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Tizdejavu Wires Grade II American Derby
Michael Cooper and Pamela Ziebarth’s Tizdejavu dashed away to an easy lead and never was threatened en route to a 2 ¼-length tally in the Grade II $250,000 American Derby at Arlington Park. The Greg Fox-trained son of two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow ran the mile and three-sixteenths over soft turf in 1:59.88.
Rene Douglas was aboard the winner to notch his second graded stakes victory of the afternoon after taking the Grade III Modesty Handicap a half an hour earlier.
Tizdejavu employed the same front-stepping tactics he used in capturing the Grade III Crown Royal American Turf and the Grade II Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs in his last two starts. Overall, the American Derby was his fourth win in seven starts this year and the $148,500 winner’s share pushed his career earnings to $419,687.
With no pressure, Tizdejavu was able to cruise through soft fractions of 25.39 seconds, 51.93 seconds, 1:16.83 and 1:40.80.
“He got a nice, comfortable, relaxed lead,” said Fox. “That’s something he really enjoys. Rene rated him perfectly, so there was plenty (in the tank) for the whole race. I was surprised (he got away with such soft fractions). I watched the earlier turf races and the pace was a lot stronger in both of them. Rene was going to make whatever adjustments were necessary.”
“I hate to go to the lead on this track, but sometimes you don’t have a choice,” added Douglas. “The wet turf today helped me a lot, seems like this horse handled everything. He worked hard and it worked out good.”
Longshot Sr. Henry got up for the place, 2 ¼ lengths clear of Ablaze With Spirit. Boss Lafitte, Great War Eagle and Prime Realestate completed the order of finish.
Tizdejavu, the 7-10 favorite, returned $3.40, $2.80 and $2.40. Sr. Henry paid $18.60 and $6.60. Ablaze With Spirit returned $4.20.