the field around the clubhouse turn and into the backstretch. Running in second was Inca King ridden by Victor Lebron.

Mine That Bird with Calvin Borel riding was racing last for much of the race, his first ever start on turf.

Trained by Greg Fox, Tizdejavu extended his lead as the field entered the stretch with Public Speaker joining Inca King in second. The pacesetter hit the wire 1 1/2-lengths ahead of Public Speaker who nosed out Inca King for second-place.

Mine That Bird had a late rally coming into the stretch, but never offered any challenge to the leaders.

Completing the order of finish was Veiled Prophet, Unbridle's Dream, Skipadate, Wise River, Mine That Bird, Pop Tarrt, Attempted Humor, Driving Snow, Baryshnikov, Euroears and Orthodox.

Tizdejavu completed the mile in 1:35.98 on a firm turf course.

Owned by Michael Cooper and Pamela Ziebarth, Tizdejavu added $116,016 to his bankroll. The veteran runner has won eight of 16 career starts for $693,153. The Firecracker is the third straight win for the five-year-old.

Last month at Churchill Downs, Tizdejavu defeated Public Speaker by half a length in the Opening Verse Stakes.

Tizdejavu paid $10.20, $5.00 and $3.60. Public Speaker returned $4.60 and $3.80, and Inca King paid $4.20 to show.

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