Tyler’s Tribe ahead of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (Courtney Snow/Past The Wire)
By Robert Yates – Oaklawn Barn Notes
HOT SPRINGS, Ark.— Iowa-bred sensation Tyler’s Tribe resumed training about a week ago and is scheduled to return to Oaklawn early next month, Tim Martin, the 3-year-old gelding’s co-owner/trainer, said Friday morning.
Tyler’s Tribe was sent to Martin’s nearby training center following a third-place finish in the $150,000 Advent Stakes for 2-year-old sprinters Dec. 9 at Oaklawn. Martin said Tyler’s Tribe winner bled during the 5 ½-furlong race and subsequently received “four of five weeks off.”
“Did some therapy on him,” Martin said. “He’s doing good. I’ll probably bring him back to the track in another week or so.”
Tyler’s Tribe won his first five career starts, all dirt sprints at Prairie Meadows in Iowa, by a combined 59 ¾ front-running lengths before finishing 12th the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1) Nov. 4 at Keeneland.
Tyler’s Tribe led early, began to back up on the turn, was eased in the stretch and then vanned off after bleeding. On a scale of 1 to 5, Martin called the bleeding incident, “a 5.”
Tyler’s Tribe was racing without Lasix for the first time in the Juvenile Turf (it is prohibited in the Breeders’ Cup), but he competed on the anti-bleeder medication in the Advent. Tyler’s Tribe was beaten 3 ½ lengths in the Advent after leading in midstretch. Tyler’s Tribe was sent to Martin’s training center in Royal following the race.
“I kept him in a stall, but I turned him out through the day,” Martin said. “I jogged him a couple of days a week. Just had my guy train him a couple of days a week, just jog, because he gets a little bit too high and crazy. The rest of the day, just turn him out, trying to get some R & R and get him healed up. Hopefully, we’re on track.”
Martin said he plans to begin breezing Tyler’s Tribe “in a couple of weeks,” but added next-race plans are pending. Martin said Tyler’s Tribe has filled out since a needed break from racing.
“Just going to work him and start him back going and just see how he does,” Martin said. “Make sure we’re all right. Did some therapy on him that’s supposed to be pretty effective. I’ve got a couple of bad bleeders and I’m guinea pigging them for him.”
From the first crop of millionaire Grade 1 winner Sharp Azteca, Tyler’s Tribe has a 5-0-1 record from seven lifetime starts and earnings of $320,169. He is a four-time stakes winner. Martin campaigns Tyler’s Tribe, a $34,000 yearling purchase, with Iowan Thomas D. Lepic.