In last year’s Whitney Invitational Classic, Tizway was left behind in a disappointing fourth place finish. The only thing he left behind this year was every other horse in the race. The 6-year-old, ridden by Rajiv Maragh, captured the $75,000 Grade I Stakes race at Saratoga by a convincing three lengths ahead of Flat Out and third place finisher, Giant Oak. The Whitney victory makes it Tizway’s second consecutive stakes win after nearly setting the stakes record for the Metropolitan Mile at Belmont in May.
There have been questions about Tizway’s distance abilities despite his speedy showings but he put those questions to bed on Saturday. Owner William Clifton, Jr. will now set his sites on extending those abilities as Tizway enters the Oct. 1 st 1 ¼ mile Jockey Club Gold Cup. He will then train for his automatic bid in the Breeder’s Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5 th.
The Whitney win also throws Tizway’s name into the ring for horse-of-the-year honors and some believe he is now the front-runner for the title. Those who believe it’s his to lose point to his back-to-back premier wins as well as the level of competition he has beaten.
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.