Patiently paced by Brian Hernandez, Jr., Tiz the Bomb let loose on the homestretch turn to rally past the field to win the $600,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) Saturday at Turfway Park.
The Hit It a Bomb colt won by 2 ¼ lengths and finished the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.60, marking his second straight score on the synthetic track.
In the field of 12 3-year-olds Dowagiac Chief set the pace until the far turn where he faded finishing fourth. Tawny Port was vying for the lead in upper stretch but finished second. Rallying from the back for third was Rich Strike at 26-1 odds.
Royal Spirit, Cabo Spirit, Stolen Base, Red Run, Constitutionalawyer, Swing Shift, Great Escape and Optigogo complete the order of finish.
Tiz the Bomb paid $5.20, 3.20 and 3.00. Tawny Port paid $4.60 and 4.00, and Rich Strike paid $7.40.
Trained by Kenny McPeek, Tiz the Bomb, earned 100 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby (G1) May 7. However, McPeek said the colt could start in other classics across the pond in England.
Tiz the Bomb is now #3 on the Leaderboard with 110 points behind White with Abarrio with 112 and Epicenter with 164. Click here for updated Leaderboard.
McPeek and Hernandez also won the $200,000 Latonia Stakes (Latonia was Turfway’s former name) with Crazy Beautiful over Favored Breeze Rider.
Tiz the Bomb was second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) then started his 3-year-old campaign in the Holy Bull Stakes (G3) Feb. 5 at Gulfstream Park but finished seventh. In his first start on Turfway’s Tapeta surface, he outfinished Stolen Base to take the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes March 5.
Bred by Spendthrift Farm, Tiz the Bomb is out of the Tiznow mare Tiz the Key. With eight starts the bay colt now has a 5-1-0 record (two wins from three starts in 2022) and $1,044,401 in earnings. He is campaigned in the name of McPeek’s Magdalena Racing, Lessee.
McPeek purchased Tiz the Bomb at the Fasig-Tipton 2020 Selected Yearling Showcase for $330,000.
Past The Wire Staff UPDATED 4/3/2022 10:46 PM
Photo: Tiz the Bomb (Coady Photography)