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Aug 12, 2011

Tizway nails down Whitney Invitational



Saratoga Springs, NY (Sports Network) - Post-time favorite Tizway dominated 10 rivals to capture Saturday's $750,000 Whitney Invitational at Saratoga Race Course. The win gives the six-year-old horse a guaranteed spot in this year's Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.

Ridden by Rajiv Maragh, Tizway was the 4-1 favorite in the 11-horse field with 4-1 morning-line favorite Flat Out going off as the 9-2 second choice. Three horses were listed at 7-1 in the evenly matched race.

Breaking first from the gate was Morning Line and he was quickly joined on the lead by Friend Or Foe. Tizway also got away well from the start and joined the co-leaders from the outside in third.

The top three runners kept their positions up the backstretch with Rodman in fourth and Mission Impazible along with Rail Trip racing in fifth and sixth. Around the turn for home, Tizway gained the lead as Flat Out moved into contention.

Trained by Jim Bond, Tizway had the lead coming into the stretch with Flat Out running in second and Giant Oak gaining ground into third after trailing the field. At the top of the stretch Tizway, who had just one career win at 1 1/8- miles, pulled away from the competition and registered a three-length win over Suburban Handicap champ Flat Out.

"It was an ideal trip," said the winning jockey.

Donn Handicap winner Giant Oak finished third followed by Friend Or Foe, Headache, Mission Impazible, Rail Trip, Rodman, Apart, Duke of Mischief and Morning Line.

The time for the 84th Whitney at 1 1/8-miles was 1:52.43 on a fast track, despite earlier rain.

Owned by William L. Clifton Jr., Tizway was making his first start since capturing the Met Mile on Memorial Day. The win gives Bond his second Whitney victory. He took the 1997 running with Will's Way.

Currently third in the NTRA Poll, Tizway adds $450,000 to his bankroll which now stands at better than $1.35 million. The six-year-old has won seven times in 20 lifetime starts. Earlier this year he was third in both the Gulfstream Park Handicap and Charles Town Classic.

"He's a fantastic horse, he's a fast horse," said Bond. "This is pretty big."

Tizway paid $10.20, $5.50 and $4.40. Flat Out returned $6.10 and $4.20, and Giant Oak paid $5.20 to show.

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